By the Numbers at the Bye

We dig up 20 interesting numbers to help explain why the Packers are where they are at the bye week. Among them: 35.8 percent of teams who start the year 2-2 wind up in the playoffs.

0: Quarterback pressures at Minnesota by the Packers' defense, according to the team's stats. Amazingly, since creating seven pressures against the Bears, the Packers have had only two since.

.567: The Packers' winning percentage after the bye under coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers are 17-13, even after going 2-7 last year. In 2007, they finished the season 8-2, and in 2006, they went 7-4.

.667: The Packers' winning percentage in the game after a bye week under McCarthy. He is 2-1, with the loss coming last year at undefeated Tennessee.

1: Combined wins by Detroit (1-3), which Green Bay plays in Week 6; Cleveland (0-4), which Green Bay plays in Week 7; and Tampa Bay (0-4), which Green Bay plays in Week 9. In Week 8, Minnesota (4-0) comes to town.

2.2: Yards per carry by the Vikings' Adrian Peterson last week, the third-lowest figure in his career.

3: Points scored by the Packers in their first drive of the game and of the second half. They've been outscored 31-3 in those possessions, including 21-0 in the two losses.

5: The number of sons who have followed their fathers into the end zone. Clay Matthews III became the latest with his 42-yard touchdown last week. The others: Danny and Mark Bradley, Marion and Marion and Dominique Barber, and Kellen Winslow and Kellen Winslow Jr.

5: Sacks by the Packers' defense. Only three teams have fewer, and three individuals have more. Two of those — Antwan Odom and Jared Allen — pumped up their individual totals by facing the Packers

7: The Packers' turnover margin, on the plus side, which is tied with Denver for tops in the NFL.

13.6: The percentage of dropbacks in which Aaron Rodgers has been sacked. Only Trent Edwards and Brady Quinn have been sacked more frequently.

14: Dropped passes by Packers receivers, most in the league and two ahead of Cincinnati. James Jones and Jordy Nelson have three apiece.

31: Tackles, a team-high, by inside linebacker Brandon Chillar, who's not officially a starter, although he plays a lot of snaps because of his role in nickel coverage.

33.3: The percentage of third-and-3 (or shorter) runs converted by Packers runners, tied for 21st in the league.

30: Penalties enforced against the Packers, which is third behind St. Louis (32) and Buffalo (31). Last year, they ranked third in penalties (110) and first in yards (984). This year, they are on pace for 120 penalties for 916 yards.

35.8: The percentage of teams who reach the playoffs after starting 2-2. The figure increases to 64.5 percent for 3-1 teams and 83.9 percent for 4-0 teams.

44: The percentage of third downs converted by opposing offenses, which ranks 28th in the NFL. As bad as that stat seems, undefeated Indianapolis ranks 31st.

75: The percentage of opponent red-zone possessions — nine out of 12 — that have ended in touchdowns, which is the worst figure in the NFL.

159: The number of passing attempts between interceptions for Rodgers. That streak ended on Monday at Minnesota, with Rodgers trailing only Brett Favre (163 attempts) and Bart Starr (294) in team history.

582: Yards after the catch by the Packers' receivers, a figure that ranks fourth in the NFL. Jermichael Finley, thanks to his huge game against Minnesota, is tops among Packers receivers with 112 YAC yards. The Colts' Peyton Manning has gotten a league-high 687 yards from his receivers.

595: The number of receptions in Donald Driver's career, tied for most in NFL history with Sterling Sharpe.

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