The Green Bay Packers will end their 2018 season on Sunday December 30 with a game against the Detroit Lions. This will be the 16th and final game of the season.
If you were a betting man (or woman) you might place a little wager on the Packers in this game… over the past 25 seasons (from 1993-2017) the Packers have been the NFL’s best team in the 16th and final game of the season. Since ’93, the Pack is 20-5 in the 16th game of the year, tops in the league.
Detroit, on the other hand, is in the bottom 10 of winning percentages in the final game of the season since 1993. They are 9-16, a .360 winning percentage.
Following are the records of each NFL team in the final game of the regular season from 1993-2017.
.800 Green Bay (20-5)
.720 New England (18-7)
.680 Pittsburgh, Tennessee (17-8)
.640 Indianapolis (16-9), L.A. Chargers (16-9)
.609 Carolina (14-9)
.600 Minnesota (15-10)
.560 Kansas City (14-11), N.Y. Giants (14-11), Philadelphia (14-11), San Francisco (14-11)
.545 Baltimore (12-10)
.520 Atlanta (13-12), Cincinnati (13-12), Denver (13-12), Seattle (13-12), Washington (13-12)
.480 N.Y. Jets (12-13)
.440 Buffalo (11-14)
.438 Houston (7-9)
.400 Arizona (10-15), Miami (10-15), Tampa Bay (10-15)
.360 Detroit (9-16), L.A. Rams (9-16), New Orleans (9-16)
.348 Jacksonville (8-15)
.320 Dallas (8-17)
.318 Cleveland (7-15)
.280 Chicago (7-18)
.240 Oakland (6-19)
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PACKERSTATS-Game #15-2018 season
Written and Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 44-38 overtime win over the New York Jets on December 23.
- The Pack’s win over the Jets came in the 15th game of the season. The Packers are 18-7 (.720) in Game #15 games since 1994. That is the second-best winning percentage of all the NFL teams in Game #15 games. The New England Patriots are 19-6 (.760) in Game #15 games since ’94.
- Green Bay is now 5-8 (.385) in regular season games versus the Jets. They are one of four teams that the Packers have an all-time regular season winning percentage under .400; the others… Kansas City Chiefs (3-7-1 .318), Miami Dolphins (5-10 .333) and Buffalo Bills (5-8 .385). The victory on Sunday was only the second time in history that the Packers have defeated the Jets on their home field.
- With the win on the road, the Packers are now 7-23-1 since 1970 in road games against AFC East teams.
- Since 2000, the Packers are now 21-18 (.538) in all road games in December.
- The Jets scored first in the game. The Packers are 4-4 this season when their opponents score first in the game; they are 2-4-1 when they, the Packers, scored first in a 2018 contest.
- New York rookie QB Sam Darnold had a 128.4 Passer Rating in the game. It was the second highest ever Passer Rating by a rookie QB against the Packers; topping the list is a 149.6 Passer Rating by rookie QB Charlie Batch of the Detroit Lions on October 15, 1998.
- Darnold became the seventh rookie QB in history to have three TD passes in a game against the Packers. The Packers defense has given up three TD passes to a rookie QB in three straight seasons: 2016-Dak Prescott (Dallas); 2017-DeShone Kizer (Cleveland) and Darnold this season.
- Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers passed the 4,000 yards passing mark for the seventh season in his career. That places him in a tie for sixth in this stat with Detroit’s Matthew Stafford. The players ahead of Rodgers: Peyton Manning (14 4,000-yards passing seasons), Drew Brees (12), Tom Brady and Philip Rivers (10) and Matt Ryan (8).
- Jets returner Andre Roberts returned a kickoff for a TD. It was the first kickoff returned for TD against the Packers since Indianapolis returned a kickoff for TD on November 6, 2016. It’s interesting to note that the Packers have now won seven of their last eight games when an opposing player returns a kickoff for a TD.
- The Jets had a 21-17 lead at halftime. Since 2000, the Packers are now 9-27 (.250) in games when the opposition tallies 20 or more points in the first half. They are now 4-20 (.167) in road games since 2000 when their opponents score 20 or more points in the first half.
- Green bay running back Jamaal Williams had 15 carries for 95 yards in the game. The 95 yards rushing was the second-most in a game in his career. With six receptions for 61 yards, Williams had 156 total yards for the day… that was a career-high.
- Davante Adams had the game-winning TD reception. Adams turns 26 today (December 24) and has 39 career TD receptions. That is the 10th most TD receptions by a player prior to turning 26. Randy Moss tops the list with 60.
- Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby made all three of his field goal attempts. The Packers are 25-7 (.781) in games when Crosby is perfect in a game with at least three field goal attempts.
- Rodgers had a pair of TD runs in the game. It was only the second regular season game in his career that he scored two TDs (the other was October 2, 2011 against Denver).
- Rodgers two TD runs and a two-point conversion run tallied him 14 points in the game. That was the most points he scored in a game in his career. Paul Hornung holds the team record with 33 points scored in a game. Rodgers became the 42nd Packers player to score 14 or more points in a game since 1950.
- Jets QB Sam Darnold became the first rookie QB in history to have three TD passes, 300 or more yards passing and no interceptions in a game versus the Packers.
- Green Bay is 14-8 (.636) since 2000 in games where both teams score 30 or more points in a game.
- Rodgers had 442 yards passing in the game, tied for the second-most in his career. His career-high is 480 yards passing in a 2013 games versus the Redskins. Green Bay is 5-2 in the seven games where Rodgers has 400 or more yards passing.
- Davante Adams had 11 catches in the game, the third most in his career. Green Bay is 4-3 in games when Adams has 10 or more catches in a contest. Adams had 71 yards receiving in the game; the 71 yards receiving was the fewest he has had in a game where he had 9 or more catches.
- Green Bay scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. They are now 32-4 (.889) in games in their history when they score 18 or more points in the fourth quarter.
- The Pack had 20 running attempts in the game. They are now 20-11-1 (.641) since 2016 in games when they run the ball at least 20 times in a game. They are 5-3-1 in games this season when they have 20 or more rushing attempts, 1-5 when they have fewer than 20 rushing attempts in a game.
- Green Bay had 540 total yards in the game. They are now 22-2-1 (.900) in team history when they have 500 or more total yards in a game.
- For the first time in a game in team history, the Packers had five receivers gain 60 or more yards via catches. Equanimeous St. Brown led the way with 94 receiving yards. He was followed by Marques Valdes-Scantling (75), Davante Adams (71), Jake Kumerow (68) and Jamaal Williams (61).
- The game was the second-highest scoring overtime game in Green Bay history. The Pack lost an overtime game to the Falcons in Atlanta on November 27, 1983, 47-41, a combined 88 points.
- The 44-38 final score was the fifth time in NFL history that a game ended with that score. The last time was in 2012 when Carolina defeated New Orleans 44-38 on December 30.
If you are an NFL fan who likes parity and close games, then you have to like what has happened in the league through the first 14 games (15 weeks) of this season.
Consider this: Of the 224 games that have been played in the NFL through Week 15 (games through December 17), 121 games have been decided by one score… eight points or less. If you add the fact that there have been two games that ended in a tie that brings that number to 123. That means that 123 of the 224 games played so far in 2018, or 55%, have been decided by one score.
There have been a few teams that have lost each of their games this year by eight points or less. Topping the list are the Seattle Seahawks. They have lost six games this season, all by eight points or less; their losses have been by 3, 7, 2, 8, 5 and 3 points in 2018.
The Carolina Panthers top the league this season with the most losses by eight points or less this year with seven.
Here’s a look at what percentage of losses each NFL team have suffered this season have been by eight points or less.
100%: Seattle (6 of 6); Chicago (4 of 4); Houston (4 of 4); Kansas City (3 of 3); New Orleans (2 of 2)
88%: Carolina (7 of 8)
86%: Philadelphia (6 of 7)
80%: Pittsburgh (4 of 5)
75%: Denver (6 of 8); Green Bay (6 of 8)
67%: N.Y. Giants (6 of 9); Baltimore (4 of 6); Indianapolis (4 of 6);
60%: Jacksonville (6 of 10)
55%: Tampa Bay (5 of 9)
50%: N.Y. Jets (5 of 10); San Francisco (5 of 10); Dallas (3 of 6); Tennessee (3 of 6)
44%: Atlanta (4 of 9); Detroit (4 of 9)
43%: Cleveland (3 of 7)
40%: New England (2 of 5)
37%: Cincinnati (3 of 8)
33%: Buffalo (3 of 9); Minnesota (2 of 6); L.A. Chargers (1 of 3); L.A. Rams (1 of 3)
29%: Washington (2 of 7)
27%: Arizona (3 of 11); Oakland (3 of 11)
14%: Miami (1 of 7)
The most one-score losses the Packers have had in a season are eight. That happened in 2005 when the team suffered eight of their 12 losses by eight points or less. They lost seven one-score games in 2008 and lost six one-score games in 1984, 1991 and 2010 (in addition to this season).
The 1984 Cleveland Browns hold the NFL record for most losses by four points or less in a season with eight. New England (1993), Houston (1994), Carolina (2001) and the 2008 Packers are tied for second with seven losses by four points or less in a season. This year’s Pack has three losses by four points or less.
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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.
Three teams (Arizona, Oakland and San Francisco) have already lost 10 games in this NFL season. With three games remaining for each of the league’s 32 teams, another 14 teams have at least seven losses and could finish the season with 10 (or more) losses.
In addition to the three teams mentioned above, here are the 14 other teams that could end the 2018 campaign with double-digit losses (current number of losses noted below):
7: Carolina, Cleveland, Denver, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Washington
8: Cincinnati, Detroit, New York Giants, Tampa Bay
9: Atlanta, Buffalo, Jacksonville, New York Jets
There are currently five teams that have not lost 10 or more games in a season this decade: Green Bay, New England, New Orleans, PIttsburgh and Seattle. Of these five, the only team in danger of losing 10 or more this season are the Packers; they would have to lose all three of their remaining games to reach 10 losses for the season.
The Patriots hold the mark for longest time since losing 10 or more games in season. They last lost double-digits in a season in 2000.
Here are the last seasons each of the 32 NFL teams lost 10 or more games in a season (through games of December 10, 2018).
2000: New England
2005: New Orleans
2008: Green Bay
2012: Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia
2013: Buffalo, Minnesota
2014: Atlanta, Washington
2015: Baltimore, Dallas, Tennessee
2016: Carolina, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams
2017: Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay
2018: Arizona, Oakland, San Francisco