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Today’s Sports Stat: July 30, 2018

Davante Adams goes into the 2018 NFL season as the #1 receiver on the Green Bay Packers depth charts. Over the past two seasons, Adams has caught 22 TD passes, 12 in 2016 and 10 last season.

The interesting thing about Adams’ stat line over the past two campaigns is that while he had 10 or more TD receptions in the last two seasons, he did not reach the 1,000-yard milestone in either of those seasons. Adams had 997 yards receiving in 2016 and 885 in 2017.

Adams was one of two receivers in the NFL last season to have 10 or more TD receptions with less than 1,000 yards receiving. The other? New Packers tight end Jimmy Graham; he had 10 TD catches and only 520 receiving yards for the Seattle Seahawks.

Adams became only the sixth receiver in NFL history to have 10 or more TD receptions and less than 1,000 yards receiving in consecutive seasons. He joined Bob Hayes (1967, 1968), Nat Moore (1977, 1978), Daryl Turner (1984, 1985), Stephone Paige (1985, 1986) and Julius Thomas (2013, 2014).

Adams also became the 76th player in the Super Bowl era to have at least one season with 10 or more TD receptions with less than 1,000 yards receiving. It has happened 96 times since 1966 with 17 players doing it multiple times since that year.

Here are the 17 players with two or more NFL seasons with 10 or more TD receptions and less than 1,000 receiving yards since 1966.

3: Antonio Gates, Bob Hayes, Paul Warfield

2: Davante Adams, Bob Chandler, Gary Collins, Vernon Davis, Al Denson, Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Nat Moore, Stephone Paige, Lynn Swann, Julius Thomas, Daryl Thomas, Wesley Walls

Adams is the fifth Packers receiver since 1966 with a 10-TD season without reaching the 1,000-yard receiving milestone… Paul Coffman did it in 1983 (11 TD catches, 814 yards), Keith Jackson did it in 1996 (10 TD catches, 505 yards), Greg Jennings did it in 2007 (12 TD catches, 920 yards) and James Jones did it in 2012 (14 TD catches, 784 yards).


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Today’s Sports Stat: July 14, 2018

With the 2018 NFL season less than eight weeks away, how about a quick NFL stat to whet your appetite…

Did you know that 31 of the 32 NFL teams have won at least 10 games in a season at least once since 2000? Do you know which team has not won 10 games in a season this century?

If you guessed the Buffalo Bills, you are correct. The Bills last won 10 or more games in a season all the way back in 1999. On the flip side, do you know the last time the New England Patriots lost 10 or more games in a season? It was in 2000, a remarkable 17 seasons ago!

Here’s a look at the last time each NFL franchise won 10 or more games in a season and the last time each lost 10 or more games in a season.

Team            Last 10-win season   Last 10-loss season

Arizona                   2015                               2012
Atlanta                    2017                               2014
Baltimore               2014                               2015
Buffalo                   1999                               2013
Carolina                  2017                               2016
Chicago                  2012                               2017
Cincinnati               2015                               2010
Cleveland               2007                               2017
Dallas                     2016                               2015
Denver                    2015                               2017
Detroit                    2014                               2012
Green Bay              2016                               2008
Houston                  2012                               2017
Indianapolis           2014                               2017
Jacksonville           2017                               2016
Kansas City            2017                               2012
L.A. Chargers         2009                               2016
L.A. Rams               2017                               2016
Miami                     2016                               2017
Minnesota              2017                               2013
New England          2017                               2000
New Orleans          2017                               2005
New York Giants    2016                               2017
New York Jets         2015                               2017
Oakland                  2016                               2017
Philadelphia           2017                               2012
Pittsburgh              2017                               2003
San Francisco         2013                               2017
Seattle                    2016                               2009
Tampa Bay             2010                               2017
Tennessee              2008                               2015
Washington            2012                               201

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Today’s Sports Stat: June 9, 2018

With their third championship in four years, basketball fans are looking at the Golden State Warriors as one of the game’s dynasties. But Cleveland Cavs, with their third loss in the title series in the last four years, had a performance that puts them among the most dubious in all of sports.

The Cavs became the first pro sports team this century (of the four major sports, NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA) to lose the championship three times over the course of four years. The last pro team to lose a title three times in four years was the Buffalo Bills who lost in the Super Bowl in four straight years, 1991-94. The Cavs also became the first NBA team to lose the Finals series three times in the span of four years since the Los Angeles Lakers lost in the NBA Finals three consecutive years, 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Here are the teams in the four major pro sports leagues that lost in the championship series/game three times over the course of four years.

Detroit Tigers, 1907, 1908, 1909
New York Giants, 1911, 1912, 1913

Cleveland Browns, 1951, 1952, 1953
New York Giants, 1958, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963
Minnesota Vikings, 1974, 1975, 1977
Denver Broncos, 1987, 1988, 1990
Buffalo Bills, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

New York Knicks, 1951, 1952, 1953
Los Angeles Lakers, 1962, 1963, 195, 1966
Los Angeles Lakers, 1968, 1969, 1970
Cleveland Cavs, 2015, 2017, 2018

Toronto Maple Leafs, 1933, 1935, 1936
Toronto Maple Leafs, 1938, 1939, 1940
Montreal Canadians, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955
Detroit Red Wings, 1961, 1963, 1964
St. Louis Blues, 1968, 1969, 1970


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Today’s Sports Stat: March 17, 2018

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have won their first Super Bowl, when will they win their second one? Could they go back-to-back? Or, will they sit on one Super Bowl victory for many years?

Let’s take a look with a little historical perspective to try to explore the above questions. First, the Eagles, by winning Super Bowl #52, became the 20th NFL franchise (of the 32) to win a Super Bowl. Of those 20, 12 have won two or more Super Bowls and eight have won just one. That means that 12 of the current franchises have never won a Super Bowl; of those 12, four have never even made it to the Super Bowl… Cleveland, Detroit, Houston and Jacksonville.

Of the 12 franchises that have won two or more Super Bowls, let’s focus on when they won their first Super Bowl and when they won their second:

  • Four teams won their first and second Super Bowls in back-to-back years… Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Denver and Miami.
  • Five teams won their first and second Super Bowls within six years of each other… New England (two years), San Francisco (three years), New York Giants (four years), the Raiders (four years), Washington (five years), Dallas (six years).
  • Two teams won their first and second Super Bowls more than 10 years from each other… Colts (36 years), Ravens (12 years).

It was mentioned above that the Eagles are now one of eight franchises that has won one Super Bowl. Here’s a look at when the other seven franchises won their one and only Super Bowl.

New York Jets (won Super Bowl #3)
Kansas City Chiefs (won Super Bowl #4)
Chicago (won Super Bowl #20)
Rams (won Super Bowl #34)
Tampa Bay (won Super Bowl #37)
New Orleans (won Super Bowl #44)
Seattle (won Super Bowl #48)

What does all this mean? The 12 teams that have won multiple Super Bowls won their first and second Super Bowls within an average of about six years. Take away the Rams 36-year wait for their second Super Bowl title and the average wait for Super Bowl win #2 averages just over three years.

The Eagles could, however, go the route of the Jets and Chiefs and spend nearly a half-century waiting for their second Super Bowl crown.

When will the Eagles win (or will they ever win) their second Super Bowl? There is no secret formula we can plug in. As someone once said, “That’s why they play the games.”


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Today’s Sports Stat: March 2, 2018

With the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine going on this weekend, there has been a lot of discussion about who might be the overall first pick in the draft, a pick currently held by the Cleveland Browns.

Experts are wondering if the Browns will use the pick on a quarterback, a position where they could use an upgrade. Is there a franchise QB that could turn around the Browns fortunes?

Since 1970, the merger between the AFL and NFL, there have been 22 quarterbacks who were the first overall pick in the draft. In 1970 it was Terry Bradshaw; the last time a QB was the first overall pick was two years ago when the L.A. Rams selected Jared Goff.

Among those 22 QBs chosen as the first pick, there have been many hits, some misses, and a few “wait-and-see” choices. Of the 22 QBs chosen first since 1970, 13 of them are no longer active in the league. If we use career TD passes as a yardstick, it’s safe to say that Peyton Manning has been the most successful of these 13 QBs; he had 539 career TD passes, exactly 200 TD passes ahead of his nearest first-choice QB, brother Eli Manning, who has 339 career TD passes.

Here is the career TD passes of the 22 QBs who were the first overall pick in the NFL Draft since 1970. (The year each of these QBs was drafted is listed after their names; the nine QBs chosen first overall since 1970 who are still active in the NFL are noted.)

539-Peyton Manning, 1998
339-Eli Manning, 2004 (active)
300-John Elway, 1983
294-Carson Palmer, 2003 (active)
275-Vinny Testaverde, 1987
251-Drew Bledsoe, 1993
216-Matthew Stafford, 2009 (active)
212-Terry Bradshaw, 1970
183-Alex Smith, 2005 (active)
165-Troy Aikman, 1989
164-Jim Plunkett, 1971
158-Cam Newton, 2011 (active)
156-Steve Bartkowski, 1975
154-Jeff George, 1990
133-Michael Vick, 2001
132-Andrew Luck, 2012 (active)
101-Sam Bradford, 2010 (active)
69-Jameis Winston, 2015 (active)
65-David Carr, 2002
64-Tim Couch, 1999
18-JaMarcus Russell, 2007
14-Jared Goff, 2016 (active)


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