Offensive numbers tell the whole story

DETROIT -- Sometimes, statistics are meaningless.

Like the Green Bay Packers’ four takeaways in Thursday’s 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Two interceptions and two fumble recoveries don’t mean much when the same defense also gives up 561 yards, including 241 yards rushing.

“I’ve been through a lot of games statistically where it didn’t make sense what happened throughout the game,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said. “Those things tend to happen. You’ve just got to find a way to win, and we didn’t do that.”

But other times, the numbers tell quite the story.

Such as when you break down what went wrong with their offense against the Lions.

Maybe offensive lineman T.J. Lang wasn’t all that far off when he called it: “Probably the worst (expletive) offensive day in the history of the (expletive) Packers.”

It will go down as one of the worst offensive performances in the tenure of coach Mike McCarthy, who took over in 2006.

Consider the following numbers, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information:

  • The Packers’ 24 yards rushing was their lowest total since 2005.

  • Their 126 yards of total offense was their lowest since 2006.

  • Their seven first downs were their fewest since 2006.

  • Their 10 completed passes were the least in a game since 2006.

  • They did not have a rushing first down for the first time since 1990.

“Right now, everyone’s upset, embarrassed a little bit, especially myself, especially offensively,” said quarterback Matt Flynn, who threw for 139 yards on 10-of-20 passing with no touchdowns and one interception. “That’s probably one of the worst games I’ve ever been a part of.”

The yardage differential of 435 between the Packers (126) and Lions (561) was the most in an NFL game since the Philadelphia Eagles outgained the San Francisco 49ers by 441 yards in a 2005 game.