Why winning the line of scrimmage is so important to the Packers

Marshawn

Here’s a quick stat that will show you why it is so important for the Green Bay Packers to keep their opponents’ ground game under wraps, and why it is equally important to make sure their offense runs the ball with success.

In Thursday night’s game against the Seahawks, the Packers gained only 80 yards rushing on 21 carries. Seattle, on the other hand, ran the ball 37 times for 207 yards. It was the 48th time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that the Packers have gained less than 100 yards rushing in a game and allowed their opponents to gain over 200 yards on the ground.

In those 48 games, the Packers have now won only two and lost 46, an .042 winning percentage. The last time the Pack won a game when they gained less than 100 yards rushing but allowed the opposition to gain over 200 yards on the ground was October 5, 1997, almost 17 years ago. In that game the Packers gained only 64 yards rushing and allowed Tampa Bay to gain 217 on the ground.

With their loss to Seattle on Thursday, Green Bay has now lost 11 straight when they allow more than 200 yards rushing and gain less than 100 on the ground.

Last season in the NFL, teams that gained less than 100 yards rushing but allowed their opponents to gain over 200 yards on the ground were 3-15, a .167 winning percentage. If we extend a look at this stat out to 2000, teams that have gained less than 100 yards rushing but allowed opponents to gain over 200 yards on the ground are 22-310 in the NFL regular season since the start of this century, a .066 winning percentage.

What happened to the Packers on Thursday night was not a good omen for them… and certainly not a good omen for any NFL team.

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