07 Oct 2008
by Ned Macey
The linked ESPN article focuses primarily on the Atlanta offense against the Green Bay defense and ignores to some extent the elephant in the room that is Brett Favre's departure.
A few numbers are worth showing here. To date, Rodgers' DVOA is a respectable 2.7%. Here are Favre's DVOAs for the past six years, including this season:
Rodgers is just not that far behind. In addition, he currently is the NFL's leading scrambler with 27 Rushing DYAR.
As for the biggest reason the Packers are struggling... Last season, Ryan Grant's DVOA was 12.3%. So far this year, even after a good game on Sunday, it is -30.6%, and only Chris Perry is worse among running backs with 40 or more carries.
21 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2008, 2:21pm by Ralph Hickok
Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?