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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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
PACKERSTATS-Game #10-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on November 15.
- The Packers are now 11-6 on Thursdays since 2000… 6-1 at home, 5-5 on the road.
- Green Bay is now 2-6 all-time versus the Seahawks in Seattle even though they lead the all-time series 13-9.
- They have now lost six of their last eight road games against NFC West teams. Since 2000, they are 9-10 on the road versus NFC West foes.
- Green Bay scored first in the game and is now 29-18 (.617) in away games when they tally the first points.
- Aaron Jones scored a pair of touchdowns, one via a run and one via a pass. He became the 30th Packer in team history to score both a rushing and receiving TD in a game. The Packers are now 48-17 (.738) in games when they have a player score a rushing and receiving TD in a contest. Ahmad Green holds the Packers record with nine games with a TD via run and TD reception in the same game.
- Kicker Mason Crosby missed a field goal in the three-point loss. In 204 career games (regular season and playoffs) with the Packers, Crosby has missed one or more field goals in a loss decided by three points or less nine times.
- The Pack tallied 14 points in the first quarter. They are now 20-11 (.645) in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter in a road game.
- Green Bay held a four-point lead (21-17) at halftime. That’s usually good news for the Packers on the road… they are now 55-18 (.753) since 2000 in road games where they have the lead at halftime.
- Davante Adams had 10 receptions for 166 yards. He became the 11th player in team history to have 10 or more receptions and 150 or more receiving yards in a game. Sterling Sharpe tops this list with three games.
- Adams had 10 or more receptions for the sixth time in his career. He is now one game behind Donald Driver and Sterling Sharpe for most games with 10 or more receptions by a Packers player. The team is only 3-3 in games where Adams has 10 or more receptions.
- Kyler Fackrell had three sacks in the game for the second time this season. He became only the sixth Packer since 1983 to have multiple games in a season with three or more sacks. The others: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Tim Harris, Aaron Kampman, Clay Matthews and Reggie White.
- Green Bay held a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter. They are now 65-16 (.802) in road games in the McCarthy era (since 2006) when they have a lead going into the fourth quarter.
- Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times in the contest. The Pack is 5-22 (.185) since 2000 when their QBs are sacked five or more times.
- Rodgers threw for 332 yards and did not have an interception. It was the 35th game in his career that he had 300 or more yards passing and no picks in a game. That places him fourth all-time in this stat; the other three are Drew Brees (50 games), Tom Brady (47 games) and Peyton Manning (37 games). Green Bay is 28-7 (.800) when Rodgers had a 300-yard passing and no interception game.
- Seattle gained 173 yards rushing while the Packers rushing game was held to 43. Green Bay is 3-31-1 (.100) all-time in games where the opponents gain over 150 yards rushing and the Packers gain less than 50 yards rushing in the same game.
- The Pack did not have a turnover in the game. They are now 50-17 (.746) in road games since 1966 when they do not have a turnover.
- This is only the fourth season in McCarthy’s tenure that the team has lost five or more games on the road in a season. They lost six in 2008, and lost five road games in 2010, 2017 and now 2018.
- Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 128.7 in the game. It is only the third time in his career that the team has lost a game when Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 125 or better; they are now 31-3 (.912) in games when Rodgers has a Passer Rating of 125 or higher. All three losses were road games.
- Green Bay scored 21 points in the first half of the game, but could only tally three in the second half. The team is 18-6 (.750) in games since 1966 when they score 20 or more points in the first half but three or less in the second half.
PACKERSTATS-Game #9-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-12 win over the Miami Dolphins on November 11.
- The Packers have now five of their last six games at home against AFC East opponents. They are 8-4 at home versus AFC teams since 2000.
- Green Bay is 25-11 (.694 winning percentage) at home since 2000 in games that started in the afternoon (3:00 pm to 3:30 pm starts); they are 46-29 (.613) since 2000 in all games (home and road) that started in that later afternoon timeslot.
- The Packers are now 5-10 (.333) all-time in games versus the Dolphins, although Green Bay has won five of the last seven contests played between the two franchises. Green Bay has their worst all-time winning percentage in all games (regular season and playoffs) versus the Dolphins and Jets (they are 4-8 against the Jets, also .333).
- The four teams the Packers have beaten this year currently have a combined record of 16-22 (.421). The four teams the Packers have lost to this year are a combined 25-13 (.658).
- Green Bay is 4-0-1 at home and 0-4 on the road. The last time the Pack went undefeated at home was in 2014 when they ran the table with an 8-0 record. The last time they went winless on the road was in 1958 when they went 0-6. The last time they won only one road game in a season was in 2005 when they went 1-7.
- Prior to yesterday’s game, Aaron Rodgers lowest Passer Rating in regular season games was against AFC East opponents… 84.8. Second lowest was against AFC North teams at 93.8. Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 112.1 in the game, the highest PR of his career against the Dolphins (the previous two games his PR was 84.5 and 99.7)
- Green Bay won the coin toss and is now 62-20-1 at home in games where they win the coin toss. They have won 14 of their last 18 games in Green Bay when they win the coin toss.
- Frank Gore had 90 yards rushing on 13 carries in the game for the Dolphins. At age 35, Gore’s 90-yard rushing performance was the most by a 35-year-old (or older) running back in a regular season game versus the Packers in Packers history. Previous high was 70 yards rushing by 35-year-old Joe Perry of the Baltimore Colts in a game in 1962.
- Green Bay had two takeaways in the game. They are now 18-8 (.692) since the 2014 season in games where they get two or more takeaways in a contest.
- The Pack scored first in the game and is now 41-6-2 (.857) at home since 2010 in games where they score first.
- Davante Adams had a pair of TD receptions. Green Bay is 7-0 in games when Adams has two or more TD receptions; they are 19-8-1 (.696) in games where Adams has at least one TD reception in a game.
- Green Bay had the lead after each of the three quarters. They led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, and are now 38-5-1 (.875) at home since 2010 when they have the lead after the first quarter… led 14-9 at halftime, and are now 42-3-1 (.924) at home since 2010 when they have the lead at halftime… led 28-12 at the end of the third quarter, and are now 43-0-1 at home since 2010 when they have the lead after the end of the third quarter.
- Aaron Jones had 145 yards rushing on 15 carries. The 145 yards was a career-high. His career average per carry is now 6.12 yards. Of all players in NFL history that have 150 or more career carries, Jones ranks eighth all-time in yards per carry. Michael Vick tops the list with a 7.0 yards per carry average. The seven players ahead of Jones on this list: Vick, 7.0; Tavon Austin, 6.81; Bobby Douglas, 6.47; Randall Cunningham, 6.36; Black Bortles, 6.34; Greg Landry, 6.17; Colin Kaepernick, 6.13.
- Miami placekicker Jason Sanders had four field goals in the game. There have been 44 games in Packers history where an opposing kicker made four or more field goals. Green Bay is 12-31-1 (.284) in those games. Most field goals made in a game versus the Packers is seven, made by Dallas’ Chris Boniol in a game won by Dallas 21-6 on November 18, 1996.
- Green Bay’s defense had six sacks in the contest. They are 13-0-1 in the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006) in games where they have six or more sacks.
- The Pack did not allow the Dolphins to score either a rushing or passing TD in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are 27-2 in games where their defense does not allow a rushing or passing TD.
- Green Bay had 195 yards rushing in the game. Since McCarthy took over as head coach in 2006, the team is 9-1-1 in games where they compile 190 or more yards rushing in a game.
- Green Bay is now 46-4 (.920) since 2010 in games where they score 30 points or more.
- Miami scored only 12 points in the game. The Pack is now 25-1 since 2010 in games where their opponents score under 14 points in a game.
PACKERSTATS-Game #7-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on October 28.
- The Packers have now lost five of their last seven contests on the road versus the NFC West. They have also lost four of their last six games played in Pacific Standard Time stadiums.
- The temperature at game time was 82 degrees. Since 2000, Green Bay is 7-7-1 in games played in 80 degrees or warmer.
- Davante Adams had a pair of 40-yard plays in the game (one for 48 yards, another for 41). Adams tops the team with three 40-yard plays this season. Since 1994, Adams has 12 40-yard plays to his credit. That ranks him fifth on the Packers team. Donald Driver tops the list with 36, followed by Greg Jennings (33), Jordy Nelson (29) and James Jones with 19.
- The Pack scored first in the contest and is now 46-21 (.687 winning percentage) in away games when they score first.
- Green Bay held the Rams scoreless in the first quarter with a 7-0 lead. Although the Packers are 45-14 (.763) since 2010 in games where they hold their opponents scoreless in the first quarter, the Pack has lost four of their last five games when their opponents do not score a point in the first quarter.
- Green Bay’s defense had five sacks in the game. They are now 33-9-1 (.779) in games since 2000 when they sack the opposition QB five or more times.
- The Rams scored their first points on a safety. It was the first safety given up by the Packers since 11/1/2015 against the Denver Broncos. Green Bay is 9-5 (.643) since 2000 when they allow a safety.
- The Packers had a 10-8 lead at halftime. In the Mike McCarthy era (since 2006), the team is now 37-13 (.740) in road games where they have a lead at halftime.
- Davante Adams had five receptions for 133 yards. It was his third straight game with 130 or more receiving yards. He became only the second player in Green Bay history to have three straight games with 130 or more receiving yards. The other was James Lofton who did it in three consecutive games in 1984. Adams became only the 28th player in NFL history to have three straight games with 130 receiving yards. There are seven players who top the list with four consecutive games with 130 receiving yards; the last was the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. in 2015.
- Green Bay allowed the Rams’ offense to compile 416 total yards. Since 2006, the Pack is 28-23-2 (.547) when the opponents tally 400 or more total yards in a game.
- The Packers were only two-for-nine in third down attempts in the game, a paltry 22.2%. Green Bay is 7-15-1 (.326) in games in the McCarthy era when they convert on less than 25% of their third down attempts.
- Green Bay had only 25:50 minutes time of possession in the game. They are now 9-16 (.360) since 2006 when they have less than 26 minutes time of possession in a game.
- Aaron Rodgers had a 102.9 Passer Rating in the contest, the third straight game where his Passer Rating was above 100. His career-high is 12 consecutive games with a Passer Rating above 100; he did that in the first 12 games of the 2011 season.
- Aaron Jones had another good game with 12 carries for 86 yards, a 7.2 per attempt average. Jones has had five games this season with a 5.0 yards per attempt (minimum of five attempts). His five games with a 5.0 yards per carry is tied for the most in the NFL this season with Kerryon Johnson (Detroit) and Phillip Lindsay (Denver).
- The Packers defense had three players each with seven solo tackles: Jaire Alexander, Clay Matthews and Blake Martinez. That was the most players with seven or more solo tackles since October 18, 2015 against San Diego when Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Micah Hyde, Nate Palmer and Damarious Randall each had seven or more solo tackles. For Matthews, it was the most solo tackles in a game since November 9, 2014 when he had a career-high nine solo tackles. Alexander became the first Packers rookie with seven or more solo tackles in a game since Josh Jones did it last season.
- The Packers held the Rams to five punts in the first five drives of the game. In their remaining seven drives of the game, the Rams offense had three TDs, two field goals and two punts.
- The Packers are now 85-18-1 (.822) when they score 27 or more points in a game.