Digging Inside Offensive Numbers

The offense is obviously struggling, which we demonstrate with a bunch of numbers you probably haven't seen ... until now. After reading this, you'll understand why the Seahawks dared the Packers to throw the ball.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said about the most startling thing imaginable on Wednesday.

Last season, Aaron Rodgers assembled arguably the greatest passing campaign the league has ever seen. Logically, the 49ers in Week 1 and Bears in Week 2 configured their defenses to slow down Rodgers. On Monday night, however, the Seahawks were "daring (the Packers) to throw," McCarthy said.

It worked. Rodgers completed 66.7 percent of his passes, but those 26 completions covered just 223 yards. The Packers were shut out in the first half and managed merely 12 points with three time-consuming drives in the second half.

Through three games, Rodgers has completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 745 yards (248.3 average), with three touchdowns, two interceptions and a rating of 87.0. Last season, Rodgers completed 68.3 percent of his throws for 4,643 yards (309.5 average), with 45 touchdowns, six interceptions and a rating of a record 122.5.

The following is a deeper look inside the numbers to help explain how the Packers have seen their scoring average cut almost in half from 35.0 per game to just 19.0 per game. Statistics are from the NFL and ProFootballFocus.com.

SACKS PER ATTEMPT (all quarterbacks)

2012: 13.8 percent. 2011: 7.43 percent.

YARDS PER PASSING ATTEMPT (Rodgers)

2012: 9.25. 2011: 6.48.

AVERAGE LENGTH OF PASS (Rodgers)

2012: 6.83. 2011: 9.07.

YARDS PER RECEPTION (all players)

2012: 9.8. 2011: 13.7.

DROPPED PASSES (all players)

2012: 10 (3.33/game). 2011: 46 (2.88/game).

PASSER RATING WHEN BLITZED (Rodgers)

2012: 82.9. 2011: 135.0.

PASSER RATING ON THIRD DOWN (Rodgers)

2012: 97.9. 2011: 113.3.

YARDS AFTER THE CATCH (receivers only)

2012: 223 (74.3/game). 2011: 1,365 (85.3/game).

YARDS AFTER THE CATCH PER CATCH (receivers only)

2012: 4.74. 2011: 5.81.

YARDS PER PLAY ON FIRST-AND-10 (rushing)

2012: 3.24. 2011: 3.73.

YARDS PER PLAY ON FIRST-AND-10 (passing)

2012: 5.62. 2011: 9.63.

GREG JENNINGS

2012: 61.1 percent, 3.3 YAC/catch. 2011: 69.8 percent, 4.6 YAC/catch.

JORDY NELSON

2012: 68.4 percent, 4.7 YAC/catch. 2011: 73.1 percent, 6.3 YAC/catch.

JAMES JONES

2012: 68.8 percent, 4.4 YAC/catch. 2011: 70.4 percent, 7.7 YAC/catch.

JERMICHAEL FINLEY

2012: 68.2 percent, 1.9 YAC/catch. 2011: 60.4 percent, 4.4 YAC/catch.


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