GREEN BAY – Having already reviewed the offense in this fashion, here’s the defensive version, from 1 to 10.
All statistics are for the regular season only, unless noted.
1: Interceptions by defensive linemen.
2: Interceptions returned for touchdowns. Strangely, both were by rookies,
3: Sacks by S
4: 100-yard rushers allowed in 2015. In a season the defense faced Adrian Peterson twice, plus Jamaal Charles and Marshawn Lynch, the only runners to hit the century mark were Chicago’s Matt Forte (141 in Week 1), the Rams’ Todd Gurley (159), Denver’s C.J. Anderson (101) and the Cowboys’ Darren McFadden (111).
5: Times the defense held the opponent scoreless in a goal-to-go situation. Three times the Packers generated turnovers and twice they got a turnover on downs. Combined with forcing five field goals, that’s 10 goal-to-go possessions by the opponent (out of 28) that resulted in three or no points. The defense added another scoreless goal-to-go in the playoffs, when Randall intercepted Palmer in the end zone at Arizona.
6: Fumble recoveries, five on defense, one on special teams. The only player with more than one fumble recovery on the season was DB
7: The defense’s season high for sacks in one game, against the Chiefs. The Packers recorded at least six sacks in a game three times, with the others against the 49ers and Vikings (Week 11). A fourth six-sack game came against Washington in the wild-card playoff.
8: Number of times, including both playoff games, the defense started with a three-and-out. More impressively, the defense did not allow a touchdown on the opponent’s opening drive all season, and allowed a field goal only four times in 18 total games.
9: Double-digit sack seasons now in the career of
10: Season-high for passes defensed in one game, which was accomplished twice, against the Rams and Raiders. Then the defense recorded 11 passes defensed in the playoff victory at Washington.