By the Numbers: Packers at Bye

Here's a quick-hitting look at where the Packers stand at their earlier-than-usual Week 4 bye.

With the Green Bay Packers entering their bye week, here's a by-the-numbers look at the team through three weeks.

.333: Winning percentage of last year's NFC playoff teams. Seattle is 3-0, Atlanta, San Francisco and Green Bay are 1-2, and Washington and Minnesota are 0-3. That's a combined record of 6-12. The AFC's six playoff teams are a combined 14-4.

.436: Combined winning percentage of the Packers' opponents over the final 13 games. Those teams have a combined 17-22 record. Before the season, Green Bay's opponents had a combined .533 winning percentage, based on their 2012 records.

.857: Green Bay's winning percentage in the game following the bye under coach Mike McCarthy, tied for the best mark in the league over that span. The only loss came at Tennessee in 2008. The last four years, they've beaten the Lions by 26 in 2009, Vikings by 28 in 2010, Chargers by seven in 2011 and Lions by four in 2012.

5: Remember how the NFC was the superior conference? Only five teams in the NFC have a winning record — compared to nine for the AFC — meaning the Packers aren't too far behind the eight-ball.

7: Giveaways by the offense. Green Bay had just 16 in 2009 and 2012 and 14 in 2011.

7: Starters not on the field for the second half of Sunday's game. Jermichael Finley was lost on the first series with a concussion, Clay Matthews didn't play the second half with an injured hamstring, Casey Hayward, Morgan Burnett and John Kuhn already were out with hamstring injuries, Eddie Lacy was out with a concussion and Bryan Bulaga is on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

7: Green Bay's special teams has put the team in a bind. The kickoff team has allowed nine returns of 20-plus yards while the kickoff-return team has just two returns of 20-plus yards.

7: The Packers' seven-most used offensive personnel packages had James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in a three-receiver set.

7.26: Yards per first-down play by the offense, No. 2 in the league. Last year, Green Bay ranked 30th with 4.79 yards per first-down snap.

8: Players who have scored touchdowns this season, tied with Chicago and Denver for tops in the league.

8.7: Yards allowed per passing play by Green Bay's defense (with sack yardage included). That's 31st in the league.

10: Green Bay's rushing attack ranks 10th in the league. The Packers haven't finished with a top-10 running game since 2004. Under McCarthy, the Packers have had only two top-20 finishes: 14th in 2009 and 17th in 2008.

10: Sacks allowed by the Packers. That's a season pace of 53, which would be the second-most in team history. The 1990 squad allowed 62. The 2009 and 2012 teams allowed 51.

22: Consecutive games won in the state of Wisconsin by the Packers against the Lions. Detroit comes to Green Bay after the bye.

36.4: Percent of third-down plays converted by Green Bay's offense through three games, including 4-of-13 on Sunday. Over last four seasons, Green Bay was third-ranked 44.6 percent.

68.2: Percent of passes completed against Green Bay's defense. The Packers have allowed just three seasons worse than 60.6 percent in franchise history. The worst is 63.5 percent in 1989.

81.8: Percent of red-zone possessions turned into touchdowns against Green Bay's defense. That 9-of-11 touchdown rate is 30th in the league.

1,364: Total yards through three games by the offense, easily a team record. The 2002 club had 1,283 yards.


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