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Finley, Matthews and Francois are Sunday’s captains; Packers-Redskins press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 15, 2013 – 8:00 am

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins

* Press box notes written by Packers public relations

PACKERS TO HOST REDSKINS IN HOME OPENER

- Green Bay kicks off its 57th season at Lambeau Field by hosting Washington today in a matchup of 2012 division winners. It is the Redskins’ first trip to Green Bay since 2007 and only their second visit over the last 11 seasons.

- Today marks just the sixth meeting between the clubs over the past 25 seasons (1989-2013).

- It will be just the second time in franchise history that the Packers have opened up their home slate against the Redskins. The only other instance came on Sept. 7, 1933, when Green Bay hosted the Boston Redskins at City Stadium in the season opener (7-7 tie).

- Green Bay holds a 17-13-1 edge in the all-time series with the Redskins, including wins in four of the last five meetings between the clubs.

- This marks just the second time in Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s eight-year tenure that Green Bay has played its first home game of the season in Week 2 (2010 vs. Buffalo). The Packers have a 5-2 record (.714) in home openers under McCarthy.

- For the third straight season, the Packers’ home opener will come against a team that posted a double-digit win total the previous season (New Orleans in 2011, San Francisco in 2012).

- The Packers have 49 victories all-time in home openers and will look to join the Bears (65) and Lions (51) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay will be looking to become the first NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (53 victories).

- The Packers have won seven consecutive regular-season games at Lambeau Field and 20 of their last 21 (.952).


MEMORABLE MATCHUPS

- While the teams haven’t seen as much of each other in recent years, the all-time series has been headlined by a couple of memorable games.

- The NFL championship game in 1936 was the first for both clubs, and the Packers beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6, at the Polo Grounds in New York City.

- The game was played there because Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, upset with his fans’ lack of support, was moving his team to Washington and didn’t want to host the championship in Boston.

- In front of 29,545, Don Hutson caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Arnie Herber in the first three minutes, and Green Bay never trailed. It was the first NFL title contest won by the Packers under coach Curly Lambeau, after winning league championships awarded by league standing in 1929, 1930 and 1931.

- The teams met in one of the more memorable regular-season games in Packers history on Monday Night Football on Oct. 17, 1983. Facing the defending Super Bowl champions, Green Bay won, 48-47, in a game that is still the highest-scoring contest ever on MNF as well as in Packers history. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy started at free safety for the Redskins in that game.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

- Green Bay has scored at least 22 points in 16 consecutive regular-season games at home, the longest current streak in the league and the longest by the Packers in franchise history. It is the longest streak in the NFL since New Orleans’ 20-game home streak from 2007-09.

- The Packers have recorded a league-high eight 35-point games at home since 2011.

- Green Bay has forced two turnovers in each of its last four regular-season home games.

- The Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in six of their last seven regular-season games at Lambeau Field.

- Including its two playoff contests in 2012, Green Bay has scored touchdowns on 21 of its last 24 trips (87.5 percent) inside the red zone over the last six games.

- In his last four regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 99 of 151 passes (65.6 percent) for 1,331 yards and 13 TDs with one INT for a 119.4 passer rating.

- Rodgers has not had a two-INT game in 40 straight regular-season starts, the longest streak in NFL history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. The previous record was 27 straight games by QB Neil O’Donnell from 1997-99.

- WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in three of his last four regular-season games, posting 23 receptions for 387 yards (16.8 avg.) and two TDs over that span.

- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 21.7-yard receiving average over his last two regular-season games, catching 10 passes for 217 yards and two TDs. He has caught a TD pass in three of his last four games.

- Nelson has caught 14 TD passes at home since 2011, which is tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (16).

- TE Jermichael Finley needs 54 receiving yards to move past Ron Kramer (2,594) for No. 2 among tight ends in franchise history.

- Finley has caught at least five passes in four consecutive regular-season games, the longest streak in franchise history by a tight end. He has posted 259 receiving yards and a TD on 23 grabs (11.3 avg.) in those four contests.

- P Tim Masthay needs to place one punt inside the 20-yard line to move into sole possession of third place in team history (since 1976) for most punts inside the 20. He has 79 for his career, which is tied with David Beverly, and trails Craig Hentrich (104) and Josh Bidwell (85).


TODAY’S CAPTAINS

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

- Today’s captains will be TE Jermichael Finley (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and LB Robert Francois (special teams).

Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, Robert Francois


WEARING THE STRIPES

- Today’s officiating crew includes referee Tony Corrente (99), umpire Fred Bryan (11), head linesman George Hayward (54), line judge Darryll Lewis (130), field judge Gary Cavaletto (60), side judge Ron Torbert (62) and back judge Greg Wilson (119).


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