PACKERSTATS-Game #16-2019 season
Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 23-20 road win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, December 29.
- The Packers defeated the Lions twice in 2019 (23-22 on October 14 in Green Bay and Sunday’s game), both games ending with a Mason Crosby field goal as time expired. Both were come-from-behind victories, meaning the Packers did not lead at any point in the game except for the final play. That’s 120 minutes played against the Lions in 2019 without ever leading in the game… but two victories!
- Green Bay went 5-0 in December. It was only the second time in team history that they won five games in one month. They also did it in October of 1961.
- The Pack went 6-0 against NFC North opponents this season, the first time since they went 6-0 against the NFC North in 2011.
- Green Bay went 6-2 in road games this season, the best road record since they went 7-1 in 2011.
- Green Bay during the 2019 regular season was…
- … 12-1 when they scored 20 or more points in a game
- … 4-0 when they scored 28 or more points in a game
- … 13-0 when they allowed 24 points or less in a game
- … 0-3 when they allowed 25 or more points in a game
- … 10-2 in Sunday games
- … 1-1 in Thursday games
- … 2-0 in Monday games
- … 4-2 in night games (started after 6pm)
- … 2-1 in mid-afternoon games (started at 3:25pm)
- … 7-0 in noon games
- … 8-1 in one-score games (games decided by eight points or less)
- The Packers went 12-8 against the Lions in games this decade. They were 7-3 in games at home, 5-5 in games in Detroit.
- The Packers were 13-9 (.591) in December road games this decade.
- Since 2000, the Packers are 15-5 (.750) in the last game of the season (Game #16). That is tied for the second-best record in the NFL; the Pittsburgh Steelers were 17-3 in the 16th game of the year since 2000. Green Bay was tied with Indianapolis for the second spot.
- Aaron Jones ended the year with 1,084 yards rushing, the first 1,000-yard rusher for the Pack since Eddie Lacy in 2014. He became the 10th player in Packers history to have a 1,000-yard rushing season.
- Jones also ended the year with 1,558 total yards from scrimmage (he had 474 yards receiving on the season). He became the eighth Packer to reach 1,500 yards from scrimmage in a single season. Ahman Green holds the Packers record for most yards from scrimmage with 2,250 in 2003.
- The Pack was held scoreless in the first quarter with the Lions taking a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Green Bay is 26-37 (.413) since 2000 in road games when they do not score in the first quarter.
- Green Bay was behind 17-3 at half. This was only their third win in 18 tries since 2000 when they were behind by 14 or more points on the road at halftime in a game.
- Davante Adams caught a TD pass in the game. It was the 44th career TD for Adams. Of his 44 career TDs, 32 have come in Packers victories.
- Blake Martinez had a sack and an interception in the game. He was the second player this season to have a sack and interception in the same game. Adrian Amos had a sack and pick in the December 8th win over Washington.
- Allen Lazard had a TD reception in the contest, his third this season. Green Bay won each of the three games when Lazard had a TD reception.
- Mason Crosby made three-of-four field goal attempts in the game. Green Bay is 35-8-1 (.807) in games when Crosby makes three or more field goals in a game. He tallied 11 points in the game; the Pack is 36-3-1 (.913) in games when Crosby has 11 or more points.
- The Packers scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and have now won six straight when they tally 13 or more points in the fourth quarter. They are 47-17-1 (.731) since 2000 in games when they score 13 or more points in the fourth quarter. They are 24-5 (.828) since 2000 when they score 13 or more points in the fourth quarter in an away game.
- Aaron Jones ran the ball 25 times for 100 yards. It was his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the year. The Packers won each of those five games. He was one of nine NFL runners to have five or more 100-yard rushing games in the league this season.
- Aaron Rodgers attempted 55 passes in the game, tied for the third most he has attempted in a regular season game in his career. He completed 27 of 55 passes, a 49.1 completion percentage. It was only the eighth time in 181 regular season games that Rodgers completed less than 50% of his passes in a game.
- The Pack racked up 432 total yards in the game. Since 2010, the team is 26-3-1 (.883) in games when they tally 430 or more total yards in a contest.
Packers get 13th double-digit win season this century
With a 12-3 record and one game remaining this season, the Packers have already reached 10 wins for 2019. That is the 13th time since 2000 that the Packers have reached double-digits in wins. While it is only third-most in the NFL since the start of this century, it is the most double-digit win seasons among NFC teams since 2000.
The New England Patriots have had 10 or more wins in 18 of the last 20 seasons, most in the NFL. The Indianapolis Colts rank second in the league in this stat with 14 double-digit win seasons since 2000.
Here is the number of double-digit wins each franchise has had in the last 20 years (2000-2019).
18: New England
13: Green Bay
11: Baltimore, Philadelphia
9: Kansas City, New Orleans
7: Atlanta, Minnesota, N.Y. Giants
6: Carolina, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, San Francisco
5: L.A. Chargers, L.A. Rams, Miami, N.Y. Jets, Tennessee
4: Arizona, Houston, Oakland, Tampa Bay
2: Detroit, Washington
1: Buffalo, Cleveland
The 2019 campaign was the first double-digit win season for the Buffalo Bills this century. Their last season with 10 or more wins was in 1999.
The New England Patriots have now won 10 or more games for 17 straight seasons.
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Packers set team record for most turnover-less games in a season
If you are looking for a reason for the Green Bay Packers success this season, you really don’t have to go much further than a quick look at the stat sheet. Specifically, take a look at the turnover column each game. Through the first 14 games of this season, the Packers have had nine games where they did not commit a turnover.
Those nine turnover-less games in 2019 set a franchise record for most games in a season with zero turnovers. The previous record was eight games in three different seasons: 2009, 2015 and 2016. In fact, there have now been six seasons in Packers history where they team played six or more games with zero turnovers… and all of them happened this century, In addition, the Pack had zero turnovers in seven games in 2014 and in six games in 2004.
Green Bay tops the NFL this season with the most turnover-less games. Baltimore is second in the league with seven such games followed by Buffalo, Arizona, Minnesota and New Orleans with six games each. It’s interesting to note that of the six teams with six or more games without a turnover this season, five of those teams have 10 or more wins already this season (the only team without 10 wins from the six teams is Arizona who has only four wins).
Teams this season that do not have a turnover in a game are 85-32, a .726 winning percentage.
With two games remaining on the 2019 schedule, the Packers still have a chance to tie the all-time record for most games in a season without a turnover. In 2010, the New England Patriots finished the year with 11 games where they did not have a turnover. A couple of turnover-less games in their final two contests against the Vikings and Lions would give the Packers a tie with the Patriots for most turnover-less games in a season with 11.
There have been six teams in NFL history that have had nine or more games in a season with no turnovers. The six:
11-New England, 2010
10-New England, 2016
9-Green Bay, 2019
9-Kansas City, 2017
9-New York Giants, 2008
There have also been 14 teams that had eight turnover-less games in a season.
Of the six teams listed above, the only team to win a Super Bowl that season was the 2016 Patriots.
In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Packers are now 119-24-2 (.828 winning percentage) in games where they do not have a turnover. Since 2000, that record is 78-4-2 (.840) for the Pack. If we take all of the NFL teams into consideration, teams that do not have a turnover in a game since 2000 have a combined record of 1714-519-5, a winning percentage of .767.
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NFC East champion will win their division with a less-than-champion-like record
With three weeks remaining in the 2019 NFL season, one thing is for certain: Whichever team wins the NFC East will have a less-than-stellar regular season record. The Dallas Cowboys are sitting atop the NFC East with a losing record at 6-7. The Eagles are a game back with a 5-8 mark.
Even if the Cowboys win out in their three remaining contests, they would win the division with a 9-7 record, just a game above .500.
But there’s an even more interesting scenario that could play out that would certainly be an embarrassment to the league: The NFC East champion could end the season with a 6-10 record. Think about that: An NFC East champion with a 6-10 record could host a first-round playoff game against a Wild Card team that won 10 or more games in the regular season. Crazy, huh?
Here’s how that could happen:
* Dallas, 6-7, could lose their three remaining games against the Rams, Eagles and Redskins and finish 6-10
* Philadelphia, 5-8, could lose to the Redskins, beat the Cowboys, lose to the Giants and finish 6-10.
* Washington, now 3-10, is still, believe it or not, in the race to win the division… they could defeat the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys in their last three games and finish 6-10.
There it is, a three-way tie for the NFC East with Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all ending the season with a record of 6-10.
Enough of the “could happens.” Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, there have been 27 division champions that ended the regular season with a winning percentage under .600 (that usually meant winning the division with less than 10 wins… which will happen in the NFC East this season). In fact, there have been five teams since 1970 (not counting the 1982 strike season) that won their division with a .500 or below winning percentage. The five:
1985: Cleveland 8-8 .500
2008: San Diego, 8-8 .500
2010: Seattle, 7-9 .438
2011: Denver, 8-8, .500
2014: Carolina, 7-8-1, .469
As you can see, the Cowboys will have to win three straight to avoid this list, and if we end the year with a three-way with the Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins at 6-10, it will set a new mark for futility for division champions.
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Ron Rivera’s mid-season dismissal as Carolina coach a rarity for Panthers franchise
Ron Rivera became the second NFL coach to be fired this year when Carolina let him go as coach of the Panthers this week after compiling a 5-7 record this season. He had been the Panthers head coach since 2011, a run of eight-plus years.
Jay Gruden was fired as the Washington coach after Week #5 and an 0-5 start for the Redskins. He had been the ‘Skins head coach since 2014.
In season (or mid-season) firings are not all that common in the NFL, especially when you consider that most NFL teams wait to make coaching changes until after the regular season is over. In many cases, that first Monday after the end of the regular season has been affectionately known as “Black Monday” as teams that are not in the playoffs get a head start on finding a new coach by firing their current coach on the first day after the end of the season.
For Carolina, this is the first time they fired a head coach mid-season since they became an NFL expansion team starting with the 1995 campaign. For the record, I looked back to 1970, the AFL-NFL merger, to see how prevalent it has been for NFL teams to fire a head coach in the middle of the season. Using data collected from Pro Football Reference.com, there have been 85 mid-season firings in the last 50 years… about 1.7 per season. In addition, that works out to about 2.7 mid-season head coaching changes per team in that same timeframe.
Here’s a snapshot of how many mid-season head coaching changes each franchise has made since 1970. Also noted in parenthesis is the last season each franchise made a mid-season head coaching change. Note: Current city for each franchise is listed.
6: New Orleans (2012)
5: Atlanta (2007), Buffalo (2016), Cleveland (2018), Indianapolis (1991). L.A. Chargers (1998), Tennessee (2015)
4: Detroit (2005), New England (1984)
3: Arizona (2000), Cincinnati (2000), L.A. Rams (2016), Miami (2015), Oakland (2014), Philadelphia (2015), San Francisco (2010)
2: Denver (2010), Jacksonville (2016), Kansas City (2011), Minnesota (2010), N.Y. Giants (2017), N.Y. Jets (1976), Washington (2019)
1: Carolina (2019), Dallas (2010), Green Bay (2018), Houston (2013), Seattle (1982), Tampa Bay (1990)
0: Baltimore, Chicago (mid-season coaching change in 1942), Pittsburgh (mid-season coaching change in 1941)
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