Today’s Sports Stat: December 8, 2018

One of the best ways to evaluate an NFL quarterback’s effectiveness is his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Based on that formula, a quartet of current NFL QBs may be setting a new standard in this stat.

Steve Young holds the NFL record for most TD passes in a season without an interception with 10. He did that in 1987. Josh McCown currently holds the NFL single-season mark for most TD passes in a season with only one interception when he threw for 13 TDs in 2013 with just a single pick. That mark by McCown, however, may be challenged this year.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers this season has 21 TD passes with only one interception. If he ends the ’18 campaign without another interception, he would set the record for most TD passes in a season with only one interception. Of course, there are four games remaining in the schedule and McCown’s record could stay intact.

Let’s take a look at those quarterbacks who have thrown the most TD passes in a season with zero, one, two, three, four or five interceptions.

0 interceptions in a season
Steve Young, 1987, 10 TD passes
Brian Hoyer, 2016, 6 D passes

1 interception in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2018, 21 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Josh McCown, 2013, 13 TD passes
Damon Huard, 2006, 11 TD passes

2 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2016, 28 TD passes
Nick Foles, 2013, 27 TD passes
Boomer Esiason, 1997, 13 TD passes

3 interceptions in a season
Drew Brees, 2018, 30 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
David Garrard, 2007, 18 TD passes
Dave Krieg, 1994, 14 TD passes
Bart Starr, 1966, 14 TD passes

4 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2010, 36 TD passes
Steve DeBerg, 1990, 23 TD passes
Dak Prescott, 2016, 23 TD passes

5 interceptions in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2014, 38 TD passes
Russell Wilson, 2018, 29 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Alex Smith, 2017, 26 TD passes
Matt Ryan, 2018, 25 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)


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Packerstats 2018: Game #12, 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals

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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on December 2.

One of the frustrating aspects of statistics is that what can seem obvious isn’t always the case. Based on the history and stats entering the game against the Arizona Cardinals, there was no way the Cards would beat the Pack, at least that’s what the numbers “told us.” But as we have all learned, “that’s why they play the game” and don’t just trust the stats.

Prior to the game Sunday against the Cardinals…

… the Packers had been 11-2 at home in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) against the NFC West and they had won six straight;

… the team was 22-4 in home games in December since 2006;

… the Packers had won eight of their last nine games that were the 12th game of the season;

… Green Bay had won eight straight at home versus the Cardinals, who had not beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 1949.

  • It was Aaron Rodgers birthday. He is now 1-1 on his birthday. He won on December 2, 2012 versus the Vikings on his birthday.
  • The temperature was 34 at game time. The Cardinals have now won four straight in games where the temperature is below 40 degrees. They are 4-8 in such games since 2000.
  • Green Bay has now lost seven of their last games when they do not score in the first quarter. The Packers are 45-52 (.489) since 2000 in games where they do not score in the first quarter. They are 22-18 (.550) since 2000 in home games when they do not score in the first quarter.
  • Davante Adams has caught 85 passes this year; he has been targeted 127 times… that’s a percentage of 66.7. That’s the highest catch percentage of his career.
  • Mason Crosby missed a last-second field goal in the game. Green Bay is 0-3-1 this season when Crosby misses a field goal in the game. They are 5-9-1 since 2015 in games when Crosby misses a field goal.
  • The Packers held a three-point lead at halftime, 10-7. The team is now 61-4-1 at home since 2006 when they have the lead at halftime.
  • Jimmy Graham had eight receptions in the game, the most in a game for the Packers. It is the most receptions he has had in a game since he had eight for the Seattle Seahawks in a game on November 7, 2016.
  • Rookie running back Chase Edmonds had a pair of TDs for the Cards. It was the first time that a rookie had two TDs in a game versus the Packers since Robert Kelley had three for the Washington Redskins in a game on November 20, 2016.
  • Green Bay was behind 17-10 going into the fourth quarter. The Packers are now 14-35-1 (.290) since 2000 in games at Lambeau when they are trailing going into the fourth quarter.
  • Aaron Jones has scored a TD in five of his last six games for the Pack.
  • The Packers are now 4-7-1 for the season. The last time the Packers ended the season with only four wins was in 2005, Mike Sherman’s last season and the year prior to Mike McCarthy taking over the head coaching duties.
  • Rookie Arizona QB Josh Rosen became the seventh rookie QB to defeat the Packers in game since 2000. The others six: Dak Prescott, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan and Kyle Orton.
  • The Packers have now lost 10 of their last 11 home games when they score fewer than 20 points. Since 2000, the Packers are 14-22 (.389) in games at Lambeau when they score less than 20 points.
  • Aaron Rodgers attempted 50 passes in the game, the sixth time in his career that he had 50 or more pass attempts in a contest. The Packers are 1-5 in such games.

Today’s Stat: December 1, 2018

Here’s a quick trivia question for you…

There have been eight players who have caught 10 or more TD passes from Aaron Rodgers. Can you name them?

Before you read on, choose your eight.

Got your eight players?

Rodgers has 333 career TD passes. He has thrown a TD pass to 34 different receivers; eight have caught 10 or more, while 13 have caught between two and nine. Another 13 players have caught one TD pass from Rodgers.

Here are the 13 players who have caught between two and nine TD passes from Rodgers:

9: Donald Lee
7: John Kuhn
6: Eddie Lacy
5: James Starks
4: Geronimo Allison, Andrew Quarless, Spencer Havner
3: Ty Montgomery, Tom Crabtree
2: Brandon Jackson, Jimmy Graham, Lance Kendricks, Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Hopefully you didn’t cheat and look down here for the answer to the trivia question. The eight players who have caught 10 or more TD Passes from Aaron Rodgers…

Jordy Nelson, 65
James Jones, 41
Greg Jennings, 38
Randall Cobb, 38
Davante Adams, 31
Donald Driver, 22
Jermichael Finley, 19
Richard Rodgers, 13

Today’s Sports Stat: November 29, 2018

Over the past several years, the Milwaukee Bucks have seen many players wear their uniform. Some have had long careers, others very short. Some seem to have made a “stopover” in Milwaukee on their way to another team. And others have made a brief stop in Milwaukee just before retirement.

Here’s a list of 12 players who played for the Bucks whose careers lasted less than 100 games with the team, but they were pretty decent scorers in their short time with the Bucks.

Most career points by Bucks players with less than 100 career games with the team:

Player                        Career Points            Years with Bucks

Richard Jefferson                  1607                       2009
Moses Malone                       1329                       1992-93
Ruben Patterson                   1194                       2007
Terrell Brandon                     1044                       1998-99
Wayne Embry                        1023                       1969
Ken Norman                          979                        1994
Michael Carter-Williams       976                        2015-16
Swen Nater                            938                        1977
Earl Boykins                           897                        2007, 2011
Fred Hetzel                             843                        1969
Lindsey Hunter                      825                        2001
Corey Maggette                     805                        2011

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Packerstats 2018: Game 11, 24-17 loss to Minnesota

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Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 24-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on November 25.

  • The Packers are now 16-10 (.615) in road games against their division opponents (Bears, Lions, Vikings) since 2010.
  • Green Bay is 16-9-2 against the Vikings (regular season and playoff contests) in the Mike McCarthy era, but they are 1-5-1 in the last seven games against the Vikes.
  • The Packers have held the Vikings to less than 30 points in 11 straight games.
  • Davante Adams has now scored a TD in eight of the 11 games played this season. It was the 29th game of his career that he scored a TD, placing him 13th in that stat for the team all-time. Randall Cobb and Paul Coffman are tied for 11th on the list with TD receptions in 32 games for the Pack. Boyd Dowler is 10th with 34 games. Leading the team is Donald Driver with a TD reception in 57 games with the Packers.
  • The Packers scored first in the game and are now 17-12 (.586) since 2010 in road games when they score the first points of the game.
  • The Pack had seven points in the first quarter and are now 77-35-2 (.684) since 2006 in games when they score at least seven points in the first quarter.
  • Aaron Jones scored a TD in his third straight game. The team record is seven straight games held by Ahman Green and Paul Hornung.
  • Minnesota placekicker Dan Bailey missed a pair of field goal attempts in the game. Green Bay is 19-13-1 since 2010 when the opponents’ kicker misses at least one field goal attempt in a game.
  • The game was tied at 14-14 at halftime. Green Bay is now 2-6 in road games since 2002 when the score is tied at half.
  • Minnesota held a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter, 24-14. The Pack is 2-21 in their last 23 road games when they go into the fourth quarter behind by 10 or more points.
  • Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins had three TD passes and 342 yards passing. Cousins now has three career games against the Packers with three or more TD passes and 300+ yards passing in the same game. Drew Brees tops this list with four such games.
  • Adam Thielen had 125 yards receiving and became the 14th player to have three or more career games with 100+ yards receiving against the Packers. Randy Moss had seven games to top this stat. He is followed by Elroy Hirsch and Calvin Johnson with six such games.
  • Green Bay only scored three points in the second half. Since 2000, the Packers are 11-34 (.244) in games when they score three or fewer points in the second half of a contest.
  • The Pack had only 25:33 time of possession in the game. Since 2006 they are 4-13 in away games when they have the ball less than 26 minutes in a game and are 9-18 (.333) in all games since 2006 when they have the ball less than 26 minutes in a game.
  • Cousins had a Passer Rating of 129.5 in the game. Teams are 49-4-1 (.917) against the Packers when they have a QB with a Passer Rating above 125. Cousins became the ninth opposing QB to have two career games against the Packers with a Passer Rating of 125 or better. The others: Troy Aikman, Drew Brees, Brett Favre, Bill Munson, Matthew Stafford, Fran Tarkenton, John Unitas and Bill Wade.
  • The Packers are now 5-14 (.109) in road games when they score less than 20 points in the game. They have lost eight straight road games when they tally less than 20 points.