One of the best ways to evaluate an NFL quarterback’s effectiveness is his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Based on that formula, a quartet of current NFL QBs may be setting a new standard in this stat.
Steve Young holds the NFL record for most TD passes in a season without an interception with 10. He did that in 1987. Josh McCown currently holds the NFL single-season mark for most TD passes in a season with only one interception when he threw for 13 TDs in 2013 with just a single pick. That mark by McCown, however, may be challenged this year.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers this season has 21 TD passes with only one interception. If he ends the ’18 campaign without another interception, he would set the record for most TD passes in a season with only one interception. Of course, there are four games remaining in the schedule and McCown’s record could stay intact.
Let’s take a look at those quarterbacks who have thrown the most TD passes in a season with zero, one, two, three, four or five interceptions.
0 interceptions in a season
Steve Young, 1987, 10 TD passes
Brian Hoyer, 2016, 6 D passes
1 interception in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2018, 21 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Josh McCown, 2013, 13 TD passes
Damon Huard, 2006, 11 TD passes
2 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2016, 28 TD passes
Nick Foles, 2013, 27 TD passes
Boomer Esiason, 1997, 13 TD passes
3 interceptions in a season
Drew Brees, 2018, 30 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
David Garrard, 2007, 18 TD passes
Dave Krieg, 1994, 14 TD passes
Bart Starr, 1966, 14 TD passes
4 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2010, 36 TD passes
Steve DeBerg, 1990, 23 TD passes
Dak Prescott, 2016, 23 TD passes
5 interceptions in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2014, 38 TD passes
Russell Wilson, 2018, 29 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Alex Smith, 2017, 26 TD passes
Matt Ryan, 2018, 25 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
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PACKERSTATS-Game #12-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on December 2.
One of the frustrating aspects of statistics is that what can seem obvious isn’t always the case. Based on the history and stats entering the game against the Arizona Cardinals, there was no way the Cards would beat the Pack, at least that’s what the numbers “told us.” But as we have all learned, “that’s why they play the game” and don’t just trust the stats.
Prior to the game Sunday against the Cardinals…
… the Packers had been 11-2 at home in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) against the NFC West and they had won six straight;
… the team was 22-4 in home games in December since 2006;
… the Packers had won eight of their last nine games that were the 12th game of the season;
… Green Bay had won eight straight at home versus the Cardinals, who had not beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 1949.
- It was Aaron Rodgers birthday. He is now 1-1 on his birthday. He won on December 2, 2012 versus the Vikings on his birthday.
- The temperature was 34 at game time. The Cardinals have now won four straight in games where the temperature is below 40 degrees. They are 4-8 in such games since 2000.
- Green Bay has now lost seven of their last games when they do not score in the first quarter. The Packers are 45-52 (.489) since 2000 in games where they do not score in the first quarter. They are 22-18 (.550) since 2000 in home games when they do not score in the first quarter.
- Davante Adams has caught 85 passes this year; he has been targeted 127 times… that’s a percentage of 66.7. That’s the highest catch percentage of his career.
- Mason Crosby missed a last-second field goal in the game. Green Bay is 0-3-1 this season when Crosby misses a field goal in the game. They are 5-9-1 since 2015 in games when Crosby misses a field goal.
- The Packers held a three-point lead at halftime, 10-7. The team is now 61-4-1 at home since 2006 when they have the lead at halftime.
- Jimmy Graham had eight receptions in the game, the most in a game for the Packers. It is the most receptions he has had in a game since he had eight for the Seattle Seahawks in a game on November 7, 2016.
- Rookie running back Chase Edmonds had a pair of TDs for the Cards. It was the first time that a rookie had two TDs in a game versus the Packers since Robert Kelley had three for the Washington Redskins in a game on November 20, 2016.
- Green Bay was behind 17-10 going into the fourth quarter. The Packers are now 14-35-1 (.290) since 2000 in games at Lambeau when they are trailing going into the fourth quarter.
- Aaron Jones has scored a TD in five of his last six games for the Pack.
- The Packers are now 4-7-1 for the season. The last time the Packers ended the season with only four wins was in 2005, Mike Sherman’s last season and the year prior to Mike McCarthy taking over the head coaching duties.
- Rookie Arizona QB Josh Rosen became the seventh rookie QB to defeat the Packers in game since 2000. The others six: Dak Prescott, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Josh Freeman, Matt Ryan and Kyle Orton.
- The Packers have now lost 10 of their last 11 home games when they score fewer than 20 points. Since 2000, the Packers are 14-22 (.389) in games at Lambeau when they score less than 20 points.
- Aaron Rodgers attempted 50 passes in the game, the sixth time in his career that he had 50 or more pass attempts in a contest. The Packers are 1-5 in such games.
Here’s a quick trivia question for you…
There have been eight players who have caught 10 or more TD passes from Aaron Rodgers. Can you name them?
Before you read on, choose your eight.
Got your eight players?
Rodgers has 333 career TD passes. He has thrown a TD pass to 34 different receivers; eight have caught 10 or more, while 13 have caught between two and nine. Another 13 players have caught one TD pass from Rodgers.
Here are the 13 players who have caught between two and nine TD passes from Rodgers:
9: Donald Lee
7: John Kuhn
6: Eddie Lacy
5: James Starks
4: Geronimo Allison, Andrew Quarless, Spencer Havner
3: Ty Montgomery, Tom Crabtree
2: Brandon Jackson, Jimmy Graham, Lance Kendricks, Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Hopefully you didn’t cheat and look down here for the answer to the trivia question. The eight players who have caught 10 or more TD Passes from Aaron Rodgers…
Jordy Nelson, 65
James Jones, 41
Greg Jennings, 38
Randall Cobb, 38
Davante Adams, 31
Donald Driver, 22
Jermichael Finley, 19
Richard Rodgers, 13