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Aaron Jones: Oneith TD by land, oneith TD by air

One of Green Bay running back Aaron Jones distinct traits is his ability to score as a runner and as a receiver. That point was made very clearly in the Pack’s 27-10 win over the Bears on September 18 when Jones scored a pair of TDs in the second quarter. Jones scored on a 15-yard run and later that period took an Aaron Rodgers pass and found the end zone on an eight-yard pass play.

It was the fifth game in Jones’ career where he had at least one TD via a run and a TD via a pass play. The five games with at least one running TD and one receiving TD put Jones in a tie for third on the team career list with Jim Taylor. Ahman Green tops the club in this stat with nine games in his Packers career with a run TD and pass receiving TD in the same contest. Paul Hornung is second on the list with six such games in his Green Bay career.

The NFL career leader for most games with a TD run and TD pass reception in the same game is held by Marshall Faulk with 15. There are 12 players who have had nine or more regular season games with a TD run/TD reception in their careers. They are:

Marshall Faulk-15
Brian Westbrook-12
Lenny Moore-12
Jim Brown-11
Christian McCaffrey-9
Alvin Kamara-9
Ezekiel Elliott-9
Ahman Green-9
Neal Anderson-9
Chuck Foreman-9
Abner Haynes-9
Timmy Brown-9

  • Aaron Jones has had the Packers last four games with a run TD/pass receiving TD.
  • Of Jones five games with a TD run/TD pass reception, three came in September (Sept. 20, 2020, Sept. 20, 2021, September 18, 2022). The other two happened on Nov. 15, 2018, and Dec. 12, 2021.
  • There have been 70 times in Green Bay history that a player had a TD run and TD reception in the same game. The team is 53-17 in those games (a .757 winning percentage).
  • The youngest Packer to have a TD run/TD reception in the same game is Travis Williams who has 21 years-337 days when he did it on December 17, 1967. The oldest? Tony Canadeo who was 33 years-202 days when he did it on November 23, 1952.
  • Paul Hornung is the only Packers player to have two or more TD runs and two or more TD receptions in the same game. He had three rushing TD and caught two passes for TD on December 12, 1965.
  • The Packers have had six players with a TD via run and a TD via pass reception in the same playoff game: Ted Fritsch (1944), Eddie Lee Ivery (1983), James Lofton (1983), John Kuhn (2011 and 2013); Aaron Jones was the last Packer to do it in the post-season (January 19, 2020, versus the San Francisco 49ers).

Note: If you are looking to stump some of your Packers fans friends on a great trivia question, ask them who is the only Packers player to have a TD run and a TD reception in two different playoff games. My prediction is that not many will guess John Kuhn (see above bullet point).

Another quality start for Corbin Burnes… in a Brewers loss

On Wednesday September 14th, the Brewers dropped a 4-1 contest to St. Louis. Starting Brew Crew pitcher Corbin Burnes pitched seven innings allowing three earned runs. That qualified as a “quality start” for Burnes, a stat that awards a quality start to a starting pitcher who goes at least six innings and surrenders three or fewer earned runs.

Burnes tops the club this year with 19 quality starts followed by Eric Lauer’s 12 and Brandon Woodruff’s 11. The Brewers are 13-6 in Burnes’ 19 quality starts. It was also the third time this season that Burnes was the losing pitcher of record in a quality start (Lauer has also been the losing pitcher of record in three quality starts this season).

Of the current starting pitching staff for the Brewers, Woodruff has 50 career quality starts, good enough for a tie for 22nd on the Brewers all-time list. Burnes has tallied 41 career quality starts which puts him in a tie for 31st on the Brewers list. Freddy Peralta has 26 career quality starts… that puts him in the Brewers Top 50 in that category (he’s tied for 49th on the list).

Ben Sheets tops the Brewers all-time career quality starts leaderboard with 135. He is followed by Yovani Gallardo. Here is the Top 10 in career quality starts for the Brewers:

Ben Sheets-135
Yavani Gallardo-134
Jim Slaton-133
Moose Haas-123
Teddy Higuera-1991
Mike Caldwell-119
Bill Wegman-111
Chris Bosio-89
Cal Eldred-84
Jim Colborn-80

Here’s a few more Brewers’ quality starts stats you may not know:

  • The Brewers are 32-9 in Burnes’ 41 career quality starts.
  • Sheets was the losing pitcher in 33 quality starts with the Brewers. That tops the team in that stat. Slaton ranks second with 31 quality start losses.
  • Nine of Sheets pitching losses in 2004 were in quality starts. That’s the most losses by a pitcher in quality starts for the Brewers in a season. Jim Lonborg (8 quality start losses in 1972) and Bill Parson (8 quality start losses in 1971) follow Sheets.
  • Higuera (1986), Caldwell (1978) and Marty Pattin (1971) jointly hold the team record for most quality starts in a season, each with 26.

The good news in the Pack’s opening game loss to Minnesota? Mason Crosby scored a point.

Looking at the statistical game summary from the Packers 23-7 opening game loss to the Minnesota Vikings, you would have to look long and hard to find any positive numbers from that contest. Well, let me give you one stat that you might not know:

With a successful extra point on the Pack’s lone TD of the game, placekicker Mason Crosby scored a point in his 237th game in his NFL career. Crosby has been the Packers placekicker every year since 2007 and at age 38 this is his 16th season with the team.

Crosby has scored at least one point in 237 of the 242 regular season games he has played (the Packers have been shutout three times in Crosby’s career; twice they only scored eight points and Crosby did not score in the game. The last time he did not score in a game was November 24, 2019, when the Packers lost to the 49ers, 37-8).

With at least one point in 237 NFL regular season games, Crosby is 20th on the NFL’s all-time list. Topping the list is Morten Andersen who scored at least one point in 375 NFL regular season games; he is followed by Adam Vinatieri with 361 games. Crosby is one of two active kickers in the Top 20 in this statistical category; the 49ers Robbie Gould has scored a point in 248 games and ranks 14th on the list.

The Packers have 16 more games this season and if Crosby stays healthy and/or remains the Packers’ kicker, he has the potential to climb the list into the Top 15. Pat Leahy is 19th at 238 games followed by former Packers’ kicker Ryan Longwell and Matt Bryant tied for 17th at 239. Another former Green Bay kicker, Al Del Greco, is 16th on the list with 242 games and former Lions kicker Eddie Murray is 15th with 245 games with at least one point.

Obviously, Crosby tops the Packers list with his 237 games with at least one point. The aforementioned Longwell, who spent nine seasons as the Pack’s placekicker from 1997-2005, scored at least one point in 144 games for the Packers. Third on the Packers list is Chris Jacke with 122 games followed Chester Marcol (95 games), Paul Hornung (61 games) and a tie at sixth between with Donald Driver and James Taylor (each with 59 games with at least one point scored for the Packers).

In case you were wondering:

  • The most points scored by Crosby in a regular season game is 17. He did that on September 16, 2018, in a 29-29 tie versus the Vikings.
  • Crosby has played in 23 playoff games and has scored at least one point in each of those games. His playoff high in points? Sixteen in a 22-28 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on January 18, 2015.
  • Crosby’s 23 playoff games with at least one point scored ranks him 4th on the all-time NFL list. Vinatieri has scored in 32 playoff games to top the list. He is followed by Stephen Gostkowski (29 games), David Akers (24 games) and Crosby with 23 games.

Packers look to avenge last year’s season opener beatdown

The Green Bay Packers will open their 2022 NFL campaign by traveling to Minnesota on Sunday September 11 for a 3:25pm kickoff with the Vikings.

The Pack will look to avenge their 38-3 loss to the New Orleans Saints in last year’s season opener. It was the Packers worst season opener defeat since they lost 40-0 to the Detroit Lions in their 1970 season opener.

Here are a few other stats you may find interesting about the Packers season opener contests:

  1. Green Bay has won six of their last seven season openers. The six straight season openers they won from 2015-2020 was the longest streak of season opener victories in the team’s history.
  2. The Pack is 5-3 in season openers versus the Vikings. The last season opener against Minnesota in Minnesota was in 2020 when the Packers won 43-34, the most points they ever scored in a season opening game.
  3. Since 2000, Green Bay is 14-8 in their first game of the year.
  4. Since 2000, the Packers are 6-4 in season openers where they were the away team.
  5. Green Bay has played seven of their last season openers on the road (they have a record of 6-3).
  6. The three points they scored in last year’s season-opening loss to the Saints were the fewest points they scored in Game One of a season since they were shutout 26-0 by the Bears in the 2006 season opener.
  7. Since 2000, the Pack has played 17 of their 22 season openers on a Sunday (their record is 10-7). They were 4-1 in season openers played on a non-Sunday since the start of the century.
  8. Sixteen of the Packers’ 22 season openers since 2000 were decided by one score (eight points or less).
  9. Since the 2007 season, Green Bay is 11-4 in season openers.
  10. The last time the Packers lost the first two games of a season was all the way back in 2006.

Aaron Rodgers starting at QB in the season opener. The performance of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers will be a key in this year’s season opener versus the Vikes. Since taking over as the starter in 2008, the Packers are 10-4 in season openers. In those 14 season-opening games, Rodgers:
*Has had a Passer Rating of 90.0 or higher in 10 of those 14 games. His 36.8 Passer Rating in last year’s season opener against the Saints was his worst season-opening Passer Rating of his career.
* Has 27 TD passes and eight interceptions.
* Has five 300-yard passing games.
* Completed 60% or higher of his passes in 11 of the 14 games.
* Was sacked 30 times.
* Had a record of 5-3 in season opening away games.
* Did not throw a TD pass in last year’s loss to Saints, the only time in his career that he did not have a TD pass in a season opener.

What will Romeo Doubs Packers debut look like? Rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs made a big name for himself in the preseason. Will that translate to success during the regular season? If you are looking for a previous Packers receiver who made a great debut in his first game with the Packers, you probably have to go all the way back to Javon Walker in 2002. In his first game with the Packers Walker had four receptions for 56 yards and one TD reception. Only four Packers rookies have made a TD reception in their debut: Walker in 2002, Lavale Thomas, a running back in 1987, Randall Cobb in 2011 and Geronimo Allison in 2016. Walker is one of three rookies to have four receptions in their debut; running back Brandon Jackson did it in 2007 as did James Jones that same season.

The home run is an important weapon for the Brewers

Through games of September 5, the Milwaukee Brewers have the third most home runs in the majors with 186 (behind the Yankees, 210 and the Braves, 203). How important is the home run to this year’s Brew Crew? Consider this:

  • The Brewers are 57-37 (.606 winning percentage) in games when they hit an HR. In games when they do not have a homer, they have a 14-26 record (.350). Their 94 games this season with at least one home run is tied for fifth most in the majors.
  • Milwaukee has three or more home runs in 23 games this season with a record of 19-4 (.826) in those games. The 23 games with three or more dingers are third most in the majors.
  • The Brewers have hit two or more home runs in 58 games this year, tied for the most in MLB play with the Yankees. The Brewers are 41-17 (.707) in games in 2022 when they hit two or more HRs.
  • Of the 186 home runs this season, 126 of them have come in games won by the Brewers. That means that 67.7% of the homers hit by the team have come in games they won.
  • The 126 home runs in victories are tied for the fifth most in baseball. The Yanks top the list with 163 home runs in victory.

The Brewers have nine players who have hit 10 or more home runs this season, led by Rowdy Tellez team-leading 28 homers. Of these nine players with 10+ HRs this season, it’s interesting to note that two of those players have hit 80% or more of their long balls in games won by the Brewers: Tyrone Taylor has hit 12 of his 15 homers this year (80%) in games won by the Brewers, but Luis Urias tops the club by hitting 12 of his 14 home runs (86%) in Brewers wins.

Here is a breakdown of the 16 players who have homered for the Brewers this season and how many of their homers have come in a victory.

Player                          HRs in Brewers win         Total HRs              Pct of HRs in win

Garrett Mitchell                      1                                 1                                1.000
Lorenzo Cain                          1                                 1                               1.000
Luis Urias                               12                                14                                .857
Tyrone Taylor                         12                                15                                .800
Rowdy Tellez                          21                                28                                .750
Omar Narvaez                       3                                 4                                 .750
Andrew McCutchen              10                                14                                .714
Willy Adames                         17                                26                                .654
Keston Huira                          9                                 14                                .643
Christian Yelich                      7                                 11                                .636
Jace Peterson                          5                                 8                                 .625
Mike Brosseau                        3                                 5                                 .600
Hunter Renfroe                      14                                24                                .583
Victor Caratini                       5                                 9                                 .556
Kolton Wong                          6                                 11                                .545
Mark Mathias                         0                                 1                                 .000