Big Ten: Packers-Chiefs Noteworthy Numbers

There are 14 teams in the Big Ten, so we have 14 game-defining stats from the Green Bay Packers’ 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
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There are 14 teams in the Big Ten, so we have 14 game-defining stats from the Green Bay Packers’ 31-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

2: Sacks by Za’Darius Smith, giving him a team-high eight for the season and a pace for 16. Tim Harris holds the single-season record with 19.5 sacks in 1989 and Reggie White had 16 in 1998.

5: Sacks and 12 quarterback hits allowed by the Packers. They had yielded four sacks and 11 hits the previous three games combined.

5.15: Yards per carry by Aaron Jones, who finished with 13 rushes for 67 yards. In the first four games, Jones averaged 3.31 yards per carry. In the last four games – with the Packers needing someone to pick up the slack for Davante Adams – Jones averaged 4.93 per carry.

7: Receiving touchdowns by Packers running backs this season, including three vs. the Chiefs. They had a total of seven the previous three seasons.

11: Touchdowns for Jones, putting him on pace for 22. No player in the NFL has scored that many since Randy Moss scored 23 touchdowns for New England in 2007. In NFL history, the 22-touchdown mark has been reached only 14 times by a dozen players.

25: The Packers allowed four plays of 25-plus yards. For the season, that pushes their total to 26, the third-worst figure in the league.

34: Catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season for Jones.

35: Catches for 228 yards and one touchdown in 24 career games in Jones’ first two seasons.

61.5: Percent conversion rate on third down for the Packers, who went 8 of 13 vs. the Chiefs. The past two games, Green Bay is 14 of 23 for 60.9 percent. The first six games, Green Bay was just 22 of 71 for 31.0 percent.

105: Yards allowed by the Packers in the second half after getting gouged for 232 in the first half. “At halftime, we came in here and let everybody know this is going be our test,” Smith said. “This is going to be what is going to make us or break us. Lancaster stripped the ball and picked it up for us. That’s big by him. When he got to the sideline, I told him, ‘Man, you saved our life on that play.’ That’s big for him man and I’m going to give him a shout out one more time – Lancaster.”

129.0: Rodgers’ passer rating against the Chiefs after a max 158.3 vs. Oakland. Rodgers hadn’t posted back-to-back games of 120-plus since Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2017 season against Chicago and Dallas. The next week, Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone and hadn’t returned to dominant form until now.

159: Receiving yards by Jones. That’s the most for a running back since Le’Veon Bell caught eight passes for 159 yards for Pittsburgh in 2014. Going back to 1950, Jones posted the 25th-most receiving yards for a running back, according to Pro Football Reference.

“He’s an explosive weapon,” coach Matt LaFleur said. “Shoot, targeted eight times, had seven receptions for a buck-59 and two touchdowns. I mean, that’s pretty remarkable. You don’t find too many running backs that can go out and produce like that. You don’t see too many running backs that you can put them on the outside that can run a slant and go.”

167: Yards after the catch by the Chiefs, by our count. Of that, 129 came in the first half compared to 38 in the second. Kansas City entered the week ranked first in the league with 1,177 YAC, according to STATS.

183: Yards after the catch by the Packers, by our count, a figure that includes 124 by Jones. Green Bay entered the week ranked second in the league with 1,010 YAC.