Packers by the Numbers: 2013 Stats Green Bay Must Improve in 2014

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Packers by the Numbers: 2013 Stats Green Bay Must Improve in 2014
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In some ways, in the offseason preceding the 2014 season, the only numbers that matter from the Green Bay Packers' 2013 season are 8-7-1. 

However, looking back at the problems that plagued the Packers most last season can help target which areas they can improve in 2014, nipping ongoing issues (passing defense) in the bud while addressing relatively new ones (red-zone efficiency and a negative turnover differential).

The following five stats represent the five areas of the Packers' 2013 season that threatened to keep them out of the playoffs and ultimately led to an early exit in the first round. They are issues that in some instances preceded injuries to key players such as Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley or Clay Matthews.

While all types of issues are exacerbated by injuries, the Packers will need to address the following five areas of their game even with a healthy returning set of starters. But if they do, they can put themselves in position to take a more complete team into the playoffs in 2014.

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