Looking Back: By Numbers at Defensive Back

We take our unique look back at last season with 20 noteworthy stats about the cornerbacks and safeties. You know the Packers got zero interceptions from the safeties. If you like misery, we'll provide more numbers to keep you company.

A by-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers' defensive backs.

0: Forced fumbles by the Packers' safeties in 2013. They forced three in 2012, four in 2011 and zero in 2010.

0: Interceptions by the Packers' safeties in 2013. The safeties intercepted four passes in 2012, eight in 2011 and eight in 2010.

0: Times, since the Packers began listing "safeties" and "cornerbacks" rather than just "defensive backs," that the safeties failed to record an interception. That made 2013 a dubious first.

1: Only one team (Jacksonville) had one interception from its safeties. Five teams had two interceptions. Of the Super Bowl teams, Seattle had eight and Denver three.

3: Between 1987 and 2011, the Packers had one safety record at least three interceptions every season. In 2012, Morgan Burnett's safety-high two interceptions snapped that streak.

7: Interceptions by Charles Woodson in 2011.

8: Interceptions by all of the Packers' defensive backs in 2013.

8: Completions of 40-plus allowed in 2013 by the entire defense, which was tied for eighth-fewest in the league. Green Bay allowed seven completions of 40-plus yards in 2012, 10 in 2011, eight in 2010 and eight in 2011.

8: Passes defensed by Burnett, according to the Packers' count. Had broke up 13 in 2012 and 14 in 2011.

12: Passes defensed by all of the Packers' safeties. They broke up 37 in 2012. Jerron McMillian went from 13 to one (and out of the league) and M.D. Jennings went from six to two.

16: Interceptions by the Packers' defensive backs in 2012.

25: Interceptions by the Packers' defensive backs in 2011.

25: Games without an interception by Tramon Williams after picking off two passes against Chicago in Week 2 of 2012. He intercepted four passes in the final eight games of this season.

28: Missed tackles by the cornerbacks, according to ProFootballFocus.com. In 2012, the corners missed 17.

32: Missed tackles by the safeties, according to ProFootballFocus.com. In 2012, the safeties missed 24.

50.0: Completion percentage in passes thrown at Sam Shields, according to ProFootballFocus.com. That ranked eighth out of 110 cornerbacks who received 25 percent playing time. Davon House allowed 52.5 percent (16th), Williams 60.7 percent (62nd) and Micah Hyde 72.7 percent (101st).

60: Passes defensed by the Packers' cornerbacks, according to the coaches' tally. Casey Hayward had one.

61: Completions of 20-plus yards allowed in 2013 by the entire defense, which ranked 27th in the league. Green Bay allowed 50 completions of 20-plus yards in 2012, 71 in 2011 and 44 in 2010

78: Passes defensed by the Packers' cornerbacks in 2012, according to the coaches' tally. Hayward had 25.

95.9: Passer rating allowed in 2013, which ranked 25th in the league. The Packers' average ranking in opponent passer rating since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator was 4.75 from 2009 through 2012 (76.8 in 2012, 80.6 in 2011, 67.2 in 2010, 68.8 in 2009), and they were second overall during that span.


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