What to watch for in Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game

Posted by packers.com on December 15, 2013 – 1:25 pm

– Green Bay’s 5,128 yards this season (394.5 per game, No. 5 in the NFL) are the second most by the team through 13 games in franchise history, trailing only the 5,254 yards posted in the first 13 games in 2011.

– The Packers have posted at least 300 yards of total offense in 15 of their last 16 regular-season games.

– Green Bay has a record of 19-9 (.679) in indoor games since 2006 (including playoffs). That ranks No. 2 in the NFL among teams with 10 or more road/neutral indoor games over that span behind only the N.Y. Jets (8-2, .800).

– Starting with their victory at Atlanta in a 2010 NFC Divisional playoff contest, the Packers have won nine of their last 12 games played indoors.

– Green Bay has had at least one 100-yard receiver in eight of 13 games this season and is tied for No. 2 in the NFL with 10 100-yard receivers on the season. The Packers need one more 100-yard receiver to tie the single-season team record set in 1995 (11).

– The Packers are tied for No. 4 in the NFL with 59 plays of 20-plus yards this season.

– Green Bay needs 10 points outside of the red zone for its seventh straight 100-point season as far as scoring outside of the red zone. The Packers and Cowboys are tied for the NFL lead with six consecutive 100-point seasons (2007-12).

– Green Bay’s defense has recorded 15 sacks over the last five games, which is tied for No. 3 in the NFL over that span.

– The Packers have posted six takeaways in their last two games, which is tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only Tampa Bay (seven).

– Green Bay has allowed its opponents to score TDs on nine of its last 23 red-zone trips, a 39.1 conversion percentage that ranks No. 5 in the league since Week 9.

– The Packers have committed 4.0 penalties per game since Week 8, which is tied with New England for the best mark in the NFL over that span.

– RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 836 yards over the last nine games, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.

– Lacy needs 113 rushing yards to become the second rookie in franchise history (John Brockington, 1,105 in 1971) to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

– WR Jordy Nelson needs two receptions to set a new career high for catches in a season (68 in 2011).

– Nelson needs 54 receiving yards to reach the 1,100-yard mark in a season for the second time in his career (1,263 in 2011). He would become the seventh player in team history to register 1,100 or more receiving yards in two or more seasons (Sterling Sharpe, James Lofton, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Antonio Freeman, Billy Howton)

– Nelson is tied for the NFL lead with 15 catches of 25-plus yards this season. That is one shy of the top mark by a Packer since 1994 (Nelson, 16 in 2011; Greg Jennings, 16 in 2010).

– LB Clay Matthews needs 1.5 sacks to hit the 50-sack mark for his career. He is looking to become the fifth player in team annals (since 1982) to register 50 career sacks in a Green Bay uniform (DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE Reggie White, LB Tim Harris, DE/LB Aaron Kampman).

– K Mason Crosby has made at least one FG in 12 consecutive games, which ties his career long (2007) and is tied for No. 3 in franchise history behind only Ryan Longwell’s streaks of 15 games (2004-05) and 14 games (1997-98).

– P Tim Masthay has placed 13 punts inside the 20-yard line in the last six games, which is tied for No. 3 in the league over that span. Masthay’s net punting average of 41.1 yards over the last five games ranks No. 8 in the league over that span.

– CB Micah Hyde has posted 254 yards on punt returns this season, 38 yards shy of moving into the top three in franchise history for the most punt return yards in a season by a rookie. Veryl Switzer holds the franchise record with 306 yards in 1954, with Randall Cobb (295 in 2011) and Antonio Freeman (292 in 1995) rounding out the top three.

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