Stats are funny. They matter a lot. They don’t matter at all. They cost players money. They make players money. Stats make the football world go ‘round, even if the only stat that ultimately matters is the score.
Big, round numbers are the best stats, though. There’s something pleasing about 100, 300, 500, or 1,000 of something. And there’s something irritating about coming up just short.
Davante Adams should know that well. He’s come up exactly three yards short of 1,000 twice now. Three times in Packers history, a player has been within three yards of 1,000, and Adams represents two of those unfortunate occasions. (The other, Bill Schroeder, was a single yard short of 1,000 in the 2000 season.)
Of course, it doesn’t really matter. The quality of Adams’ season (one truncated by four games due to his turf toe injury, it should be noted) is not solely measured by his stats. We know he’s still a great player, and he does too. But it would have been satisfying to see him reach that threshold, even if it’s only because our brains are wired to recognize those numbers.
”But at the end of the day, it’s just to say you had a 1,000-yard season,” said Adams of coming up short of his milestone. “It doesn’t change anything.”
Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf is putting up some big numbers of his own. Packers cornerback Kevin King will be a huge part of preventing him from continuing that trend.
It wasn’t that long ago that people were openly wondering if Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were clutch at all. This season, that hasn’t even been close to a problem.
As fun as it is to see exciting playoff moments, I hope this Packers/Seahawks game is memorable only for being a wire-to-wire display of Packers dominance.
It’s never too early to start thinking about the NFL draft. At The Athletic, Dane Brugler’s new ranking of the top 100 players could give us some names to think about.
Bass Pro is a big enough store to mean different things to different people. I like shopping their clearance rack. My son likes looking at the fish. These people figured it was the perfect place to pledge themselves to each other eternally. Like I said, different things to different people.