Packers Numbers Crunches – Week #5
Here are several stats you may not know from the Packers 24-10 win over the St. Louis Rams (the stats all reflect regular season games unless otherwise noted).
- The Packers scored first in the game and have now won 11 of their last 12 games when they score first. They have won 10 straight in games where they scored first at Lambeau Field
- This was the 12th game in Aaron Rodgers’ career that he threw two interceptions. The Packers are 6-6 in these games.
- Rams QB Nick Foles had a terrible game, compiling a 23.7 Quarterback Rating (QBR). What makes this stat interesting is that Foles holds the record for the best QBR of an opposing QB in a game at Lambeau Field. On November 10, 2013 as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Foles had a 149.3 QBR versus the Pack at Lambeau; he was 12-for-18 passing for 228 yards and three TDs. Foles 23.7 QBR yesterday was the worst QBR of an opposing QB at Lambeau since Minnesota’s Daunte Culpepper had a 22.3 QBR on October 18, 2009.
- Rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins had an interception return for TD. It was the first interception for TD by a Packers rookie since Marques Anderson in 2002. He is the fifth Packers rookie to return an interception for TD.
- The Pack had a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. They have now won 32 straight when they have a lead of 14 points or more after the first period.
- Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley carried the ball 30 times in the game. It was the 35th time since 1970 that an opposing player had 30 or more carries in a game versus the Packers. This was only the fifth win for the Packers in these games. The last win was in 2004 when Detroit’s Kevin Jones had 33 carries in his team’s loss to the Packers.
- Green Bay lost the time of possession battle in the game; they had the ball for 26:17 while the Rams had the ball for 33:43. It was the 12th time since 2011 that the Packers had a TOP under 27 minutes in a game. Although they are only 4-8 in those games, they have now won the last two when their TOP is under 27 minutes.
- The Pack had three turnovers in the game, only the seventh time since 2010. They had lost five straight in games with three-plus turnovers until yesterday. The Packers lead the NFL with the fewest games with three-plus turnovers since 2010 with seven. The Patriots are next with nine games. The Eagles lead the league with 29 games with three-plus turnovers since 2010.
- Gurley is the 20th rookie running back to have 100 or more yards rushing in a game versus the Pack. The last was Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell in 2013 when he ran for 124 yards versus the Packers. Gurley’s 159 yards is now second on the list for most yards rushing in a game by a rookie against the Packers. Barry Sanders had 184 yards rushing versus the Packers in a game in 1989.
- Green Bay had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter. They have now won 37 straight (regular season and playoff games) in games where they have a lead of 10 points or more going into the fourth quarter.
- The Rams had 191 yards rushing in the game. It was the 96th time in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) that the Packers have allowed an opponent to gain over 190 yards rushing in a game. The win for the Pack was only the 16th in such games (they are now 16-74-5).
- Dom Capers’ defense had four interceptions. The team has now won 20 straight when they get four or more interceptions in a game.
- Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy had only 27 yards rushing in the contest. In Lacy’s 39 games (regular season and playoffs) in his career the 27 yards is tied for the fourth lowest yards rushing in Lacy’s brief career. Fewest in a game for Lacy is nine yards.
- Quinten Rollins two interceptions in the game was the 12th time that a Packers’ rookie had two picks in a game. The last was in 2012 when Casey Hayward had two interceptions in a game.
- Green Bay has now allowed 10 points or less in consecutive games for the first time since 2010 when they won 34-7 over the Bills and 9-0 over the Jets in back-to-back weeks. The Packers defense has allowed 10 or fewer points in three straight games in 2006, 2001, 1997, 1996 and 1966.
- Aaron Rodgers had a QBR of 82.8 in the game. It was only the fifth time in 21 games that the Packers have won a game (regular season and playoffs) when Rodgers had a QBR under 83 in a game.
(Jerry Tapp is the author of the recently-published book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know”)