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Packer 8th notes

by Mark Daniels

Granted it's a small sample but two games in equals one eighth of a season and here are a couple of 8th notes regarding the Packers and the NFL.

Green Bay has the league's most productive offense so far, averaging an eye popping 482.5 yards per game.  They rank second in passing yards a game and 16th in rushing.  The Packers also are number one in yards per play, first downs per game and in the average yards gained on first down plays at 8.05.  Only Denver has scored more points in the first two weeks.  On the down side, the Pack's defense ranks 29th out of 32 teams, giving up 458 yards a game.

Individually, Aaron Rodgers is off to another hot start.  He trails only Peyton Manning on the NFL's passer rating list.  Manning has thrown nine touchdown passes without an interception, good for a rating of 131.0.   Rodgers is at 127.2 thanks to seven scores with only one pick, a league high 813 passing yards.  Rodgers is second in the league with an average gain per attempt of 10.29 yards and he's third in completion percentage at 69.6%.

How pass happy has the NFL become?  On week one, a single weekend record was set with 8,148 passing yards.  The standard lasted exactly one week as there were 8,207 passing yards last weekend.   That's 16,355 yards in the first two weeks, a record start to any season and that figure is the most for any two week span in NFL history.  So far this season there have been five 400 yard passing days without an interception, Rodgers had one of them with his 480 yard, no pick effort against Washington.   The record for that combination for an entire season is six games.   The rules favor it, the fans love it, the NFL is indeed an aerial circus.