Tapp On Stats- Stats The Fact: January 7, 2021

Stats The Fact: January 7, 2021

Twelve of the 14 NFL teams that made the playoffs this year will begin the post-season with games this weekend. Fourteen of the league's 32 teams made the playoffs this year, up from 12 that made the playoffs in recent years. The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are the #1 seeds in this season-ending tourney and are the favorites to reach this year's Super Bowl.

Each of these 14 playoff teams played at least four of their 16 regular season games this season against fellow playoff teams. The Chiefs, who had the best record this year at 14-2, played four games against teams that made the playoffs this year, going 4-0.

Here's a look at the record of the 14 playoff teams in games this season versus other playoff teams on their schedule.

Kansas City, 4-0
Green Bay 4-2
L.A. Rams, 4-2
New Orleans, 4-2
Pittsburgh, 5-3
Buffalo, 3-2
Cleveland, 4-3
Baltimore, 4-4
Tennessee, 4-4
Seattle, 2-2
Indianapolis, 3-4
Washington, 1-4
Tampa Bay, 1-5
Chicago 1-6

Let's take this stat a little further... here's a look at how the 18 teams that did not make the playoffs did this season against the 14 teams that did make the playoffs. Notice that the Houston Texans played a league-high 10 of their 16 regular season games this year against teams that eventually made the playoffs. Their record in those 10 games? 0-10.

Arizona, 3-3
N.Y.Giants, 3-6
N.Y. Jets, 2-5
San Francisco, 2-6
Detroit, 2-7
Cincinnati, 2-7
Minnesota, 2-7
L.A. Chargers, 1-4
Miami, 1-4
New England, 1-5
Carolina, 1-7
Jacksonville, 1-8
Philadelphia, 1-8
Dallas, 0-7
Denver, 0-7
Las Vegas Raiders, 0-7
Atlanta, 0-8
Houston, 0-10

* Here's one more quick stat about the upcoming NFL playoffs: The Packers and Chiefs were the only teams to receive a bye in this year's playoff format as their conference's #1 seed. Obviously there is a benefit to being the number seed, but that #1 seed does not come with a free pass to the Super Bowl.
Since 2000, there have been 40 #1 seeds (20 each in the AFC and NFC). Of those 40 #1 seeds, only 21 of the 40 reached the Super Bowl that year. And when those 21 #1 seeds did reach the Super Bowl, only seven #1 seeds won the Super Bowl.
In addition:
* In the last 20 years, at least one #1 seed has made the Super Bowl in 16 of those seasons.
* Since 2000, both #1 seeds played in the Super Bowl in 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

PACKERSTATS

The Packers are now 12-3 for the 2020 season. This is the second straight year the team has won 12 or more regular season games… the first time they have accomplished this feat since 2001 and 2002 when they went 12-4 in consecutive years. It was Mike Sherman’s second and third seasons at the helm of the Pack. The team went 13-3 last season and could match that record from last year if they defeat the Chicago Bears in the season-finale. The last time the Packers won 13 or more games in back-to-back seasons was in 1996 and 1997 when they went 13-3 in back-to-back seasons under Mike Holmgren. They went to the Super Bowl in both of those seasons.

Even though the Packers came away with a 40-14 win in this game versus the Titans, the Packers still have a losing record versus this franchise (6-7) going back to the days when they were the Houston Oilers. Green Bay is 3-4 against the Tennessee Titans since 1998; they were 3-3 versus the Oilers from 1972-92.

Green Bay is now 15-6 in Game #15 of the season since 2000. That is the second best record in Game #15 contests since 2000. The New England Patriots top this category with an 18-2 record in the 15th games of the season this century.

The Packers have now won five straight games against AFC opponents in December.

Green Bay has now won 11 of their last 12 Sunday Night Football games at home dating back to 2009.

The Packers scored first in the game on an Aaron Rodgers-to-Davante Adams pass play. Since the 2018 season, the Pack is 10-3 in games at Lambeau when they score first. Since 2015, they are 22-6-1 in games at Lambeau Field when they score first in the game.

Davante Adams took over the NFL lead with his 16th TD reception of the season. The Packers have had three players lead the league in TD receptions since 1970: Sterling Sharpe (1992, 1994), James Jones (2012) and Jordy Nelson (2016).

Adams became the 35th player in NFL history to have three or more TD receptions in two or more games in a single season. The record is four games in a season with three-plus TD receptions by Sonny Randle in 1960.

Equanimeous St. Brown in the second quarter caught his first career TD pass. He became the 42nd player to catch a regular season TD pass from Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers had two interceptions in the game, one each by Darnell Savage and Christian Kirksey. Green Bay since 2010 is 44-6 in games when they have two or more interceptions in a game.

With his three TD receptions, Adams has now had 13 games in his Packers career with multiple TD receptions. The Packers are 12-1 in those games. The Packers record for most games with two or more TD receptions is 15 held by Jordy Nelson.

Kirksey had a sack and interception in the game. It was the second game this season that a Packers player had a sack and interception in a game; Jaire Alexander had a sack and interception in Week #1 versus the Minnesota Vikings.

Za’Darius Smith also had a sack. He had a sack in seven of the eight Green Bay home games this year. Of his 12.5 sacks this season, he had 9.5 sacks at home.

The Pack held a 19-7 lead at halftime. The last time the Packers lost a home game where they had a 10-point (or more) lead at halftime was in 2007.They are 44-0-1 since that game.

Rodgers had four TD passes in the game for the 29th time in his career. That ranks fourth on the all-time list. Drew Brees tops the list with 37 games with four or more TD passes. Green Bay is 26-3 in those games when Rodgers tosses four or more TD passes in a contest.

For the ninth time in his career, Rodgers has surpassed 4,000 passing yards in a season. That’s the sixth most in NFL history. Peyton Manning had 14 seasons with 4,000 or more passing yards, most in NFL history.

AJ Dillon had a pair of TD runs. At 22 years of age (and 239 days) he became the second-youngest Green Bay player to have two or more rushing TDs in a game. Paul Hornung  was 21 years-308 days when he had two rushing TDs in a game on October 27, 1957.

At 22 years-239 days, Dillon is the youngest Packers player to rush for 120 or more yards in a game.

Rodgers did have an interception in the game, the fourth game of the season where he threw an interception. The Packers were 2-2 in those games.

Rodgers’ interception was the only Packers turnover in the contest. If they can not turn the ball over in the final game versus the Bears, the Packers would tie the league record for most turnover-less games in a season with 11.

Adams had 11 catches for 142 yards and three TDs. It was only the 36th time since the merger (1970) that a player had 10 + catches, 140+ receiving yards, and three or more TD receptions in a game. He became the third Packers receiver to reach these numbers in a game; Javon Walker did it on 9-26-2004, Sterling Sharpe did it on 10-24-93.

Green Bay punter JK Scott did not have to punt in the game. It was the first time since October 7, 2018 (vs. Detroit) that the Packers did not punt in a game. In the Super Bowl era (since 1966), the Packers have played in only eight games where they did not have to punt.

Green Bay scored in every quarter in the game. Since 2000, the team is 46-3 in games when they score in each quarter.

Adams scored on receptions of 5, 7 and 8 yards. Of his 61 career regular season TDs, 29 of them have been less than 10 yards.

Aaron Jones had 10 carries for 94 yards, an average of 9.4 yards per carry. Of all his games where he had at least 10 carries, this was the second-highest yards-per-carry game of his career. His highest was 9.67 in a game on 11-11-2018 against the Dolphins. He had 145 yards on 15 carries in that contest.

Mason Crosby did have a field goal blocked, but a penalty on Tennessee wiped out that play. He is 16-for-16 in field goal attempts this season and if he doesn’t miss a field goal attempt in the final game next week, he will become only the sixth player in NFL history to not miss a field goal in a season (minimum of 15 attempts). Seattle’s Jason Myers has gone 22-for-22 this season and could join Crosby on this elite list.

The Packers held the Panthers to only 16 points a week ago and then held the Titans to only 14 points this week. It was the first time since last year (also in Games #14 and #15) when they held the Bears to 13 points and the Vikings to 10 points in consecutive weeks. The team record for most consecutive games holding the opponents under 20 points (in the Super Bowl era-1966) is eight… that happened in 1968.

PACKERSTATS-Game #12-2020 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 30-16 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

• Another week, another set of milestones reached… Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes, making him the first QB in NFL history to have five seasons with 35+ TD passes. He broke the four-way tie held with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. Brees holds the record for most 30+ TD pass seasons with 10. He is followed by Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (9 each), and Brady and Rodgers with seven each. Rodgers also tallied his 400th TD pass in his career. He became the seventh player to reach this mark, and did it in the fewest games (193). The others on the list: Brady, Brees, Manning, Favre, Dan Marino and Philip Rivers. Rodgers now has 400 career TD passes yet has less than 100 career interceptions (88). Brady is the only member of this 400-TD Pass Club to have less than 200 career interceptions (190).
• While Rodgers now ranks seventh all-time in career TD passes, he is tied for 134th on the all-time list for his 88 career interceptions.
• The Packers are now 17-4-1 in home games since 2018.
• Green Bay is now 32-13 in December games since 2010. They are 19-4 in home games in December since 2010.
• The Packers have now won six of their last eight games against the Eagles.
• Green Bay is 32-16 since 1970 (the merger) against NFC East opponents at Lambeau Field.
• The Pack has now won 11 of their last 12 games at Lambeau Field when they win the coin toss.
• The Packers defense had seven sacks in the contest, their first seven-sack game since Week #4 in the 2018 season. The Packers are 30-1 all-time when they have seven or more sacks in a game; their only loss came in a game in 1951.
• The Packers were held scoreless in the first quarter. Since 2000, Green Bay is now 25-19 in games at Lambeau when they do not score in the first quarter.
• Davante Adams caught a TD pass for the seventh straight game. It is the longest active streak in the NFL. Catching a TD pass in eight straight games has happened only 15 times in NFL history. Jerry Rice did it twice; plus he holds the record for the longest streak… 13 games.
• Robert Tonyan had a TD reception, the third straight game with a TD reception for him.
• Kingsley Keke had a pair of sacks in the game, the second game this season he had two or more sacks. The last player to have multiple games with two or more sacks for the Packers in a single season was last season when ZaDarius Smith had four multi-sack games and Preston Smith had two such games.
• The Packers had a 14-3 lead at halftime. Green Bay is 20-1-1 (since 2015) when they have a lead of 10 or more points at halftime.
• Adams had two TDs in the game, the fourth game this year where he had two or more TDs. The team record for most games in a season with two or more TDs is seven held by Ahman Green in 2003. Only four Packers players have scored multiple TDs in five or more games in a season: Green did it twice, Aaron Jones (last season), Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor.
• Adams ended the game with 10 receptions for 121 yards. It was his ninth career game where he had 10 or more receptions and 100+ receiving yards. The NFL record is 21 held by Andre Johnson. Adams’ nine games places him tied for 24th on this all-time list.
• For the second game this season, the Packers punt return team allowed the opponents to return a punt for TD. It is the first time since 1964 that the Packers have allowed two or more punt returns for TD in a season. In 1949, the Packers allowed three punt returns for TD.
• Aaron Jones had 15 carries for 130 yards, his first 100-yard rushing game since Week #2 against the Lions.
• Jones has now had 10 or more rushing attempts in 17 straight games. It is tied for the 12th longest streak in team history. Ahman Green had a 66-game streak where he had 10 or more rushing attempts for the Pack, a team record.
• Darnell Savage intercepted a pass for the second straight game. He is the first Packer to have interceptions in back-to-back games since 2018 when Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had interceptions in three straight games in Games #2-#4 that season. The Packers have now won 21 of their last 22 games when they intercept a pass.
• Rodgers had three TD passes and no interceptions, the eighth game this season he had three or more TD passes and no picks. That ties his NFL record that he holds jointly with Tom Brady. Brady had eight games with 3+ TD passes and no interceptions in 2007; Rodgers first accomplished this in 2014. Rodgers is third on the all-time list with 54 games with three or more TD passes and no interceptions. He is one behind Drew Brees. Brady tops the list with 61 such games.
• The Packers scored 14 points in the second quarter. It was the 10th game (out of 12) this season where they tallied 10 or more points in the second quarter. To give some perspective, they have scored 10+ points only once in the first quarter this season; scored 10+ points in the third quarter four times; and tallied 10+ points in the fourth quarter in three games this season. They were held scoreless in the second quarter only once this year… the 38-10 loss to Tampa Bay.
• Green Bay has now won 22 of their last 23 games when they scored 30 or more points. Since 2015, the team is 27-2 when they put 30 or more points on the scoreboard.
• The Pack has won 12 straight when they hold the opposition under 17 points in a game. Since 2015, the team is 24-1 when they allow less than 17 points in a game.
• Rashan Gary tied a career high with 1.5 sacks. Green Bay is 5-0 in games when Gary has a sack.

PACKERSTATS-Game #11-2020 season

Who’s on first… for the Brewers on Opening Day?

 If you are a diehard Brewers fan, you may find it hard to believe the following stat.

 Did you know…

… from 2011-18, eight straight seasons, the Brewers have had a different starting first baseman on Opening Day. Yes, the Brew Crew’s Opening Day lineup has featured a different starter at first base for the last eight consecutive seasons.

Go back to 2011; Prince Fielder was the starting first baseman that season, the sixth straight year he was the Opening Day starting first baseman for the Brewers. After that, however, the Opening Day starting first basemen has looked like this…

 2012: Mat Gamel

2013: Alex Gonzalez

2014: Lyle Overbay

2015: Adam Lind

2016: Chris Carter

2017: Eric Thames

2018: Ryan Braun

 

Conventional wisdom is that Jesus Aguilar, last year’s regular at first base for the Crew, will hold that spot on Opening Day in 2019… that is baring any injury that would prevent him from that honor.

So… if Aguilar mans the first base spot on Opening Day in late March this season, we could see yet another different first baseman on Opening Day for the Brewers, the ninth straight year that has happened.

 Prior to this season, that longest stretch where the Brewers had a different Opening Day starting first baseman was 1998-2001. John Jaha was the Opening Day starter at first in 1998; the following year it was Sean Berry, followed by Kevin Barker in 2000 and Richie Sexson in 2001.

 

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(Jerry Tapp is a freelance writer and sports statistics blogger from Racine. Check out his website at statsontapp.com. He is also a featured columnist for Woelfel’s Press Box and is a regular participant in the website’s weekly podcasts. During the baseball season he writes a stats-focused regular column for the Milwaukee Brewers “GameDay” publication that is available free-of-charge for those who attend games at Miller Park.)

 

PACKERSTATS-Game #10-2020 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 34-31 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis on Sunday, November 22, 2020.

• The Packers scored 28 points in the first half and did not score in the second half until a last-second field goal tied the game and sent it into overtime. It was the 10th time in team history that they scored 28 or more points in the first half and three or less points in the second half. It was, however, the first time in team history that they lost a game when they scored 28 or more points in the first half and three or less points in the second half.
• This was the Packers first overtime loss since they lost 23-20 to Miami on 10-17-2010. The Packers are 9-6-2 in overtime games since 2000.
• The Pack has a 7-3 record through the first 10 games of the season. In 12 of the 21 seasons since 2000, the Packers had seven or more wins through the first 10 games of a season.
• Green Bay has now played five games in Indianapolis versus the Colts and has never won a road game there. Since 1985, the Packers are 3-7 all-time against the Colts. They are 1-7-1 in road games versus the Colts since 1967.
• In five games against the Packers, Philip Rivers has averaged 355 yards passing per game. The only other team that he has averaged more than 355 passing yards is against the Dallas Cowboys (369 yards per game).
• Green Bay has now lost seven of their last eight road games in November. Since 2013, the Pack is 5-13 in November road games.
• The Packers are 7-8 in their last 15 games that have started at 3:25pm (CST).
• Green Bay had four turnovers in the contest. The last time they won a game when they had four or more turnovers was in 2010 when they four turnovers in a 28-26 win over Detroit. Since 2004, the Packers are 3-19 in games when they have four or more turnovers.
• In their three losses this year, the Packers have seven turnovers. In their seven wins this year, they have one turnover.
• The Packers scored first in the game on a Aaron Rodgers-to-Robert Tonyan TD pass. Prior to yesterday’s game, the Packers had won seven of their last eight games on the road when they scored first.
• Aaron Rodgers threw an interception in the game. The Packers are 5-4 since 2018 in games when Rodgers has an interception. Rodgers also threw an interception in last week’s game. The last time Rodgers threw an interception in three straight games was in the first three games of the 2017 season.
• Aaron Jones had a rushing TD in the game. Since 2018, only three players have 30 or more rushing TDs: Todd Gurley (38), Derrick Henry (37) and Aaron Jones (30).
• Christian Kirksey had an interception for the Packers. It was the third pick in his career. All three of his interceptions came in a loss.
• Davante Adams had a TD reception, the 10th of this season. It is the fourth season in his career that he had 10 or more TD receptions. He became the 23rd player in NFL history to have 10 or more TD receptions in four or more seasons. Randy Moss and Jerry Rice top the list, each with nine seasons with 10 or more TD receptions.
• Rodgers had three TD passes and 311 yards passing in the game. It was the 38th regular season game in his career that he had three or more TD passes and 300 or more yards passing. The Pack is 30-8 in those games. His 38 games ranks fourth all-time behind Drew Brees (67), Tom Brady (57) and Peyton Manning (46).
• Green Bay held a 28-14 lead at halftime. It was the first game since 1997 that they lost after scoring 28 or more points in their first half. Interestingly enough, that 1997 game was also against Indianapolis in Indianapolis. The Packers lost that gamer 41-38 after having a 28-27 lead at halftime.
• The Pack held a 28-25 lead going into the fourth quarter. It was the first game they lost after having the lead going into the fourth quarter since November 15, 2018 when they lost to Seattle after having a four-point lead going into the final quarter.
• Green Bay had only 27:49 time of possession in the game. Since 2018, the Packers are 4-6 in games when they have less than 28 minutes time of possession in a contest.
• Green Bay avoided being shutout in the second half with a last-second field goal by Mason Crosby to tie the game and send it into overtime. Since 2000, Green Bay has lost 19 of 22 games when they were shutout in the second half.
• The Colts had 116 penalty yards in the game. Prior to yesterday, the Packers had won 10 of their last 12 when their opponents have 100 or more penalty yards in a game.
• The Packers amassed only 66 yards rushing in the game. Since 2013, they are 7-10 in games when they have less than 70 yards rushing.
• Up until yesterday’s loss, the Packers had won 20 consecutive games when they scored 30 or more points. Their last loss when they tallied 30 or more points in a game was October 30, 2016 when they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 33-32. Since 2012, Green Bay is 42-5 when they score 30 or more points in a game.

PACKERSTATS-Game #9-2020 season

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 24-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Green Bay on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

• The Packers have now won five of seven games all-time versus the Jaguars including now winning three straight. In the seven games played between the two teams, the margin of victory has never been more than 10 points. In four of the seven games the margin of victory was four points or less.
• Green Bay is now 8-2 since 2000 in games played at Lambeau Field against teams from Florida (Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa Bay).
• With the win over Jacksonville, the Packers are now 6-8-1 in their last 15 games at Lambeau in November (dating back to 2013).
• The Pack has now won nine of their last 11 games against AFC opponents. They are 15-7 against the AFC since 2015.
• Jacksonville scored first in the game. The Packers, however, have won eight of their last nine games at Lambeau when the opposition scores first in the game.
• The Packers first got on the scoreboard when Aaron Rodgers hit Marques Valdez-Scantling on a 78-yard TD pass. Since the start of the 2018 season, the Packers have had 20 plays of 50 yards or more. MVS has been on the receiving end of six of those plays, most on the team.
• Jacksonville’s Keelan Cole, Sr., returned a punt for TD in the second quarter. It was the first punt returned for a TD against the Packers since December 14, 2014 in a game against the Buffalo Bills. The Packers are 6-5 in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) in regular season games when the opponents return a punt for TD.
• Aaron Rodgers had two TD passes and a run for TD in the contest. It was the 25th time in his career that he had a rushing TD and TD pass in the same game. The Packers are 15-10 in those games.
• Adrian Amos intercepted a pass for the Pack in the second quarter, the sixth of his career (three with the Packers and three with the Chicago Bears). His team has never lost when he gets an interception. The Packers are now 36-12-1 since 2015 in games when they intercept a pass in a game.
• The Packers had two turnovers in the game, a fumble by Davante Adams and an interception thrown by Rodgers. Prior to yesterday’s game, the Packers were 6-14 in games when they committed two or more turnovers. Since 2010, the Packers have played in 53 games where they had two or more turnovers. That is third fewest in the league. The New England Patriots lead the league with only 43 games since 2010 with two or more turnovers in a game.
• Mason Crosby connected on one field goal in the game. In the last 20 games where Crosby has made a field goal, the Pack is 17-3.
• Green Bay had a 17-10 lead at halftime. Since 2010, the Packers are 42-1-1 in home games when they lead at halftime by seven points or more.
• The Pack had three sacks in the game (one each by Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary). The team is 25-9 since 2016 in games when they have three or more sacks.
• Davante Adams had eight receptions for 66 yards. He now has 492 career catches for the Packers, fifth on the team’s career reception list. He will likely in the next game or two join Donald Driver, Sterling Sharpe, Jordy Nelson and James Lofton as the Packers players who have caught 500 or more career passes with the team.
• Aaron Rodgers now has 49,524 career passing yards and should become the 11th QB in league history to reach the 50,000 yard passing yardage mark in the next two or three games. Rodgers is 11th on the career passing list and 10th on the list is John Elway with 51,475.
• The Jaguars Keelan Cole became the 48th player in NFL history to have a TD reception and a TD via punt return in the same game. The Packers had a player on this list: Walter Stanley, who had a punt return for TD and two TD pass receptions in a game on November 27, 1986.
• Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a career-high 149 yards receiving in the game on four catches. MVS has 86 career receptions for an average of 17.4 yards per catch. Of all players in NFL history with 80 or more career receptions, MVS is one of 79 players with a career yards per catch of 17.4 or higher. Topping the list is Warren Wells at 23.13; he played from 1964-70 with the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders.
• Rodgers threw an interception in the game. The Pack is 8-10 since 2016 in games when Rodgers has an interception.
• Rodgers had 325 yards passing in the contest, the 64th regular season game in his career with 300 or more passing yards. That ranks tied for sixth on the all-time list with Ben Roethlisberger. Drew Brees leads this category with 122 games with 300 or more passing yards in a game.
• Davante Adams had a TD reception in the game, the fifth game this year he had a TD reception of the seven games he’s played. He has had a TD reception in 41 of the 93 games he’s played for the Packers.
• Adams has caught a TD pass in four straight games. His career high is five straight games. The Packers record is six straight games with a TD reception held by three players, Randall Cobb, Sterling Sharpe and Billy Howton.
• The game was tied 17-17 going into the fourth quarter. Since 1994, the Packers are 17-9 in games when the score is tied going into the fourth quarter. At Lambeau Field, they are 11-4 since 1994 in games when they are tied going into the fourth quarter.