Packers fans have been frustrated with the team’s inconsistencies. However, the team continues to lead in some key statistical categories.
As the Cowboys talk about revenge as we head into today’s matchup in Dallas, the Packers have been quietly going about their business during the first four games, coming into Jerry World with a 3-1 record.
Dallas, on the other hand, is sitting at 2-2 and are trying not to lose for the second straight time at home. They imploded in the second half last week against the Los Angeles Rams and lost.
The Packers, using four guards along their offensive line, manhandled the Chicago Bears last week.
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Despite the injuries and the inconsistencies shown by this Packers team in the early going, they are still producing some numbers and individual statistics that might turn some heads.
For instance, Jordy Nelson – you’ve heard of him, right? – is leading the league in touchdown catches with five, besting the likes of Stefon Diggs (4), Chris Hogan (4), Michael Crabtree (3), Todd Gurley (3), and Mercedes Lewis (3).
It seems as though Aaron Rodgers and Nelson have a direct telepathic thing going every time they get within striking distance of the end zone.
Which brings us to the Packers’ efficiency in the red zone – something that hasn’t always been a thing in Green Bay.
With 11 touchdowns on 14 drives inside the red zone, the Packers’ 76.8 percent conversion rate ranks first in the league.
Yes, that’s number one in the league.
It should also be noted that Nelson (19) and Davante Adams (14) are first and second in the league in receiving touchdowns since the start of the 2016 season.
Other statistics of surprise is the team’s sixth-ranked defense (remember last year?), their ranking of third on 3rd down efficiency, and even more importantly, their ranking of seventh in third down defense.
Other statistics of note include Randall Cobb‘s team-leading 19 receptions (in just three games), and Davante Adams’ team-leading 219 yards. It will be good to have both those players on the field today.
And consider Aaron Rodgers …
He’s tied with Tom Brady with 10 TD passes already this season; and since 2016, he’s had 16 multiple touchdown passes and 10 three-plus passing touchdowns.
There are reasons the Packers have a 3-1 record to start the season and much of their success is because of the offensive numbers put up by this unit.
Expect the team to continue to build on these accomplishments as the season progresses.
Whether the numbers lead to overall team success remains to be seen, but so far, so good.