Packers-Broncos: Losing by the Numbers

Here are 20 noteworthy numbers that explain why the Green Bay Packers were blown out by the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

0: Sacks by Green Bay’s defense. More on that later.

0: Points allowed by the Broncos in the first quarter all season. They are one of nine teams in NFL history to have a first-quarter shutout in each of the first seven games.

1: Touchdown scored by the Broncos in the first quarter this season, coming on the second drive against Green Bay.

1: Reception by Davante Adams for 8 yards in his return to the lineup. He also dropped a pass.

1: Reception by James Jones. He has five receptions in his past three games compared to 17 in his first four games.

6: Catches for Randall Cobb. He had only 10 catches in the previous three games combined.

7: Plays of 10-plus yards by Green Bay’s offense. Its longest plays were a pair of 17-yarders

7: Plays of 20-plus yards by Denver’s offense. The Broncos had 10 plays of longer than 17 yards.

9: The Packers have lost eight consecutive road games against teams that finished with a losing record. The Broncos haven’t clinched a winning record but are well on their way, which would run that streak to nine.

22: Consecutives games with a first-quarter score by the Packers, an NFL record that was snapped. The Packers didn’t even take a snap in Broncos territory in the first quarter.

27: Yards for Cobb, a horrid 4.5-yard average. Since his 91-yard, three-touchdown performance vs. Kansas City, Cobb has 132 yards and no touchdowns in his past four games.

42: Consecutive games with at least one sack by Green Bay’s defense, which was the longest active streak. The Packers only hit Manning three times in 29 dropbacks.

46: Plays by Green Bay’s offense. The Packers ran 49 plays vs. San Diego. They averaged 62.4 plays in the first five games.

50: Net passing yards by the Packers, once the 27 yards in sacks are subtracted from Rodgers’ meager passing total.

55:21: Time, in minutes and seconds, in which the Packers trailed. They had trailed for 29:04 all season, including for 0 seconds in the previous four games.

77: Passing yards by Rodgers. His previous career-worst performance in a game he started (and wasn’t injured) was 142 yards at Minnesota in 2008.

79: Yards after contact by Denver’s running backs, according to our count. That accounted for almost half of Denver’s run-game production.

101: Rushing yards by Denver’s C.J. Anderson, with a 7.2-yard average and three runs of at least 18 yards. The Pro Bowler had 180 yards, averaged 2.7 yards per carry and had a long run of 14 yards in the first six games.

147: Yards after the catch by Denver’s receivers, according to our count. That’s almost triple Green Bay’s 50 net passing yards.

160: Rushing yards by the Broncos, who entered the game ranked 30th with 85.0 rushing yards per game. That’s the third time in seven games Green Bay has allowed at least 160 rushing yards — several steps in the wrong direction after bottling up Marshawn Lynch, Jamaal Charles and Carlos Hyde in Weeks 2 through 4.

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