Here's one key Packers stat that shouldn't be overlooked

Green Bay setting historic pace through four games

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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

GREEN BAY – The reasons for the Packers' dominant start on offense are almost too numerous to list.

Aaron Rodgers is playing like he's making a run at his third MVP. A different perimeter weapon has emerged as the star each week. The complementary pieces continue to rotate, keeping defenses guessing. The offensive line has been impressive despite several moving parts.

But one statistic simply can't be overlooked. No turnovers.

"I think that's a big reason why we're sitting where we are right now," Head Coach Matt LaFleur said.

The Packers are the only team in the league without a turnover. Heck, they were the only team without one through three games, let alone four.

Their combination of point production and turnover avoidance is historic, actually. They're the first team in NFL history to score 150-plus points with no turnovers in the first four games of a season.

It's also just the second time in franchise history, at any point in a season, the Packers have scored 30-plus points per game with no turnovers over a four-game stretch. The other time was the final four weeks of the 2016 regular season, during "run the table."

For another perspective, consider the Packers' franchise record for fewest turnovers in a season is 13, set in 2014 and then matched last year. So even if the Packers had three turnovers through their first four games, they'd be on pace to set a new mark.

But they have nary a one, and even more remarkable, they haven't really come close to having one.

"The beauty in that is there really haven't been opportunities," Rodgers said. "We haven't really had a ball on the ground, we really haven't had defenders getting touches on the ball much. There haven't been a lot of turnover-type plays."

No one's complaining. No defender has seriously threatened to pick off Rodgers, who is always stingy with interceptions but like any quarterback benefits from a dropped one here or there. Not so far this year.

And the only fumble on the Packers' ledger is one by Aaron Jones as he got hit near the sideline in Week 1. The ball went out of bounds and was never in danger of being recovered by the opponent.

Lambeau Field hosted Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5, 2020.

Protecting the football was a hallmark of the Mike McCarthy era with Rodgers, and it's become perhaps even more pertinent to the team's success under LaFleur. As mentioned, in LaFleur's first season last year the team low of 13 was equaled. Nine regular-season games in 2019 featured no turnovers and the 2020 squad is almost halfway to that total already.

But four games does not a season make, and the last thing LaFleur wants to see is any sloppiness after the upcoming week off.

"You see a lot of defenses that put a lot of emphasis on attacking the football," he said. "We're going to play some really good defenses moving forward."

Indeed, Tampa Bay is among the league leaders in takeaways through the season's first month and the Buccaneers are the Packers' first post-bye opponent. Indianapolis is another defense racking up the turnovers and the Colts are on the schedule soon, too.

So there can't be any letdown. The Packers have faced plenty to overcome offensively in the injury department, but they've still succeeded because they haven't given themselves additional obstacles, such as a rash of penalties or turnovers.

Counting on anyone to protect the ball, no matter who's in there, helps mitigate the impact of the injuries as well.

The hope is the team's health changes for the better over the bye. Another hope is nothing changes for the worse in the turnover category.

"It's a recipe for winning football in this league," LaFleur said.

There's no arguing that.

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