For the second time in three years, the New Orleans Saints have won a game where the combined number of points scored by the two teams was 90 or more.
The Saints defeated the Detroit Lions on Sunday 52-38 (90 total points scored). It was the first NFL regular season game with 90+ points since 2015 when the Saints beat the New York Giants 52-49 (101 points).
This was the 12th regular season game with 90 or more points in a game since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970. The Saints also became the fifth team since 1970 to play in two 90-point regular season games. The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets have both played in three such games. Cleveland, San Diego, and now New Orleans, have played in two of these 90-point games. For the record, the Jets won each of their three games, and Chargers and Saints both won their two contests.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on October 15.
- The Packers are now 10-8 versus the Vikings since 2000 when they are the away team. The teams have now split the last 10 games played in Minnesota.
- Early Sunday (noon start) games have been a good thing for the Packers. They are now 33-15-1 (.684) since 2010 in games that have an early Sunday start.
- Yesterday’s game was scoreless after the first quarter. Since 2000, Green Bay is 25-15 in games where neither team scored in the first quarter. They are, however, 11-13 since 2000 in away games where both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter.
- Clay Matthews got his first fumble recovery since 2015 in the game. He now has five career fumble recoveries (he had three in his rookie season of 2009).
- The Packers “D” had a pair of takeaways, usually a good sign. Since 2010, the team is 44-10 (.815) in games where the defense gets two or more takeaways.
- The Pack was behind by four points at halftime. They are now 7-14 (.333) in away games when they trail by four points or more at halftime.
- Through the first three quarters, the Packers had only 10 points. Since 2011, Green Bay is 2-19-1 (.114) in games where they have 10 or fewer points going into the fourth quarter.
- Brett Hundley became the 17th Green Bay QB to throw three or more interceptions in a game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). He is the first Packers QB with three interceptions in a game since Scott Tolzien on November 17, 2013 when he had three picks in a game versus the Giants.
- Green Bay did not score in the second half. It was the first scoreless second half in a game since November 26, 2015 when they were held scoreless in the second half in a 17-13 loss to the Bears. The Pack has been scoreless in the second half in 17 games since 2000… they are 2-15 in those games.
- The Packers had only 227 total yards of offense in the game. It was the fifth game since 2013 where they had fewer than 250 yards of offense in a game; they lost each of those games. Since 2000, Green Bay is now 9-14 in games where they have fewer than 250 yards of total offense in a contest.
- With only 10 points, the Packers are now 5-21 (.192) since 2000 in games where they are held to 10 points or less in a game. They have lost six straight.
- Since the start of the 2015 season, there have been eight opposing receivers who have caught nine or more passes in a game versus the Packers. Only one player has done it twice… Minnesota’s Adam Thielen. He had nine receptions in yesterday’s game; he had 12 in a game versus the Pack last year on Christmas Eve.