PACKERS STATS: Green and gold in rare position under McCarthy

By JERRY TAPP

Here are some of the numbers that helped define the Packers 31-17 loss to the New England Patriots on November 4.

• The Packers are now 19-12 (.613 winning percentage) in Sunday night games since 2000, but have won only three of their last 10 Sunday night contests.
• The Packers and Patriots have each won six games in their all-time match-ups (regular season and playoffs), but New England has now won three of the last four games. Green Bay is now 2-5 all-time in road games versus the Patriots.
• Eight games into the 2018 season, the Packers are 3-4-1. This is only the second season since Mike McCarthy took over as head coach that the Packers were below .500 after eight games. They were 3-5 in 2006, McCarthy’s first season as head coach. The Pack was 4-4 (.500) in four seasons: 2008, 2009, 2016 and 2017. That means the Packers have not had a winning record at the midway point in the season (after eight games) in each of the last three campaigns.
• New England scored first in the contest. Green Bay has now lost 11 of their last 12 road games when the hosts scored first in the game. They are 10-22 (.313) since 2012 in road games when the host team scores first.
• New England had a 17-10 lead at halftime. Green Bay is 13-30 (.302) in road games since 2006 when they are behind at halftime.
• Of the 80 TD passes caught by Packers receivers since the start of the 2016 season until yesterday’s game, Davante Adams has caught 29 of them, tops on the team. Jordy Nelson is second with 20. Randall Cobb is third on this list with nine. No other receiver has more than five.
• Aaron Rodgers had a pair of TD passes in the game. He has had two or more TD passes in 102 regular season games with the Pack. Green Bay is 77-25 (.755) in those games.
• Aaron Jones (pictured) had 76 yards rushing on 14 carries in the game. Jones tops the NFL with the highest yards per carry average (those with 50 or more carries this season) … he has carried the ball 58 times for 2,350 yards, a 6.03 average. Austin Eckler of the Los Angeles Chargers is second with a 5.82 average.
• Mike McCarthy coached his 200th regular season game for the Packers. His regular season record at the helm is 124-74-2 (.625 winning percentage). During his 12-plus seasons with the Packers, McCarthy’s team has been below .500 after only 38 of those 200 games.
• New England scored 31 points in the game. Green Bay is now 9-26 (.257) since 2010 in games where they allow their opponents to score 30 or more points in a game.
• The Patriots scored 14 points in the fourth quarter. Green Bay is 22-17-1 (.563) in games since 2000 when the opponents score 14 or more points in the fourth quarter.
• The Packers did not score in the fourth quarter. They are 27-33 (.450) in games since 2000 when they did not score in the fourth quarter.
• Rodgers was sacked only once in the game. Usually that’s good news for the Packers: Since 2006, Green Bay is now 52-15 (.776) in games where they allow one or zero sacks in a game.
• The Pack has now lost 15 of their last 18 games when they didn’t record a takeaway. They had zero takeaways in yesterday’s game.
• Rodgers had a Passer Rating of 89.2 in the game. Since the start of the 2015 season, Green Bay is 7-10 in games started by Rodgers where he has a Passer Rating below 90.
• Rookie receiver Marquez Valdez-Scantling had 101 yards receiving on three catches. It was his second game with 100 or more yards receiving this year. He became the first rookie receiver for the Pack to have multiple games with 100 or more yards receiving in a season since Greg Jennings in 2006. The only other rookie receivers for the Packers to have two or more games with 100 or more yards receiving in a season are: Sterling Sharpe, Boyd Dowler, Max McGee and Billy Howton.
•Antonio Morrison replaced Blake Martinez in the game at linebacker when Martinez left due to an injury. Morrison ended the game with eight tackles and one sack. He tied Bashaud Breeland for the team lead in tackles.
• The Packers have now allowed 29 or more points in six of their eight games this season. In their four away games, all losses, the Packers allowed 31 points three times and 29 in one game.

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