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Packers-Giants: The Winning Numbers

Here are our usual 20 noteworthy numbers that tell the tale of the Green Bay Packers’ 23-16 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.

1.99: Yards per carry allowed by the Packers. According to Pro Football Reference, that is the fourth-lowest average allowed in a team’s first four games since 1940, behind only the 1942 Redskins (1.44), 1953 Steelers (1.94) and 1943 Redskins (1.97). In the Super Bowl era, Green Bay’s four-game start is the best, beating out the 2000 Ravens (2.09).

2: Interceptions thrown by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Giants’ defense hadn’t forced a turnover all season and it was the only unit in the league without an interception.

2.8: Yards per carry on 12 attempts by James Starks, an improvement over his 0.8 yards per carry entering the game but still a troubling number if Eddie Lacy can’t play against Dallas next week. For the season, Starks has carried 24 times for 42 yards (1.8).

2.9: Yards per carry by the Giants. That’s the worst game of the season for the Packers’ run defense.

4.5: Sacks by Nick Perry, including one against the Giants. That’s his career-high – accomplished in only four games.

4.7: Yards per target on passes thrown to the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. He caught five passes for 56 yards but was targeted 12 times.

5: Drives the Giants started at at least their 41-yard line. Green Bay held the Giants to three field goals and forced two punts on those drives.

7: Catches by Giants receivers Beckham, Sterling Shepard (two) and Victor Cruz (zero). Those three entered the week with an NFL-high total of 56 receptions.

7.4: Yards per carry by Lacy, who gained 81 yards on his 11 attempts. Lacy ranks fourth in the NFL with 5.46 yards per carry. 

11: Consecutive home wins in October for the Packers.

36:38: Green Bay’s time of possession. The Packers entered the week ranked 27th with an average time of possession of 27:44.

50: Career touchdown passes from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, eclipsed by only Brett Favre’s 57 scoring passes to Antonio Freeman in franchise history.

65.0: Rodgers’ passer rating. In the last calendar year, he’s had two games with a passer rating of at least 100 but five games with ratings in the 60s.

107: Yards of field-position advantage for the Giants. Their average starting point was their 38. Green Bay’s average starting point was its 26. “Special teams was not good enough,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “The field position was definitely a huge factor. I thought we put a lot of stress on our defense because of that. So covering the kickoffs, ball placement in the punt game, we need to get better there.”

108: Receiving yards by Green Bay’s Randall Cobb, his first 100-yard game since Week 2 of last season vs. Seattle.

147: Rushing yards by the Packers, who averaged 4.6 yards on 32 carries. The Giants entered the game ranked ninth with 84.0 rushing yards allowed per game and third with 3.18 yards allowed per carry.

155.2: Rushing yards per game by Dallas, next week’s opponent. That will be a huge test to determine the legitimacy of the Packers’ run defense.

171: Rushing yards allowed by the Packers in their first four games. According to Pro Football Reference, that is the second-fewest allowed by any team through four games since at least 1940. The San Francisco 49ers yielded 157 rushing yards in 1995. The 1942 Redskins were next on the list with 184 yards in 1942. The best for any Packers team came in 1998, when they gave up 223 rushing yards.

219: Yards by the Giants. They entered the game ranked sixth with 382.3 yards per game.

406: Yards by the Packers, their best total of the young season. They entered the game ranked 29th with 293.7 yards per game.

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