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Statistical update

Green Bay pulling away from pack in takeways By Green Bay Packers public relations Having added a net of three "acquisitions" to their season-long total in their weekend victory over Washington, the Packers have swelled their league lead in the key takeaway-giveaway table to a plus-12.<p>

They have gleaned a league-high 23 takeaways (12 interceptions and 11 recoveries of opponent fumbles) compared to 11 giveaways (8 lost fumbles and 3 opponent interceptions).

Arizona, Philadelphia and San Francisco in the NFC and Kansas City in the AFC are next up, each with a plus-6 reading.

Green Bay is on pace for 53 takeaways this season, one shy of the 1981 team record, 54. The Packers are also on pace for a +28 turnover ratio, two better than the 1943 club record, +26.

The Packers rank first in the league with just three interceptions in 249 attempts (1.2 percent). Defensively, Green Bay ranks first in the league with 12 interceptions in 228 opponent attempts (5.3 percent).

Sixteenth a week ago defensively, the Packers have advanced to 12th place (22nd against the run, ninth against the pass). They are eighth offensively (12th in rushing and eighth in passing), after ranking fifth overall a week earlier. Just a month ago the Packers ranked 21st in the league.

Despite being forced to leave the Washington game early in the third quarter because of a knee injury, quarterback Brett Favre remained the league's leader in passing with a 102.0 rating (based upon 153 completions in 233 attempts for 1,706 yards and 14 touchdowns, with only 3 interceptions).

Favre also ranks fifth in the NFC in third-down passing with an 85.6 rating based upon 39 completions in 65 attempts for 463 yards and 2 touchdowns, with one interception, and sixth in fourth-quarter passing with an 86.7 rating, based upon 27 completions in 43 attempts for 253 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions.

Teammate Ahman Green continues to hold second place in NFC rushing with 640 yards in 143 attempts, a 4.5-yard average, and third place in total yards from scrimmage with 797.

The New Orleans Saints' Deuce McAllister leads the conference in rushing with 721 yards in 154 attempts and the St. Louis Rams' Marshall Faulk leads in yards from scrimmage with 934.

Green also is tied with teammate Donald Driver, among others, for fifth place in NFC non-kicker scoring with 30 points, and with Washington's Stephen Davis for third in the production of first downs with 35 (28 rushes, 7 receptions).

Placekicker Ryan Longwell leads NFC scoring with 65 points, having made all 23 of his conversion attempts and 14 of 19 field goal attempts.

Driver ranks ninth among NFC receivers with 32 receptions (for 527 yards, a 16.5-yard average) and 5 touchdowns. He also stands fourth in the NFC in receiving yards.

Although sidelined for the past two games with a hamstring injury, safety Darren Sharper is tied for second in interceptions with 3 and fellow defenders Marques Anderson and Mike McKenzie are tied for ninth with 2.

Cornerback Tod McBride is tied for fourth in fumble recoveries with 2.

Defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, who recorded his fourth and fifth sacks of the season against Washington Sunday, is tied for seventh in the NFC.


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