Tuesday trends: Green Bay Packers passing only average?

Aaron Rodgers is the NFL leader in passer rating, so how can the Packers passing offense only be average? Plus, statistical leaders – both team and individual – through NFL Week 3.

Wait, this can’t be true, can it? After the Green Bay Packers sliced up a good – albeit thinned – Kansas City Chiefs defense on Monday night, the Packers are only an average passing offense?

According to the NFL statistics compiled after Week 3, the Packers are only 16th in passing offense, a measure of yards gained. They are ninth in total offense and ninth in rushing offense, perhaps an indication that even the best quarterbacks benefit from a balanced offensive attack.

They didn’t need much balance on Monday night, as Aaron Rodgers kept the Chiefs defense on its heels, completing 24 passes for 333 yards, five touchdowns and a 138.5 passer rating.

The Packers are fourth in points scored with 96.

Green Bay has won its last 10 regular-season games at home and scored 383 points in that span, the highest total in team history in a 10-game home stretch, according to Elias Sport Bureau. Only the 1999 and 2000 Rams, and the 2012 and 2013 Broncos, have won 10 straight at home while scoring more points than the Packers have during their 10-game home winning streak.

As for Rodgers, he has thrown 43 touchdown passes at Lambeau Field since his last interception there in 2012, more than twice as long as any other streak of TD passes without an interception in home games in NFL history, according to Elias.

So if the Packers aren’t even close to the best passing team (by yardage), who is? Here are the offensive and defensive rankings by yardage after Week 3. 

NFL LEADERS BY YARDS

         Offense         Defense
      Total Rush Pass Total Rush Pass
Ariz.   6    11   11    5    11   10
Atl.    3    13T   2   23    15   24
Balt.  15    27T   8   22     7   29
Buff.  11    *1   24   30    *1   31
Car.   16     6T  26    7     4   15
Chi.   28     6T  31   11    28T   6
Cin.    2     8    6   12T    5   20
Cleve. 25    25   20   27T   32   14
Dallas  8    16    9    8    10   13
Denver 30    31   18   *1     6   *1
Det.   27    32   12   27T   20T  26
G.B.    9     9   16   16    27   11
Hou.   14    12   13   12T   19   12
Ind.   20    19   17   20    20T  21
Jax    24    23   22   21    12   25
K.C.   22    13T  25   24    14   28
Miami  19    27T  10   26    31   17
Minn.  29     3   32   18    24   16
N.E.   *1    24   *1   19    23   18
N.O.   13    26    5   29    26   22
Giants 17    21T  14   31     2   32
Jets   21    18   19    4    18    4
Oak.    7    17    7   32    13   30
Phil.  31    30   23   17     8   23
Pitt.   5    21T   3   14     9   19
St. L. 32    29   29    9T   25    7T
S.D.    4    15    4    9T   28T   3
S.F.   23     2   30   25    16   27
Sea.   18     5   27T   3    17    2
T.B.   26    20   27T  15    30    9
Tenn.  10    10   15    6    22    5
Wash.  12     4   21    2     3    7T
     T = Tied for position
     * = League Leader

OTHER LEAGUE LEADERS

  • Rodgers was only average – for him – on Monday night. His 135.4 passer rating leads the league, followed by the Andy Dalton’s 121.0. Rodgers is first in touchdown passes, first in touchdown percentage, first in interceptions (zero) and first in percentage of interceptions.  
  • Carson Palmer is first in fourth-quarter passer rating at 149.4, completing 73.3 percent of his fourth-quarter passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He is also first in third-down passer rating at 127.8, completing 59.1 percent of his passes on third down with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Quarterbacks have gone for 300-yard passing games 25 times so far, led by Tom Brady’s 466-yard performance against the Buffalo Bills.
  • The Denver Broncos lead with a plus-6 turnover ratio.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have the best touchdown percentage (91.7) once reaching the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 11 of 12 possessions inside the 20-yard line.
  • The New York Jets are the best red zone defense, allowing only one touchdown in six opponent possessions inside the 20-yard line.
  • The New England Patriots have the most first downs, 88, by a wide margin, thanks to their league-leading 60 percent third-down conversion rate.
  • The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the fewest first downs in the league, 46, and are within one percentage point of the league lead for third-down defense, allowing conversions only 31 percent of the time.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals lead the NFL with a 7.25-yard average gain on first down. The Broncos are the best defensive first-down team, allowing only 3.72 yards on first down.
  • Receivers have gone for 100-yard games 45 times, led by A.J. Green’s 227-yard day against the Baltimore Ravens.
  • By contrast, there have been only 16 100-yard rushing performances, led by Carlos Hyde’s 168-yard night against the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 291 yards rushing, has a 4.9-yard average per carry and two rushing touchdowns.
  • Julio Jones leads the league with 440 yards receiving, averaging 12.9 yards per catch, and has four touchdown catches. He also leads the NFL with 23 first downs.
  • Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is the leading third-down receiver with 12 catches on third down for 271 yards and an impressive 22.6-yard average.


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