Packers keep NFL opponents guessing with multitude of scoring weapons

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English: Jermichael Finley, tight end for the ...

Jermichael Finley was one of 19 Packers to score a TD last season  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Green Bay Packers last season led the National Football League with 19 different players who scored a touchdown. The team had 14 players who scored on the offensive side of the ball and five players who scored TDs on defense.

The 19 different players with a TD also broke the team record, which was 18, set in 2008. The Pack also tied a club record with the 14 players who scored touchdowns on either a run or pass reception. The team also had 14 different players score an offensive TD in 1987.

Since 1966 (the start of the Super Bowl era) the fewest Packers to score a touchdown in a season was eight in 1974. The last time the Packers had fewer than 10 different players score a touchdown in a season was in 1994 when they had nine.

While the Packers led the league last year with 19 different players, the St. Louis Rams were last with only eight players scoring a TD for their team.

Following are the number of players who scored touchdowns for each team last season.

Players who scored TDs in 2011, Teams

19: Green Bay

16: Buffalo, Chicago, Tennessee

15: New Orleans, New York Jets, Philadelphia, Seattle

14: Detroit, New England

13: Atlanta, Houston, Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Washington

12: Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, San Francisco

11: Baltimore, Indianapolis

10: Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, New York Giants, Tampa Bay

9: Cleveland, Minnesota

8: St. Louis

Here’s another quick stat: The New Orleans Saints last season topped the NFL with the most players who scored five or more touchdowns with seven. The Packers were second in that category with six. Following is a look at how many players from each team scored five-plus TDs in 2011:

7: New Orleans

6: Green Bay

5: Buffalo, Carolina, Detroit, New England, New York Jets, San Diego

4: Atlanta, Dallas, New York Giants

3: Arizona, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Miami, Oakland, Philadelphia

2: Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Tennessee

1: Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Seattle, Washington

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