With 147 points in the first four games of the season, Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo surpassed legendary big man Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points by a Bucks’ player in the first four games of a season. Jabbar had 146 in the first four games of the 1970-71 season.
Giannis’ 147 points was the seventh time in Bucks history that one of their players had 115 or more points in the first four games of a season. In addition to the Green Freak’s 147 and Jabbar’s 146, the others who reached the 115-point mark for the Bucks in the first four games of a season: Jabbar, 1972-73, 142; Marques Johnson, 1978-79, 128; Jabbar, 1974-75, 118; Ray Allen, 2001-02, 117; and, Michael Redd, 2005-06, 115.
Giannis also jumped into the Top 10 of the NBA’s list of players with the most points in the first four games of a season. His 147 gave him the 10th highest total in league history. He became the 15th player in NBA history to have 140 or more points in the first four games of a season (it has been done 19 times since 1963-64). Michael Jordan (four times) and Jabbar (twice) are the only players to do it more than once in their careers.
The 15 players to score 140 or more points in the first four games of an NBA season: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tiny Archibald, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Russell Westbrook. (Note: Davis, DeRozan and Westbrook each did it last season, 2016-17).
For the record, Jordan holds the NBA record with 163 points scored in the first four games of a season. He did it in 1989-90. He also holds the second-most mark with 158 points in 1986-87.
For the first time since Week #15 in 2012, there were three shutouts in the NFL in a week. The Chargers, Rams and Jags each shutout their opponents last week in Week #7. The Chargers and Rams defenses had their first shutouts since 2014, while the Jags got their first defensive shutout since 2006.
There are four NFL teams that have not had a defensive shutout this century. The Washington Redskins have the longest drought… they have not shutout an opponent since 1991.
Here is a look at the last time each of the 32 NFL teams shutout an opponent in a regular season game.
2009: Dallas, New York Giants, New York Jets
2010: Chicago, Green Bay, Houston, Tampa Bay
2011: Kansas City, Pittsburgh
2012: Atlanta, Oakland
2014: Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Miami, Philadelphia
2015: Carolina, Seattle
2016: Buffalo, New England, San Francisco
2017: Baltimore, Jacksonville, L.A. Chargers, L.A. Rams, New Orleans
The most shutouts in an NFL week (since the merger of 1970) was Week #1 in 1977… there were five shutouts that week. The 1944 New York Giants and 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers hold the NFL record for most defensive shutouts in a season with five. Since the merger (1970), the Pittsburgh Steelers “D” has the most shutouts with 27.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 26-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on October 22.
- The loss to the Saints was the fourth straight loss to an NFC South team. The Packers have lost five of their last seven to NFC South opponents.
- The Packers lost their last game before the bye week for the first time since 2014 when they lost to the same Saints prior to their bye week that season. Green Bay is 5-3 in the games prior to the bye week since 2010.
- Drew Brees’ 84.4 Passer Rating in the game was the lowest of his career versus the Packers. He did, however, have his seventh consecutive game with 300 or more passing yards against the Pack. Brees is the only opposing QB to have a 135 or higher Passer Rating against the Packers twice in his career.
- Aaron Jones’ 46-yard TD run was the longest run for the Packers this season.
- Scoring first in home games is usually a good sign for Green Bay. They are now 39-6-1 (.859 winning percentage) in games at Lambeau since 2010 when they score first in the contest.
- Damarious Randall had an interception for the third consecutive games. It was the first time a Packer defender had an interception in three consecutive games since Casey Hayward did it in Games, 5-6-7 in the 2012 campaign.
- Green Bay is now 79-15 (.840) since 2000 in games where the defense gets two or more interceptions.
- The Saints did not score in the first quarter. Since 2010, Green Bay is now 44-12 (.786) in games when they hold opponents scoreless in the first quarter. The loss yesterday at Lambeau was only the third time since 2010 that the team lost a game when they held the opponents scoreless in the first quarter; they are now 32-3 since 2010.
- Green Bay held a 14-7 halftime lead. The Packers are 48-2 in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) at Lambeau Field when they have a lead of seven points or more at halftime. The other loss was on October 7, 2007… the Packers had a 17-7 halftime lead over the Bears but lost that home game 27-20.
- The Pack had 181 yards rushing in the game, the most since they had 226 versus the Bears last season. Green Bay is 4-3-1 since 2013 in games where they get 180 or more yards rushing in a contest.
- New Orleans held a 16-14 lead over the Packers going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 5-11-1 at home in their last 16 games when they are behind going into the last quarter.
- Green Bay did not score a point in the third quarter. They have now lost 14 of their last 20 when they are held scoreless in the third quarter. They are 25-34-1 (.425) under Mike McCarthy when they do not score in the third quarter.
- New Orleans had 485 total yards of offense in the game. Since 2010, Green Bay is 10-7 when the “D” allows 450 or more total yards in a game. They have, however, lost three straight and seven of their last 11 games when they give up 450+ yards to an opponent.
- Packers rookie running back Aaron Jones had 131 yards rushing on 17 carries. It was his second 100-yard game this season. He joins four other rookie running backs for the Packers to have two or more 100-yard rushing games in their rookie campaigns with the Pack. The others: Eddie Lacy, Ryan Grant, Samkon Gado and John Brockington. Grant leads this group with five 100-yard games as a Packers rookie.
- Green Bay had only 23:04 time of possession in the game. Since 2000, Green Bay is 5-15 (.333) in games when they have less than 24 minutes time of possession in a game.
- Green Bay had only 79 yards passing in the game. It was the fourth time with McCarthy as head coach that the team was held to under 100 yards in the passing game. They are now 0-4 in those games. They also had no TD passes in the contest. Green Bay is 8-14 since 2006 (.364) when they did not have a TD pass in a game.
- The Pack has now lost nine of their last 10 when they are held under 20 points in a game. Under McCarthy, the team is 11-32 in games when they score less than 20 in a game, 7-10 (.418) in home games.
The Houston Astros punched their ticket to the 2017 World Series with a Game Seven win over the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series (ALCS). For the Yankees, it was their fifth deciding game playoff series loss (Game 5 of a five-game series or Game 7 of a seven-game series) since 2000.
The Yankees five deciding game playoff series losses is second to the Oakland A’s who’ve lost six deciding game losses this century.
There have been 40 playoff series since 2000 that have gone to a deciding fifth game or seventh game. Following are the number of deciding game series losses for each MLB team since 2000.
5: New York Yankees
3: Atlanta, Washington
2: Boston, Houston, St. Louis, Texas
1: Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati, Kansas City, L.A. Dodgers, N.Y. Mets, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Tampa Bay
If you watched Thursday Night Football (Kansas City vs. the Raiders) a couple days ago, you saw the Raiders score a pair of TDs in the first quarter. Scoring 14 or more points in the first quarter is not a common occurrence in an NFL game, but it has happened enough to show us that the team that does put 14 or more points on the scoreboard is usually in for a good game… i.e., a win!
The Raiders went on to win the game 31-30 on a last-second TD. Since the 2010 season, NFL teams are now 229-48-1 (.826 winning percentage) in regular season games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
The Green Bay Packers have had the most games with 14 or more points in the first quarter since the 2010 season with 20. The Patriots are second with 16 games. What makes this Packers stat all the more impressive is that they are 20-0 in those games. In fact, the Packers have not lost a game when they scored 14 or more points in the first quarter since November 8, 2009, a streak of 22 straight wins.
The Packers are one of seven NFL teams that are undefeated since 2010 when they tally 14 or more points in the first quarter. The others: Cincinnati (8-0), Carolina (7-0), Seattle (7-0), Minnesota (6-0), Arizona (5-0) and Miami (3-0). Thirty-one of the 32 NFL teams have a .500 or better winning percentage in these games; the only team with a losing record in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter is Jacksonville. They are 0-3 (.000).