Looking back, looking ahead

Posted by on December 13, 2011 – 4:10 pm

Some numbers worth noting as the Packers prepare for the Chiefs:

9,972 – Career receiving yards for Donald Driver, putting him on the brink of 10,000. He had 75 vs. the Raiders, his highest total of the season. Driver is already the club’s all-time leader in yardage.

28.0 – Average for Randall Cobb this season on kickoff returns, which ranks third in the NFL. The rookie trails San Francisco’s Ted Ginn (28.1) by the slimmest of margins, and the Jets’ Joe McKnight is first with an average of 32.4. Cobb’s 108-yard TD in the opener vs. New Orleans remains the league’s longest kick return of 2011.

17 – Punts by Tim Masthay that have been returned, the NFL’s lowest total.

136 – Rushing yards for the Packers vs. the Raiders, which tied the season high the club reached at San Diego in Week 9.

122.9 – Passer rating for QB Aaron Rodgers in the seven previous road games in 2011. He has completed 168 of 242 passes for 2,259 yards in enemy stadiums, with 20 TDs and two interceptions.

27 – Interceptions this season by Green Bay, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL. San Francisco, Detroit and New England are a distant second with 18. The Packers (+20) only trail the 49ers (+21) in takeaway/giveaway differential. Curiously, only the Chargers (four), Steelers (four) and Dolphins (three) have fewer fumble recoveries than Green Bay’s five.

103 – Interceptions by the Packers since 2008. Baltimore ranks second over the timespan with 81.

957 – Receiving yards in 2011 for Jordy Nelson as he nears his first 1,000-yard season. Nelson also has a team-high 10 TDs.

7 – Interceptions for Charles Woodson, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL. With his interception last week he became only the second player in club history to post at least seven interceptions in four different seasons (Bobby Dillon, 1953-57).

34 – Completions of 25 yards or more for Rodgers so far this year, including four against the Raiders.


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