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Packers-Rams press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 17, 2013 – 12:00 pm

Green Bay Packers at St. Louis Rams - Press Box Notes

* Press box notes written by Packers public relations


P
ACKERS VISIT ST. LOUIS FOR ROAD PRESEASON OPENER

- Green Bay (0-1) visits St. Louis (0-1) tonight to take on the Rams in the Packers’ first road contest of the preseason.

- Despite squaring off 93 times (including two playoff meetings) in an all-time series that dates back to 1937, this marks just the fourth preseason meeting between the clubs. The Rams hold a 2-1 edge in the all-time preseason series.

- This will be the first time Green Bay has faced the Rams in the preseason since they moved to St. Louis in 1995. The three previous preseason meetings took place in 1984, 1992 and 1994, with the last matchup coming at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Aug. 6, 1994, a 14-6 Green Bay victory. The games in 1984 and 1992 were played in Los Angeles.

- Tonight will mark just the Packers’ second preseason game played indoors under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-13). Green Bay’s last indoor preseason game came on Aug. 28, 2009, at Arizona.

- Green Bay played the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the 2011 preseason, but the roof was open for that contest. Prior to the ’09 contest against the Cardinals, the last indoor preseason game for the Packers was at the Georgia Dome against the Falcons on Aug. 9, 2003.

- Green Bay visited St. Louis last year in Week 7, the fifth time in seven years (2006-07, 2009, 2011-12) that the teams had squared off during the regular season. The Packers topped the Rams in the 2012 meeting, 30-20, with QB Aaron Rodgers connecting on 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 342 yards and three TDs.

- Outside of their foes in the NFC North, the Packers have played more regular-season games against the Rams (five) under McCarthy than any other opponent in the NFL.

- The Packers have won four straight against the Rams in the regular season and 10 of the last 13 meetings dating back to 1992.

- Following the contest at St. Louis tonight, the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 23, in a nationally televised game on CBS. This will be the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once during the preseason.


THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES

- These clubs first met in 1937, when the NFL launched its long relationship with the city of Cleveland. The franchises met every year from 1937-71 except 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.

- Beginning in 1946, when the Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, these foes consistently played their Wisconsin games early in the year (before cold weather set in) and their warm West Coast games late in the year.

- The clubs have met twice in the postseason, with the Packers topping the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee. The Rams beat the Packers, 45-17, in St. Louis in a 2001 Divisional playoff contest.


LAST MEETING, PRESEASON

- Aug. 6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wis.); Packers won, 14-6

- RB Edgar Bennett scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and WR Robert Brooks caught a 2-yard TD pass from QB Ty Detmer in the third quarter in the Green Bay win.

- Green Bay’s defense limited the Rams to a pair of Tony Zendejas field goals and held Los Angeles to 79 yards rushing.

- The Packers posted 150 yards on 39 carries (3.8 avg.), with FB Dexter McNabb picking up 33 yards on four attempts (8.3 avg.).


SAVE THE DATE

Important dates to remember (all times CDT):

- Friday, Aug. 23 – Preseason game vs. Seattle Seahawks, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Midwest Shrine Game)

- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field

- Tuesday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.

- Thursday, Aug. 29 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium

- Saturday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 5 p.m.

- Sunday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m., clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players

- Sunday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener at San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.


NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Los Angeles Rams LB Kevin Greene tackles San Francisco 49ers WR Jerry Rice in a 1992 game.Packers DT Ryan Pickett was a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2001 and played his first five NFL seasons (2001-05) in St. Louis…Packers TE Matthew Mulligan played in all 16 games for the Rams in 2012…Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was a fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played the first eight seasons (1985-92) of his career there. He ranks second in franchise history with 72.5 sacks…Greene played for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher when Fisher was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1989-91…Packers QB Vince Young played for Fisher for five seasons (2006-10) with the Tennessee Titans…Rams C Scott Wells played for Green Bay for eight seasons (2004-11)…Rams S Matt Giordano played in five games for the Packers in 2009…Rams secondary coach Chuck Cecil played safety for the Packers from 1988-92 and was a teammate of Packers offensive line coach James Campen…Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman held the same position with the Packers from 2000-04…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached with Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and in New Orleans from 2000-01…McCarthy also coached with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998…Rams strength coach Rock Gullickson served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Packers from 2006-08…Gullickson and Rams assistant strength coach Adam Bailey also coached in New Orleans with McCarthy, assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo…Rams TE Lance Kendricks played at the University of Wisconsin and attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee…Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s position coach for seven seasons (1987-93) when Hilgenberg played on the line for the New Orleans Saints…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bears when Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis was on Chicago’s staff…Rams director of operations Bruce Warwick spent six seasons (2000-05) with the Packers…Packers LB A.J. Hawk was a senior at Ohio State when Rams LB James Laurinaitis was a freshman in 2005…Other college teammates include Giordano and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (California), Packers T/G Don Barclay and Rams WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey (West Virginia), Packers DT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), Packers DE Datone Jones and RB Johnathan Franklin and Rams TE Cory Harkey (UCLA), Packers CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson and Rams RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt), and Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Rams DE Robert Quinn (North Carolina).


TONIGHT’S CAPTAINS

As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

- Tonight’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), DT B.J. Raji (defense) and P Tim Masthay (special teams).

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WEARING THE STRIPES

Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Mike Carey (94), umpire Chad Brown (31), head linesman Mark Baltz (26), line judge Tim Podraza (47), field judge Jabir Walker (156), side judge Doug Rosenbaum (67) and back judge Brad Allen (136).


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