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Use a Lot of Players, Lose a Lot of Games

That's what the data suggests as the Packers enter the final quarter of the season.

Are you struggling because you use a lot of players?

Or do you use a lot of players because you’re struggling?

It’s sort of a chicken-or-egg question. But the bottom line is pretty obvious.

According to the NFL’s media stats site, the Packers have used 62 players this season. That’s tied for the 11th-most in the league.

Here’s what’s interesting. A total of 13 teams have used at least 62 players. Here is that list of teams, with the team record in parentheses.

Chicago, 65 (3-9).
Buffalo, 65 (6-6).
Carolina, 64 (4-8).
Miami, 64 (7-5).
Indianapolis, 63 (6-6).
Cleveland, 63 (0-12).
Tampa Bay, 63 (7-5).
N.Y. Jets, 63 (3-9).
Seattle, 63 (8-3-1).
San Diego, 63 (5-7).
Green Bay, 62 (6-6).
Arizona, 62 (5-6-1).
Baltimore, 62 (7-5).

Of those 13 teams, only three (Seattle, Tampa Bay and Baltimore) would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. Combined, those 13 teams have a record of 67-87-2. That’s a winning percentage of .436.

Because they’ve been slammed by injuries, the Packers rank near the top of the list of players used. The idea that the Packers are “always” injured just doesn’t hold up, though. The Packers used 59 players in 2015 and 56 in 2014. That’s a combined 115 players. Only one team (Cincinnati, 113) used fewer players during those two seasons. In 2011, the Packers used a league-low 54 players.

Bill Huber is publisher of PackerReport.com and has written for Packer Report since 1997. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com or leave him a question in Packer Report’s subscribers-only Packers Pro Club forum. Find Bill on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PackerReport.


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