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Packers trio nears TD milestone


With his first quarter rushing TD versus the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy scored his 10th TD of the season (he later scored #11 on a pass from Aaron Rodgers). Lacy joined fellow Packers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb as Green Bay players who have scored 10 or more TDs this season. (Nelson now has 12 for the year, Cobb has 10.)

This Packers trio joined an elite group of players/teams that have had three players score 10-plus TDs in a season, becoming the 13th team in football history to do so. The Denver Broncos joined this club last year, but they did it in record fashion: The Broncos had five players who scored 10 or more TDs last season (Eric Decker, 11; Knowshon Moreno, 13; Demaryius Thomas, 14; Julius Thomas, 12 and Wes Welker, 10).

Here’s a look at the teams that have had three (or more) players score 10-plus TDs in a season.

San Francisco, 1948: Alyn Beals (14), Joe Perry (12), Johnny Strzykalski (11)

Houston (AFL), 1961: Billy Cannon (15), Bill Groman (18), Charley Hennigan (12)

Cleveland, 1969: Gary Collins (11), LeRoy Kelly (1)0, Paul Warfield (10)

Miami, 1986: Mark Clayton (10), Mark Duper (11), Lorenzo Hampton (12)

Denver, 1998: Terrell Davis (23), Ed McCaffrey (10), Shannon Sharpe (10)

Minnesota, 1998: Cris Carter (12), Leroy Hoard (10), Randy Moss (17)

Minnesota, 1999: Cris Carter (13), Leroy Hoard (10), Randy Moss (12)

Indianapolis, 2004: Marvin Harrison (15), Brandon Stockley (10), Reggie Wayne (12)

Indianapolis, 2007: Joseph Addai (15), Dallas Clark (11), Reggie Wayne (10)

Arizona, 2008: Anquan Boldin (11), Larry Fitzgerald (12), Tim Hightower (10)

Indianapolis, 2009: Joseph Addai (13), Dallas Clark (10), Reggie Wayne (10)

Denver, 2013: Eric Decker (11), Knowshon Moreno (13), Demaryius Thomas (14), Julius Thomas (12), Wes Welker (10)

Green Bay, 2014: Randall Cobb (10), Eddie Lacy (11), Jordy Nelson (12)

With three games remaining this season, the Packers trio of Cobb, Lacy and Nelson could establish some new marks for TDs. If each player gets 12-plus TDs for the season, they would become only the third team to have three players with 12-plus TDs in a season (joining 1961 AFL Houston and the 2013 Denver Broncos). Should they each reach 13 touchdowns, they would become the first team in NFL history to have three players on a team reach 13 or more TDs in a season.

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Packers Numbers Notebook: Stats from their win over Carolina


Here’s 11 interesting stats from the Packers 38-17 win over Carolina yesterday.

1. Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 22 passes (an 86.4% completion rate) with 255 yards and three TD passes. It was the 27th time since 1966 that a QB had a completion rate above 85% with over 250 yards passing and three or more TD passes. For Rodgers it was his second time reaching these numbers in a game; he did it in the January 15, 2011 playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Rodgers became only the sixth QB to reach these numbers twice in a career (Tom Brady; Drew Brees; Peyton Manning, three times each; Craig Morton and Kurt Warner, twice). One other Packers QB reached these numbers… Lynn Dickey did it on September 4, 1983 in a game versus Houston. He completed 27 of 31 passes (an 87.1 completion rate) with 333 passing yards and five TD passes.

2. The Packers had one interception yesterday, their sixth straight game with a pick. Green Bay is 33-6 in games since the start of the 2011 season in games when their defense has at least one interception in a game.

3. For the fourth straight game the Packers scored 27 or more points. The last time they scored 27-plus in four straight games was in 2012 (weeks four through seven). The longest streak of games with 27 or more points for the Packers since the start of the Super Bowl era is seven. They did it in 2011 and 2007.

4. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each had TD receptions in the contest. The Pack is 7-1 when those two each have at least one TD reception in a game.

5. Five different Packers scored a TD against the Panthers: Jordy Nelson, Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. The Pack had five different players score a TD in their win earlier this year over the Vikings (Adams, Cobb, Nelson, Lacy and Julius Peppers). The most Green Bay players to score a TD was six in their 55-7 win over Tennessee in 2012. In that game Cobb, Ryan Grant, DaJuan Haris, Greg Jennings, Aaron Rodgers and James Jones scored a TD.

6. The Packers defense held Carolina starting QB Cam Newton to a 72.6 QB Rating. The Packers defense has the lowest opposing QB Rating in the league this year at 74.0. The Detroit Lions are second at 76.4. The Packers defense has allowed only one opposing starting QB this year to have a QB Rating over 85; that was Russell Wilson in Week 1 (110.9).

7. The Packers led 28-3 at half in yesterday’s game. They are now 38-0 in games since 1966 when they have a lead of 20 or more at halftime.

8. Green Bay has won four straight games. It is the sixth consecutive year that they have had a winning streak of four or more games in a season.

9. The Packers had two rushing TDs in the game. Since 2000, the Packers are now 39-10-1 in games where they score two or more TDs on a running play.

10. Green Bay scored 21 points in the first quarter. It was the eighth time in the Super Bowl era that they scored 20 or more points in the first quarter. They are 8-0 in those games.

11. The Packers are one of three teams to have three players with four or more TDs this season. Cobb has eight, Nelson has six, and Lacy has four. The other teams are Chicago and Dallas.

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Packers defense pitches second half shutout in win over Atlanta

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Down 21-10 to Atlanta at halftime, things did not look good for the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Fortunately, the defense held the Falcons scoreless in the second half and the Pack came away with a 22-21 win.

With the win on Sunday, the Packers are now 54-1 since 1990 in games when they hold their opponents scoreless in the second half. The last time the Pack lost a game where they held their opponents to zero points in the second half was September 25, 2005. The Tampa Bay Bucs won that game 17-16. Since that contest, Green Bay has won 18 straight games when they pitch a shutout in the second half.

If we look at the numbers of all NFL teams when they hold opponents scoreless in the second half since 2000, teams are 681-100 (a .872 winning percentage). The Minnesota Vikings have played in only six of those games, but they have won all of them, giving them a 1.000 winning percentage. The Packers are 31-1 (.969 winning percentage) in games when they hold opponents scoreless in the second half since 2000, the second best winning percentage in the league. Going back to 1966, the start of the Super Bowl era, the Packers are 88-14-3 in such games (a .852 winning percentage).

Let’s take it a step further… the Packers surrendered 21 points to the Falcons in the first half of last Sunday’s game. It was only the sixth time since 1966 that the Packers have won a game where they gave up 20 or more points in the first half and then allowed zero in the second half. Their other win was in 1982 against the Rams. The Rams on September 12, 1982 were leading 23-0 at halftime of that contest; the Packers scored 35 unanswered points in the second half in route to a 35-23 win.

Here’s a look at the six games (since 1966) where the Pack allowed 20-plus points in the first half and allowed zero in the second half.

December 8, 2013 vs. Atlanta: Pack losing 21-10 at halftime; they won the game 22-21.
December 10, 1989 vs. Kansas City: Pack losing 21-3 at halftime; they lost the game 21-3.
September 18, 1988 vs. Miami: Pack losing 24-14 at halftime; they lost game 24-17.
September 14, 1986 vs. New Orleans: Pack losing 24-3 at halftime; they lost game 24-10.
September 12, 1984 vs. Los Angeles Rams: Pack losing 23-0 at halftime; they won game 35-23.
December 7, 1975 vs. Minnesota: Pack losing 24-3 at halftime; they lost game 24-3.

Note: The two games above that they won were both played in Green bay; the other four games were played on the road.

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Leftovers from Green Bay’s Turkey Day stuffing

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Horrible. Embarrassing. Ugly.

Those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the Packers 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. Packers fans, players and coaches are no doubt leaving last Thursday’s game behind and focusing on the remaining four games on the schedule. But here’s a quick look back at some of the numbers from the most recent loss.

* The Lions had 561 total yards in the game while the Pack could muster only 126. It was the 16th time since 1970 that one team had over 500 total yards and their opponents had under 150 in an NFL game. The Packers have been on the low end in three of these 16 games, most in the league. In 1999, the Packers lost to the Denver Broncos 31-10, with the Broncos gaining 514 yards to the Pack’s 133. In 1978, the Cowboys gained 537 yards en route to a 42-14 win over Green Bay. The Packers had only 142 yards in that contest.

* Until Matt Flynn connected with James Jones on that 56-yard pass play late in the game, the Packers had only 70 total yards. Had they stayed under 100 total yards for the game, it would have been the fourth time since 1970 that one team had over 500 yards and their opponents had under 100 in a game. The last time was in 1988 when the Vikings had 553 yards to Detroit’s 89 in Minnesota’s 44-17 win over Detroit.

* This was the 23rd game since 1970 that the Packers had under 150 total yards for the game. They are now 2-21 in such games. The last game with under 150 yards was November 19, 2006 against the New England Patriots. That resulted in a 35-0 defeat at the hands of the Pats.

* The Packers did have four takeaways in the game against the Lions. It was their second game this year with four takeaways (also vs. Cincinnati). Unfortunately, the Packers have lost both games when they had four takeaways. NFL teams this year are 30-6 (.833 winning percentage) in games where they have four or more takeaways. The Packers have two of those six losses; the Vikings have also lost two of those games. Green Bay is 101-25-3 (.795 winning percentage) in games since 1970 when they force their opponents into four or more turnovers; they are 30-4 (.882) since 2000.

* The Packers last 30-point loss was November 19, 2006 to New England when the Patriots won 35-0. Their last 30-point loss on the road prior to the Detroit beating on Thanksgiving was December 19, 2005 when they lost 48-3 to Baltimore.

* The Packers offense had no TDs last Thursday. It was the first game with no offensive TDs since December 12, 2010 when they lost 7-3 to the Lions. The Packers have had no offensive TDs in 11 games since 2000. They are 4-7 in those games.

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A statistical cheat sheet for watching tomorrow’s Packers-Vikings game

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With a 5-5 record, there’s a distinct symmetry that can be applied when trying to determine what’s been good and what’s been bad for the Green Bay Packers this season. As you watch the game tomorrow against the Vikings, here’s a statistical look back at some of the numbers that might help determine whether or not the Packers will win this contest.

This stats breakdown will look at some of the offensive numbers, specifically the offensive drives in each game. Green Bay has had 48 offensive drives in its five wins and 56 offensive drives in the five losses.

Scoring drives. In the five wins, the Packers offense scored on 29 of the 48 drives (60.4%). In the five losses, the Pack scored on only 19 of the 56 drives (33.9%). They scored touchdowns in 15 of the 48 drives in wins (31.3%) and only 10 TDs in the 54 drives in losses (18.5%).

Average drives. The average starting field position on the drives in wins was the 29.3 yard line; in losses it was the 27.2 yard line. The average number of plays in drives in wins was 6.6; in losses it was 5.6 plays. The average number of yards gained in drives in wins was 41.4; in losses it was 33.8. The average drives in wins lasted 3:09; in losses it lasted 2:21.

Long drives. The Packers offense had 10 10-play drives in their five wins this season. In their five losses, they had seven 10-play drives. In their five wins they had 11 drives that lasted 5:00 or longer; in their five losses they had only four drives that lasted 5:00 or longer.

Quick-score TDs. The Packers have been one of the best teams in the league the past couple of years in quick scores. In their wins this season they had nine quick scores (TDs on drives of five plays or less). In their losses, they had only four quick scores.

Three and out. In the five wins in 2013, the Packers offense has had only seven three-and-outs. In the five losses, they had 14 three-and-outs.

Starting field position. In their five wins, the Packers scored 16 times (TD or FG) in 29 drives when they started at their own 29 yard line or worse. In the five losses, they scored only 11 times in 39 drives that started at their own 29 yard line or worse. When the Packers had a starting field position of their own 40 yard line or better, they scored five TDs in 11 drives in their five wins. When they had a starting field position of their own 40 yard line or better in their five losses, they scored TDs on only two of 11 drives.

I’ll be the first to admit that the Packers defense needs to step it up in these last six weeks of the season if the team is going to make the playoffs. But as you watch the game tomorrow, keep an eye on the Pack’s offensive drives. In fact, you may want to ask yourself the following questions as the game progresses:

What kind of starting field position are they getting?
Are they scoring when they get the ball, or are they always punting or losing possession due to a turnover?
Are they having sustainable drives, or are there too many “three-and-outs”?
Are they keeping the ball for long drives and then scoring?
Are they getting some of those signature “quick-scores”?

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