Monthly Archives: September, 2014

Packers Notebook: Inside the numbers in their win over the Bears


Here’s a look at a few of the statistics that helped define the Packers 38-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

1. The Packers allowed the Bears to amass 496 yards of offense. It was the 120th time since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) that the Pack has allowed 400-plus yards on defense. Green Bay is 46-72-2 in such games (.392 winning percentage). The Packers are 3-4-1 in games since the start of the 2013 season where the defense gives up 400 or more yards.

2. The Packers allowed 235 yards rushing to the Bears. Prior to yesterday’s game, the Packers were 1-28-1 since 1966 when they allowed opponents to gain 230 or more yards rushing in a game. Their only other win was on December 2, 2012 when the Vikings gained 240 yards rushing, but the Packers won 23-14.

3. The Bears and Packers combined for 854 total yards yesterday. In the last 20 games where the Packers and their opponents combined for 800 or more total yards, the Packers are 13-6-1. The Packers are now 7-1 in such games versus the Bears. The Packers have played 11 games since 1966 against the Lions where the combined total yards of the two teams was over 800 yards, most of any opponent.

4. Green Bay had a 14-point lead going into the fourth quarter in Sunday’s contest. It was their 44th straight win when they had a lead of 14 points or more starting the fourth quarter.

5. The Packers held the Bears scoreless in the third quarter. They are now 19-4 in the last 23 games they’ve played when they hold the opposition scoreless in the third quarter.

6. The Packers defense actually pitched a shutout in the second half yesterday. They have now won 19 straight in games where they hold the opponents scoreless in the second half.

7. Yesterday was the fifth time since 1966 that the Packers allowed 400 or more yards to their foes in a game yet won the game by 20 or more points. It happened in 1982, 2004 and 2011 to St. Louis, and in 1999 to Arizona. The biggest point differential was when they allowed 400-plus total yards in a game in 2004 when they beat the Rams by 28 points, 45-17.

8. Aaron Rodgers had four or more TD passes for the 13th time in the regular season. The Packers are 12-1 when he’s tossed 4-plus TD passes in a contest.

9. Mason Crosby made a 53-yard field goal in the game. The Packers are 15-6 when Crosby makes a field goal of 50 yards or more in a game.

10. The Packers are 2-2 after four games, the seventh time they have been 2-2 after four games since 2000. Only twice since 2000 have the Packers not made the playoffs after starting 2-2 in a season (2000, and 2008). The Packers were 1-3 or 0-4 in only three seasons since 2000; they failed to make the playoffs in two of those seasons (2005 and 2006).

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Jonathan Lucroy finds a home at second base


While the Milwaukee Brewers 2014 season is basically over after being eliminated from the N.L. playoffs, one of its players is trying to hold on to the major league lead for doubles.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy has 52 doubles this season and is a shoo-in to win the N.L. doubles crown (his nearest competitor is Freddie Freeman with 42). Winning the majors doubles title may be more of a challenge. Lucroy has a one double lead over Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera with three games to play.

If Lucroy ends up with the most doubles in the majors this year he will become the first Brewers player to win the MLB doubles crown since Lyle Overbay did it in 2004 with 54 two-baggers. The Brewers have had a player lead the league (or tie for the league lead) in doubles eight times since 1969.

Here’s a look at the Brewers players who have led (or tied) the league in doubles, triples and home runs since 1969. (A * indicates they led the American League)

2004: Lyle Overbay
1987: Paul Molitor *
1982: Robin Yount * (tie)
1981: Cecil Cooper *
1980: Robin Yount *
1979: Cecil Coper * (tie)
1973: Pedro Garcia *(tie)

1991: Paul Molitor * (tie)
1988: Robin Yount * (tie)
1983: Robin Yount *

Home Runs
2012: Ryan Braun
2007: Prince Fielder
1982: Gorman Thomas * (tie)
1980: Ben Oglivie * (tie)
1979: Gorman Thomas *
1975: George Scott *

One final note of interest: The Brewers had never had a player lead the league (or tie for the league lead) in singles until last season. Nori Aoki led the National League with 140 singles in 2013.

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The week following a 40-point blowout game in the NFL


Last Thursday the Atlanta Falcons defeated division foes the Tampa Bay Bucs 56-14. Since the beginning of the Super Bowl era in 1966, there have been 113 games played where the final point differential in the game was 40 points or more; that’s an average of about 2.3 games per season.

You would assume that a team that wins a 40-point blowout is on a roll and that they will continue their winning ways the following week after the blowout win. Conversely, you would think that a team that suffers a 40-point blowout loss would take another tumble the following week. That has not been the case, especially in the last couple of years. In fact, of the six blowout games played in 2012 and 2013, the team that won the blowout was only 3-3 in games the next week, while the teams that suffered the blowout loss won four and lost two in those six games the following week.

Here’s a look at the last six blowout games in the NFL (from the 2012 and 2013 seasons) and how well each team did the following week.

October 7, 2012: San Francisco 45, Buffalo 3. The 49ers lost the following week 26-3; the Bills won 19-16 the following week.

December 9, 2012: Seattle 58, Arizona 0. The Seahawks won 50-17 the following week; the Cardinals won 38-10 the following week.

December 16, 2012: New Orleans 41, Tampa Bay 0. The Saints won 34-31 the following week; the Bucs lost 28-13 the following week.

December 23, 2012: Green Bay 55, Tennessee 7. The Packers lost 37-34 the following week; the Titans won 38-20 the following week.

October 27, 2013: Cincinnati 49, New York Jets 9. The Bengals lost 22-20 the following week; the Jets won 26-20 the following week.

December 22, 2013: Philadelphia 54, Chicago 11. The Eagles won 24-22 the following week; the Bears lost 33-28 the following week.

So how will the Falcons and Bucs do in this weekend’s games? Based on their past history of playing in 40-point blowout games, Atlanta, who play the Minnesota Vikings, should win. The Falcons are 3-1 in games the week after a 40-point blowout win. Tampa Bay, who plays at Pittsburgh, are 2-3 in games the week following a 40-point blowout loss. A Bucs victory may not be in the cards.

Note: If we go back to blowout games played in the NFL since 2009, there were 15 40-point blowout games from 2009-13. The teams that won those blowout games were 10-5 the week following their blowout win; the teams that lost those blowout games were 7-8 the week following their 40-point blowout loss.

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SIX STATS you might not know about… 2014 NFL Players Physical Attributes and Race


With thanks to Andrew Powell-Morse, Data Analysis and Editorial Content with Best Tickets, following are some selected stats/numbers you’ll find in the 2nd Annual NFL Players Census.

1. Offensive tackles occupy the top spot for average height of NFL positions. OT’s average just under 6’6″. Second are tight ends at 6’4.5″. Shortest players are running backs who average just under 5’11”.

2. Heaviest players are nose tackles who top the scales at an average of 322 pounds. Second are offensive tackles at 315 and offensive guards at 314. Lightest players are corner backs at 194.

3. The Indianapolis Colts boast the NFL’s heaviest team with an average weight of 256, three pounds heavier than their closest competitor, the Arizona Cardinals. Lightest team? The Cleveland Browns at 242.

4. The NFL’s tallest team is the Cardinals at 6’2.5″. Tampa Bay is the shortest team at 6’1″.

5. Just over two-thirds (68%) of NFL players are African-American. White players account for 27.7% of the NFL rosters.

6. There are six positions where there are more whites than African-Americans at that spot: Center, placekicker, long-snapper, punter, QB and tight end. Note: Of the 175 corner backs in the league, 170 are African-American. At running back, 107 of the 120 RBs are African-American.

For all the results from this study, go to

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SIX STATS you may not know about… The Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup

The 40th Ryder Cup Matches will be held from 26–28 September 2014 on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel near Auchterarder in Perthshire, Scotland. Here’s a look at a few stats from past events.

1. Although the USA leads the all-time series 25-12-2, the European squad has won the last two, five of the last six, and seven of the last nine competitions.

2. The Ryder Cup has been held on American soil 20 times (in 17 different states) since the series began in 1927. The U.S. states where it has been held include: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia. California, Massachusetts and Ohio have held the event twice.

3. Since 1979, the last 17 Ryder Cups, the competition has been decided by one point in seven years (there was also one tie). Six of the matches were decided by five points or more.

4. Tiger Woods has played in seven Ryder Cups (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012). The U.S. has won only one of those years (1999). Jack Nicklaus played in six Ryder Cups; the Americans won five and tied one in those matches. Arnold Palmer played in six Ryder Cups; the U.S. team was undefeated in those Ryder Cups.

5. Phil Mickelson has played in the most Ryder Cup matches for the U.S. team with 38. There are seven other American golfers who have played in 30 or more Ryder Cup matches: Billy Casper (37), Lanny Wadkins (34), Tiger Woods (33), Arnold Palmer (32), Raymond Floyd (31), Jim Furyk (30) and Lee Trevino (30).

6. Nick Faldo has played in the most Ryder Cup matches for the European team with 46. He is followed by Bernhard Langer with 42.

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