Like you, I am a Green Bay Packers fan. I may not have a man cave adorned with Packers memorabilia, and I may not wear my Packers gear on game day, but I do set my schedule to the time of each and every game the Packers play. I cheer, yell at the TV when they fail to secure an onside kick (sorry, couldn’t resist), and have involuntary twitches when an Aaron Rodgers’ pass falls short of a receiver. I may not bleed green and gold, but I am a true Packers fan.
What may set me apart from you is how I watch the games. Armed with a notebook and laptop or tablet at my side, I am fascinated by the numbers in the game. If the Pack is at the one yard line and chants of K-U-U-U-U-H-H-N-N are vibrating around Lambeau Field, I want to know if John Kuhn has more one-yard touchdowns than anyone else on the Packers team… current or history. If Rodgers connects with Jordy Nelson for another long TD pass, I wonder, “Does anyone have more long TDs than Jordy?” If the Packers take a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter, I wonder, “What percentage of games have they won when they’ve got a seven-point lead going into the final quarter?” You get the point.
In 2014, that’s how I watched Packers games. When the game was over, I had a notebook page (or two) with anywhere from 10-20 questions about the game; stats I wondered about. To get the answers, I would research the following day. Whether it was pro-football-reference.com, the Sports Illustrated Almanac, the Official NFL Record and Fact Book, nfl.com, or the Green Bay Packers Media Guide, I would get answers to my statistical “wonderings.” I’m a stats fanatic, and this research was a lot of fun, especially when I would “discover” a stat that maybe I had never known before.
I posted my findings on my blog at www.statsontapp.com under the heading of “Packers Numbers Notebook.” Response from friends, family and blog fans were very positive. That’s how this book evolved… I took many of those findings from the 2014 season (and blog) and incorporated them into this book. In addition, there were times when researching one stat would lead me in another direction, even further back in the Packers history. Those findings were also added for this book.
I hope you will find these 250 stats fun, entertaining and informative; that was my goal. Anyone can recite a bunch of numbers. That is not what I wanted to do. I wanted to provide you with information that forces you to say, “I didn’t know that.”