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Packers-Cowboys: The Losing Numbers

In our weekly Inside the Numbers piece, here’s how the Dallas Cowboys ran roughshod over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

1: Interception thrown by Aaron Rodgers. In his five previous starts vs. Dallas, Rodgers had thrown nine touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

1.99: Yards per carry allowed by Green Bay’s top-ranked rushing defense entering Sunday.

3: Of the Packers’ top cornerbacks who were out of the lineup, with Sam Shields (concussion) and Quinten Rollins (groin) inactive and Damarious Randall (groin) exiting after re-injuring a groin that kept him out of last week’s game. Rollins won’t play on Thursday against Chicago and Randall likely won’t play, either, given the short turnaround.

4: Giveaways by the Packers. That’s just the fifth time since Aaron Rodgers took over as quarterback in 2008 in which the Packers had four turnovers. They’re 1-4 in those games, with the lone win coming at home vs. Detroit in 2010. “I look at the fundamentals throughout the game – No. 1 taking care of the football,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “The giveaways, giving it away four times and being in the negative category over the season, that's not, that doesn't lead to successful football. That's not to the standard that we believe, and that's not what we emphasize each and every day.”

5: Consecutive victories in the series by the Packers, a streak snapped on Sunday.

5.79: Yards per carry allowed by the Packers against the Cowboys’ top-ranked rushing offense.

9: Packers drives that reached the Cowboys’ end of the field, including eight in a row. Incredibly, the Packers failed to score five consecutive times with drives that reached Dallas’ 38, 49, 29, 46 and 1.

11: Consecutive home wins in October by the Packers until Sunday.

25: Yards on Eddie Lacy’s longest run. Lacy has a 25-yard run each of his past three games, the first Packers back to accomplish that feat since Ryan Gant in 2007.

25: Yards on Trevor Davis’ lone punt return. The Packers had six punt-return yards all season.

27.3: Percent conversion rate on third down for Dallas, compared to 53.8 percent for Green Bay. Third down is usually key in determining the winner and loser. Just not on Sunday.

54: Yards on Ezekiel Elliott’s two longest runs. The Packers had allowed 42.8 rushing yards per game to start the season.

73.8: Rodgers’ completion percentage, marking the first time he’d surpassed 70 percent since Week 2 of the 2015 season – a stretch of 20 consecutive games.

90.8: Rodgers’ passer rating. He’s topped 100 three times in his last 20 games.

117.4: Dak Prescott’s passer rating. He’s topped 100 in five consecutive games.

138.5: Career sacks by Julius Peppers, including his sack-strip in the first quarter. That sack broke a tie with John Randle and Richard Dent and moved Peppers into seventh place in NFL history.

155.2: Rushing yards per game by Dallas before facing the league’s top-ranked rushing defense.

157: Rushing yards by Elliott, eclipsing the Cowboys’ average by himself in running over that top-ranked running defense.

177: Consecutive passes by Prescott before he threw his first career interception. That broke Tom Brady’s record of 162.

191: Rushing yards by the Cowboys. That’s the 12th-most against the Packers since Dom Capers took over as defensive coordinator and the seventh-most in the NFL this season.

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