Today’s Sportstat: December 19, 2019
Packers set team record for most turnover-less games in a season
If you are looking for a reason for the Green Bay Packers success this season, you really don’t have to go much further than a quick look at the stat sheet. Specifically, take a look at the turnover column each game. Through the first 14 games of this season, the Packers have had nine games where they did not commit a turnover.
Those nine turnover-less games in 2019 set a franchise record for most games in a season with zero turnovers. The previous record was eight games in three different seasons: 2009, 2015 and 2016. In fact, there have now been six seasons in Packers history where they team played six or more games with zero turnovers… and all of them happened this century, In addition, the Pack had zero turnovers in seven games in 2014 and in six games in 2004.
Green Bay tops the NFL this season with the most turnover-less games. Baltimore is second in the league with seven such games followed by Buffalo, Arizona, Minnesota and New Orleans with six games each. It’s interesting to note that of the six teams with six or more games without a turnover this season, five of those teams have 10 or more wins already this season (the only team without 10 wins from the six teams is Arizona who has only four wins).
Teams this season that do not have a turnover in a game are 85-32, a .726 winning percentage.
With two games remaining on the 2019 schedule, the Packers still have a chance to tie the all-time record for most games in a season without a turnover. In 2010, the New England Patriots finished the year with 11 games where they did not have a turnover. A couple of turnover-less games in their final two contests against the Vikings and Lions would give the Packers a tie with the Patriots for most turnover-less games in a season with 11.
There have been six teams in NFL history that have had nine or more games in a season with no turnovers. The six:
11-New England, 2010
10-New England, 2016
9-Green Bay, 2019
9-Kansas City, 2017
9-New York Giants, 2008
There have also been 14 teams that had eight turnover-less games in a season.
Of the six teams listed above, the only team to win a Super Bowl that season was the 2016 Patriots.
In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Packers are now 119-24-2 (.828 winning percentage) in games where they do not have a turnover. Since 2000, that record is 78-4-2 (.840) for the Pack. If we take all of the NFL teams into consideration, teams that do not have a turnover in a game since 2000 have a combined record of 1714-519-5, a winning percentage of .767.
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