Packers-Cardinals: Losing by the Numbers

Mike McCarthy used the word "ugly" twice during his postgame news conference. Our usual 20 numbers are as ugly as ugly gets.

2.8: Yards per play by the Packers. Since Mike McCarthy took over as Packers coach in 2006, this is the second time Green Bay has been held to less than 3.0 yards per play. The other time was at Detroit in 2013, when Matt Flynn and Co. averaged 2.5 yards per play. This marked the third-lowest output for any team this season.

3: Games in which the Packers have lost the turnover battle. They are 0-3 in those games compared to 8-2 when they win and 2-0 when they’re tied.

3: Red-zone interceptions thrown by Aaron Rodgers this season, According to Fox’s broadcast, Rodgers had thrown five in his career.

3: Sacks by Arizona’s Dwight Freeney. He had only four in nine games before Sunday. This is Freeney’s first three-sack game since 2006 and his first multi-sack game since December 2011.

4: Fumbles in the last four games by James Starks.

5.39: Yards per pass attempt by Rodgers. He entered the game ranked 28th in the league with 6.76 yards per attempt.

8: Possessions out of 13 in which Green Bay failed to gain 10 yards.

9: Sacks allowed by the Packers. That’s tied for the third-most in franchise history and is the most since the Packers yielded nine sacks vs. Detroit in 1982.

9.81: Yards per pass attempt by the Cardinals’ Carson Palmer. He entered the game ranked No. 1 with 8.82 yards per attempt.

14: Green Bay had four plays of 14-plus yards. The Cardinals had 10.

24: Points allowed off of 11 turnovers before Sunday.

28: Points allowed off of four turnovers on Sunday.

29.4: Green Bay’s third-down conversion rate. This the fourth time this season the Packers have converted less than 30 percent. In games started by Rodgers, the Packers had failed to move the chains 30 percent of the time four times over the previous three seasons.

41: Yards in losses created by Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell in the first half, with 2.5 sacks for 21 yards and two holding penalties for 20 more.

43.2: Tim Masthay’s net punting average, breaking a franchise-record streak of three consecutive games with a net average of at least 44.0 yards.

49.4: Percent of Green Bay’s offensive production contributed by running back Eddie Lacy — 60 rushing and 28 receiving. The rest of the team had 90 yards.

66.2: Rodgers’ passer rating. This marks Rodgers’ 10th career start with a passer rating of less than 70. Four have come this season.

77: Net passing yards, with 155 yards through the air and 78 lost on sacks. That’s the second time Green Bay has been held to less than 100 net passing yards this season (50 yards vs. Denver). Before that, the Packers hadn’t been held to less than 100 net passing yards since Nov. 27, 2006, vs. New England.

178: Total yards by the Packers. It’s the second time this season they’ve been held to less than 200 yards. Since McCarthy took over as coach in 2006, the Packers had been held to less than 200 yards four times before this season.

792: Receiving yards by Randall Cobb, the team leader. He’s on pace for 845 receiving yards. That would be the team’s lowest since 2003, when Donald Driver finished with 621. The Packers have had 14 1,000-yard receivers over the previous 11 seasons.

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