* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS TO PAY RARE VISIT TO CINCINNATI
– The Packers take on the Cincinnati Bengals this afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium, Green Bay’s first regular-season visit there under Head Coach Mike McCarthy and its first since 2005.
– Today will be only Green Bay’s fifth regular-season game against the Bengals in Cincinnati since the series between the clubs began in 1971 (1976, 1983, 1998, 2005).
– The only other teams in the league that the Packers have not visited in the regular season since the start of 2006 are the Baltimore Ravens (last visit, 2005) and the Oakland Raiders (last visit, 2003).
– Today marks Green Bay’s second game ever at Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. The ’05 game was the only other meeting there.
– The franchises have met just 11 times in the regular season, with the last game coming at Lambeau Field in 2009. Over the previous 14 seasons (1999-2012), the teams met just twice (2005 and 2009). The Bengals hold a 6-5-0 edge in the all-time series.
– For the third straight week, the Packers will be facing a 2012 playoff team, one of only two teams in the league (San Francisco) to open with three playoff teams this season. It marks only the second time in the Super Bowl era that Green Bay’s schedule has started with three playoff teams from the previous year (2007, Philadelphia/at N.Y. Giants/San Diego).
– With the Bengals having hosted the Steelers this past Monday night, this will mark the second straight week that the Packers will be playing a team coming off of a Monday Night Football contest.
– Today’s game will feature two head coaches that worked together more than 20 years ago. McCarthy and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis both coached on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990-91.
– Including playoffs, the Packers enter today’s game having won 14 of their last 21 games (.667) away from Lambeau Field. That is tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only New England (.765, 13-4).
HEADING INTO THE BYE
– Following today’s game in Cincinnati, the Packers will have their bye in Week 4, the earliest the open date has fallen on the schedule under McCarthy and the earliest for Green Bay since a Week 4 bye in 1999.
– Prior to this season, the earliest the open date on the schedule fell under McCarthy was Week 5 in 2009. The Packers had a Week 10 bye two of the last three seasons (2010, 2012).
– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have posted a 5-2 record (.714) in the game before the bye. That is tied for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only New Orleans and New England, who have both posted 6-1 marks (.857) heading into the open date.
– The Packers have won the game heading into the bye in each of the past three seasons, averaging 36.3 points in those contests while giving up an average of 17.0 points per game. Green Bay has scored at least 30 points each of the last three seasons and four of the last five in the game heading into the bye.
– Dating back even further, Green Bay has a 14-5 record (.737) in the game before the bye since 1994, tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Seattle (14-5).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– In his last five regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 133 of 193 passes (68.9 percent) for 1,811 yards and 17 TDs with one INT for a 125.8 passer rating.
– Rodgers has thrown three-plus TD passes in each of the last five games, which ties his franchise record set in 2011 (Weeks 6-7, 9-11).
– Rodgers has eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in four straight games, which matches the franchise record set by him in 2011 (Weeks 4-7).
– Rodgers needs two completions to move past No. 2 Bart Starr (1,808) on the all-time franchise list.
– In his last 20 regular-season road starts, Rodgers has completed 445 of 664 passes (67.0 percent) for 5,767 yards and 51 TDs with seven INTs for a 115.3 passer rating. He has posted a 100-plus passer rating in 16 of those 20 games and 11 games with 300-plus passing yards.
– WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last five regular-season games, posting 32 receptions for 515 yards (16.1 avg.) and three TDs over that span. Cobb will be looking to post his third straight 100-yard game, which would be his career high and the longest streak since Greg Jennings’ in 2010 (three games). Cobb is tied for No. 3 in the NFL this season with 236 receiving yards.
– WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 21.8-yard receiving average over his last three regular-season games, catching 13 passes for 283 yards and four TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in four of his last five games and is tied for No. 2 in the NFL this season with three TD grabs.
– TE Jermichael Finley has caught at least five passes in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a tight end in franchise history and the longest current streak by an NFL tight end.
– The Packers have had two 100-yard receivers (Nelson/Cobb in Week 1, Cobb/James Jones in Week 2) in each of the first two games this season, the first time in franchise history that the club has had a pair of 100-yard receivers in back-to-back games.
– The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in five consecutive games, averaging 444.2 yards per game over that span (No. 2 in the league). The five-game streak with 385-plus yards is the longest by Green Bay since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).
– Green Bay has scored 155 points over its last four regular-season games, an average of 38.8 points per contest (No. 2 in the NFL).
– The Packers’ 965 yards of total offense this season are the most through two games in franchise history (previous high of 846 yards in 1999). The top mark in club annals through three games is 1,283 yards in 2002.
– Including its two playoff contests in 2012, Green Bay has scored touchdowns on 24 of its last 30 trips (80.0 percent) inside the red zone over its last seven games.
– The Packers have posted 14 plays of 20-plus yards this season, No. 2 in the NFL through Week 2. Green Bay leads the league in yards per play with a 7.54-yard average.
– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Today’s captains will be WR Jordy Nelson (offense), CB Sam Shields (defense) and TE Ryan Taylor (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Clete Blakeman (34), umpire Garth DeFelice (53), head linesman Tony Veteri (36), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Dave Meslow (118), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Terrence Miles (111).
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