Following are some stats you may not know from the Packers 53-20 win over the Eagles.
1. Jordy Nelson had his fifth play for 50 yards or more in the contest. It was his fifth such play of the season. He is tied with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin for most plays of 50 yards or more this season. Since 2010, Nelson has had 10 such plays, tied for second in the NFL.
2. The Packers scored 10 or more points in the first quarter for the fifth time this year. They are 4-1 in such games. Since 2010, Green Bay is 18-3 when they score 10 or more points in the first quarter.
3. The Pack had a 30-6 lead at halftime in the game. They are now 20-0 since 1966 in games where they have a lead of 24 or more points at halftime.
4. Green Bay held the Eagles scoreless in the first quarter, the fourth time they have done so this season. The Packers have now won 14 of their last 15 when they hold their opponents scoreless in the first quarter.
5. Dom Capers defense had three sacks in the game. They are 20-5-1 in games since 2011 when they have three or more sacks in a contest.
6. Green Bay scored 30 points in the first half. They are now 17-0 in games when they score 30-plus points in the first half (since 1966).
7. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each had over 100 yards receiving in the game. It was the fourth time this pair has reached this milestone in a game together. For Cobb, he had 10 receptions, the 34th time a Packers receiver has had 10 or more catches in a game. The Packers have won their last eight games where they have a receiver with 10 or more catches in a game.
8. The Packers 53 points keep them on a pace to break the all-time record for most points scored at Lambeau Field in a season. The record is 321 points (40.1 pts./game). In the first five games at Lambeau this season the Packers have now scored 219 points (43.8 pts./game). They will need to score 103 points in the final three games (average 34.3) at home to break the record.
9. The Packers scored 50-plus points in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history. The Packers last scored 40-plus points in consecutive games in 2011 when they scored 45 in both Week #9 and Week #10. They have never scored over 40 points in three consecutive games.
10. Eddie Lacy had a rushing and receiving TD in yesterday’s game. He became the first player to have one of each since John Kuhn did it in 2010. He became the 22nd Packer to accomplish this feat. Ahman Green holds the record with nine games with at least one rushing and one pass receiving TD in the same game.
11. The 33-point victory was the fourth win by 30 or more points in a season, tying a team mark. The last time they won four games by a margin of 30 points or more in a season was 1996. If I’m not mistaken, something special happened at the end of that season… a Super Bowl win!
12. Aaron Rodgers has three TD passes against the Eagles, the 24th team he has had three or more TD passes in a game against. It was also his 42nd game in 104 career games where he had three-plus TD passes. For you trivia buffs, can you name the seven teams that Rodgers has not had a game where he threw for three or more TDs? (Answer at the end of the column.)
13. Rodgers has three TDs and over 300 yards passing in the contest. It was the 26th game of his career with three or more TD passes and 300 or more yards passing. He is seventh on the all-time list in this stat; Peyton Manning has had 51 games in his career with three-plus TD passes and 300-plus yards in the same contest.
14. The Packers had a fumble return for TD, an interception return for TD and a punt return for TD. It was the first time since 1983 when they scored by those three ways in the same game. It was in a game versus Tampa Bay.
Trivia answer: The seven teams that Aaron Rodgers has not had a game with three or more TD passes are Buffalo, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New England, Oaklad and Seattle.
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Here’s a look at a dozen stats that helped define the Green Bay loss to the Saints Sunday night.
1. The Packers had three turnovers. It was their sixth straight loss when they have three-plus turnovers in a game. Since 2000 the Packers are 6-24 (.200 winning percentage) when they have three or more turnovers in a game.
2. The 21-point loss was the Packers third 20-point loss on the road in their last four away losses.
3. The game was tied 16-16 at halftime. Green Bay is now 14-18 since 1966 when they are tied at half on the road. They are 2-5 since 2000 in such games.
4. Randall Cobb had five catches for 126 yards, his eighth career 100-yard receiving game. The Pack are 6-2 when Cobb has a 100-yard receiving game.
5. Aaron Rodgers threw a pair of interceptions. Green Bay is 6-5 in the 11 games where Rodgers has had two or more interceptions.
6. New Orleans running back Mark Ingram became the 13th opposing runner to have 170 or more rushing yards in a game versus the Packers. It was the 19th time since 1966 that an opposing runner had 170 or more yards rushing in a game against the Pack. Green Bay is 4-15 (.211 winning percentage) in those games. Three running backs had multiple games with 170 or more rushing yards against the Packers: Adrian Peterson (4), Walter Payton (3) and Barry Sanders (2).
7. Green Bay was down by 14 points at the end of the third quarter (30-16). Since 2000, they have been behind by 14 or more points at the end of the third quarter in 25 games; they are 0-25 in those games.
8. The Packers defense came into the game with New Orleans with the lowest opposing QB Rating at 74. Drew Brees’ QB Rating for the game Sunday night was 138.4. It was the 26th game since 1966 where an opposing QB had a Passer Rating of 130 or above against the Packers. Green Bay is 1-25 in those games.
9. Rodgers had 418 yards passing, his fifth 400-yard passing game with the Packers. The team is 3-2 in those games. Since 1966 the Packers are 5-3-1 in games where their QB has 400 or more yards passing.
10. It was the third time since 2010 that the Packers allowed 40 or more points in a regular-season game. Tampa Bay leads the league with nine games where they allowed 40-plus points since 2010. The Packers are one of only four teams to win a game when they allowed 40-plus points in a contest since 2010. They did it in a 45-41 win over Detroit on January 1, 2012.
11. Eddie Lacy had eight receptions for 123 yards. He was the first Packers running back to have over 100 yards receiving in a game since Dorsey Levens did it January 12, 1997 in a playoff games versus the Panthers. Levens had five catches for 117 yards in that game.
12. Since 2010, the Packers are 20-17 in games on the road (.541 winning percentage). In games within their division (versus Chicago, Detroit and Minnesota) they are 9-5 (.643 winning percentage) in games on the road since 2010, while they are 11-12 (.478 winning percentage) in road games outside the division in that timeframe.
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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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Earlier this year we heard a lot about the Green Bay Packers going 44 games without a 100-yard rusher. In their second game of this season, James Starks rushed for 132 yards to break that streak. But the Packers weren’t done… in the following week Johnathan Franklin gained 103 yards on the ground for the Packers’ second 100-yard rusher of the season. But… there was more. A couple of weeks later, Eddie Lacy ran for 120 yards against the Ravens. From no 100-yard rushers in over two years to three different players rushing for 100-plus yards in a game in a matter of one month.
That, however, may not be the most amazing thing about the Packers this season. In addition to three different runners gaining 100-plus yards in a game, they also have had four different receivers amass 100 or more yards receiving in a game through the first six weeks of the season. Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones each had 100-yard games prior to last week’s contest against the Browns. In last Sunday’s contest against Cleveland, another receiver, Jarrett Boykin had eight receptions for 103 yards, giving the Pack four different players who have had 100 or more yards receiving in a game this season.
Those seven different 100-yard players are the most of any team this year in the NFL. The San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots each have had five players with 100-yard rushing or receiving games this season (both teams have had one rusher and four receivers with 100-yard games).
Following are the number of different players for each team who have had either a 100-yard rushing or receiving game this year.
Number of 100-yard performers, team, (runners/receivers)
7: Green Bay Packers (3 runners-4 receivers)
5: New England (1-4), San Diego (1-4)
4: Dallas (1-3), Detroit (1-3), N.Y. Giants (1-3), N.Y. Jets (2-2), Philadelphia (1-3)
3: Atlanta (0-3), Denver (0-3), Houston (1-2), Jacksonville (0-3), Miami (0-3), Oakland (2-1), San Francisco (1-2), Washington (1-2)
2: Buffalo (1-1), Carolina (1-1), Chicago (0-2), Cleveland (0-2), Indianapolis (0-2), Kansas City (1-1), Minnesota (1-1), New Orleans (0-2), Pittsburgh (0-2), Seattle (2-0), St. Louis (0-2), Tampa Bay (1-1)
1: Arizona (0-1), Baltimore (0-1), Cincinnati (0-1), Tennessee (0-1)
* The Packers have the most 100-yard runners with three and are tied with New England and San Diego for most 100-yard receivers.
* Seattle is the only team in the NFL this year that has not had a 100-yard receiver in a game.
* This is the first season since 1980 that the Packers have had seven players with 100-yard rushing or receiving games. In 1980 they had two 100-yard rushers and five 100-yard receivers. It is the first time since 2006 that three players had 100-plus yards rushing in a game in a season for the Pack.
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Does the NFL have its version of a “five-tool” player?
If you are a baseball fan, you know about the five-tool player. It’s that player who can hit for average, hit for power, has outstanding fielding skills, a great arm and fantastic speed.
Maybe the NFL doesn’t have its version of the five-tool player, but it may want to figure out what to call a player like Randall Cobb.
Cobb last season achieved something that had never been done before in league history: Cobb in 2012 had 10 rushing attempts, caught 80 passes, returned 31 punts and returned 38 kickoffs. No one had those number of touches in each of those four stat categories in the history of the NFL. It’s not uncommon to have heard announcers, Packers coaches, and his teammates to refer to Cobb as a player that “needs to have the ball in his hands.”
To get a look at other players who may have approached what Cobb did last season, I dropped the number requirements down a bit to see how many players would fit in the category of 10 rushing attempts, 50 receptions, 20 punt returns and 20 kickoff returns. What I discovered was that Cobb was the ninth player to reach these numbers. Here’s a look at the players who fit those stats:
Player with 10 rushing attempts, 50 receptions, 20 punt returns, 20 kickoff returns in a season, years
Terry Metcalf, St. Louis, 1974
Bruce Harper, New York Jets, 1980, 1981
Lionel James, San Diego, 1985
Vance Johnson, Denver, 1985
Gary Anderson, San Diego, 1986
Dave Meggett, N.Y. Giants, New England, 1991, 1995
Glyn Milburn, Denver, 1994
Darren Sproles, San Diego, New Orleans, 2010, 2011
Randall Cobb, Green Bay, 2012
Cobb in 2012 amassed 132 yards rushing, 954 receiving yards, 292 punt return yards and 964 kickoff return yards. With his 2,342 yards via rushing, receiving and kick returns, Cobb became the 34th player in NFL history to have over 2,300 all-purpose yards in a season.
In addition, Cobb became the sixth player in NFL history to have over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and over 1000 yards in kick return yardage in the same season. Those players:
1000-plus yards from scrimmage and 1000-plus yards in kick returns in same season
2012: Randall Cobb, Green Bay (1086 yards from scrimmage, 1256 kick return yards)
2011: Darren Sproles, N.O. (1313 yards from scrimmage, 1383 kick return yards)
2011: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh (1149 yards from scrimmage, 1062 kick return yards)
2009: Fred Jackson, Buffalo (1433 yards from scrimmage, 1083 kick return yards)
1975: Terry Metcalf, St. Louis (1194 yards from scrimmage, 1245 kick return yards)
1974: Mack Herron, N.E. (1298 yards from scrimmage, 1146 kick return yards)
1963: Timmy Brown, Philadelphia (1328 yards from scrimmage, 1197 kick return yards)
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