Packers putting up ‘historical’ numbers at Lambeau Field this year
|11.25.14 at 3:43 pm ET|
When it comes to playing it home, no one in the NFL is better than the Patriots.
But, right up there with New England is the Packers at Lambeau Field — the place the Patriots will be traveling to on Sunday, as Green Bay is 71-29 at home during the regular season since 2002, the fifth-best winning percentage in the league.
The Packers have been especially great this season as the Green Bay is a perfect 5-0 at home and have outscored its opponents 219-85, averaging 43.8 points per game. Getting off to quick starts has been a huge key for the Packers, as in the first half of their last four home games, they have outscored their opponents 128-9.
Bill Belichick knows getting off to a good start is key, particularly on the road against Green Bay. It does help the Patriots will enter the game averaging 18.8 points per game in the first half this year, the second-most in the league, behind none other than the Packers at 20.2.
“We’re playing Green Bay in Green Bay,” Belichick said on Tuesday’s conference call. “That’s where they’ve been very dominant really in terms of getting ahead and playing from ahead, first quarter. The numbers are staggering: 128 to 9 in the first half and [opponents] get outscored by 110 points in four games. It’s got to be of historical type proportions, but we have to find some way to do that. Like I said, the games got so far away from Chicago and Philadelphia that no matter what you have, what kind of game plan, whatever you’re trying to do, the game got out of hand so fast, they had no chance really to be able to do it.”
Added Belichick: “Obviously, the whole getting ahead thing, you know, they’ve been so far ahead of some of these teams that they’ve played early in the game it’s like they’re almost running out the clock in the middle of the second quarter. We’ve got to try to find some way to stay competitive in the game to at least turn it into a game and not be trying to play from 28, 31 points behind in the first half.”
Another key to the game will be taking care of the ball, and trying to force a turnover or two. That will be easier said than done, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers comes into the game completing 67 percent of his passes, averaging 284.8 passing yards per game and has 18 touchdowns and no picks in five home games this year.
Green Bay is tops in the NFL in turnover differential at plus-15, with the Patriots on its heels with the second-best mark of plus-11. The Packers’ eight giveaways on the season are the fewest in the league.
“Turnovers are huge,” said Belichick. “Not only do they not turn the ball over and get turnovers, but they’re also the best in the league at converting turnovers into touchdowns. They’re a very opportunistic team. They play good complementary football. They’re an explosive team. They can get the ball away from you. They can pretty much score from anywhere and they’re explosive in the kicking game. They have an excellent return game and [they’re] solid on special teams. Those are all problems.”