GREEN BAY – Statistics never tell the whole story, but some stats are more interesting than others.
This isn’t an attempt to boil down Green Bay’s 2015 season into a few simple numbers, but to point out some of the more intriguing ones that may or may not be remembered as time marches on.
From 1 to 10, here’s a look at the Packers’ offense from this past season. All statistics are for the regular season only, unless noted.
1: Scoring drives of 90 yards or longer. It came at Oakland, a 19-play, 92-yard march that frustratingly ended with a field goal.
2: Times the Packers’ leading rusher was not Eddie Lacy or James Starks. In both instances, it was QB Aaron Rodgers, with 39 yards against the Rams and 27 at Detroit in Week 13.
3: 100-yard receiving games by James Jones, a team high and a career best for the veteran. He topped the century mark vs. Kansas City, at Minnesota in Week 11 and vs. the Vikings in Week 17.
4: Games in which Starks produced at least 100 yards from scrimmage. He rushed for 100 yards only once, vs. San Diego, but adding in his receiving yards, he also topped the century mark vs. Seattle (106), at Carolina (122) and vs. Dallas (103). Starks’ 993 yards from scrimmage on the season (601 rushing, 392 receiving) were a career high.
5: Seasons Rodgers has thrown at least 30 TD passes, after connecting on 31 in 2015. That’s second in team history behind Brett Favre’s eight seasons of 30-plus TD passes, and with all five of Rodgers’ coming since 2009, he’s tied for second in the league in that span with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, trailing only Drew Brees (seven).
6: Plays of 40-plus yards on the season. Five passes and one run (a 65-yarder by Starks), with four of the six plays going for TDs. Six is also the number of times the Packers played in the Sunday late-afternoon time slot, and they went 5-1 in those games.
7: 10-win seasons under Mike McCarthy, the most of any Packers coach. He’s the 10th coach in league history to post seven 10-win seasons in his first 10 years as a head coach. One of the other nine was the first NFL head coach to hire him, Marty Schottenheimer.
8: Rushing TDs by the Packers in 2015, their fewest since 1998, when they had only seven. Lacy led with three. Eight is also the number of games in which the Packers didn’t turn the ball over, which tied for tops in the league with Kansas City and tied for the most in team history (also 2009).
9: 100-point seasons now for K Mason Crosby, which beats Ryan Longwell’s previous team record of eight, even though Crosby’s 108 points in 2015 were a career low.
10: Games in which the Packers held the lead for at least 15 minutes of play, or one cumulative quarter. They won nine of the 10 games, with the only loss coming to the Bears on Thanksgiving. The Packers never trailed in five of their wins, and never led in four of their losses. Green Bay also led for at least 15 minutes in both playoff games, going 1-1.