Credit: Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE
By Travis Duncan
Packer Forum writer
1-Monday Night Football appearance, Sept. 24th in Seattle. A chance to see former Wisconsin Badger Russell Wilson who has been named the starter in Seattle.
The Seahawks boast what some would consider a Top 5 defense.
1.7 turnover margin by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, leading the NFL. The Packers had the second best turnover margin at 1.2.
The 49ers had 38 takeaways total, 23 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. The Packers totaled 31 interceptions and 7 fumble recoveries. The 49ers gave away 5 interceptions and 5 fumbles. The Packers gave away 8 interceptions and 6 fumbles.
3-consecutive years Packers running back Cedric Benson totaled 1,000 rushing yards with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Of note however is that Benson's total yards production declined slightly each season.
2009-1,251 4.2 per carry 6 TDs
2010-1,111 3.5 yards per carry 7 TDs
2011-1,067 3.9 yards per carry 6 TDs.
3.1-yards per carry by the Packers on plays with a fullback in the backfield-1.3 yards less than plays without one. Source: Sports Illustrated
5-Packers make ESPN's Top 100 Fantasy Football Rankings.
#4. Aaron Rodgers
#15 Greg Jennings
#39 Jordy Nelson
#69 Jermichael Finley
#70 Cedric Benson
12 total Packers make the Top 300 including #151 Mason Crosby #165 James Starks #172 James Jones #186 Randall Cobb #227 Alex Green #249 John Kuhn #283 Brandon Saine
5.5 favorites to defeat the San Francisco 49ers Week 1 according to Vegas odds at time of posting.
7-offensive linemen on the active roster following final roster cuts.
Five starters include Marshall Newhouse, T.J. Lang, Jeff Saturday, Josh Sitton and Bryan Bulaga with rookie Don Barclay and veteran Evan Dietrich- Smith as backups.
General manager Ted Thompson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "That's where we are now. There's obviously a certain comfortable level about what we do differently, but that's where we are now."
8-players assigned to the practice squad to begin the 2012 season: WR Diondre Borel, TE Brandon Bostick, QB B.J. Coleman, T Andrew Datko, DE Lawrence Guy, G/T Chris Scott, RB Marc Tyler and G Greg Van Roten.
10-rookies on the Packers offense roster, four of which were undrafted free agents: including offensive guard Don Barclay, safety Sean Richardson, wide receiver Jarret Boykin, and line backer Dezman Moses.
Six other rookies on the 53-man roster include: defensive tackle Mike Daniels, cornerback Casey Hayward, linebacker Terrell Manning, safety Jeron McMillian, linebacker Nick Perry, and defensive end Jerel Worthy.
75.7 percentage of goal-to-go plays on which the Packers passed the ball, a league high. Green Bay had more goal-to go passing TDs than any other team. Source: Sports Illustrated
150.2 Packers quarterbacks' collective passer rating when they threw to Jordy Nelson, the best for any wide receiver in the NFL. Source: Sports Illustrated
170-starts center Jeff Saturday made with Peyton Manning in Indy before coming to Green Bay.
The 12-year veteran tells Sports Illustrated "There's nothing transferable. Everything I've learned is brand new. My calls [in Indy] were exactly the opposite. But both offenses have produced numbers and Super Bowls. I'm just glad to be a part of this one."