Monthly Archives: October, 2016

Packers Numbers Crunches: Week 8 versus Atlanta Falcons


Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 33-32 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on October 30.

  • The Packers have now lost five of their last nine games they played on the road. They are also 7-11 in their last 18 non-division games on the road, and 25-27 in non-division road games since 2006.
  • Atlanta scored first in the game. Green Bay is 7-13 since 2013 when the other team scores first in a contest.
  • In the first quarter, Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 58-yard pass play. It was their first 50-yard play of the season. The Packers were also the last team in the NFL to have a 50-yard play from scrimmage this season.
  • The Packers defense allowed 10 points in the first quarter. They are 5-5 since 2010 in games when they allow the opposition to put 10 or more points on the board in the first quarter.
  • It was Aaron’s Rodgers’ 18th four-TD game in his career and only the third regular season loss when he had four or more TD passes in a game.
  • Green Bay tallied 24 points in the first half. They had won 25 straight when they scored 24 or more points in the first half of a game. They are 49-3 since 1970 in such games; all three losses came on the road.
  • The Pack is now 6-44 when behind going into the fourth quarter since 2000 (they were behind 26-24 in yesterday’s game).
  • The Packers did not score in the third quarter and are now 11-17-1 since 2010 when they are held scoreless in the third quarter. They have lost 11 of their last 15 when they are scoreless in the third quarter.
  • Rodgers had 60 yards rushing in the game, a career high. Green Bay is 1-4 when he gains 50 or more yards rushing in a game and 2-5 if he gains 40 or more yards rushing in a contest.
  • Rodgers had a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 125.5 in the game, the 28th of his career above 125. The team has now lost two games when Rodgers QBR is 125 or above. The other game was on December 30, 2012 when Rodgers had a QBR of 131.8 in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Davante Adams had 12 receptions for 74 yards and became the second Packers receiver this season to have 10 or more catches in consecutive games (Ty Montgomery did it the previous two games).
  • Aaron Ripkowski had career highs in both rushing attempts (6) and yards (34) in the game.
  • The Pack scored their last TD in the game in the fourth quarter on a drive that lasted eight minutes and 33 seconds. There have been 23 drives of eight minutes or more in the NFL this year… the Packers have four of them, most in the league. In fact, the Packers have four of the Top 10 drives (based time of the drive) in the league this season.
  • In the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006), the Packers are now 61-6 in games when they score 30 or more points in a game. Four of the six losses have come on the road. Green Bay has now lost 14 of their last 17 when they allow the opponents to score 30 or more points in a game.

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Indians 19th team in history to have two shutout wins in World Series


With their 1-0 win over the Cubs last night to take a 2-1 lead in the series, the Cleveland Indians did something that has been pretty rare in World Series history: They have now pitched a shutout in two of the first three games and became the 19th team in history to win two or more games in the World Series by shutout, In addition, the Tribe is only the sixth team in World Series history to win two of the first three games in a World Series by shutout.

All total, there have been 118 shutouts in World Series history. Of the 18 teams that had two or more shutouts in a World Series, 13 went on to win the World Series that season, five did not. That is not good news for the Chicago Cubs.

Let’s look at the 19 teams that have pitched two or more shutouts in a World Series year.

2016: Cleveland (2/to date)
2012: San Francisco (2)
2010: San Francisco (2)
1966: Baltimore (3)
1965: Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
1961: New York Yankees (2)
1960: New York Yankees (2)
1959: Chicago White Sox (2)
1958: New York Yankees (2)
1957: Milwaukee Braves (2)
1956:  New York Yankees (2)
1945: Chicago Cubs (2)
1921: New York Yankees (2)
1920: Cleveland (2)
1919: Cincinnati (2)
1917: New York Giants (2)
1908: Chicago Cubs (2)
1905: New York Giants (4)
1903: Boston (2)

The Indians will be looking to become the only the fourth team in World Series history to win three or more World Series games by shutout (1966-Baltimore, 1965-L.A. Dodgers, 1905-N.Y. Giants). Each of these teams won the World Series that year.

As noted above, five teams were shutout twice in a World Serioes yet went on to win the title that year… that is certainly what the Cubs are hoping for. The last time it happened was in 1960 when the Yankees pitching staff shutout the Pirates in Games #3 and #6, yet the Pirates won Game #7 to win the championship. The other teams to win a World Series after being shutout in two of the games were the 1959 L.A. Dodgers, the 1945 Detroit Tigers, the 1921 N.Y Giants and the 1917 Chicago White Sox.

One final tidbit: Did you that the last team to lose two of the first three games of a World Series by a shutout to go on and win the World Series were the 1945 Detroit Tigers. Their oppponent in that series? The Cubs!

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Packers Numbers Crunches-Week 7 versus the Bears


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.

Packers Numbers Crunches: Week 6 versus the Cowboys


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.

Brewers rookie pitchers with 10 or more wins


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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