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Today’s Sportstat: October 17, 2019

PACKERSTATS-Game #6-2019 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-22 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football, October 14 at Lambeau Field.

  • The Packers had three turnovers in the game while the Lions had no turnovers. How improbable was the Packers win based on their three turnovers and the Lions not having a turnover? In regular season games from 2000-2019, teams that have three turnovers and their opponents did not have a turnover have won only 36 games and have lost 597; that is a winning percentage of .057, meaning that based on these stats dating back to 2000, the Packers had about a 6% chance of winning that game on Monday because of their three turnovers and Detroit’s zero turnovers. The Packers have now won three games since 2000 when they had three turnovers and no takeaways in a contest, that is tied for the second-most in the league (the Rams have won four such games since 2000). It was Green Bay’s first win in a game where they had three turnovers and no takeaways since November 4, 2001 in a win 17-14 win over Tampa Bay.
  • Green Bay is now 25-10 (.714) in home games in October since 2000. They have won 17 of their last 20 home games in October.
  • Green Bay is now 11-8 versus the Lions since 2010, including a 7-3 record versus the Lions at home since 2010.
  • The Pack is now 33-32-1 in Monday night games since 1970. They have won five of their last six Monday night games. The 33 Monday night wins ranks seventh in the NFL; the San Francisco 49ers have the most Monday night wins with 49.
  • Green Bay won the coin toss and is now 32-8-1 since 2010 at Lambeau Field when they win the coin toss.
  • Detroit scored first in the game. The Packers are now 30-26 (.536) since 2000 in games at Lambeau Field where the opposition scores first in the contest.
  • As stated above, the Pack had three turnovers in the game. They are now 3-14 since 2010 in games where they have three or more turnovers. The Lions had zero turnovers; the Packers are now 6-24 (.200) since 2010 in games when they have no takeaways in a game.
  • Detroit put 10 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Green Bay is now 11-26 (.297) since 2000 when they give up 10 or more points in the first quarter of a regular season game.
  • The Packers did not score in the first quarter and are now 23-19 since 2000 in games at Lambeau when they do not score in the first quarter.
  • Detroit’s Matt Prater made five field goals in the game becoming the ninth opponent kicker to have five or more made field goals in a regular season game against the Pack.
  • The Lions had a 19-13 lead going into the fourth quarter. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Packers are 11-80-1 (.125) in games at Lambeau Field when they are behind by six or more points entering the fourth quarter.
  • Green Bay placekicker Mason Crosby connected on three field goals and two extra points for 11 points. It was the 56th regular season game in his career where he had 10 or more points in a game. The Packers are 47-8-1 (.848) in those games when Crosby scores 10 or more points.
  • The Packers sit atop the NFC North with a 5-1 record. Since 1966, Green Bay has now been 5-1 six times after six games played. In two of those years, they won the Super Bowl (1966 and 1996). The last time the Packers were 5-1 after six games was in 2007.
  • Green Bay has now won six one-point regular season games since 2000; the Dallas Cowboys top this list with 11 one-point wins since 2000.
  • Aaron Rodgers is now 31-12 in October games in his career, the most wins of any month in his career.
  • Jamaal Williams had 104 yards rushing in the game on 14 carries. It was the second-most rushing yards in a game in his career. The 7.43 yards per carry in this game was the highest of his career.
  • The Packers had 170 yards rushing in the game and is now 31-7-1 (.808) since 2000 in games where they have 170 or more yards rushing in a contest.
  • Allen Lazard led the Packers with 65 yards receiving in the game. Prior to that game, Lazard had one career catch for seven yards in a game versus the Lions last year. Lazard became the 37th different receiver who has caught a TD pass from Aaron Rodgers.
  • This was the first game with a score of 23-22 that the Packers have ever played in. There have been 13 NFL games that ended 23-22 since 1979.
  • Green Bay had 447 total yards in the game. Since 2010, they are 35-10-1 (.772) in games where they have 400 or more total yards in a game.
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Today’s Sportstat: October 14, 2019

9 stats you may not know about NFL teams that start the season 5-0

There are two undefeated teams remaining in the NFL: The 6-0 New England Patriots who started the 2019 season with their sixth straight win this season over the New York Giants last Thursday; and the surprising San Francisco 49ers who upped their record to 5-0 with a big divisional win over one of last year’s Super Bowl teams, the Los Angeles Rams, on Sunday.

Not counting this year’s Patriots and 49ers, there have been 53 teams that have started an NFL season 5-0 since 1990. Here are nine stats you may not know about the 53 teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990.

  1. There were two teams that started 5-0 in 2018 (the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs). Since 1990, the most teams that started a season 5-0 were six in 2015. No teams started the year 5-0 in 2014, 2010, 2002, 1996 and 1995.
  2. Nine teams that started the season 5-0 went on to win the Super Bowl: New York Giants(1990), Washington (1991), Denver (1997), Denver (1998), St. Louis Rams (1999), New England (2004), Indianapolis (2006), New Orleans (2009), Denver (2015). Eleven teams that started 5-0 since 1990 went on to lose in the Super Bowl that year. That means that of the 53 teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990, 20 (37.7%) went on to play in the Super Bowl that season.
  3. There have been five Super Bowls since 1990 that featured two teams that started the season 5-0: 1991 (Buffalo and Washington), 2004 (New England and Philadelphia), 2006 (Chicago and Indianapolis), 2009 (Indianapolis and New Orleans) and 2015 (Carolina and Denver). Could this year’s Super Bowl feature two teams that started the year, New England and San Francisco?
  4. Forty-seven of the 53 (88.7%) teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990 eventually made the playoffs that season.
  5. Forty-seven of the 53 (88.7%) teams that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won 10 or more games that season. One team finished 9-7, five teams finished the year 8-8.
  6. Twenty-one of the 53 teams (39.6%) that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won at least one playoff game that year.
  7. Twenty-four of the 53 teams (45.3%) that started the season 5-0 since 1990 won 13 or more games that season.
  8. Three teams (Denver, Indianapolis and Minnesota) started a season 5-0 five times since 1990, tied for most in the league. Three teams (Kansas City, New England and New Orleans) each started four seasons 5-0 since 1990.
  9. Two franchises (Indianapolis and the St. Louis Rams) each had three consecutive seasons where they started 5-0 since1990. The Colts did it in 2005, 2006 and 2007, while the Rams did in 1999, 2000 and 2001.

Bonus: In case you were wondering, here is the breakdown of how many teams made the playoffs from 1990-2018 after starting the season 0-5, 1-4, 2-3, 3-2, 4-1 and 5-0.

Started season 0-5… Teams-58, Made playoffs-0 (0%)

Started season 1-4… Teams-142, Made playoffs-10 (7%)

Started season 2-3… Teams-242, Made playoffs-53 (21.9%)

Started season 3-2… Teams-247, Made playoffs-123 (49.8%)

Started season 4-1… Teams-150, Made playoffs-114 (76%)

Started season 5-0… Teams 53, Made playoffs-47 (88.7%)

 

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Packerstats 2019: Game Five, 34-24 win over Dallas

Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-24 win over the Dallas Cowboys on October 6.

  • The game started at 3:25 CST. Green Bay has now won six of their last seven games that started at 3:25 CST. They are 15-5 (.750) in 3:25 CST starts since the 2014 season.
  • Green Bay has now won three straight games on the road versus the Cowboys. The Pack has also won six of their last seven regular season games against Dallas.
  • The win was only the third in their last eight road games in October.
  • Aaron Rodgers is now 5-2 in his seven regular season starts versus the Cowboys. He is also 2-0 in a pair of post-season starts versus Dallas.
  • The Packers lost the coin toss and are now 7-6 in road games since 2015 when they lose the coin toss.
  • Green Bay’s defense had three takeaways and the offense did not have a turnover. Green Bay is 13-1 since 2010 in games where they have zero turnovers and the opponents have three or more in a game.
  • The Packers are 73-13-2 (.841) in games when they do not have a turnover. The 88 turnover-less games are the third most in the NFL since 2000 behind the New England Patriots (110) and the Kansas City Chiefs (90).
  • Green Bay had three interceptions in the game. They have now won 19 straight games when they have three or more interceptions, and are 33-3 (.917) since 2000 when they have three or more interceptions in a contest.
  • Aaron Jones had four TD via runs. He is the 12th Green Bay Packers player to have three or more rushing TDs in a game and the fourth to have four or more rushing TDs in a game. Jim Taylor had three games with four TD runs to top the list. The other Packers with four TD runs in a game are Dorsey Levens and Terdell Middleton.
  • Jones became the first player in the NFL to score 24 or more points in a game this season and the first to do so since Derrick Henry had 24 points for the Tennessee Titans on December 6, 2018 versus the Jaguars. He became the seventh Green Bay player to score 20 or more points in a regular season game: The others: Donny Anderson, Paul Hornung, Dorsey Levens, Terdell Middleton, Sterling Sharpe and Jim Taylor.
  • Green Bay has outscored their opponents 42-3 in the first quarter this season.
  • Green Bay had a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. They are 21-11 (.656) since 1966 in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter of a road game.
  • Green Bay is now 36-22 (.621) in road games since 2000 when they hold the opposition scoreless in the first quarter.
  • Green Bay held the Cowboys scoreless in the first half. They are now 31-9 (.775) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in road games when they hold the opponents scoreless in the first half.
  • Aaron Jones became the sixth player in NFL history to have 100 yards rushing, 75 yards receiving and four TDs in a regular season game. The others: Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, Larry Brown, Gale Sayers and Dub Jones. Jones was the first player in league history to do it in a road game.
  • Za’Darius Smith had two sacks in the game; he also had two sacks in the third game of the season. Green Bay won both games.
  • Green Bay had a 31-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. NFL teams are 1903-5 (.995) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in games where they take a lead of 20 points or more into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 78-0.
  • Dak Prescott had 463 yards passing in the game. He became the fifth QB in NFL history to have 450 or more yards passing in a regular season game versus the Packers. The others: Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Donovan McNabb. The Packers are 3-2 in these games.
  • Amari Cooper had 226 yards receiving in the contest. It was the third most receiving yards by a player in a game against the Pack. Julio Jones had 259 in a game versus the Pack on 12/8/2014 and Calvin Johnson had 244 yards in a 1/1/2012 game.
  • Dallas tallied 563 total yards in the game, third most against the Packers since 1966. Green Bay is now 5-11 (.313) in games when the opposition gains 500 or more total yards.
  • Green Bay is now 100-8 (.926) when they score 30 or more points in a game. They have now won 11 straight when they reach 30 points in a game. They are 43-5 (.896) in road games since 2000 when they score 30 or more points. They have won 12 of their last 13 games on the road when they score 30+ in a contest.
  • Aaron Rodgers had 0 TD passes and 0 interceptions in the game. Of his 170 regular season games in his career, Rodgers has had 0 TDs in 21 games, 15 of those were games he started. In the 15 games started by Rodgers where he did not have a TD pass, the Pack is now 5-10. Green Bay is 5-7 in games where Rodgers does not have a TD pass and no interceptions in a game.

Packerstats 2019: Game Four, 34-27 loss to Philadelphia

PACKERSTATS-Game #4-2019 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on September 26.

  • Green Bay is now 10-28 (.263) since 2010 in games where they allow the opponents to score 30 or more points in a game. They have lost 17 of their last 20 games when they allow 30 or more points.
  • The Eagles tallied 176 yards rushing in the game. Green Bay is now 12-21-1 (.368) since 2010 in games where the opposition gains 170 or more yards rushing in a game; they have lost four of their last six games when the opponents rush for 170 or more yards in a game.
  • The Packers had 491 total yards in the contest. Since 2008, when Aaron Rodgers took over as the starting QB, the Pack is 11-3-1 (.767) in games when they accumulate 475 or more total yards in a game.
  • The Packers defense had no sacks and no takeaways in the game. It was the first time this has happened for the Packers “D” in a game since December 18, 2011. The Packers are now 2-8 since 2000 in games when they do not have a sack or a takeaway.
  • Green Bay had a pair of turnovers in the game. They are 20-29 (.408) since 2010 in games where they have two or more turnovers.
  • Davante Adams had 10 catches for 180 yards. It was the eighth time in his career that he had 10 or more catches in a game (the Packers are 4-4 in those games). The 180 yards receiving were a career high. Adams has five career games where he has had 133 or more yards receiving… the Packers have lost all five of those games.
  • Aaron Rodgers had 46 yards rushing in the game, the sixth most in his career. In the 10 games where Rodgers has rushed for 43 or more yards, the Pack is 2-8.
  • The 422 yards passing in the contest was the fifth most in Rodgers’ career. Green Bay is 5-3 in games when Rodgers passes for 400 or more yards. He attempted 53 passes, the fourth most in his career; the Packers are 2-6 in games when Rodgers throws 50 or more passes.
  • Green Bay is now 12-7 (.632) in Thursday games since 2000.
  • Since 2000, the Packers are now 22-15 (.595) versus the NFC East.
  • With a win, the Packers would have been 4-0 for the first time since 2015.
  • Green Bay won the coin toss; they are now 11-5 (.688) since 2015 in games where they won the coin toss at home.
  • Green Bay is now 13-4-1 (.750) in September games since 2015… that is the third highest win percentage in September games since 2015 (New England is at .824, Kansas City is at .813). The Pack is 10-1-1 in home September games since 2015, again third best in the league. New England 9-1 (.900) and Minnesota 8-1 (.889) have the two best September home winning percentages since 2015.
  • The Eagles scored 21 points in the second quarter. Green Bay is now 5-29 (.147) in their history when they allow the opponents to score 21 or more points in the second quarter of a game. Green Bay is 3-19 in these games since 1970.
  • The Packers had 20 points at halftime (they were losing 21-20 at half). Scoring 20 or more points in the first half is usually good news for the Packers; they are now 58-8 (.879) since 2000 in games when they tally 20 or more points in the first half. They had won 30 straight games at Lambeau when they scored 20 or more points in the first half. They are now 41-3 (.932) since 2000 in games when they score 20 or more points in the first half of a home game.
  • Carson Wentz had three TD passes for the Eagles in the game. The Pack is 15-17-1 since 2010 in games where an opposing QB has three or more TD passes.
  • The game was tied 27-27 going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay is now 82-18-1 (.817) since 2000 in games where they are tied or have the lead going into the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field.

Today’s Sportstat: September 26, 2019

All four NFC North teams above .500 after three games

If you haven’t done so already, take a look at the standings in the NFL after Week #3. The thing that might pop out at you immediately is that all four teams in the NFC North, Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota, are all above .500 after three games, the only division with all four teams above .500 after Week #3.

The Packers top the division with a 3-0 record; the Lions are undefeated, but have a tie game on their 2-0-1 record, and the Bears and Vikings are “bringing” up the rear with very respectable 2-1 records.

Yes, we are only three weeks into the season, I know. But it got me thinking about whether or not there has been a season where all four teams in a division ended the year with records above .500.

Back in 2002, the NFL went to the current set-up with four four-team divisions in each conference. Since that year, there has not been any division where all four teams were above .500 at the conclusion of the season. There has been, however, six times when all four teams ended the season at .500 or better. The last time it happened was in 2008 when both the NFC East and the NFC South had all four of the teams in their division end the year with an 8-8 record or better.

(Ironically, the six times it happened were in three years; in 2002, 2007 and 2008 there were two divisions each season that had all four teams at .500 or better.)

Here is a look at the six times all four teams in a division ended the season at .500 or better.

2002 AFC West (Oakland 11-5, Denver 9-7, San Diego 8-8, Kansas City 8-8)

2002 AFC East (New York Jets 9-7, New England 9-7, Miami 9-7, Buffalo 8-8)

2007 NFC East (Dallas 13-3, New York Giants 10-6, Washington 9-7, Philadelphia 8-8)

2007 AFC South (Indianapolis 13-3, Jacksonville 11-5, Tennessee 10-6, Houston 8-8)

2008 NFC South (Carolina 12-4, Atlanta 11-5, Tampa Bay 9-7, New Orleans 8-8)

2008 NFC East (New York Giants 12-4, Philadelphia 9-6-1, Dallas, 9-7, Washington 8-8)

Will the NFC North join this list? Or, could the NFC North become the first division in league history to have each team above .500 at the end of the year?

We’ve got 13 more games (14 weeks with a bye for each team) to see.

 

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