If you watched Thursday Night Football (Kansas City vs. the Raiders) a couple days ago, you saw the Raiders score a pair of TDs in the first quarter. Scoring 14 or more points in the first quarter is not a common occurrence in an NFL game, but it has happened enough to show us that the team that does put 14 or more points on the scoreboard is usually in for a good game… i.e., a win!
The Raiders went on to win the game 31-30 on a last-second TD. Since the 2010 season, NFL teams are now 229-48-1 (.826 winning percentage) in regular season games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter.
The Green Bay Packers have had the most games with 14 or more points in the first quarter since the 2010 season with 20. The Patriots are second with 16 games. What makes this Packers stat all the more impressive is that they are 20-0 in those games. In fact, the Packers have not lost a game when they scored 14 or more points in the first quarter since November 8, 2009, a streak of 22 straight wins.
The Packers are one of seven NFL teams that are undefeated since 2010 when they tally 14 or more points in the first quarter. The others: Cincinnati (8-0), Carolina (7-0), Seattle (7-0), Minnesota (6-0), Arizona (5-0) and Miami (3-0). Thirty-one of the 32 NFL teams have a .500 or better winning percentage in these games; the only team with a losing record in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter is Jacksonville. They are 0-3 (.000).
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on October 15.
- The Packers are now 10-8 versus the Vikings since 2000 when they are the away team. The teams have now split the last 10 games played in Minnesota.
- Early Sunday (noon start) games have been a good thing for the Packers. They are now 33-15-1 (.684) since 2010 in games that have an early Sunday start.
- Yesterday’s game was scoreless after the first quarter. Since 2000, Green Bay is 25-15 in games where neither team scored in the first quarter. They are, however, 11-13 since 2000 in away games where both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter.
- Clay Matthews got his first fumble recovery since 2015 in the game. He now has five career fumble recoveries (he had three in his rookie season of 2009).
- The Packers “D” had a pair of takeaways, usually a good sign. Since 2010, the team is 44-10 (.815) in games where the defense gets two or more takeaways.
- The Pack was behind by four points at halftime. They are now 7-14 (.333) in away games when they trail by four points or more at halftime.
- Through the first three quarters, the Packers had only 10 points. Since 2011, Green Bay is 2-19-1 (.114) in games where they have 10 or fewer points going into the fourth quarter.
- Brett Hundley became the 17th Green Bay QB to throw three or more interceptions in a game in the Super Bowl era (since 1966). He is the first Packers QB with three interceptions in a game since Scott Tolzien on November 17, 2013 when he had three picks in a game versus the Giants.
- Green Bay did not score in the second half. It was the first scoreless second half in a game since November 26, 2015 when they were held scoreless in the second half in a 17-13 loss to the Bears. The Pack has been scoreless in the second half in 17 games since 2000… they are 2-15 in those games.
- The Packers had only 227 total yards of offense in the game. It was the fifth game since 2013 where they had fewer than 250 yards of offense in a game; they lost each of those games. Since 2000, Green Bay is now 9-14 in games where they have fewer than 250 yards of total offense in a contest.
- With only 10 points, the Packers are now 5-21 (.192) since 2000 in games where they are held to 10 points or less in a game. They have lost six straight.
- Since the start of the 2015 season, there have been eight opposing receivers who have caught nine or more passes in a game versus the Packers. Only one player has done it twice… Minnesota’s Adam Thielen. He had nine receptions in yesterday’s game; he had 12 in a game versus the Pack last year on Christmas Eve.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 35-31 win over the Dallas Cowboys on October 8.
- The Packers have now won six of their last eight games vs NFC East teams. They have also won five of their last six regular season games against the Cowboys.
- The Pack won the coin toss and has won four of their last five games when they win the coin toss. They are 44-20-1 (.685) since 2010 in games when they won the coin toss.
- The Cowboys scored first in the game, but the Packers have now won three of their last four games when the opposition scores first in the game. Green Bay is 1-5 in the last six away games when the opponents score first.
- Although Mason Crosby missed a pair of extra points, the Packers are now 7-1 in games when Crosby misses an extra point. It was the first time Crosby missed two extra point attempts in a contest.
- Green Bay was behind 7-6 at the end of the first quarter. They are now 10-11 since 2010 in games when they trail at the end of the first quarter.
- The Packers allowed 21 points to the Cowboys in the first half. Green Bay is now 7-24 (.226) in games when they allow the opponents to score 20 or more points in the first half and 3-17 (.150) in those games played on the road.
- The Pack trailed 21-12 at halftime. They are now 5-10 since 2010 in games where they are behind by nine points or more at halftime.
- Green Bay did hold Dallas scoreless in the third quarter. The team has now won 21 of their last 24 games when they hold the opposition scoreless in the third quarter.
- The Packers trailed 21-15 going into the fourth quarter. Since 2000, the team is now 6-56-1 (.103) when they trail by six points or more going into the fourth quarter. They have trailed by six or more points going into the fourth quarter in three of their first five games this season.
- Rookie running back Aaron Jones rushed for 125 yards in the game. It was the 28th game in Packers history where a rookie rushed for 100 or more yards (16 different rookies have achieved this 100-yards rushing milestone for the Pack). His 125 yards rushing by a rookie in a game is the eighth most in Packers history.
- The Packers returned an interception for a TD for the first time since December 20, 2015. It was the 13th game since 2010 that the Packers returned an interception for a TD. The Pack is 13-0 in those games.
- This was Aaron Rodgers’ 41st career regular season game where he threw three or more TD passes with no interceptions in a game. That ranks fourth all-time. Drew Brees is third with 42 such games; Peyton Manning is second with 51, and Tom Brady tops the list with 53 games.
- Davante Adams had two TDs for the fourth time in his career… the Packers are 4-0 in those games. The team is 14-2 in games when Adams has one or more TDs.
- Ezekiel Elliott ran for 116 yards in the game for the Cowboys. There have been 34 times since 2010 that an opposing runner has rushed for 100 yards in a game (regular season or playoffs) versus the Pack. Green Bay is 17-16-1 in those games. Of the last five opposing runners to rush for 100 yards versus the Pack, Elliott has done it three times.
- Green Bay allowed the Cowboys to score 31 points in the game. Since 2010, Green Bay is now 8-19 (.296) in games when they allow 30 or more points. New England has the best record when they allow 30 or more points in a game, .368 (7-12). Green Bay is tied with Atlanta for the second-best record when they allow 30 points (the Falcons are also 8-19, .296). The Patriots, Packers and Falcons are the only three NFL teams to have records above .250 since 2010 in games when they allow 30 or more points to an opponent.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 35-14 win over the Chicago Bears on September 28.
- The Packers have now won three of their last four Thursday night games versus the Bears.
- Davante Adams had a TD reception in the contest. Green Bay is 13-2 in games when Adams scores a TD.
- The Pack scored 14 points in the first quarter. Since 2000, they are 34-4 (.895) in games when they score 14 or more points in the first quarter. They have won 22 straight when they tally 14 or more in the first quarter.
- Green Bay has now won 17 of their last 19 when they get four or more takeaways in a game. They had four against the Bears.
- The Packers held a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. They have now won seven straight when they hold the opposition scoreless in the first quarter. They are 63-8 (.887) when they hold their opponents scoreless at home since 2000.
- Green Bay has won 33 of their last 35 games when they scored 20 or more points before halftime. They held a 21-7 lead at half.
- The Bears missed a field goal attempt in the contest. Green Bay is 12-7 since 2012 in games when the opponents miss at least one field goal attempt.
- Aaron Rodgers had four TD passes in the game, giving him 21 regular season games where he had four or more TD passes. The Pack is 18-3 in those games. The 21 games are tied with Dan Marino for fifth on the all-time list (Peyton Manning tops the list with 35 games with 4+ TD passes in a game). Rodgers also has two playoff games with four or more TD passes; the Packers were 1-1 in those two contests.
- Green Bay had a 28-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. They are now 114-1 in games where they hold a 20-point or larger lead going into the final quarter. The only loss was in 1952.
- Jordy Nelson was on the receiving end of two Rodgers TD passes in the game. Green Bay is now 15-0 in games when Nelson scores two or more TDs in a contest.
- Green Bay scored in each quarter in the game. Since 2000, the Pack is 66-12 (.846) in games when they score in each of the four quarters. They have now won 18 straight when they score in each quarter of a game. Their last loss at home when they scored in each quarter was in 2008 to Dallas.
- Mason Crosby had a relatively quiet evening other than kicking five extra points; he did not attempt a field goal. It was only the 22nd game in his career that he did not attempt a field goal. He has attempted a field goal in 142 of 164 regular season games for the Packers.
- Martellus Bennett had six receptions in the contest. Bennett’s teams are 9-10 when he catches six or more passes in a game.
- Green Bay was held to less than 200 passing yards (169 to be exact). In games since 2000 when the Pack has less than 200 yards passing, they are 44-27 (.619).
- The Pack has now won 19 of their last 20 games when they score 30 or more points. Since 2000, the Packers are second in the league with 102 games with 30 or more points (the Patriots top the list with 117 games). Green Bay is 94-8 (.992) since 2000 when they tally 30 or more points in a game.
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 27-24 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bengals on September 24.
- It was Aaron Rodgers first win against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has now beaten each of the other 31 teams in the league. He has not, however, defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season. His only win over Pittsburgh was in the Super Bowl. The Pack will face the Steelers this season on November 26 in Pittsburgh.
- The game was the third home game for the Packers where the temperature was 80 degrees or higher. Green Bay is now 3-0 in games 80 degrees or hotter at home. Interesting enough, each of those three wins was by exactly three points. The other games were 2002 against Atlanta and 1999 versus the Vikings.
- For the second time this season, the Packers hosted a game where their opponents scored first in the contest. Since 2000, Green Bay is 10-10 in home games where the opposition scores first.
- The game was tied 7-7 after the first quarter. The Pack is now 45-28 (.616) in games that are tied after one quarter since 2000. They are 22-8 (.733) in games at Lambeau Field that were tied after the first quarter since 2000.
- The Bengals tallied 21 points in the first half of the game. When opponents scored 20 or more points in the first half since 2000, the Packers are 6-24 (.200).
- Aaron Rodgers threw an interception for the third straight game. The last time he did that was the last three games of 2015. He has never started a season with an interception in three straight games. The longest streak of interceptions for Rodgers in his career was six consecutive games in 2008.
- The win over Cincinnati was the seventh in Rodgers’ career where he was sacked six or more times. It was, however, the first time the Packers won when Rodgers was sacked six or more times.
- The Packers had to overcome a 14-point deficit in the game (they were down 21-7 at halftime). With their win in the game, they are now 6-66 since 1970 in games where they are behind by 14 points or more at halftime.
- Green Bay scored only seven points in the first half. They have won their last four games at home when they scored seven or fewer points in the first half.
- Yesterday was only the second time since 2000 that Green Bay won a game at home where they were behind by seven points or more entering the fourth quarter. The other time was in 2002 when they trailed the Minnesota Vikings by nine points at Lambeau Field and won the game 26-23.
- The Packers have now played in 32 regular season overtime games since 1970. That ranks 25th of the 32 NFL teams. Their record is 12-15-5 (.453) in those games. The Pack has played in the most playoff overtime games since 1970 with six. They are 1-5 in those games. The five losses are the most overtime playoff losses in the NFL since 1970.
- Jordy Nelson had a pair of TDs. The Packers are 14-0 in games when Nelson has two or more TDs.
- Receiver Geronimo Allison set career highs with six receptions for 122 yards. His previous high was four catches for 91 yards in the last game of the 2016 season versus the Lions.
- Rodgers had three TD passes for the 55th time (regular season) in his career. That ranks sixth on the all-time list. Green Bay is 44-11 in those games (.800).
- Rookie Josh Jones had two sacks and 11 tackles in the game. He became the first Packers player since Erik Walden in 2011 to have 10 or more tackles and two sacks in a contest. He is also the first Green Bay rookie to have two sacks in a game since Datone Jones in 2013.
- The running game was fairly non-existent; the Packers had 64 yards on 17 carries. Green Bay is 18-27 (.400) in games since 2000 when they have less than 65 yards rushing in a game. They are 8-42 (.160) in games with less than 20 rushing attempts since 2000.