Did the 2012 Green Bay Packers lead the league in any important statistical categories?
Nope. Well, with the exception of one — most games lost to injury.
This probably comes as no surprise to anyone who looked at the Packers injury report each week. Greg Jennings, Charles Woodson and James Starks all missed considerable time. Additionally, 13 guys finished the season on injured reserve. Among them, Bryan Bulaga, Nick Perry and Cedric Benson.
Overall, 10 guys missed more than eight games, not including the guys who spent the entire season on IR and/or the PUP list (Desmond Bishop, Derek Sherrod, etc.).
Here’s the important graphic.
What it tells us is the Packers were down, on average, more than 11 players each week. Only the Dallas Cowboys were close in that category.
They finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.
This reinforces one thing we already knew — injury-depleted teams don’t make Super Bowl runs. The one exception that comes to mind is the 2010 Packers, but that was a team that seemingly had an overabundance of motivation.
It also says something about the Packers overall depth, since they still managed to win 11 games, their division and a playoff game. The Packers had similar depth in 2010, maybe more.
Of course, the handling of some of these injuries made us question their medical staff on more than one occasion. There was definitely some buffoonery going on there.
By the way, the highest the Packers ranked in an important statistical category was fifth in scoring.