Category Archives: Football

Today’s Sportstat: April 2, 2020

The losing side of the NFL’s top QBs

When you think of Hall of Fame NFL quarterbacks, you usually think of those QBs who won big games, threw a lot of TD passes, or led their teams to championships.

What doesn’t come into play is how many games those HOF signal-callers lost. With that in mind, did you know that there are three QBs in the NFL Hall of Fame who lost more than 100 games in their careers?

Brett Favre tops the list of most losses by a Hall of Fame quarterback with 112. He is followed by Fran Tarkenton (109) and Warren Moon (101). It’s possible, however, that there might be a handful of QBs who might surpass Favre on this list.

First, here’s a look at the QBs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who lost 80 or more career games.

Brett Favre-112
Fran Tarkenton-109
Warren Moom-101
Dan Marino-93
Dan Fouts-84
John Elway-82

Recently-retired Eli Manning could replace Favre on the above list. Manning won a pair of Super Bowls and although he probably takes a back seat to older brother Peyton when it comes to NFL careers, Eli has certainly put a career together that deserves HOF consideration. Eli lost 117 games in his 16-year NFL career with the New York Giants. He retired after the 2019 campaign.

There is also a pair of active QBs who could add to their loss totals before they hang up their cleats. Drew Brees looks like he will play another season in New Orleans; he has amassed 111 losses in his career. Philip Rivers has moved on from the Chargers to the play QB for the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year contract. He has 101 career losses.

According to research on pro-football.com, Vinny Testaverde has the top spot with the most losses for a QB with 123. He is one of nine QBs who have lost 100 or more games as a starting QB in the league.

Following are the quarterbacks not in the Hall of Fame who have lost 80 of more NFL games.

Vinny Testaverde-123
Eli Manning-117
Drew Brees-111
Archie Manning-101
Philip Rivers-101
Norm Snead-100
Kerry Collins-99
Drew Bledsoe-95
Boomer Esiason-93
Joe Ferguson-92
Jim Everett-89
Him Hart-88
Carson Palmer-88
Steve DeBerg-86
Chris Chandler-85
Ryan Fitzpatrick-83
Ken Anderson-81
Matt Ryan-80

Think you can list the five Green Bay Packers quarterbacks who have lost the most games in the team’s history? If you answered Favre (93), Aaron Rodgers (60), Bart Starr (57), Lynn Dickey (56) and Tobin Rote (46), go to the head of the class.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: March 26, 2020

NFL draft: When was the last time the Green Bay Packers took these position players in the first round

The National Football League is scheduled to hold its annual draft in late April… barring any delays due to the current health crisis.

Teams will be filling roster spots with young players. But on which side of the ball will teams focus… offense or defense?

The Green Bay Packers have definitely looked to defensive players when it comes to selections in the first round of previous drafts. In fact, of the last 20 NFL drafts, 2000-2019, did you know that the Packers selected 15 defensive players in the first round to only five offensive players?

Here’s a quick look at the number of first rounders the Pack has chosen at various offensive and defensive positions since 2000.

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: 1
Running Backs: 0
Wide receivers: 1
Tight Ends: 1
Tackles: 2
Guards: 0
Centers: 0

DEFENSE
Def. Tackles: 3
Def. Ends: 3
Linebackers: 4
Corner Backs: 1
Safeties: 2
Defensive Backs (no designation of CB or Safety): 2

The last offensive player the Packers chose in the first round was in 2011 when they selected Mississippi State tackle Derek Sherrod. He played in 20 games for the Packers in his four-year NFL career, starting only one game for the team in his career.

Following is the last position player the Packers chose in the first round and the year they were drafted.

OFFENSE
Quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, 2005
Running Backs: Darrell Thompson, 1990
Wide receivers: Javon Walker, 2002
Tight Ends: Bubba Franks, 2000
Tackles: Derek Sherrod, 2011
Guards: Aaron Taylor, 1994
Centers: Bob Hyland, 1967

DEFENSE
Def. Tackles: Kenny Clark, 2016
Def. Ends: Datone Jones, 2013
Linebackers: Rashan Gary, 2019
Corner Backs: Jaire Alexander, 2018
Safeties: Darnell Savage, 2019
Defensive Backs (no designation of CB or Safety): Ha Ha Clinton Dix, 2014

So in which direction will the Packers go this season? If history is any indication, look for a player on the defensive side of the ball. But then again, they could tab an offensive player in the first round for the first time since 2011.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: February 29, 2020

Last time each NFL team drafted a QB in the first round

Even though it’s the “off-season,” the NFL is in the news with the NFL Combine being held in Indianapolis.

One thing that usually goes along with the Combine is the plethora of mock drafts which circulate in the media. Every NFL expert (and even some who are not experts) have an opinion about who and how each of the NFL’s 32 teams will draft in April.

One such mock draft I read had the Packers choosing a QB in the first round. The logic was that the team needed to prepare for the inevitable time when Aaron Rodgers would not be an elite QB and the team needed to start putting a succession plan in place. Should the Pack select a QB in the first round of this year’s draft? Let the debate start.

It got me thinking about QBs selected in the first round over the past several years. Specifically, I looked at the QBs who were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft since 2000, a total of 20 drafts this century.

A total of 56 QBs were chosen in the first round of the draft from 2000-2019, an average of just under three per year. Four teams, however, have not drafted a QB in the first round this century: Dallas, New England, New Orleans and Seattle. In fact, the team that has the longest stretch where they have not drafted a QB in the first round are the New Orleans Saints. The last QB they drafted in the first round was in 1971 when they tabbed Archie Manning, Peyton and Eli’s father, in the first round of that draft.

Here’s a look at the last year each NFL franchise chose a QB in the first round of the NFL Draft (the current city for each franchise is listed).

1971: New Orleans (Archie Manning)
1989: Dallas (Troy Aikman)
1993: New England (Drew Bledsoe), Seattle (Rick Mirer)

2003: Cincinnati
2004: L.A. Chargers, Pittsburgh
2005: Green Bay, San Francisco
2007: Oakland
2008: Atlanta
2009: Detroit
2011: Carolina
2012: Indianapolis, Miami
2014: Jacksonville, Minnesota
2015: Tampa Bay, Tennessee
2016: Denver, L.A. Rams, Philadelphia
2017: Chicago, Houston, Kansas City
2018: Baltimore, Buffalo, Cleveland, N.Y. Jets
2019: Arizona, N.Y. Giants, Washington

  • Nine franchises have drafted three or more QBs in the first round this century; the Redskins and Browns have each drafted four different QBs in the first round since 2000. The seven teams that have drafted three QBs in the first round since 2000: Arizona, Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Jacksonville, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee.
  • There have been four colleges that have had three or more of their QBs taken in the first round since 2000… USC has seen four of its QBs taken in the first round since 2000 to top the list; California, Florida State and Oklahoma have had three of their QBs taken in the first round since 2000.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: February 1, 2020

Super Bowl starting quarterbacks

Quick trivia quiz: Can you name the 12 QBs who have won two or more Super Bowls? Can you also name the eight starting QBs who lost two or more Super Bowls? Finally, who are the four starting quarterbacks that have won two or more Super Bowls and lost two or more Super Bowls?

Answers below.

Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting QBs in this year’s Super Bowl, both making their first starting appearance in the big game.

For the Chiefs, this will be their third appearance in the Super Bowl. The starting QB in their other two Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl I and IV) was Lenny Dawson. For the 49ers, Garoppolo becomes the fourth QB to start a Super Bowl for the franchise (Joe Montana, Steve Young, Colin Kaepernick). This is the 49ers seventh appearance in the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady has made the most Super Bowl starts for a QB with nine… he is followed by John Elway with five. Brady is one of 12 Super Bowl starting QBS with two or more wins in the Super Bowl. The list of Super Bowl QBs who won two or more:

6-Tom Brady
4-Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana
3-Troy Aikman
2-John Elway, Bob Griese, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning, Jim Plunkett, Ben Roethlisberger, Bart Starr, Roger Staubach

Of these 12 QBs who have won two or more Super Bowls, only Jim Plunkett is not in the Hall of Fame. Brady and Roethlisberger are still active; Eli Manning just retired, and Peyton has been retired for a couple of years.

There have also been eight starting QBs who have lost two or more Super Bowls. They are:

4-Jim Kelly
3-Tom Brady, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton
2-Peyton Manning, Craig Morton, Roger Staubach, Kurt Warner

The only quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls and lose two or more Super Bowls? Tom Brady, John Elway, Peyton Manning and Roger Staubach.

It’s interesting to note that there have been three times when a pair of QBs faced off against each other twice in the Super Bowl… Staubach and Bradshaw, Aikman and Kelly, and Brady and Eli Manning. The same QB won both games… Bradshaw, Aikman and Eli Manning.

 

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Today’s Sportstat: January 30, 2020

 

Super Bowl scoreboard watching

The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers face off in the Super Bowl this Sunday in Miami.

Will it be a high-scoring game, as many experts are predicting? Will having the lead at halftime of the Super Bowl make a difference? Will it be a close game?

To give some insight to those questions (and potential answers), let’s look at some of the points stats in the previous 53 Super Bowls.

SCORING FIRST
* The team that scores first in the Super Bowl is 36-17 (.679)

FIRST QUARTER
* Teams that were scoreless in the first quarter were 15-29 (.341)
* Teams that scored in the first quarter were 38-24 (.613)
* Teams that scored 10 or more points in the first quarter were 11-6 (.647)
* Teams that scored 13 or more points in the first quarter were 7-2 (.778)

HALFTIME
* Teams that scored in each of the first two quarters were 32-14 (.696)
* Teams that were scoreless at halftime were 0-13
* Teams that scored 17 or more points in the first half were 20-2 (.909)
* Teams that had the lead at halftime were 39-11 (.780)

GOING INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER
* Teams that scored in each of the first three quarters were 27-7 (.794)
* Teams that had the lead going into the fourth quarter were 41-10 (.804)
* Teams that had a lead of 10 points or more going into the fourth quarter were 29-2 (.935)
* There have been only four teams that were scoreless going into the fourth quarter: Baltimore (1969 Super Bowl), Washington (1973 Super Bowl), Minnesota (1974 and 1975 Super Bowls).

FINAL SCORE
* Both teams scoring 30 or more points in a Super Bowl game has happened only three times: Jan. 21, 1979, Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31; Feb. 3, 2013, Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31; February 4, 2018, Philadelphia 41, New England 33 (the Patriots 33 points is the most points scored by a team that lost the Super Bowl).
* There were six times where the team that won the Super Bowl scored less than 20 points. Four of those six times were in the first 10 Super Bowls. The last time was last year when the Patriots beat the L.A. Rams 13-3. The Pats 13 points was the fewest points scored to win a Super Bowl.
* Teams that scored 30 or more points in a Super Bowl game were 27-3 (.900).
* In the first 10 Super Bowls, the average score was 22.2-9.1 (31.3 average total points scored). In the last 10 Super Bowls, the average score was 30.0-19.6 (49.6 average total points scored).
* Twenty of the 53 previous Super Bowls were decided by one score (eight points or less). Twelve of the 53 previous Super Bowls were decided by 20 points or more.
* Of the 20 Super Bowls decided by eight points or less, 11 of them have happened since 2000 and six have happened since 2010.
* In the last 22 Super Bowls, 13 were decided by less than 10 points.
* The average margin of victory in the first 10 Super Bowls was 13.1. The average margin of victory in the last 10 Super Bowls was 9.8.
* The two teams in the Super Bowl have combined to score 60 or more points in 10 Super Bowls.
* The 16 combined points by the Patriots and Rams in last year’s Super Bowl was the fewest for any Super Bowl game.
* There have been 12 20-point (or more) blowouts in the Super Bowl, the last coming in 2013 when the Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. Only three of the last 16 Super Bowls have been decided by 14 or more points.

DID YOU KNOW?
* Since 2000, the New England Patriots have appeared in nine of those 19 Super Bowls, winning six and losing three.

 

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