GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The official NFL statistics say the Green Bay Packers still have a top-10 offense.
Through nine games, they rank sixth or better in five key offensive categories: yards per game (third), rushing yards per game (sixth), passing yards per game (fifth), points per game (fifth) and third down conversion rate (sixth).
But that’s not the offense coach Mike McCarthy will take to MetLife Stadium on Sunday to play the New York Giants.
Without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, things look much different.
In their last two games -- of which Rodgers has played one series before he sustained his broken collarbone on Nov. 4 against the Chicago Bears -- the Packers’ offense has been no better than average, first with Seneca Wallace at the helm and then with Scott Tolzien.
Over the last two weeks, they rank 17th out of 32 teams in total yards per game (354.0). With Rodgers for the first seven games, they were second (438.9). They aren’t in the top 20 in passing yards (21st), points (29th) or third-down conversions (20th) over the last two games.
They have actually increased their rushing output the last two games, averaging 149 yards per game -- nearly six more than in the first seven games -- but that is only the 10th-best mark in the NFL over the last two games, and the bulk of that came in a 199-yard rushing performance against the Bears.
The chart below shows the difference in the offense with Rodgers the first seven games compared to with Wallace (who is now on injured reserve) and Tolzien (who will start against the Giants) the last two games, both of which were home losses.