Packers-Bears: Losing by the Numbers

We have 20 story-telling numbers, which are mostly focused on the passing game, that explain Thursday's outcome and the recent slump.

0: Catches by James Jones, less than a week after he caught six passes for 109 yards vs. Minnesota. Jones was thrown six passes on Thursday.

0: Interceptions by Jay Cutler, the first time in 13 starts with Chicago that he didn’t throw an interception against Green Bay.

0: Takeaways by the Packers. They had at least one in every game this season.

0.82: Yards per pass targeted at Davante Adams and Jones, with 14 yards out of 17 passes. That’s about 2.5 feet.

1.3: Yards per pass targeted at Adams, with 14 yards out of 11 passes.

2: Catches by Adams, matching his number of drops. In his last three games, he’s caught 15 passes (36 targets) for 129 yards.

2: Consecutive home losses to division foes. The Packers haven’t done that since 1992, when they lost to Minnesota in Week 1 and Chicago in Week 8. In 2013, they lost to the Bears when Aaron Rodgers was injured but tied Minnesota.

4: Fumbles in the past five games by Eddie Lacy.

4.7: Yards per pass attempt by Rodgers. Between passes, scrambles and sacks, he dropped back 49 times.

6.0: Yards per rushing attempt by Green Bay’s running backs, with Lacy and James Starks combining for 24 carries.

17: The Packers have scored 17 or fewer points in four games this season. That’s the most since 2010, when the Packers failed to break 17 points six times. That team, of course, won the Super Bowl.

27.3: Green Bay’s third-down success rate against a Chicago defense that ranked 30th by allowing a conversion 43.9 percent of the time. The Packers converted 47.2 percent of the time last season. The Packers have exceeded that mark only twice this season.

51.2: Rodgers’ completion percentage on Thursday. In 14 previous starts against the Bears (not including the 2013 game in which he sustained a broken collarbone), Rodgers had never completed less than 60.7 percent of his passes.

53.8: Rodgers’ completion percentage in November, the worst month of his career.

62.4: Rodgers’ passer rating on Thursday.

64: Yards, the distance of Jeff Janis’ second-quarter kickoff return. He had a 70-yarder last week. He’s the first Packer with 60-plus-yard kickoff returns in back-to-back games since Robert Brooks in 1993.

80.1: Rodgers’ previous career-low passer rating in a game at Lambeau Field.

85.2: Rodgers’ previous career-low passer rating vs. the Bears.

141: Yards after the catch by the Bears’ receivers, by our unofficial count. Most of that came in the screen game in the second half, with Chicago piling up 118 on four possessions (not including the take-a-knee series at the end).

250: Career touchdown passes for Rodgers. He hit the milestone in his 121st career game. The previous record was held by Dan Marino, who got there in his 128th game.


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