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Packers missed Clay Matthews this season


Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill for a four yard loss in the second quarter of a NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill for a four yard loss in the second quarter of a NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin October 3, 2010. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

(WNFL) - The final numbers show just how much the Green Bay Packers missed Clay Matthews this season.  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Bob McGinn keeps his own detailed statistics -- and he wrote today that Mike Daniels replaced Matthews as Green Bay's top pass rusher in 2013.  Daniels had 31 pressures -- a combination of sacks, hurries, and knockdowns.  That's the lowest since 2000, when John Thierry led the team with 31 pressures.  Matthews was still third on the list, even though he played just 51-percent of the snaps due to thumb and hamstring injuries.  Until this past season, Matthews was the Packers' top rusher in each of his four N-F-L campaigns.  McGinn also writes that the Packers had their lowest number of takeaways since coach Mike Sherman's final season in 2005.  The Packers had 22 fumble recoveries and interceptions -- and they committed 25 mistakes for a minus-three turnover differential.  That was the lowest since 2005, when Sherman's final team had the Green Bay's all-time worst differential at minus-24.  On the plus side for the Packers, they did commit fewer penalties.  Eighty-six were accepted by their opponents this year, the eighth-lowest in the N-F-L. Also, McGinn said Green Bay receivers dropped an average of one-point-five-three passes per game -- their lowest since 2003, despite the absence of Aaron Rodgers for seven games.  Jordy Nelson only dropped three-of-134 passes, his best rate since 2008.

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