Horrible. Embarrassing. Ugly.
Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the Packers 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Packers fans, players and coaches are no doubt leaving last Thursday’s game behind and focusing on the remaining four games on the schedule. But here’s a quick look back at some of the numbers from the most recent loss.
* The Lions had 561 total yards in the game while the Pack could muster only 126. It was the 16th time since 1970 that one team had over 500 total yards and their opponents had under 150 in an NFL game. The Packers have been on the low end in three of these 16 games, most in the league. In 1999, the Packers lost to the Denver Broncos 31-10, with the Broncos gaining 514 yards to the Pack’s 133. In 1978, the Cowboys gained 537 yards en route to a 42-14 win over Green Bay. The Packers had only 142 yards in that contest.
* Until Matt Flynn connected with James Jones on that 56-yard pass play late in the game, the Packers had only 70 total yards. Had they stayed under 100 total yards for the game, it would have been the fourth time since 1970 that one team had over 500 yards and their opponents had under 100 in a game. The last time was in 1988 when the Vikings had 553 yards to Detroit’s 89 in Minnesota’s 44-17 win over Detroit.
* This was the 23rd game since 1970 that the Packers had under 150 total yards for the game. They are now 2-21 in such games. The last game with under 150 yards was November 19, 2006 against the New England Patriots. That resulted in a 35-0 defeat at the hands of the Pats.
* The Packers did have four takeaways in the game against the Lions. It was their second game this year with four takeaways (also vs. Cincinnati). Unfortunately, the Packers have lost both games when they had four takeaways. NFL teams this year are 30-6 (.833 winning percentage) in games where they have four or more takeaways. The Packers have two of those six losses; the Vikings have also lost two of those games. Green Bay is 101-25-3 (.795 winning percentage) in games since 1970 when they force their opponents into four or more turnovers; they are 30-4 (.882) since 2000.
* The Packers last 30-point loss was November 19, 2006 to New England when the Patriots won 35-0. Their last 30-point loss on the road prior to the Detroit beating on Thanksgiving was December 19, 2005 when they lost 48-3 to Baltimore.
* The Packers offense had no TDs last Thursday. It was the first game with no offensive TDs since December 12, 2010 when they lost 7-3 to the Lions. The Packers have had no offensive TDs in 11 games since 2000. They are 4-7 in those games.
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Through games of Week #11, teams that have scored 27 or more points in the NFL in 2013 have won 79.5% of their games. So you’d figure that when the Detroit Lions put 27 points on the scoreboard in the second quarter alone in last weekend’s contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, that victory was a cinch…
Unfortunately for the Lions, the 27 points they scored in the second quarter were the only points they scored in the game. The Steelers shutout the Lions 17-0 in the second half and went on to defeat the Lions 37-27.
By scoring 27 or more points in a quarter and losing the game, the Lions became only the ninth team in NFL history to “accomplish” this rare feat. In fact, teams that scored 27-plus points in a quarter are now 170-8 (a winning percentage of 95.5) in those games. The last team to lose a game after scoring 27-plus points in a quarter were the Houston Texans on October 21, 2007. They scored 29 in the fourth quarter of a game against the Tennessee Titans although they eventually lost the contest 38-36. The last team to lose a game after scoring 27-plus points in the second quarter (prior to the Lions) was Baltimore on December 21, 1980; they scored 28 points in the second quarter of a 38-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Here’s a look at the record of teams that scored 27-plus points in a quarter.
First Quarter: 19-0 (last team were the Chicago Bears on 11/4/2012)
Second Quarter: 94-3 (last team were the Detroit Lions on 11/17/2013)
Third Quarter: 12-0 (last team were the Carolina Panthers on 9/10/1995)
Fourth Quarter: 45-5 (last team were the New England Patriots on 11/3/2013)
The Lions also became only the seventh team in league history to score 27 or more points in a quarter and have those points be the only points they scored in a game. The seven teams:
Detroit, 11/17/2013: Scored 27 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game)
Green Bay, 12/20/1992: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game)
Minnesota, 12/1/1985: Scored 28 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game)
Atlanta, 9/13/1981: Scored 31 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game)
Baltimore, 12/21/1980: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game)
Houston, 11/23/1980: Scored 28 points in the fourth quarter for their only points in the game)
San Diego, 11/15/1964: Scored 28 points in the second quarter for their only points in the game)
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With each NFL draft, there is much analysis around which teams will take which players and how will each NFL team fill their specific needs.
Here’s a different look back on previous NFL drafts. To pique your interest, see if you can answer this question: When you look at the Top 10 career lists of most TD passes (quarterbacks) and most rushing yards (running backs), which list has more players who were first-round draft choices?
Following is a look at six career stats and where in the draft the players in the Top 10 were drafted.
Most Career TD Passes (quarterbacks). Of the players in the Top 10, four players were first-round draft picks (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, John Elway and Vinny Testaverde; all but Marino were the first pick in the draft). Warren Moon, who ranks eighth on the list, was undrafted out of college and played in the Canadian Football League for six years before he signed with the Houston Oilers. John Unitas, who ranks ninth on the list, was drafted in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. The career leader, Brett Favre, was a second-round pick.
Most Career Rushing Yards (running backs). Of the 10 players in the Top 10, nine of them were first-round picks. The only exception was Curtis Martin, who ranks fourth on the list, who was a third-round selection. None of the Top 10, however, was the first selection in the draft. Three of the Top 10, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk were the second pick in the draft. Dorsett was actually the second pick behind another running back, Ricky Bell. The career rushing leader, Emmitt Smith, was the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft.
Most Career receptions (receivers). Six of the Top 10 in this category were selected in the first round (Jerry Rice, Tony Gonzalez, Marvin Harrison, Tim Brown, Randy Moss and Reggie Wayne). Brown was the highest pick; he was the sixth selection in the 1988 draft. Cris Carter, who is fourth on the list, was a supplemental draft choice. Terrell Owens (No. 6 on the list) was the 89th pick in his draft. Hines Ward (eighth on the list) was the 92nd pick in the 1998 draft. Rice, the category leader, was the 16th choice in the 1985 NFL Draft.
Most Career Interceptions (defensive player). There are four first-round selections in this list: Rod Woodson (third on the list), Ronnie Lott (tied for sixth on the list), Dave Brown (tied for eighth on the list) and Ed Reed (10th on the list). Three players in the Top 10 were undrafted: Emlen Tunnell, Night Train Lane and Emmitt Thomas. Paul Krause, the career leader with 81 interceptions, was a second-round choice. Ken Riley (fifth on the list) was a sixth-round selection; Dick LeBeau (tied for eighth on the list) was a fifth-round pick.
Most sacks (defensive player). Bruce Smith, the category leader, was the first overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. Other first-round picks in the Top 10 of this stat: Reggie White, Chris Doleman, Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal. Of the remaining five in the category, John Randle (eighth in sacks) was undrafted. Richard Dent, a Hall of Famer and seventh on this list, was the 203rd player selected in the 1983 draft.
Most career field goals (placekickers). Only six of the Top 10 were even drafted. Of those that were drafted, Jason Hanson, was the highest drafted player; he was a second-round selection of the Detroit Lions in 1992. Morten Anderson, who leads this category, was a fourth-round choice. The four on the list who were not drafted: John Carney, Adam Vinatieri, Nick Lowery and Jan Stenerud.
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Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver officially announced his retirement yesterday in a ceremony at Lambeau Field. The 14-year veteran ends his career with 743 catches and 62 touchdowns, all with the green and gold. Following are a few stats you may not know about Driver’s career.
* Driver was a seventh round selection in the 1999 draft. Thirty different receivers were chosen in that draft; Driver was the 25th receiver chosen. Torry Holt was the first receiver selected in the first round (6th pick overall) by the Rams. Holt is the only receiver in that class to catch more career passes than Driver.
* Of all the players chosen in that ’99 draft, Driver ranks second in NFL games played with 205. The only player drafted in the 1999 draft to have more career NFL games than Driver is Champ Bailey with 210.
* Driver scored at least one TD in each of his 14 seasons in the league.
* Driver is one of 39 players to have 700 or more career catches in the NFL. Of those 39, Driver was drafted the lowest (two players with 700-plus receptions, Wes Welker and Rod Smith, were not drafted).
* He is one of 281 players to play 200 or more games in the NFL.
* Of his 61 TD receptions, Driver caught 36 of them from Brett Favre and 22 from Aaron Rodgers. Can you name the three players (other than Favre and Rodgers) who threw TD passes to Driver? Answer at end of blog.
* Twenty-seven of Driver’s 62 TDs either tied the score or put the Packers ahead in the game.
* Driver scored two touchdowns in four games. The Pack was 3-1 in those games. The Packers were 36-21 in games when Driver scored a touchdown.
* Driver caught three or more passes in 131 of the 190 regular-season games he played in with the Packers. He caught three of more passes in nine of the 15 playoff games he played in.
* He had 10-plus catches in seven games with the Packers. The team was 6-1 in those games. Driver’s game-high in receptions was 11.
* Driver had 100 or more yards receiving in 22 games in his career. The Packers were 15-7 in those games. Of those 22 games, 13 were on the road, nine were home games. Six of those 100-yard games came against the Detroit Lions.
Trivia answer: In addition to Favre and Rodgers, Driver caught TD passes from Matt Flynn, Ahman Green and Bubba Franks.
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In honor of this year’s Packers‘ team that is off to a 10-0 start, here’s a look back at the last Green Bay team that started a season 10-0… the 1962 Packers.
1. Let’s get the obvious one out of the way… in 1962 the 10-0 Packers lost Game #11 to the Detroit Lions 26-14 in a Thanksgiving Day game. (With this year’s 10-0 Pack also playing the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, we’ll see if history repeats itself.) The ’62 Packers finished the season 13-1 and won the NFL Championship by defeating the New York Giants.
2. The Packers led the league in scoring with 415 points (29.6 pts/per game) and led the league by allowing only 148 points. They were first in the NFL in takeaways. They were averaging 30.9 points per game going into that Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions. (This year’s Pack is averaging 35.5 points per game going into Thursday’s contest.)
3. The 1962 Packers won all six of their preseason games that year.
4. After the loss to the Lions ended their winning streak, the Packers trounced the Los Angeles Rams the next week 41-10.
5. The 1962 Packers led the league with 31 interceptions (this year’s team leads the NFL with 19 interceptions). The ’62 defense held opposing quarterbacks to a league-low passer rating of 43.3.
6. Quarterback Bart Starr led the league with 2,438 passing yards. Running back Jim Taylor led the league with 1,474 rushing yards. Teammates have not led the league in passing yards and rushing yards since that season.
7. The 1962 team was one of four Green Bay teams to win 13 games in a season. The others: 1996 team (the Super Bowl champs), 1997 team (lost in the Super Bowl) and the 2007 team (lost to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game).
8. The ’62 Pack scored 36 TDs rushing and 14 via passes. (This year’s team has 31 TDs via pass, eight rushing touchdowns. This will be the 23rd consecutive year that the Packers have scored more TDs by passes than rushing in a season.) The 1962 defense allowed only four rushing touchdowns.
9. The Sporting News in early 2011 selected the “NFL’s 10 Greatest Teams” in the league’s history. The 1962 Packers were ranked fifth.
10. The only blemish to the 1962 season was the 26-14 loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. In some circles (more than likely in Detroit) that game is also known as “The Turkey Day Massacre.” The Pack trailed at halftime 23-0. In the loss, the offense only gained 122 total yards. They committed five turnovers. Quarterback Bart Starr was sacked 11 times in the game, eight in the first half.