Packers-Vikings: Losing by the Numbers

We have our usual 20 statistics that tell the tale of what happened on Sunday night. Among them: Green Bay averaged 6.17 yards per play last season. They haven't gotten close to that number the past 10 games.

0: Wins against division foes at home this season. The Packers hadn’t lost all of their home games to their rivals since 1968.

0: Snaps played at offensive tackle – left or right – before Sunday night for Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton, who started at left tackle for David Bakhtiari.

2: Solo tackles by Clay Matthews. He had none the past two weeks.

3.5: Yards per carry in both meetings by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson led the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards and averaged 4.5 per carry for the season.

4.7 yards per play by Green Bay’s offense. The Packers averaged 6.17 yards per play last season; they didn’t average more than 5.74 in any game after the bye.

5: Sacks absorbed by Aaron Rodgers, bringing the season total to 46. That’s the fourth-most for a quarterback in franchise history.

6: Consecutive games in which the Packers didn’t have their starting offensive line. On Sunday, Sitton started at left tackle and Lane Taylor took Sitton’s spot at left guard.

7: Receptions for tight end Richard Rodgers. He finished the season with 58 receptions, second-most by a tight end in franchise history behind Jermichael Finley’s 61 in 2012.

8: Receiving touchdowns for Rodgers this season. Only Paul Coffman (11 in 1983, nine in 1984), Keith Jackson (10 in 1996) and Bubba Franks (nine in 2001) had more by a Packers tight end.

10.5: Sacks this season by Julius Peppers. He has recorded at least 10 sacks nine times in his career, tying John Randle for the fourth-most double-digits sacks seasons in NFL history. Bruce Smith (13), Reggie White (12) and Kevin Greene (10) are the only players with more.

13.3: Green Bay’s third-down success rate (2-of-15). Last year, Green Bay ranked third in the league with a 47.2 percent conversion rate. This year, it had only three games even in the 40s.

18.2: Minnesota’s third-down success rate (2-of-11).

25.0: Green Bay’s red-zone success rate (1-of-4). It entered the game ranked 16th at 56.3 percent.

34: Rushing yards by Eddie Lacy. He had averaged 106.8 yards in his first five games against the Vikings.

39.3: Tim Masthay’s net punt average, breaking a streak of four consecutive games with a net of at least 43. Nonetheless, he finished the season with a net average of 40.25 yards, breaking his own team record of 38.95 set in 2013.

45.7: Teddy Bridgewater’s passer rating. Since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator in 2009, the Packers were 36-3 when holding the opposing quarterback to a rating of less than 70.

54: Yards on the Packers’ seven possessions following their opening-drive march to a field goal. Green Bay had three first downs during that span.

80.8: Aaron Rodgers’ passer rating. In the 10 games after the bye, Rodgers didn’t have a single game with a passer rating of 100. He entered this season with a league-record rating of 106.0.

102: Receiving yards by receiver James Jones, giving him a career-high 890 for the season. Jones averaged 17.8 yards per reception – almost his double his 9.1 yards per reception on a team-high 73 catches for Oakland last year. Nonetheless, it’s Green Bay’s lowest team-leading figure since Donald Driver led the way with 621 yards in 2003.

242: Yards allowed by the Packers’ defense, their second-best figure of the season behind the 196 vs. San Francisco in Week 4.


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