Packers at Bye: Midyear Numbers

We've come up with 27 numbers — most of which you probably haven't seen — that help explain why the Packers are 6-3 and in first place in the NFC North at the bye.

2: Different line combinations used by the Packers' offense to start games, with Mark Tauscher at right tackle for the first four games and Bryan Bulaga for the last five. The Packers used five combinations in the first nine games last season.

6: Number of rookies who have started a game this year, which is tied with Kansas City and New England for tops in the league.

9: The Packers' ranking in dropped passes, with 16 (five-way tie for ninth). Last year, the Packers finished fifth in drops with a whopping 36.

10: Number of players who have at least one interception.

11: The Packers' ranking in yards after the catch, with 991 through nine games — 434 behind front-running San Diego. Brandon Jackson leads the Packers and ranks 14h in the conference with 215 yards after the catch. The Packers finished fourth last year with 2,090 for the year.

15.9: Points per game allowed by the Packers, which ranks second in the NFL behind Pittsburgh's 15.4. The defense hasn't been so stingy since the 1996 team won the Super Bowl while allowing a measly 13.1 per game.

16: Green Bay's ranking on third down, with a conversion rate of 39.4 percent. Last week, the Packers ranked 26th at 35.1 percent, with the surge coming on the strength of a 10-for-15 night against Dallas.

20.5: Clay Matthews' league-leading sack total since the start of 2009.

26: Accepted penalties against the Packers in six games since their franchise-record 18 at Chicago. In the last three games, they've been penalized just seven times. The Packers are 5-0 when penalized three times or less in a game.

28: The defense's league-leading sack figure. Twelve players have had a hand in those sacks, led by Matthews' 10.5. The Packers didn't bag their 28th sack last year until the Week 14 game at Chicago. Green Bay never has finished better than third in the league in sacks.

35: Number of games missed by Week 1 starters. Of the Packers' 10 players on injured reserve, six started at least one game. No team has more than three players on injured reserve that started a game this season.

39: Rushing yards allowed against Dallas, Green Bay's best performance since yielding 33 to Detroit in 2004.

53.6: Winning percentage of Green Bay's final seven opponents. Minnesota is 3-5, followed by Atlanta at 6-2, San Francisco and Detroit at 2-6, New England and the Giants at 6-2 and Chicago at 5-3.

58: The Packers' advantage in points off turnovers, with 80 points scored (on 19 takeaways) and 22 points allowed (on 13 giveaways).

60: Percentage of replay challenges won by coach Mike McCarthy, who has won three of the five times he's thrown the red flag. By contrast, opponents have won only two of their eight challenges.

68.3: The defense's top-ranked opponent quarterback rating. The Packers are tied for the NFL lead with 14 interceptions and are tied for sixth with only nine touchdown passes allowed.

69.4: Percent of targeted passes caught by Greg Jennings over the last four games (25-of-36). In the first five games, he caught only 45.2 percent (14-of-31).

71.4: Percent of games the Packers have won following the bye the last 14 years, with a 10-4 record. McCarthy is 3-1.

72.2: Mason Crosby's accuracy on field goals. Only Pittsburgh (70.0 percent) has been less successful.

78: Green Bay's top-ranked point differential, with 221 points for and 143 against. Fast starts have helped, with Green Bay a league-best plus-37 (54-17) in the first quarter and a second-ranked plus-36 (59-23) in the third quarter.

80: Points off of takeaways, which leads the league. The Packers have turned 19 turnovers into 11 touchdowns.

84.6: Percent of games the Packers have won when they win the turnover battle under McCarthy (33-6), including 4-0 this year.

114.2: Rushing yards allowed per game, good for 20th in the league after a league-leading 83.3-yard average last year. However, throw out the quarterback rushing, and Green Bay would rank fourth at 86.9 rushing yards allowed per game.

246: Rushing yards allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Quarterbacks led their team in three of the first four games. However, in the last four games, if you discard Mark Sanchez's meaningless 20-yard scramble on the game's final play, the Packers have allowed 21 yards in the last five games.

368: Receiving yards by Jennings in the last four games, tops in the league.

378: The amount of time the Packers have spent in the lead this season, compared to 47 minutes trailing. Of those 47 minutes, almost half came in the loss to Miami. On average, Green Bay has led for 41 minutes, 57 seconds in each game compared to 5:16 trailing.

4,000/1,200/1,000: Last season, the Packers became the first team in NFL history to have a 4,000-yard passer, 1,200-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in back-to-back seasons. This year, Aaron Rodgers is on pace for 4,089 yards. But without Ryan Grant, Jackson is on pace to rush for 818 yards. And Jennings is on pace for a team-high 980 receiving yards.

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