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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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Today’s Sports Stat: October 25, 2018

This year’s World Series features a pair of teams, the L.A. Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, who are making their second Fall Classic appearances in the last 10 years. The Dodgers lost to the Houston Astros in last year’s World Series; the Red Sox won the championship in 2013.

With that being said, would you say that baseball has been a model of parity in the World Series over the past 10 years? How about the parity of the other professional sports… the NBA, NHL and NFL?

Let’s take a look at how many different teams have played for their sport’s championship in the last 10 seasons.

In the past 10 seasons, the professional league with the “best” parity in their title game/series is a tie between the NFL and NHL. Both of those leagues have seen 14 different teams play for the title in the last 10 seasons. Major League Baseball follows with 13 different teams playing in the World Series in the last 10 years. Not surprisingly, the league with the “least” parity is the NBA; in the last 10 seasons, only nine teams have played for the title in the NBA.

Only four franchises have played in four or more title games/series in the past 10 years: New England Patriots (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), Golden State Warriors (NBA) and the Miami Heat (NBA). All played in four title series games/series in the last 10 years.

If we look at how many teams have played in more than one championship title game/series in the last 10 years in the NBA, NHL, NFL or MLB, baseball has the most teams with six. They are followed by the NBA with five and both the NFL and NHL with four.

The teams that have played in two or more championship series/games in the last 10 seasons:

MLB (6): Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco, St. Louis, Texas

NBA (5): Cleveland, Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, San Antonio

NFL (4): Denver, New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle

NHL (4): Boston, Chicago, L.A. Kings, Pittsburgh

One final question: Which pro league has gone the longest without back-to-back title winners? If you answered baseball, you win the prize. The last back-to-back World Series champs are the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000. The last back-to-back Super Bowl champs are the New England Patriots from 2004 and 2005. The NHL had back-to-back Stanley Cup winners in 2016 and 2017 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the NBA had back-to-back champions with the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

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