Nineteen of the 32 NFL teams still have a mathematical chance of winning 10 or more games this season. Twelve of those teams are in the AFC while only seven still have a shot in the NFC.
The New England Patriots are one of the AFC teams with a great shot at 10 or more wins. In fact, the Pats already have nine wins and will likely get to the double-digit mark for the 12th straight season. Their current streak of 11 consecutive years with 10 or more wins is the second longest streak in NFL history. The longest streak belongs to the San Francisco 49efrs franchise. They had 10-plus wins in 16 straight seasons from 1983-98.
Here’s a look at the longest consecutive streaks of 10 or more win seasons in the NFL.
16: San Francisco 49ers (1983-98)
11: New England Patriots (2003-13)
9: Indianapolis Colts (2002-10)
7: Dallas Cowboys (1975-81)
6: Dallas Cowboys (1991-96); Dallas Cowboys (1968-73); Miami Dolphins (1970-75); Los Angeles Rams (1973-78)
5: Chicago Bears (1984-88); Philadelphia Eagles (2000-04); Philadelphia Eagles (1988-92); Pittsburgh Steelers (1972-76); Washington Redskins (1983-87)
Since 2000, 31 of the 32 teams have had at least one 10-win season. The only team without a 10-win season since the turn of the century is the Buffalo Bills. With a 7-5 record this season, the Bills need to win three of their last four games to finally reach the 10-win mark this century.
Leading the way with the most 10-win seasons since 2000 are the Patriots and Colts, each with 12 such seasons in the last 14 NFL campaigns. Following are the number of 10-win seasons for each NFL franchise since 2000.
12: Indianapolis, New England
9: Green Bay, Philadelphia
8: Baltimore, Pittsburgh
6: Denver, New Orleans, N.Y. Giants
5: Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Tennessee
4: Carolina, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Miami, Minnesota, N.Y. Jets, San Diego, Tampa Bay
3: Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis
2: Arizona, Houston, Jacksonville, Washington
1: Cleveland, Detroit
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Here are some stats you might not know from Green Bay’s win over the Patriots.
1. The Packers are now 6-0 this season in games at Lambeau Field. With remaining home games versus Atlanta and Detroit, the Pack could have their first undefeated home season since 2011. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966) the Packers were unbeaten at home in 1996, 1997, 2002 and 2011.
2. Green Bay held the Patriots to only seven points in the second half. The Packers have now won 31 straight in games when they hold their opponents to seven points or less in the second half in home games. They have won 25 of their last 29 games (all games) when they hold the opposition to seven or fewer points in the second half.
3. With nine wins and four games remaining, the Packers will likely end up with 10 or more wins for the 10th time in a season since 2000. Indianapolis and New England have each had 12 10-win seasons since 2000, tops in the NFL. The Packers are tied with the Eagles for most 10-win seasons since 2000 by NFC teams with nine.
4. Green Bay and New England played the eighth turnover-less game in the NFL this year. It was the Packers first such game this season; the Patriots have now played in two such games.
5. Rookie receiver Davante Adams led the Green Bay receivers with six catches for 121 yards. It was the 10th game in Packers history that a rookie receiver had 100 or more yards receiving in a game and the first since October 29, 2007 when James Jones had three catches for 107 yards. Adams is the eighth rookie receiver to have 100-plus receiving yards in a game (Greg Jennings and Sterling Sharpe did it twice in their rookie campaigns). The other four rookies to have 100 or more yards receiving in a game: Ruvell Martin, Lee Morris, Gerry Ellis and James Lofton.
6. The Pack held the Patriots scoreless in the third quarter. They are 18-2 since 2011 in games where they hold the opponents scoreless in the third quarter.
7. Green Bay had the ball for over 36 (36:35 to be exact) minutes in the game, a 13-minute advantage over the Patriots. Since 2000, the Packers 33-5 when they have a time of possession over 35 minutes (non-overtime games).
8. The Packers had a 23-14 lead at halftime in the game. They have now won 68 of their last 73 games when they hold the lead at halftime at home.
9. Placekicker Mason Crosby had four field goals. Since 1960, Green Bay is 39-1 in games where their kicker has four or more field goals. The only loss was in 1986 when Al Del Greco had four field goals in a 25-12 loss to the Bears.
10. There are seven quarterbacks in NFL history with 300 or more career touchdown passes. Yesterday’s opposing QB, Tom Brady, is one of the seven. Here’s a look at how well (win-loss record) each of these seven QBs has done in games versus the Packers: Peyton Manning, 527 TD passes (1-2 against the Packers); Brett Favre, 508 TD passes (2-2 against the Packers); Dan Marino, 420 TD passes (5-1 against the Packers); Drew Brees, 390 TD passes (3-3 against the Packers); Tom Brady, 387 TD passes (2-2 against the Packers); Fran Tarkenton, 342 TD passes (13-14-1 against the Packers); John Elway, 300 TD passes (2-1-1 against the Packers).
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