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Today’s Sports Stat: December 22, 2018

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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Today’s Sportstat: December 13, 2018

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

2003: Pittsburgh

2005: New Orleans

2008: Green Bay

2009: Seattle

2010: Cincinnati

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


Today’s Sports Stat: December 8, 2018

One of the best ways to evaluate an NFL quarterback’s effectiveness is his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio. Based on that formula, a quartet of current NFL QBs may be setting a new standard in this stat.

Steve Young holds the NFL record for most TD passes in a season without an interception with 10. He did that in 1987. Josh McCown currently holds the NFL single-season mark for most TD passes in a season with only one interception when he threw for 13 TDs in 2013 with just a single pick. That mark by McCown, however, may be challenged this year.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers this season has 21 TD passes with only one interception. If he ends the ’18 campaign without another interception, he would set the record for most TD passes in a season with only one interception. Of course, there are four games remaining in the schedule and McCown’s record could stay intact.

Let’s take a look at those quarterbacks who have thrown the most TD passes in a season with zero, one, two, three, four or five interceptions.

0 interceptions in a season
Steve Young, 1987, 10 TD passes
Brian Hoyer, 2016, 6 D passes

1 interception in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2018, 21 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Josh McCown, 2013, 13 TD passes
Damon Huard, 2006, 11 TD passes

2 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2016, 28 TD passes
Nick Foles, 2013, 27 TD passes
Boomer Esiason, 1997, 13 TD passes

3 interceptions in a season
Drew Brees, 2018, 30 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
David Garrard, 2007, 18 TD passes
Dave Krieg, 1994, 14 TD passes
Bart Starr, 1966, 14 TD passes

4 interceptions in a season
Tom Brady, 2010, 36 TD passes
Steve DeBerg, 1990, 23 TD passes
Dak Prescott, 2016, 23 TD passes

5 interceptions in a season
Aaron Rodgers, 2014, 38 TD passes
Russell Wilson, 2018, 29 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)
Alex Smith, 2017, 26 TD passes
Matt Ryan, 2018, 25 TD passes (* 2018 season not complete)


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Today’s Sportstat: November 19, 2018 (Bonus)

With their 48-7 win over the defending Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, the New Orleans Saints became only the eighth team since 1970 (the AFC-NFC merger) to win consecutive games by a margin of 35 points or more. Prior to beating the Eagles, the Saints defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 51-14, a 37-point drubbing.

Here are the eight times since 1970 that teams won consecutive games by a margin of 35 points or more.

Detroit Lions: Sept. 20, 1970 (won by 40 points) and Sept. 27, 1970 (won by 35 points).

Atlanta Falcons: Oct. 14, 1973 (won by 55 points) and Oct. 21, 1973 (won by 40 points).

Dallas Cowboys: Sept. 24, 1973 (won by 37 points) and Sept. 30, 1973 (won by 35 points).

Washington Redskins: Sept. 21, 1975 (won by 38 points) and Sept. 28, 1975 (won by 36 points).

Chicago Bears: Nov. 17, 1985 (won by 44 points) and Nov. 24, 1985 (won by 36 points).

Kansas City Chiefs: Dec. 1, 2002 (won by 39 points) and Dec. 8, 2002 (won by 49 points).

Seattle Seahawks: Dec. 5, 2005 (won by 42 points) and Dec. 11, 2005 (won by 38 points).

New Orleans Saints: Nov. 11, 2018 (won by 37 points) and Nov. 18, 2018 (won by 41 points).

Of the seven teams prior to the Saints to accomplish this feat, two played in the Super Bowl that season: The Bears in 1985 (they won the Super Bowl that year) and the 2005 Seahawks (they lost in the Super Bowl that year).

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Today’s Sports Stat: November 17, 2018

Here’s a couple of Packers stats to ponder:

  • The Packers are one of 13 teams since 2006 (Mike McCarthy’s first year as Pack head coach) that has won 90% or better of their games when they score 30 or more points. Throughout the whole NFL, teams are 1387-197-2 (a .875 winning percentage) since ’06 when they tally 30 or more points in a regular season game. The 13 teams (with their record when scoring 30+ points in a game since 2006 in parenthesis): Jets (.947), Patriots (.942), Chargers (.924), Packers (.920), Falcons (.915), Panthers (.915), Colts (.914), Cardinals (.913), 49ers (.912), Broncos (.911), Eagles (.908), Dolphins (.906), Titans (.900). The lowest winning percentage when scoring 30+ points in a game? Tampa Bay and Washington, each with a .767 winning percentage.
  • The Packers entered the second half of the 2018 season with a 3-4-1 record; they now sit at 4-5-1. In the McCarthy era, the Packers have been one of the best second half of the season teams. Green Bay is now 62-35-1 (.638 winning percentage) in Games #9 through #16 since 2006. That places them third in the NFL in this stat. The Patriots top the list with a 78-20 (.796) record in Games #9-#16 since 2006; the Steelers are second at 67-30 (.691). Green Bay tops the NFC with Dallas second at 57-40 (.588). The Pack since 2006 is 25-24 on the road in games #9-#16 and 37-11-1 at home in those second half of the season contests.


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