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.
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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PACKERSTATS-Game #14-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 24-17 loss to the Chicago Bears on December 16.
- Prior to last Sunday’s contest, the Packers had won five straight over the Bears in December games. Green Bay is 15-5 versus the Bears in December games since 1994.
- Prior to the game against the Packers, the Bears had lost seven straight at home in December when the temperature was 45 degrees or higher. It was 45 degrees at game time.
- Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times in the contest. Green Bay is now 3-16 since 2010 in games where the QB is sacked five or more times.
- Chicago scored first in the game. Since 1940, the Bears are 24-51-1 (.322) against the Packers when they score first in the game.
- The Pack did not score in the first quarter and have now lost eight of their last nine games when they do not score in the first quarter. Green Bay is 45-53 (.459) since 2000 in games when they do not score in the first quarter.
- Green Bay’s Mason Crosby made three field goals in the game. That’s usually good news for the Pack; the team is now 32-8-1 (.793) in games when Crosby connects on three or more field goals in a game.
- Green Bay was behind 14-3 at halftime. Since 2000, the Packers are 3-23 (.115) in road games when they are behind by 10 points or more at halftime.
- Jamaal Williams has a rushing TD in the game, the only TD scored by the Packers. The team is only 2-4 in games where Williams scores a rushing TD.
- The score was tied at 14-14 going into the fourth quarter. Green Bay has now lost five straight games on the road when the score is tied going into the fourth quarter.
- The Pack had one turnover in the game, an interception by Aaron Rodgers. The team is 2-2-1 in games this season when they do not have a turnover; they are 3-6 in games where they had at least one turnover.
- Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 68.9 in the game. Green Bay is 3-11 in games started by Rodgers where he had a Passer Rating below 70. It was the second worst Passer Rating Rodgers had in his career in a game against the Bears.
- Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky had a Passer Rating of 120.4 in the game. It was the seventh highest Passer Rating for a Chicago Bears QB in a game against the Packers in history (minimum of 10 pass attempts). He was the first QB with a Passer Rating above 120 against Green Bay since Cade McNown had a Passer Rating of 123.5 against the Pack in a game on October 1, 2000.
- Rodgers streak of no interceptions ended with 403 pass attempts. He now has two interceptions this season (with 23 TD passes). Tom Brady holds the NFL record for most TD passes in a season with only two interceptions with 28 (he did it in 2016). Second on the list is Nick Foles who had 27 TD passes and only two interceptions in 2013.
- Davante Adams had eight receptions for 119 yards, his fifth 100-yard receiving game this season. Robert Brooks holds the team record with nine 100-yard receiving games in 1995. Adams, if he reaches the 100-yard mark in each of the final two games, could tie Jordy Nelson and Sterling Sharpe for second on the list; Nelson had seven 100-yard games in 2014, Sharpe had seven 100-yard games in 1992.
- Scoring under 20 points in a game versus the Bears has not been a good omen for the Pack: since 1940, Green Bay is 17-63 (.213) in games against Bears when they tally less than 20 points.
With their loss to Detroit on Saturday, December 16, the Bears saw their record this season drop to 4-10. It gave them their fourth straight season with double-digit losses, the longest current streak in the NFL.
The Jacksonville Jags had lost 10 or more games for six straight years, but at 10-4 this season, they have qualified for the playoffs and no longer hold the current streak for the most consecutive seasons with 10+ losses.
Here is the number of 10-loss seasons for each NFL team since 2000. As you might expect, the Cleveland Browns top this list with 14 10-loss seasons this century. Four teams, Denver, New England, New Orleans and Pittsburgh are at the other end, each with only one double-digit loss season this century.
10: Detroit, Jacksonville, Oakland
8: Arizona, Buffalo, San Francisco, Washington
7: Chicago, Houston, L.A. Rams, Tampa Bay
6: Dallas, Minnesota, New York Jets, Tennessee
5: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Kansas City, L.A. Chargers, Miami, New York Giants
3: Baltimore, Indianapolis, Seattle
2: Green Bay, Philadelphia
1: Denver, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh
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Week 13 had two games go into overtime: The Vikings beat the Bears 23-20, and the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-31. For the Falcons, it was their first overtime win on the road since September 26, 2010.
Through games of December 1, there have been 13 overtime games in the NFL this season. One ended in a tie, and the home team has won nine of the other 12 OT contests.
In 2012, there 21 regular-season overtime games in the NFL. Of those 21, the home team won 11 of them. There was also an overtime game in the playoffs; that was won by the away team (Baltimore) as they knocked the Denver Broncos out of the playoffs on their home field on a Justin Tucker 47-yard field goal in double overtime.
One of the more interesting overtime games last season was on December 2. The Seattle Seahawks were on the road facing the Chicago Bears. The Seahawks won the game 23-17 in Chicago in overtime. It was the first victory in a five-game winning streak that propelled the Seahawks to an 11-win season and a spot in the playoffs.
But another reason that game was noteworthy was that it was the first overtime win on the road for the Seahawks in almost 10 years. Prior to that win in Chicago, the last time Seattle won an overtime game on the road was December 29, 2002 when they beat the Chargers 31-28 in an overtime game in San Diego.
The current longest drought for a road overtime win belongs to the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona has not won an overtime game on the road since December 2, 2001.
With that in mind, here is the last time each team won an overtime game on the road.
Last overtime game won on the road, team
10-23-2003: New England
11-27-2005: St. Louis
10-29-2007: Green Bay
12-9-2007: San Diego
9-14-2008: San Francisco
1-22-2012: New York Giants
9-23-2012: Kansas City
9-23-2012: New York Jets
11-18-2012: Tampa Bay
12-23-2012: New Orleans
Of the three teams that have this season won OT games on the road, two of those road OT victories came at the expense of the Buffalo Bills (both Cincinnati and Atlanta beat Buffalo in OT on the Bills’ home field). The Bills became the 11th team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to have lost two overtime games at home in a season. Following are those teams:
Lost two overtime games at home in a season
2003: Tampa Bay
2002: Minnesota, Oakland
1993: New England
1987: New England
1983: Green Bay, Houston Oilers, Tampa Bay
1979: New England