Numbers don't add up

Last week we counted the bright spots in the Packers' otherwise disappointing performance at Buffalo. This week, counting the positive aspects of Friday night's loss to the Patriots wouldn't fill a column. Instead, here's a look inside the numbers and how they add up with the regular season just two weeks away.

5 = New names on the Packer injury report.

A truly frightening few moments silenced the crowd as receiver/returnman Antonio Chatman suffered a neck injury and was taken from the field on a stretcher early in the second quarter. Although he was motionless as medical personnel headed for the tunnel, the report from the locker room was that Chatman had full motion and sensation. Chatman did experience tingling in his arms but fortunately the x-rays were negative. Chatman was held out of the rest of the game as a precaution.

The next chilling scene was Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila writhing in pain after a hit on one of the first plays of the second half. At first he appeared to grasp his knee, then left the field with assistance. His injury turned out to be a neck stinger - definitely painful, but better news than a torn up knee.

Other injured players included rising safety Nick Collins, who suffered a thigh bruise; LB Paris Lenon (sprained wrist), and WR Javon Walker (dislocated finger).

66 = yards by Pats RB Corey Dillon in the first half. The short night's total came on 12 carries for a 5.5-yard average. That doubled the average output of Dillon's Packer counterpart Ahman Green, who managed only a 2.7-yard average with 24 yards on 9 carries in first-half action. Green did play in the second half, but only diminished his total with two carries for minus-2 yards.

26 = Yards by the Packers' leading receiver. Green was the team leader in both rushing and receiving, but unfortunately he did not have a good game in either categories. Green topped receivers with three catches Friday night.

2 = Drops by Walker. Both passes to the wideout from Favre were catchable. The second dislocated Walker's finger. I'm not mean-spirited enough to say he may have had it coming, but the boo-birds in the Lambeau Field crowd seemed to think he did.

3 = False start penalties on Green Bay. The trio of miscues were part of the first-half penalty parade. Veteran Chad Clifton committed a false start at an inopportune time in the first half, then compounded it with an illegal formation call.

4 = Packer turnovers. Favre's two interceptions weren't even close, but a veteran observer in the press box detected a blown route on one of them. Characteristically, Favre was not pointing fingers. "Throwing the ball to the other team isn't going to get it done." No word from Green on yet another fumble in this increasingly disconcerting preseason.

11 = Yards loss on JT O'Sullivan's first play. The young QB was unceremoniously welcomed to the field by New England's pass rush. This was certainly not the picture O'Sullivan wanted to plant in coaches' minds, but it was an accurate microcosm of the game.

5 = Plays for New England backup QB Doug Flutie. The 42-year-old QB came in midway through the second quarter, with the Pats up 10-3. Flutie handed off to Corey Dillon three times, then completed an 8-yard pass to David Givens. Flutie was moderately effective in relief of the Super Bowl MVP, but he disappeared as quickly as he came. One play later Brady appeared and began firing away once again.

11 = Jersey number of punter B.J. Sander, the MVP of the 2005 Bishop's Charities Game as selected by the media.

0 = Number of times a punter has been named MVP in the previous 44 Bishop's Charities contests.

1 = Games remaining for the Packers to right the ship before the regular season kicks off on Sept. 11.

1-3 = The Packers' preseason record in 2004, before they embarked on a 10-6 campaign and earned their third consecutive NFC North Division title. So cheer up, Packer backers!

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