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Today’s Sportstat: December 26, 2019


Packers get 13th double-digit win season this century

With a 12-3 record and one game remaining this season, the Packers have already reached 10 wins for 2019. That is the 13th time since 2000 that the Packers have reached double-digits in wins. While it is only third-most in the NFL since the start of this century, it is the most double-digit win seasons among NFC teams since 2000.

The New England Patriots have had 10 or more wins in 18 of the last 20 seasons, most in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts rank second in the league in this stat with 14 double-digit win seasons since 2000.

Here is the number of double-digit wins each franchise has had in the last 20 years (2000-2019).

18: New England

14: Indianapolis

13: Green Bay

12: Pittsburgh

11: Baltimore, Philadelphia

10: Seattle

9: Kansas City, New Orleans

8: Denver

7: Atlanta, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants

6: Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, San Francisco

5: L.A. Chargers, L.A. Rams, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee

4: Arizona, Houston, Oakland, Tampa Bay

3: Jacksonville

2: Detroit, Washington

1: Buffalo, Cleveland

The 2019 campaign was the first double-digit win season for the Buffalo Bills this century. Their last season with 10 or more wins was in 1999.

The New England Patriots have now won 10 or more games for 17 straight seasons.


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Today’s Sportstat: December 24, 2019

PACKERSTATS-Game #15-2019 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-10 road win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, December 23.

  • The Packers have held their opponents under 16 points in each of their last four games. They have held the opposition under 20 points in eight of their 15 games so far this season, compiling an 8-0 record in those contests.
  • Green Bay has scored 20 or more points in 12 of their games this season. They are 11-1 in those games.
  • The Packers were 13-6-2 against the Vikings this decade.
  • Green Bay has now won three straight Monday night games in December. They are 7-4 all-time on Monday night in December.
  • This was the 15th game of the season. The Pack is 14-6 in the 15th game of the season since 2000.
  • That was only the third victory on the road versus an NFC North team in their last eight contests. They are 18-11 versus NFC North teams on the road since 2010.
  • They saw their top three offensive weapons, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones and Davante Adams each commit a turnover in the game. It was only the second time this season the Packers had three or more turnovers in a game. Ironically, they won both games. Since Rodgers took over as QB in 2008, the Packers are now 5-17 in games where they have three or more turnovers in a game.
  • The Vikings scored first in the game after an Aaron Jones fumble. Since 2000, the Packers are now 33-54 (.379) in road games when the opponents score first.
  • Mason Crosby was three-for-three in field goal attempts in the game. He has now made 46-of-51 field goal attempts against the Vikes, a .902 percentage rate. The 46 made against Minnesota is the most versus any team in his career. He has made three or more field goals in a game 44 times in his career with the Packers. The team is 36-7-1 (.830) in those games.
  • Aaron Rodgers had an interception in the game, only the third this season. It is the 64th game in his career that he had an interception. Green Bay is 29-35 (.453) in games where Rodgers has one or more interceptions. It was only the fifth game in his career where he had at least one interception and did not have a TD pass in the same game. This was the first of those five games where the Packers won the game.
  • Za-Darius Smith had 3.5 sacks in the game. That’s the most sacks by a Packers player in a game since Clay Matthews had 3.5 sacks in a September 13, 2012 game against the Bears. He became the eighth Packers player to have 3.5 or more sacks in a game since 1982. Green Bay is 7-1 since 1982 when they have a player accumulate 3.5 or more sacks in a game.
  • Green Bay was behind 10-9 at halftime. The team is now 21-51 (.292) since 2000 in road games when they are behind at halftime.
  • Kevin King made his fifth interception of the year, the sixth of his career. Green Bay has never lost when King makes an interception.
  • Davante Adams had 13 receptions for 116 yards. The 13 catches tied his career high. It was his ninth career game with 10 or more receptions. That is the most in Packers history (since 1950). Donald Driver and Sterling Sharpe are tied for second with seven games with 10 or more catches. It was the third game in his career that Adams had 12 or more catches in a game; that is also a Packers record. Jordy Nelson, Ken Payne and Vince Workman are the only other Packers to have a regular season game with 12 or more catches since 1950.
  • Aaron Jones scored a pair of rushing TDs in the game and now has 19 touchdowns for the season. That ties him with Jim Taylor (19 in 1962) for the most TDs in a season by a Packers player. Jones has one game to try to break the single-season record of TDs of 20 held by Ahman Green since 2003. There have been 24 NFL players who have scored 20 or more touchdowns in a single season. Jones would become the 25th if he scores next week against the Lions.
  • Green Bay had a 17-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. Green Bay has now won 10 straight road games when they have a lead of seven points or more. The Pack is 46-3 (.939) in road games since 2000 when they go into the fourth quarter with a lead of seven points or more.
  • Kenny Clark had a sack for the third straight game.
  • Aaron Jones became the 14th Packers player to rush for 150 or more yards in a game. He carried the ball 23 times for 154 yards. Green Bay is 7-1 in games where Jones gets 90 or more rushing yards; they are 7-2 in games where Jones carries the ball 15 or more times in a game.
  • The Packers defense allowed the Vikings to gain only 139 total yards. That is the lowest total by a Packers’ opponent since they held Tampa Bay to only 109 total yards in a game on December 21, 2014. The Pack has now won 11 straight games when they hold the opposition to under 150 total yards in a game.
  • The Vikings had only seven first downs in the contest. Green Bay is 25-5-1 (.823) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in games where they hold the opponents to less than 10 first downs.
  • Green Bay scored in every quarter in the game. The Packers are now 20-2-1 since the 2015 season when they score in every quarter of a game.
  • The Packers have won each of their four games this month. They have a chance to go 5-0 in December for the first time in team history if they defeat the Lions on December 29.
  • The Pack is 5-0 versus NFC North opponents this season. If they defeat the Lions next week, they will go 6-0 versus the NFC North for the first time since 2011.
  • Aaron Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 68.3. When Rodgers has a Passer Rating under 70, the Packers are a dismal 4-11.
  • Kirk Cousins had a Passer Rating of 58.8, the sixth lowest in his career in a game he started. His teams are 0-6 when he has a Passer Rating under 60. Even more remarkable is that when Cousins has a Passer Rating below 85 in his career, his teams are 1-26… yes, 1-26. Cousins had two games with a Passer Rating under 60 this season, both against the Packers.
  • The Packers had 383 total yards to only 139 for the Vikings. It was the 13th time in team history that they had over 350 total yards and held their opponents to under 150. They are 11-2 in those games.
  • Green Bay had 37:32 time of possession to the Vikings 22:28. Green Bay is 42-5 (.894) in non-overtime games when they have 37 or more minutes TOP in a contest.

Today’s Sportstat: December 19, 2019


Packers set team record for most turnover-less games in a season

If you are looking for a reason for the Green Bay Packers success this season, you really don’t have to go much further than a quick look at the stat sheet. Specifically, take a look at the turnover column each game. Through the first 14 games of this season, the Packers have had nine games where they did not commit a turnover.

Those nine turnover-less games in 2019 set a franchise record for most games in a season with zero turnovers. The previous record was eight games in three different seasons: 2009, 2015 and 2016. In fact, there have now been six seasons in Packers history where they team played six or more games with zero turnovers… and all of them happened this century, In addition, the Pack had zero turnovers in seven games in 2014 and in six games in 2004.

Green Bay tops the NFL this season with the most turnover-less games. Baltimore is second in the league with seven such games followed by Buffalo, Arizona, Minnesota and New Orleans with six games each. It’s interesting to note that of the six teams with six or more games without a turnover this season, five of those teams have 10 or more wins already this season (the only team without 10 wins from the six teams is Arizona who has only four wins).

Teams this season that do not have a turnover in a game are 85-32, a .726 winning percentage.

With two games remaining on the 2019 schedule, the Packers still have a chance to tie the all-time record for most games in a season without a turnover. In 2010, the New England Patriots finished the year with 11 games where they did not have a turnover. A couple of turnover-less games in their final two contests against the Vikings and Lions would give the Packers a tie with the Patriots for most turnover-less games in a season with 11.

There have been six teams in NFL history that have had nine or more games in a season with no turnovers. The six:

11-New England, 2010

10-New England, 2016

9-Green Bay, 2019
9-Kansas City, 2017
9-New York Giants, 2008
9-Pittsburgh, 1994

There have also been 14 teams that had eight turnover-less games in a season.

Of the six teams listed above, the only team to win a Super Bowl that season was the 2016 Patriots.

In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Packers are now 119-24-2 (.828 winning percentage) in games where they do not have a turnover. Since 2000, that record is 78-4-2 (.840) for the Pack. If we take all of the NFL teams into consideration, teams that do not have a turnover in a game since 2000 have a combined record of 1714-519-5, a winning percentage of .767.


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Today’s Sportstat: December 16, 2019

PACKERSTATS-Game #14-2019 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 21-13 home win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, December 15.

  • The last five Packers-Bears games have been decided by eight points or less. In fact, 11 of the last 15 Packers-Bears games have been one-score games (decided by eight points or less).
  • The Packers will end this decade with a 17-4 record against the Bears. They have won four straight at Lambeau against the Bears.
  • Green Bay is 18-4 at Lambeau Field in December since 2010.
  • Temperature at game time was a balmy 11 degrees. Since 2000, the Pack is 10-6-1 in games that were below 20 degrees at game time.
  • Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on a TD pass. The Packers have won four of their last five games in which Adams has a receiving TD.
  • The Packers scored in the first quarter and have now won 10 of their last 11 games at Lambeau Field when they score in the first quarter. The Packers are 22-7-1 (.750) since 2015 in games at Lambeau when they score in the first quarter.
  • Kenny Clark had a pair of sacks and three tackles for loss in the game. The two sacks tied a career high. He also tied a career high with six solo tackles. He has 3.5 sacks in his last two games.
  • Green Bay had three takeaways and did not have a turnover. The team is 45-6 (.882) since 1966 in games where they have zero turnovers and three or more takeaways in the same game.
  • Aaron Jones had a pair of rushing TDs in the game giving him 14 rushing TDs on the season. That is the fourth most in Packers history behind Jim Taylor’s 19 rushing TDs in 1962 and Ahman Green (2003) and Taylor (1961) who each had 15 rushing TDs in a season.
  • Of Aaron Jones 16 TDs this season (14 rushing and two receiving), 15 came in Packers victories. In the three Packers losses, Jones has only one TD.
  • Davante Adams had seven receptions for 103 yards. It was his 15th career game with 100 or more yards receiving. That places him 10th on the Packers all-time last in that category. James Lofton tops the list with 32 100-yard receiving games as a Packer.
  • The Packers led 21-3 going in to the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 88-1 at Lambeau in their history when they have a lead of 18 points or more going into the fourth quarter. Their only loss was in 1952.
  • Dean Lowry had his first career interception in the game.
  • The Pack ended the season 7-1 in home games. It was their best home record in a season since they went 8-0 at Lambeau in 2014. It was the eighth season since 2000 that they won seven or more games at home in a season.
  • The 11 wins this season is the most since the 2014 season when the Packers went 12-4. The team has a chance to end the year 13-3. Thirteen wins would be the most in a season since they went 15-1 in the 2011 campaign.
  • The win yesterday was the 100th regular season win for the Packers this decade. New England tops the list with 124 wins this decade followed by Pittsburgh with 102. Green Bay and Seattle each have 100 wins this decade to top the NFC teams. New Orleans, which plays Monday night, has 97 wins this decade. Which NFC team will win the most regular season games this decade?
  • Green Bay did not score in the fourth quarter while the Bears put 10 points on the board in that quarter. Green Bay is 11-8 since 2000 in games where they go scoreless in the fourth quarter and their opponents score 10 or more points in the same quarter.
  • The Packers had only 12 first downs in the game. Usually, that is not very good news. The Packers since 2000 were 2-7 prior to yesterday’s win in games where they have 12 or fewer first downs in a contest.
  • The Bears tallied 429 in total yardage in the game. Green Bay is now 41-36-2 since 2000 in games where they allow the opposition to gain 400 or more total yards in a game.
  • Green Bay has now 24 straight games when they hold their opponents under 14 points in a game. They have now won eight straight when they score 20 or more points in a game.

Today’s Sportstat: December 14, 2019


NFC East champion will win their division with a less-than-champion-like record

With three weeks remaining in the 2019 NFL season, one thing is for certain: Whichever team wins the NFC East will have a less-than-stellar regular season record. The Dallas Cowboys are sitting atop the NFC East with a losing record at 6-7. The Eagles are a game back with a 5-8 mark.

Even if the Cowboys win out in their three remaining contests, they would win the division with a 9-7 record, just a game above .500.

But there’s an even more interesting scenario that could play out that would certainly be an embarrassment to the league: The NFC East champion could end the season with a 6-10 record. Think about that: An NFC East champion with a 6-10 record could host a first-round playoff game against a Wild Card team that won 10 or more games in the regular season. Crazy, huh?

Here’s how that could happen:

* Dallas, 6-7, could lose their three remaining games against the Rams, Eagles and Redskins and finish 6-10

* Philadelphia, 5-8, could lose to the Redskins, beat the Cowboys, lose to the Giants and finish 6-10.

* Washington, now 3-10, is still, believe it or not, in the race to win the division… they could defeat the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys in their last three games and finish 6-10.

There it is, a three-way tie for the NFC East with Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all ending the season with a record of 6-10.

Enough of the “could happens.” Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, there have been 27 division champions that ended the regular season with a winning percentage under .600 (that usually meant winning the division with less than 10 wins… which will happen in the NFC East this season). In fact, there have been five teams since 1970 (not counting the 1982 strike season) that won their division with a .500 or below winning percentage. The five:

1985: Cleveland 8-8 .500

2008: San Diego, 8-8 .500

2010: Seattle, 7-9 .438

2011: Denver, 8-8, .500

2014: Carolina, 7-8-1, .469

As you can see, the Cowboys will have to win three straight to avoid this list, and if we end the year with a three-way with the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins at 6-10, it will set a new mark for futility for division champions.


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