Packers defense: One of the worst ever

Not only is Green Bay's defense far worse than last year's mediocre unit, this year's defense is bad by historical proportions.

This year's defense, thanks mostly to an inconceivably bad pass defense, is on pace to set five major records for season futility and is challenging the 1983 unit as perhaps the worst in franchise history.

The 1983 defense allowed a whopping 439 points, or 27.4 points per game, to set the pitiful standard. This year's defense is on pace to allow 392 points, or 24.5 points per game. While the scoring record seems safe, this year's unit would rank fourth in futility.

Though the points-allowed standard looks safely out of the reach, the Packers are on pace to set unwanted team records for completions allowed, net passing yards allowed, passing touchdowns allowed, fewest interceptions and fewest turnovers forced.

Completions allowed: The 1995 team gave up 351; this year's team is on pace to allow 352.

Net passing yards allowed: The 1983 team gave up 3,762 net passing yards (passing yards allowed minus sacks); this year's team is on pace to give up 3,853.

Touchdown passes allowed: The 1986 team gave up 31; this year's team is on pace to allow 37. In fact, the 28 touchdowns allowed through 12 games already ranks as the third-most in team history.

Fewest interceptions: The 1976 team intercepted 11 passes in a 14-game season; this year's team is on pace to intercept nine passes.

Fewest turnovers forced: The 1995 team forced 16 turnovers; this year's team is on pace to match that. The second-fewest turnovers forced in team history is, amazingly, 23. Also: The Packers are on pace to allow 46 touchdowns. The record is 55, set in 1983; The Packers are on pace to allow 317 first downs, fourth-worst in team history. The record is 366, set in 1983; The Packers are on pace to allow 5,786 yards, second-worst in team history. The record is 6,403, set in 1983; The Packers are on pace to allow a 62.3 completion percentage, second-worst in team history The record is 63.5, set in 1989.


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