Packers-Vikings: Winning by the Numbers

We have 21 story-telling numbers from the Green Bay Packers' critical victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

0: Giveaways by the Packers. They have no turnovers in seven of 10 games this season, one off the team’s full-season record of eight set in 2009.

0: Punt-return yards allowed by the Packers. Even with the partial block, the Packers won the net-punting battle 38.0 to 36.0.

0: Penalties by the Packers in the first half.

3.5: Yards per carry by Peterson, his second-fewest in 16 career meetings against the Packers.

4: Consecutive road wins in the series by Green Bay, a first since winning five straight from 1980 through 1985.

5: Field goals by Mason Crosby in a record-setting performance. He is the first kicker in NFL history to make at least five field goals without a miss and have them all be from at least 40 yards, according to Elias.

6: Penalties by the Vikings in the first half. They entered the game as the NFL’s least-penalized team with 5.3 per game. The Vikings also were No. 1 in penalty yardage with 46.9 per game. They had 85 penalty yards in the first half, including a 50-yard pass-interference penalty that set up Green Bay’s touchdown late in the first half.

6: Sacks by the Packers, putting an emphatic stop their three-game streak without a sack. Datone Jones had two, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Julius Peppers, Mike Daniels and Nate Palmer had the others.

10: Quarterback hits by the Packers, led by Jones with four. They had a total of eight hits in the last three games.

16: Points in the first half by Green Bay. It had scored 17 points combined in the first halves of its three consecutive losses.

27: Yards on Lacy’s longest of the game, coming early in the second quarter. His previous long run of the season was 16 yards.

30: Points by the Packers. In their last six road games against teams with elite defenses (top-six in points allowed), the Packers averaged just 16.2 points per game.

45: Rushing yards by Peterson, matching his fewest against Green Bay since a 34-0 loss as a rookie.

47.1: Rodgers’ completion percentage vs. Minnesota, coming on 16-of-34 accuracy. It’s his fourth-lowest completion percentage in a start in his career. Surprisingly, the Packers are 3-1 when he completes less than 48 percent.

54.5: Rodgers’ completion percentage this month, the worst for any month of his career. He completed 56.7 percent of his passes in September 2009.

85: Rushing yards after contact by the Packers, by our unofficial count. That tied the Week 4 game at San Francisco for the most this season.

86.9: Rodgers’ passer rating on Sunday. He’s had a passer rating of less than 100 for four consecutive games — the only other time that’s happened in his career was Games 5-8 of the 2010 season.

100: Rushing yards by Eddie Lacy, his best game of the season. After rushing for 90 yards against San Francisco in Week 4, Lacy had rushed for a total of 78 yards.

101.8: Rodgers’ passer rating for the season. He has finished the season with a rating of at least 100 for an NFL-record six consecutive seasons. Steve Young (four) is the only other quarterback to accomplish that feat for more than three consecutive seasons. Given Rodgers’ numbers of late, that streak is in jeopardy.

106.8: Lacy’s rushing average in five career games against Minnesota. Sunday’s 100-yard day was his fourth in a row against the Vikings.

111.7: Peterson’s rushing average in 12 career games against the Packers with Dom Capers as coordinator. Green Bay is 8-3-1 in those games.


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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