Packers-Chargers: Winning by the Numbers

Here are 20 story-telling numbers that show the San Diego Chargers' statistical superiority but the Green Bay Packers' winning ways.

Minus-7: Punt return yards on two opportunities by the Chargers’ Jacoby Jones. The Chargers have 3 punt-return yards all season.

0: The number of seconds the Packers have trailed in the last four games.

1: Fumble recovery by Clay Matthews. It was his first fumble recovery since 2009 – believe it or not.

1: Sack by Julius Peppers. He has at least one full sack in five of six games this season.

2: Catches by Randall Cobb. In his last three games, he’s caught 10 passes for 105 yards and no touchdowns. In his first three games, he caught 20 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns.

3: Rushing yards by Eddie Lacy, the worst game of his career.

3: The Packers’ offense has struggled the past three games but they’ve started out with a bang with opening-drive touchdowns the past three weeks.

9: Players caught at least one pass for the Packers, with nobody catching more than two.

11: Catches by San Diego’s Keenan Allen in the first half alone. That’s the most in the NFL this season. He finished with 14. Allen (Week 1 vs. Detroit) and Kellen Winslow (1984 at Green Bay) hold the Chargers record with 15 catches in a game. Allen played only two-and-a-half quarters due to a hip injury.

11: Green Bay’s lead after the first quarter, 14-3. The Packers have outscored their opponents by 57 points in the first quarter, 66-9. They entered the week with a league-best plus-46 that was as much as the second- and third-best teams combined.

11.2: Yards per carry by James Starks, with 112 yards on 10 attempts. That’s the best average by a running back this season based on at least 10 carries.

13: Consecutive home-field wins, including playoffs, by the Packers. That’s the longest streak of McCarthy’s career.

13: Quarterback hits by Green Bay’s defense after tallying 12 last week. Matthews led the way with three and seven players had at least one.

22: Consecutive games in which the Packers have scored in the first quarter, which extends their NFL record.

22: Completions by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers in the first half.

24: Offensive plays run by the Packers in the first half.

25: Opponents have gone 3-of-12 (25.0 percent) in the red zone the past three games against the Packers’ defense. In the first three games, foes were 7-of-9 (77.8 percent).

38: Minutes of possession time, exactly, by San Diego. After holding the ball for more than 33 minutes against Seattle and Kansas City and more than 36 minutes against San Francisco in Weeks 2, 3, 4, the Packers have had the ball for a combined 48 minutes, 17 seconds the past two games.

42: Consecutive games with at least one sack by the Packers, extending a franchise record and the league’s longest current streak. They had three against Rivers on Sunday.

43: Completions by Rivers, tied for the second-most in NFL history, according to Pro-Football-Reference. New England’s Drew Bledsoe had 45 against Minnesota in 1994.

65: Attempts by Rivers, tied for the seventh-most in NFL history, according to Pro-Football-Reference. Bledsoe had 70 in that game vs. Minnesota.

99.7: Rivers’ passer rating. As good as that is, it was worse than his 103.9 entering the game. The Packers have held all six quarterbacks to a lower rating than their current full-season figure.

503: Passing yards by Rivers. According to Pro-Football-Reference, it’s the 16th 500-yard passing game in NFL history. Those quarterbacks are 8-8 in those games. Of note, Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 520 yards in the Packers’ 45-41 victory on Jan. 1, 2012, and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards in the Steelers’ 37-35 victory on Dec. 20, 2009.

30,069: Passing yards for Rodgers. He became the fastest quarterback in NFL history to 30,000 career yards, doing it in 3,652 attempts. Johnny Unitas held the record with 3,695 attempts.

Bill Huber is publisher of PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PackerReport.


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