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Today’s Sportstat: December 13, 2018

Three teams (Arizona, Oakland and San Francisco) have already lost 10 games in this NFL season. With three games remaining for each of the league’s 32 teams, another 14 teams have at least seven losses and could finish the season with 10 (or more) losses.

In addition to the three teams mentioned above, here are the 14 other teams that could end the 2018 campaign with double-digit losses (current number of losses noted below):

7: Carolina, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington

8: Cincinnati, Detroit, New York Giants, Tampa Bay

9: Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, New York Jets

There are currently five teams that have not lost 10 or more games in a season this decade: Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, PIttsburgh and Seattle. Of these five, the only team in danger of losing 10 or more this season are the Packers; they would have to lose all three of their remaining games to reach 10 losses for the season.

The Patriots hold the mark for longest time since losing 10 or more games in season. They last lost double-digits in a season in 2000.

Here are the last seasons each of the 32 NFL teams lost 10 or more games in a season (through games of December 10, 2018).

2000: New England

2003: Pittsburgh

2005: New Orleans

2008: Green Bay

2009: Seattle

2010: Cincinnati

2012: Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia

2013: Buffalo, Minnesota

2014: Atlanta, Washington

2015: Baltimore, Dallas, Tennessee

2016: Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams

2017: Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay

2018: Arizona, Oakland, San Francisco



Packerstats 2018: Game #13, 34-20 win over Atlanta

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons on December 9.

  • It was 26 degrees at game time. Since 2010, the Packers are 17-5-1 (.761 winning percentage) in games where the temperature is below 32 degrees at game time.
  • Green Bay is now 12-5 (.706) since 2000 against the NFC South.
  • The Packers now have an 18-16 lead in the all-time series against the Falcons (that includes a 2-2 record in the playoffs). Since 2010, Green Bay has won five of the nine games versus Atlanta.
  • The Packers won the coin toss and are now 30-7-1 (.803) in games at Lambeau Field since 2010 when they win the coin toss.
  • Atlanta scored first in the game. The Pack is 11-21 (.344) since 2014 in games when the other team scores first.
  • Atlanta’s Julio Jones had eight receptions for 108 yards. It was his third career game against the Packers where he had 100 or more yards receiving. He is the 12th player in history to have three or more 100-yard receiving games against Green Bay. Randy Moss tops the list with seven.
  • Davante Adams had another TD reception in the game, his 10th game this year with a TD reception. With three games remaining, Adams has a shot at the Green Bay record which is 11 games with a TD reception. Jordy Nelson had a TD in 11 games in 2016; Sterling Sharpe had TD catches in 11 games in 1992 and 1994.
  • Bashaud Breeland had a TD on an interception, the first “Pick-6” for the Packers since Damarious Randall on October 8, 2017. The Packers have now won 16 straight when they have a player score a TD on an interception.
  • Mason Crosby had a pair of field goals in the game giving him 301 for his career. He became the 31st kicker in NFL history to reach 300 made field goals in a career. His 80.1% field goal percentage ranks 20th of the 31 kickers who have 300 or more career field goals made. Three other kickers who played for Green Bay are also on the list of those with 300 or more career field goals: Ryan Longwell, Al Del Greco and Jan Stenerud.
  • The Packers had a 20-7 lead at halftime. They have now won 29 straight games when they score 20 or more points by halftime in home games. Since 2000, Green Bay is 40-2 (.952) in home games when they score 20 or more points in the first half.
  • Aaron Rodgers had 44 yards rushing in the game. That’s the most yards rushing for ARod in a game this season and the most since he had 60 yards rushing in a game on October 30, 2016… also a game against the Falcons.
  • Randall Cobb was on the receiving end of a Rodgers TD pass. It was the 33rd game that Cobb caught a TD pass; Green Bay is 23-10 (.697) in those games.
  • Rodgers broke the NFL record for most passes without an interception with 358 pass attempts. To put that record in perspective, there have been 930 times when a QB has passed 358 or more times in an NFL season. The fewest interceptions by a QB with 358 or more pass attempts in a season are two by Tom Brady in 2016. Of those 930 QBs with 358 or more pass attempts in an NFL season, 806 of those QBs had at last 10 interceptions that season.
  • Clay Matthews had a sack. Green Bay is 45-18-1 (.711) in games when Matthews has at least a half-sack or more in a contest.
  • Green Bay had scored 34 points heading into the fourth quarter. They have won 94 of their last 98 games where they had 30 or more points on the scoreboard heading into the fourth quarter.
  • Breeland became the 12th Packer since 2002 to have an interception and fumble recovery in the same game for the team.
  • Aaron Jones had a rushing TD for the fifth straight game. He became the 110th player in NFL history to have a rushing TD in five straight games. Other Packers on the list: Paul Hornung (7 straight games), Ryan Grant and Terdell Middleton (six straight games each). The NFL record is 18 straight games with a rushing TD by LaDainian Tomlinson.
  • Rodgers had two TD passes and no interceptions in the game. It was the 69th game in his career that he had at least two TD passes and no interceptions in a game. He is fifth in this stat in the league; Tom Brady has 100 games, Drew Brees 77, Brett Favre 74 and Peyton Manning 73. Green Bay is 59-10 (.855) in games when Rodgers has two or more TD passes with no interceptions in a game.
  • The Pack has now won 15 straight at home when they tally 30 or more points in a game. The team is 57-3 (.950) since 2000 at home when they reach the 30 point mark.
  • Green Bay had zero turnovers. They are 38-4-2 (.886) at home since 2000 when they do not have a turnover in the game.

Today’s Sports Stat: December 8, 2018

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 2018: Game #12, 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals

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.

Today’s Stat: December 1, 2018

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