Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions on September 20.
- The Packers have now won eight straight home openers. The last time they lost their home opener for a season was in 2012 when they lost 30-22 to the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau.
- Green Bay has now won three straight over the Lions. The 21-point margin of victory was the biggest against Detroit since November 26, 2009 when they defeated the Lions 34-12 in Detroit.
- The Pack is now 22-7-2 (.742) at home against the NFC North since 2010.
- The Lions scored 14 points in the first quarter of the game and had a 14-3 lead. It was only the sixth time since 2000 that an opponent scored 14 or more points in the first quarter in a game at Lambeau. The Packers, however, won four of those six games.
- Mason Crosby made a pair of field goal attempts. It was the 101st regular season game where Crosby connected on two or more field goals. The Packers are 72-27-2 (.723) when Crosby makes two or more field goals in a game.
- Green Bay score in each of the four quarters. Since 2014, the Packers are 29-2-1 when they score in each quarter. The last time the Packers lost a home game when they scored in each quarter was in 2013 when they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 38-31.
- The Pack scored 40 points in consecutive games for the fourth time in team history. They also did in 1961, 2011 and 2014. They have never scored 40 or more points in three straight games. In their third game after scoring 40 in consecutive games, the Packers tallied 33 in 1961, 35 in 2011, and 24 in 2014… hopefully a good omen for next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
- Aaron Jones scored three TDs in the contest. Green Bay is 8-1 in the nine games where he has scored two or more touchdowns in a game.
- Since 2017, Aaron Jones’ first year in the NFL, he has 36 TDs. That is tied for fifth most in the league over the past three-plus seasons. Todd Gurley tops the list with 55 TDs since 2017; he is followed by Christian McCaffrey (43), Alvin Kamara (40), Melvin Gordon (37) and Jones and Derrick Henry tied with 36. If we check those TD numbers since 2018, Jones has 32 TDs, third most behind Gurkey and McCaffrey, both with 36.
- Jones’ 168 yards rushing was a career high; his 68 yards receiving was the third-most in his career.
- Jones amassed 236 yards from scrimmage. It was the second-most yards from scrimmage in a game by a Packers player in team history. Billy Howton holds the team record with 257 yards from scrimmage in a game on October 21, 1956. Jones became the fifth Packers player to have 200 or more yards from scrimmage in two or more games as a Packer. The others: Ahman Green (he did it three times), Billy Howton, Dorsey Levens and Jim Taylor.
- Jones had 18 carries in the game. The Packers are 10-2 in games where Jones carries the ball 15 times of more.
- Robert Tonyan had a TD reception in the game, the third of his career. He had a career-tying two catches in the contest.
- Chandon Sullivan intercepted a pass for the Packers; the team has now won 17 straight games when they intercept one or more passes in a game. The Pack has intercepted 19 opposing passes in the last 18 games.
- Green Bay had 259 yards rushing in the game. That was the fifth most since 1970 for the team. The team is 43-3-2 since 1970 when they rush for 200 or more yards.
- The Packers had a 17-14 lead at halftime. They have now won 10 of their last 11 home games when they have the lead at halftime. Since 2017, the Packers are 17-5-1 (.761) in games when they have the lead at halftime.
- Aaron Rodgers threw for two TDs and did not have an interception. It was the 76th regular season game in his career where he had two or more TD passes and no interceptions. That is the third most in league history. Tom Brady tops the list with 106 games with two or more TD passes and no picks in a game, followed by Drew Brees with 83.
- Green Bay had 488 total yards, the second straight week they had over 450 total yards. The longest streak for consecutive games with 450 or more total yards by an NFL team is four games, held by five different teams. The Packers longest streak of 450 or more total yards in a game is three… they did it in 1961 and 2014.
- The Pack did not commit a turnover for the second straight game. The team record for most consecutive games without a turnover is four. The 2016, 2016 and 2019 Packers each accomplished this.
- The Packers offensive line allowed only one sack in the game. The Packers are 35-11 (.761) since 2010 in games when their quarterback is sacked once or not at all in a game.
- Green Bay had a 34-14 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Packers have led by 20 or more points going into the fourth quarter 118 times in their career. They have only lost one game in team history when they had a 20-point lead going into the fourth quarter: it happened in 1952 when the Packers had a 28-6 lead at home against the Rams and saw the Rams outscore them 24-0 in the fourth quarter for a 30-28 win (loss for the Packers).
- The Packers allowed 34 and 21 points in their first two wins of the year. Since 2015, Green Bay is 25-29-1 (.464) in games where they allow the opposition to score 20 or more points in a game.
There is probably no trio of players in Green Bay under more scrutiny this preseason than the three rookie wide receivers drafted by the Packers in the most recent draft: J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown.
It will be interesting to see which of these three ends up getting significant playing time in 2018 and if any, or all three, will have any impact on the Packers offense as rookie receivers.
Looking back at rookie receivers in Green Bay’s long history, there have been some that made big contributions… Sterling Sharpe, James Jones and James Lofton. But if you were to select the greatest rookie receivers in Packers history, you have to start with Billy Howton.
A graduate of Rice University, Howton was a second round pick of the Packers in the 1952 NFL Draft. What Howton accomplished in his first season in Green Bay is pretty impressive: He led the league (not just the team, but the entire league!) with 1,231 receiving yards and had a rookie record 13 TD receptions. Howton spent seven seasons with the Pack and in 1974 was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame.
Here’s a look at the rookie players for the Packers who had the most catches, most TD receptions, and most receiving yards in their rookie campaign in Green Bay.
Most receptions by a rookie-Packers
Sterling Sharpe, 55, 1988
Billy Howton, 53, 1952
Gerry Ellis, 48, 1980
James Jones, 47, 2007
James Lofton, 46, 1978
Most TD receptions by a rookie-Packers
Billy Howton, 13, 1952
Max McGee, 9, 1954
Don Hutson, 6, 1935
James Lofton, 6, 1978
Carl Elliott, 5, 1951
Ray Pelfrey, 5, 1951
Most receiving yards by a rookie-Packers
Billy Howton, 1231, 1952
James Lofton, 818, 1978
Sterling Sharpe, 791, 1988
James Jones, 676, 2007
Greg Jennings, 632, 2006
Is it possible that more than one receiver could rack up some impressive numbers in their first year with the Packers? Consider this:
- There have been only two pair of rookies to catch 30 or more passes in the same season for the Packers: Keith Woodside (39) and Sterling Sharpe (55) in 1988 and Ryan Grant 930) and James Jones (47) in 2007.
- There has been only one pair of Green Bay rookies to have three or more TD receptions in the same season: Davante Adams (3) and Richard Rodgers (2) in 2014.
- There has been only one pair of Packers rookies to each have 300 or more receiving yards in the same season: Greg Jennings 9632) and Ruvell Martin (358) in 2006.
Follow Jerry on Twitter @StatsonTapp