A pair of NFL teams (Green Bay and Oakland) in Week #11 went into the locker room at halftime with a big, fat zero on the scoreboard. The Packers eventually lost 23-0 to Baltimore, while the Raiders lost to New England 33-8.
NFL teams this season are 2-24 (.077 winning percentage) in games where they do not score in the first half.
Let’s take a look at this stat going back to the 2010 season. Since 2010, NFL teams are 40-252-1 (.138) in regular season contests when they do not score a point in the first half. Three teams have had the most games of this nature since 2010… the Dolphins, Rams and Titans, each with 15 games. The Raiders are next on this list with 14 games, followed by the Ravens (13), Giants, Bears, Texans and Bucs (each with 12) and Minnesota with 11.
The New Orleans Saints have the fewest games since 2010 where they were scoreless at halftime with only two. Division-mates Atlanta is second with only four games. The only team with a winning percentage of .500 or above in games where they were held scoreless in the first half is New England; they are 3-3 (.500) in such games.
The Miami Dolphins have the most games this season where they haven’t scored in the first half with four.
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Last week Major League Baseball announced its MVP recipients for the 2017 season. In the National League, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton was selected, while in the American League, Jose Altuve won the award. Both were first-time winners.
Stanton was the first Marlins player to ever win an MVP Award. That leaves the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets as the only N.L. teams without a league MVP honor. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt finished third in this year’s voting; the Mets did not have a player in the Top 20 of this year’s voting… Yoenis Cespedes finished eighth in the N.L. MVP balloting in 2016.
Altuve became the second Houston Astros player to win the MVP Award, although he is the first Houston player to win the American League MVP honor. Jeff Bagwell won the N.L. MVP Award in 1994 as a member of the Astros when the team was in the National League.
The Tampa Bay Rays are the only A.L. team without a player winning the A.L. MVP. The Rays did not have a player finish in the Top 20 of the A.L. MVP voting this past season; the Rays’ Evan Longoria finished in 19th place in the voting in 2016.
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Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on November 19.
- The Packers are now 5-10 against the AFC Central since 2005. They are 3-5 against the division at Lambeau Field since ’05.
- Clay Matthews had one sack in the game. The Packers are now 38-17-1 (.688 winning percentage) in his career when he has one or more sacks in a game (one-half sack games are not included in this stat).
- Green Bay had three passes intercepted in the contest. They have now lost six straight when they’ve had three or more passes intercepted and are 4-21 (.160) since 2000 in games when the opposition has three or more picks.
- The Packers had a total of five turnovers in the game and are 0-11 since 2000 in such games. They are 2-49 since 1970 in games when they have five or more turnovers. The last win was in 1982 over the Rams 35-23 when the Pack had six turnovers.
- The game was scoreless after the first quarter. Green Bay is 25-16 (.610) since 2000 in games when both teams are scoreless after the first quarter. The Packers are now 14-3 since 2000 at Lambeau when both teams are scoreless in the first quarter.
- The Pack had no points at halftime at home for the ninth time since 2000 (they are 4-5 in those games). They are 8-21 (.276) at Lambeau since 1970 in games when they do not score in the first half.
- This was the fifth game since 2010 where the Packers QBs were sacked six or more times (they are 1-4 in those games). NFL teams since 2010 are 32-157-1 (.171) when they are sacked six or more times in a game.
- Baltimore held a 13-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 2-61-2 (.046) when they are behind by 10 or more points going into the fourth quarter in games at Lambeau Field. The last win was in 1992 versus Cincinnati when the Packers overcame a 14-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to win 24-23 over the Bengals at Lambeau.
- Davante Adams had eight receptions for 126 yards in the contest. The Packers are 4-2 in games when Adams has 100 or more yards receiving in a game.
- With five turnovers and six sacks in the game, it was the first game since 1990 versus the Bears that a Packers teams had five turnovers and six sacks in a game played at Lambeau.
- Hundley had a Passer Rating of 43.6 in the game. Of the 416 games played by a Green Bay QB at Lambeau Field since 1966 (minimum of 10 pass attempts to qualify), Hundley’s 43.6 Passer Rating ranks #365. His 39.9 Passer Rating in the loss to the Saints at Lambeau on October 22 ranks #375 on this list of 416. Aaron Rodgers worst Passer Rating at Lambeau is 42.4 on November 19, 2006 (that ranks #369 on the list). His next worst Passer Rating game at Lambeau was a 62.4.
- The Packers have now lost three straight at Lambeau. It’s the first three-game losing streak at home since 2006. The last four-game losing streak at home was in 1991.
- Baltimore now has three shutouts this season. The last team to have three or more shutouts in a season was the 2003 New England Patriots.
- Hundley had no TD passes and three interceptions in the game, making him the 19th Green Bay QB to have no TD passes and three or more interceptions in the same game. Aaron Rodgers has no such games in his career; Brett Favre and Bart Starr top the list with seven games each as a Packers QB with no TD passes and three or more interceptions in the same contest.
Green Bay quarterback Brett Hundley had no TD passes and three interceptions in his team’s 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, November 19.
Hundley became the first Packers QB since Scott Tolzien in 2013 to have a game with no TD passes and three or more interceptions. Tolzien had no TD passes and three interceptions in a November 17, 2013 game against the New York Giants.
There have been 48 games in Packers history where their QB had three or more interceptions with no TD passes. The Pack is 6-42 in those games.
Hundley also became the 19th Green Bay QB to reach these numbers in a contest. Brett Favre and Bart Starr each had seven such games in their careers with the Packers, tied for most in team history.
Here are the 19 Green Bay QBs with the most games with no TD passes and three or more interceptions in the same contest.
7 games: Brett Favre, Bart Starr
6 games: Lynn Dickey
5 games: Tobin Rote
3 games: Babe Parilli, David Whitehurst, Randy Wright
2 games: Zeke Bratkowski, Don Horn, Jerry Tagge
1 game: Carlos Brown, Rich Campbell, Anthony Dilweg, John Hadl, Don Majkowski, Tom O’Malley, Bobby Thomason, Scott Tolzien
Did you notice the name that was not on the above list? Yes, Aaron Rodgers has never had a game with zero TD passes and three or more interceptions.
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The Boston Celtics go for their 15th straight win tonight in Atlanta versus the Hawks. The Celtics are looking to become the 42nd team in NBA history to have a streak of 15 or more consecutive regular season wins.
This year’s team is also hoping to become the sixth Celtics team to win 15 straight. The 2008-09 Celtics won a team record 19 straight. They also won 15 or more regular season contests in 1981-82 (18), 1964-65 (16), 1959-60 (17), and won 15 straight over two seasons in 1956-57 and 1957-58. It’s interesting to note that the ’09 and ’82 teams did not make the finals that season. The 1960 and 1965 teams won the title that year; the ’57 team won the title and the ’58 team lost in the finals.
If the Celts can win 15 straight for the sixth time in their history, they would tie the Lakers for most streaks of 15 or more wins by an NBA franchise with six. Following are the NBA franchises that have had regular season winning streaks of 15 or more games two or more times.
6 (winning streaks of 15 or more): L.A. Lakers
3: Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Washington
2: Golden State, New York Knicks, Phoenix, Portland, Utah.
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