Which of these running backs would you rather have? It was a valid question for the Packers earlier this year
After a 10-day layoff, the Green Bay Packers return to action this Sunday at Lambeau Field against the Atlanta Falcons. This game was originally scheduled to be a Sunday night matchup, but after the early decline of the Falcons and the recent plummet of the Packers, the NFL wisely flexed this game into a Sunday afternoon time slot.
Atlanta is 3-9 and has already been eliminated from postseason contention. Their sole purpose now is to ruin everyone else’s party. It’s hardly a party in Green Bay, however. The Packers, once 5-2, have not won in five straight games and sit at 5-6-1. But the Packers always seem to be in the thick of divisional races down to the wire and despite their horrid play over the past month, are still just a game and a half out of first place.
The big question this week is whether or not Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be cleared to return. As of Wednesday, Rodgers was practicing with the team (in pads), but still had not been cleared to return to game action. Matt Flynn was taking reps with the starters in practice and will start if Rodgers can’t go. Read more... (1931 words + 3 images, estimated 7:43 mins reading time)
In my very first “Packing the Stats” feature, I broke down the 2010 Green Bay Packers’ scoring by quarter in an attempt to research the claim that they were slow starters. Among a number of conclusions that I drew was the discovery that the team performed best in the third quarter. Not only were they scoring well, but they were also limiting the point totals of their opponent.
As I look through the stats this year, however, it’s quite the opposite. The third quarter for the 2012 Green Bay Packers is their worst by far, especially considering it is the only quarter in which the Packers have been outscored by their opponent. In fact, the Packers have only had a higher third quarter score than their opponent in two out of ten games so far.
Before we go any further, though, let’s take a look at the raw data. I’ve also included a chart to help illustrate the overall scoring data by quarter:
The Green Bay Packers, perhaps surprisingly, do the best overall in the first and fourth quarters of play. Their defense does a nice job keeping the points down at the beginning of games, where they only allow and average of 1.9 points in the first quarter. Unfortunately, they allow on average a steady 6.0 to 6.6 points in each subsequent quarter of play. Read more... (719 words + 4 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)