Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 26-10 win over the Chicago Bears on October 20.
- The Packers scored first in the game with a Mason Crosby field goal in the first quarter. Green Bay is 13-6 against the Bears since 2000 when they score first in the game and they have won seven of their last 10 against the Bears when they score first.
- Green Bay is 10-5 on Thursday in their last 15 games played on that day of the week.
- The Bears were scoreless after the first quarter. The Packers are 25-5 in their last 30 games when they hold their opponents scoreless in the first quarter. They are, however, only 4-4 in the last eight games when they shutout their opponents in the first period.
- The Pack had a 90-yard drive stopped when they failed to score on the one-yard line. This 90-yard drive without any points was the first 90-yard (or more) drive in the NFL this season by any team that did not result in a touchdown.
- Green Bay had a 6-3 lead at half. Since 2010 the team is 12-15-1 when they score less than seven points by halftime in a game.
- Davante Adams had 13 receptions for 132 yards and two TD pass receptions. He was the first Packers player to have 10 receptions, 100 yards and two TDs in a game since Jordy Nelson did it September 28, 2014 against the Bears. Since 1970, there has been six games by Packers players with 10-100-2 TDs… in addition to Adams and Nelson, Javon Walker, Antonio Freeman and Sterling Sharpe accomplished this, Sharpe did it twice.
- Ty Montgomery had 60 yards rushing and 66 yards receiving in the game. He was the first 60-60 player for the Pack since Ahman Green in 2006 in a game versus the Lions (he had 63-68 in that game). Montgomery had nine rush attempts and 10 pass receptions in the game. He became the first Packers player with nine receptions and nine rushing attempts in a game since Ahman Green in 2000 against the Bucs (he had 27 rushing attempts and nine receptions).
- Green Bay had a 13-10 lead going into the fourth quarter. Since 2010, the Packers are 60-6 when they lead going into the final quarter, and they have now won 28 straight.
- Aaron Rodgers attempted 56 passes, second most in his career. In the 26 games where Rodgers attempted 40 or more passes, the team is 10-16.
- Green Bay had 39:36 time of possession to Chicago 21:24. In games where they have 39 or more minutes TOP in a non-OT game, the Packers are 7-1 since 2000.
- The Packers scored 20 points in the second half. They have now won 21 of their last 23 when they score 20 or more in the second half of a game.
- Green Bay had 406 total yards compared to only 186 for the Bears. Since 1970, this was the 14th game where they had over 400 yards in a game and held the opposition under 200… they were 11-3 in those games.
- The defense held Chicago without an offensive touchdown (rushing or passing). It was the 26th time since 2000 that the “D” had done that in a game… the team is 24-2 in those games. They have now won 13 of the last 14 when they hold the opponents to no offensive TDs.
- Adams (13), Randall Cobb (11) and Montgomery (10) each had over 10 receptions in the game, the first time in Packers history that three receivers had done that and only the second time in NFL history. In fact, the Pack had never had two players each have 10 or more receptions in the same game in their history.
- For Montgomery, who had 10 receptions in last week’s game against the Cowboys, he became the first player in Packers history to have 10 or more receptions in back-to-back games.
- The Packers have now won seven straight when they score 25 or more points in a game and they have won 22 of their last 23 when they tally 25 or more in a contest. They are 54-7-1 (.879) winning percentage since 2010 when they score 25 or more in a game. The 62 games are second in the league behind the New England Patriots 72 games with 25 or more points. NFL teams that have scored 25 or more points in a game since 2010 have a .813 winning percentage.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 30-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on October 16.
- The Packers defense allowed 30 points in a game for the 36th time since 2000. The Pack is now 7-29 in those games. When they allowed their opponents to score 30 or more points in a game at Lambeau they are 3-9 since 2000.
- This was the 16th loss by 14 or more points in a contest since 2006. Five of those losses came at home. The last loss by 14 or more points at home was 27-13 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 10, 2013.
- The Cowboys scored first in the game on Sunday. The Packers are 7-4 at Lambeau Field since 2010 when their opponents score first.
- This was the 15th home game since 2000 where the Packers never led in the game. The last game was on Jan. 3, 2016 against the Vikings when the Pack never led in that 20-13 loss.
- Green Bay allowed three passing TDs. Since 2000 they are 14-9 at home when the opposition scores three or more TD’s via passes.
- The Cowboys had 191 yards rushing in the game. It was the 18th game at home since 2000 that they allowed the opponents to rush for 180 or more yards; the team was 9-8-1 in those games. In all games since 2000, the Pack has allowed opponents to rush for 180 or more yards in 32 games, compiling a 13-18-1 record in those games.
- The team had four turnovers against Dallas. Since 2010 they are 1-3 in games at Lambeau when they have four or more turnovers; they are 4-8 in those games at home since 2000.
- Dallas QB Dak Prescott had a QB Rating of 117.4 in the game. The Packers are now 3-8 since 2010 when the opposing QB has a QB Rating of 115 or above.
- Fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 157 yards for the Cowboys. Green Bay is 4-10 in games since 2000 when the opponents have a player rush for 150 or more yards against the Pack. The Packers have now lost four of their last five games when a player gains 150+ yards rushing against their defense.
- Packers receiver Ty Montgomery had 10 catches for 98 yards in the game. He became the seventh Packers receiver to catch 10 or more passes in a game since 2000. Montgomery had 15 receptions in 2015, his rookie year, and had no receptions in 2016 prior to his 10-reception game last Sunday against the Cowboys.
- The Packers are now 13-8 against the NFC East since 2006, including a 9-3 record at home.
- Green Bay is now 27-10 in mid-afternoon games (3pm start) in the Mike McCarthy era. They are 13-7 since 2012 and have now lost two straight in these mid-afternoon starts.
Milwaukee Brewers rookie pitcher Zach Davies had an 11-7 record and 3.95 ERA this season for the team. He became the 14th Brewers rookie hurler in team history to win 10 or more games in his first season, and he led the Brew Crew pitching staff in wins with his 11 victories in 2016. He became only the second pitcher in Brewers history to outright lead the Brewers pitching staff in wins since Teddy Higuera led the staff with 15 wins in his rookie season in 1985.
(Note: Three Brewers rookie pitchers tied for the team lead in wins in a season… Don August (1988), Ben Sheets (2001) and Steve Woodard in 1998).
Davies 11 wins ties him for fourth place on the team list for most wins by a rookie pitcher. Higuera tops the list with 15 wins in 1985.
Here are the 14 pitchers who won 10 or more games for the Brewers in their rookie season.
15: Teddy Higuera, 1985
13: Bill Parson, 1971… Don August, 1988
11: Juan Nieves, 1986… Chris Bosio, 1987… Cal Eldred, 1992… Ben Sheets, 2001… Wily Peralta, 2013… Zach Davies, 2016
10: Jim Slaton, 1971… Moose Haas, 1977… Dan Plesac, 1986… Steve Woodard, 1998… Manny Parra, 2008
Four of the above pitchers finished in the Top 5 for Rookie of the Year voting that season: Higuera and Parsons both finished second; August and Eldred finished fourth. We’ll see how much support Davies gets in this year’s N.L. ROY voting.
Of the 14 pitchers above, can you name the only one to go on to win over 100 career games with the Brewers? If you guessed, Slaton, you know your stuff! Slaton, who pitched 12 of his 16 seasons in the majors with the Brewers, went on to win 117 games with the Brew Crew in his career, the only pitcher from the list above to reach 100 wins with the team.
Here are the number of career wins with the Brewers the 14 rookie pitchers who won 10 or more as rookies ended up with during their Milwaukee career: Slaton (117), Higuera (94), Haas (91), Sheets (86), Bosio (67), Eldred (64), Peralta (42), August (34), Nieves (32), Parsons (29), Plesac (29), Parra (26), Woodard (25), Davies (11)*.
- (2016 was his rookie season)
As you probably noticed, Dan Plesac won 10 games with the Brewers in 1986. Used primarily as a reliever in his career (he did start 14 games in his MLB career), Plesac is one of only 19 pitchers to ever tally 10 or more wins and 10 or more saves in his rookie season in the majors. Plesac had 14 saves to go along with his 10 wins in his rookie season with the Brewers in 1986.
Plesac is one of six Brewers rookie pitchers who had 10 or more saves in their rookie season with the Brewers. Topping the list is Jim Henderson who had 28 saves in his rookie campaign in 2013 with the Brewers. Here are the six Brewers rookie pitchers with 10 or more saves.
28: Jim Henderson, 2013
25: Pete Ladd, 1983
24: John Axford, 2010
15: Doug Henry, 1991
14: Dan Plesac, 1986
12: Chuck Crim, 1987
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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-16 win over the New York Giants on October 9.
- The Packers have been a pretty “average” team when it came to night games over the past few years. Prior to yesterday’s win over the Giants, the Packers were 36-25 since 2000 in games that started after 6pm. They had lost four of their last five, and were 9-9 in their last 18 and 5-5 in their last 10 night games.
- Green Bay’s first drive of the game was a 16-play drive that took 8 minutes and 42 seconds. It was the team’s second drive of 16 plays or more on the season, and they now have the third and fourth longest drives based on time in the NFL this year (they had a drive versus Jacksonville in Game One that took 9:14). Arizona has the longest drive based on time this season at 9:20.
- The Pack scored first in the game and has now won five of their last six when they get on the scoreboard first in a contest. They are 46-13-1 since 2010, and are 14-2 when they scored first in their last 16 games at Lambeau Field.
- Aaron Rodgers had two interceptions in the game; the Packers are now 7-6 in games where Rodgers has multiple picks.
- Green Bay led 17-6 at halftime. They have now won 16 straight when they have a lead of 10 points or more at half and have won 32 straight at home when they lead at halftime by 10 or more.
- Eddie Lacy had 81 yards on 11 carries in the game for a 7.4 yards per carry average. In games where Lacy had at least 10 carries, this 7.4 is the second highest of his career in a game. His highest average was 8.1 in a game versus the Vikings in 2014 when he had 105 yards on 13 carries, a per-carry average of 8.1 yards.
- The Packers had an eight-point lead going into the fourth quarter. They have now won 22 straight when they take a lead of seven points or more into the last quarter. In games at Lambeau, the Packers last lost a game when they took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter on October 12, 2003 against the Kansas City Chiefs. They lost that game 40-34 in overtime after taking a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter.
- This was the first regular season game of Rodgers’ career where the Packers won in a game when he had two interceptions and a completion rate under 60%. They were previously 0-4 in those games. The Packers did win a playoff game against the Bears when Rodgers had two interceptions and a completion percentage of 56.7%.
- Mason Crosby had three field goals in the game for the 34th time in his Packers career. The team is 28-6 when Crosby connects on three or more field goals in a game.
- Receiver Randall Cobb went over the 100-yard mark in receiving (108 yards to be exact) on nine receptions. Green Bay is 10-2 when Cobb has a 100-yard receiving game.
- Rodgers was not sacked in the contest in the 45 pass attempts he made. It was the eighth time since 1970 that the Packers did not give up a sack when they attempted 45 or more passes in a game. Most pass attempts in a game with no sacks by the Packers is 59 in 1986.
- All four of the games this season have been decided by seven points or less (the Packers are 3-1). Last season the Packers played in five games that were decided by seven points or less… they were 2-3 in those games.
- Green Bay won the time of possession battle with 36:38 to only 23:22 for the Giants. The Packers have won 12 of their last 13 when they have 36 or more minutes TOP in a non-overtime game.
- The Packers gained 147 yards rushing in the game and allowed the Giants only 43 yards on the ground. In the history of the franchise, the Pack is 30-0 when they gain over 140 yards rushing and allow the opposition less than 50 yards.
With the Blue Jays and Giants winning the Wild Card games, the next round of the 2016 MLB playoffs is set and will begin tonight.
Here is a brief look at each of the four series and some head-to-head stats for each.
Cleveland vs. Boston * Boston won the 2016 series against Cleveland, 4-2 * Boston was 2-1 at home; Cleveland was 1-2 at home * There were two one-run games of the six played between the two teams; each team won one. * The Red Sox scored five or more runs in four of the games, winning three of four; the Indians scored five or more runs in only one game, winning that contest. * There was only one blowout of the six games (a game decided by five runs or more); the Red Sox won that game.
Texas vs. Toronto * Toronto won the 2016 series against Texas, 4-3 * Toronto was 3-1 at home; Texas was 2-1 at home * There were four one-run games of the seven played between the two teams; Texas won three of those games, Toronto won one. * The Blue Jays scored five or more runs in four of the seven games, winning two and losing two; the Rangers scored five or more runs in two games, winning both. * There were two blowouts of the seven games (a game decided by five runs or more); the Blue Jays won both of those games.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Washington * Los Angeles won the 2016 series against Washington, 5-1 * Los Angeles was 3-0 at home; Washington was 1-2 * There were two one-run games of the six played between the two teams; Los Angeles won both contests. * The Dodgers scored five or more runs in two of the six games, winning both; the Nationals scored five or more runs in one game, winning that game. * There was only one blowout of the six games played between the two teams; the Nats won that game.
Chicago vs. San Francisco * Chicago won the 2016 series against San Francisco, 4-3 * Chicago was 3-1 at home; San Francisco was 2-1 * There were five one-run games of the seven played between the two teams; the Cubs won three, the Giants won two. * The Cubs scored five or more runs in two of the seven games, winning both; the Giants score five or more runs in only game, winning that contest. * There was only one blowout of the seven games played; the Cubs won that game.
Predictions: Based on the stats above, here are my unscientific guesses for the winners of these four series… Boston in four games, Texas in five games, the Dodgers in four games, the Cubs in four games.