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Packers-Vikings: The Losing Numbers

We take our usual Stats Are For Losers approach in our signature postgame piece to explain what went right and what went wrong on Sunday night.

MINNEAPOLIS – Here’s an inside-the-numbers look at the Green Bay Packers’ 17-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night:

Minus-2: Green Bay’s turnover differential. Since 2006 – Mike McCarthy’s first season as coach – Green Bay is 2-16 when it is minus-2 or worse.

1.4: Yards allowed per carry by Green Bay’s run defense on Sunday.

1.6: Yards allowed per carry by Green Bay’s defense in the first two games, tops in the league. Seattle is second with 2.8 per carry.

2: Turnovers by Aaron Rodgers, a fumble on the second-to-last possession and an interception on the final possession.

3: Fumbles by Rodgers. That matched his career-high total.

3: Turnovers by the Packers. Since 2006, Green Bay is 6-16 when it has three-plus giveaways.

4: Fumbles by Rodgers in the first 14 games of last season.

4.5: Yards per play by the Packers through Week 2, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

5: Tackles for losses on running plays by Green Bay’s run defense. The Packers had six last week.

5.9: Yards per attempt by Rodgers through Week 2, which ranks 34th out of 38 quarterbacks. He entered this season ranked fourth in NFL history with 8.0 yards per attempt.

7: Fumbles in Rodgers’ last four regular-season games, with three at Arizona in Week 16, one vs. Minnesota in Week 17 and three more on Sunday night.

14: Consecutive games (including playoffs) in which Rodgers has fallen short of a 100 passer rating. He entered the season ranked No. 1 all-time with a 104.1 rating. His previous longest streak was just four games.

17: Touchdown passes against zero interceptions in Rodgers’ previous five starts at Minnesota. That streak ended with his late interception.

39.0: Rushing yards allowed per game by the Packers in the first two games, No. 1 in the NFL. Pittsburgh is No. 2 50.5 per game.

70.7: Rodgers’ passer rating. Rodgers, the two-time MVP, played in two series in the preseason.

81: Yards gained by the Packers on three pass interference penalties.

121.2: Sam Bradford’s passer rating. He has been with the Vikings for two weeks. That’s the third-best game of his career behind a 134.6 with the Rams in 2013 and 122.6 with the Eagles last year.

140: Yards gained by Minnesota’s Stefon Diggs on his four longest receptions.

141: Yards gained on 13 receptions by Green Bay’s wide receivers.

182: Yards gained on nine receptions by Diggs. That’s the fifth-most yards by an opposing player since Dom Capers took over as Green Bay’s defensive coordinator in 2009.

278.5: Yards per game by the Packers, which ranks 29th in the NFL.

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