Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 27-24 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals on September 24.
- It was Aaron Rodgers first win against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has now beaten each of the other 31 teams in the league. He has not, however, defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season. His only win over Pittsburgh was in the Super Bowl. The Pack will face the Steelers this season on November 26 in Pittsburgh.
- The game was the third home game for the Packers where the temperature was 80 degrees or higher. Green Bay is now 3-0 in games 80 degrees or hotter at home. Interesting enough, each of those three wins was by exactly three points. The other games were 2002 against Atlanta and 1999 versus the Vikings.
- For the second time this season, the Packers hosted a game where their opponents scored first in the contest. Since 2000, Green Bay is 10-10 in home games where the opposition scores first.
- The game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter. The Pack is now 45-28 (.616) in games that are tied after one quarter since 2000. They are 22-8 (.733) in games at Lambeau Field that were tied after the first quarter since 2000.
- The Bengals tallied 21 points in the first half of the game. When opponents scored 20 or more points in the first half since 2000, the Packers are 6-24 (.200).
- Aaron Rodgers threw an interception for the third straight game. The last time he did that was the last three games of 2015. He has never started a season with an interception in three straight games. The longest streak of interceptions for Rodgers in his career was six consecutive games in 2008.
- The win over Cincinnati was the seventh in Rodgers’ career where he was sacked six or more times. It was, however, the first time the Packers won when Rodgers was sacked six or more times.
- The Packers had to overcome a 14-point deficit in the game (they were down 21-7 at halftime). With their win in the game, they are now 6-66 since 1970 in games where they are behind by 14 points or more at halftime.
- Green Bay scored only seven points in the first half. They have won their last four games at home when they scored seven or fewer points in the first half.
- Yesterday was only the second time since 2000 that Green Bay won a game at home where they were behind by seven points or more entering the fourth quarter. The other time was in 2002 when they trailed the Minnesota Vikings by nine points at Lambeau Field and won the game 26-23.
- The Packers have now played in 32 regular season overtime games since 1970. That ranks 25th of the 32 NFL teams. Their record is 12-15-5 (.453) in those games. The Pack has played in the most playoff overtime games since 1970 with six. They are 1-5 in those games. The five losses are the most overtime playoff losses in the NFL since 1970.
- Jordy Nelson had a pair of TDs. The Packers are 14-0 in games when Nelson has two or more TDs.
- Receiver Geronimo Allison set career highs with six receptions for 122 yards. His previous high was four catches for 91 yards in the last game of the 2016 season versus the Lions.
- Rodgers had three TD passes for the 55th time (regular season) in his career. That ranks sixth on the all-time list. Green Bay is 44-11 in those games (.800).
- Rookie Josh Jones had two sacks and 11 tackles in the game. He became the first Packers player since Erik Walden in 2011 to have 10 or more tackles and two sacks in a contest. He is also the first Green Bay rookie to have two sacks in a game since Datone Jones in 2013.
- The running game was fairly non-existent; the Packers had 64 yards on 17 carries. Green Bay is 18-27 (.400) in games since 2000 when they have less than 65 yards rushing in a game. They are 8-42 (.160) in games with less than 20 rushing attempts since 2000.
The Baltimore Ravens opened their 2017 NFL season with a 20-0 win over Cincinnati. For the second straight year, there was a shutout win in a season-opener… last season the San Francisco 49ers shutout the Rams 28-0.
This was the Ravens’ first season-opening shutout win since 2006 when they defeated the Tampa Bay Bucs 27-0.
According to pro football reference.com, forty-seven times since 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era) a team has opened a season with a shutout in their first game. Three teams, Pittsburgh, Seattle and the Raiders top the list with four season-opening shutouts since ’66.
Here are the teams that have two or more season-opening shutouts since 1966.
4: Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle
3: Baltimore, Dallas, Houston Oilers, Miami, Washington
2: Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit
- The most season-opening shutouts took place in the 1977 season… there were five games where a team was shutout that season.
- The worst season-opening shutout occurred twice. In 1967 Oakland shutout Denver 51-0 and in 1989 the Browns defeated the Steelers by the same score, 51-0.
- The New York Jets and New England Patriots franchises hold the NFL mark for most season-opening games where they scored zero points. Both teams were shutout four times in the first game of the season since 1966.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Zach Davies got his MLB-leading 17th win yesterday over the Chicago Cubs.
Davies became the 10th Brewers pitcher in franchise history to win 17 or more games in a season. He also became the second-youngest to reach 17 wins, surpassed only by Lary Sorensen who won 18 games in the 1978 season.
The 10 Brewers pitchers to win 17 or more games in a season: Mike Caldwell and Teddy Higuera (both did it twice), Chris Capuano, Jim Colborn, Zach Davies, Yovani Gallardo, Jaime Navarro, Wily Peralta, Lary Sorensen, Pete Vukovich, each with one season with 17 or more wins for the Brewers.
With a 31-17 career record with the Brewers, Davies also currently holds the top spot for the team with the best winning percentage. With pitchers who have a minimum of 30 wins for the Brewers, Davies’ winning percentage of .646 tops the club. Vukovich is the only other Brewers pitcher with a career win percentage over .600; he was 40-26 (.606). Only four other Milwaukee pitchers have a career win percentage of .550 or better (again, minimum of 30 wins to qualify for the list). They are: Higuera, 94-64 (.595), Gallardo, 89-64 (.582), Juan Nieves, 32-25 (.561) and Caldwell, 102-80 (.560).
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 17-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks on September 10.
- The Pack was scoreless after the first quarter. With their win yesterday, they have now won three straight when they do not score in the first quarter. They are 10-11 since the 2012 season in games when they are held scoreless in the first quarter.
- They were also scoreless after the first half. That is usually not good news. Prior to yesterday, Green Bay was 2-8 in their last 10 games when they did not score in the first half. They are now 5-11 since 2000 in games when they are held scoreless in the first half.
- The Packers defense held the Seahawks to 235 total yards of offense. The Packers have now won 17 of their last 20 games when they hold the opposition under 250 total yards in a contest.
- Green Bay had the ball for 39:13 of the 60 minutes. It was the 16th game since 1986 that the Packers had 39 or more minutes Time of Possession in a game; they are 12-4 in those games. Pittsburgh leads the NFL with 31 games with 39 of more minutes Time of Possession in a contest since ’86.
- Randall Cobb led the Pack with nine receptions. It was his eighth career game with nine or more receptions (his career-high is 11 catches in a game). Green Bay is 7-1 in those eight games.
- Aaron Rodgers had his 50th career 300-yard passing game (regular season games) in the game. Green Bay is 35-15 in those games. His Passer Rating for the game was a very un-Rodgerslike 86.5. The Packers are now 12-23 when Rodgers has a Passer Rating under 87 in a game that he started.
- Ty Montgomery led the running attack with 19 carries. It was the most carries in his career. He had 16 carries versus the Bears last season on December 18.
- The Packers had four drives yesterday of 10 plays or more, most in the league in yesterday’s games. In the four drives they punted twice, kicked a field goal, and ran out the clock to win the game.
- Green Bay did not allow the Seahawks to score a TD in the contest. It was the Pack’s 29th straight win when they keep the opponents out of the end zone. They are 64-7 in games since 1966 (start of the Super Bowl era) in games when the opposition does not score a touchdown.
- The Packers’ “D” allowed Seattle to convert on only three of 12 third-down plays yesterday (25%). Green Bay has now won nine of their last 12 when they hold their opponents to a third-down conversion percentage of 25% or less in a game. The Packers offense converted nine of 16 third downs (56.3%). They have now won 15 of their last 17 games when they convert 50% or more of their third downs in a game.
- Both teams scored under 20 in the game. For the Packers, it was their 20th game since 2006 when both teams scored under 20 points in a game. Green Bay is 11-9 in those games. The Kansas City Chiefs lead the NFL with 43 games played since 2006 where both teams scored under 20 points. Green Bay ranks 28th of the 32 NFL teams in this category.
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It’s pretty rare when you can sit at a major league baseball game and witness history. I certainly didn’t think that would be the case when we walked into Comerica Park in Detroit on September 3 to watch the Tigers host the Cleveland Indians. But that day we watched a performance that would have been accomplished only eight times previously in baseball history.
While my wife and I were on a short vacation visiting an old college teammate/roommate (and his wife) of mine from the University of New Mexico baseball team, we not only saw the Indians drub the host Tigers 11-1, but we also saw a performance by the Tribe’s second baseman, Jose Ramirez that was pretty rare.
From section 124, row 30, seat 9, I saw Ramirez collect five hits in the game, all extra base hits. He ended the game with two home runs and three doubles. It was only the ninth time in MLB history that a player had five or more hits in a game, all extra base hits… five or more hits in a game and not one single in the bunch!
For the record, here are the nine players who have now collected five or more hits in a game, none of them singles (all extra base hits):
Jose Ramirez, September 3, 2017
Kris Bryant, June 27, 2016
Jackie Bradley, August 15, 2015
Josh Hamilton, May 8, 2012
Kelly Shoppach, July 30, 2008
Steve Garvey, August 28, 1977
Willie Stargell, August 1, 1970
Joe Adcock, July 31, 1954
Lou Boudreau, July 14, 1946