Press box notes: Packers have won nine consecutive home games

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 20, 2015 – 4:31 pm

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– The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will face each other for the 16th time during the regular season and for the second consecutive year in a nationally televised primetime game. In 2014, the two teams met in the Thursday night opener to begin the season.

–   From the first meeting in 1976 until 2005, Green Bay and Seattle played just 10 times in the regular season. The teams have squared off five times from 2006-14.

–   Including playoffs, the Packers have played the Seahawks seven times since 2006. That is tied with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers for the most games Green Bay has played against a non-division opponent over that time span.

–   Tonight will be the Seahawks’ first trip to Lambeau Field since 2009. Including the postseason, the Packers are 8-3 against Seattle at home, with wins in the last five. Green Bay has won three of the last five home games against the Seahawks by 20-plus points (22, 22, 38).

–   The Packers and Seahawks were the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs last year and met in the NFC Championship Game at Seattle.

–   This will be the first time the Packers have hosted Seattle for the home opener.

–   Green Bay has won each of its last five Week 2 games and is 7-2 in Week 2 contests since 2006.

–   Tonight’s game starts a stretch of four home games over the next five weeks for the Packers.

 

HOME OPENERS
– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 7-2 in home openers, including winning seven of the last eight.

–   It is the fourth time the Packers play the home opener in Week 2 under McCarthy. Last season, Green Bay beat the New York Jets, 31-24, in 2013 the Packers beat the Washington Redskins, 38-20, and in 2010, the Green Bay defeated the Buffalo Bills, 34-7.

–   Green Bay is 6-1 in home openers with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards in each of the last four home openers (312, 303, 480, 346). He has registered a passer rating over 100.0 in five home openers (115.5, 116.3, 132.1, 146.0, 109.8) and was above 90.0 in the other two (92.0, 93.3).

–   It is only the 18th time in franchise history that Green Bay will play its home opener outside of Week 1. The Packers are 9-8 in the previous 17 contests.

–   Of the 17 times Green Bay has opened at home outside of Week 1, only once did it come after the second week of the season. That occured in 1924, when the Packers beat the Kansas City Blues 16-0 in Week 3.

–   The Packers have 51 victories all-time in home openers, joining the Bears (65) and Lions (52) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay is the only NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (54 victories).

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
–   The Packers have won nine of their last 12 games played on Sunday night.

–   Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 10-5 overall (.667) on Sunday night.

–   Green Bay is 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since 1978).

–   Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 20-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 20 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.

– With a win, Green Bay will start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. It would be the fifth 2-0 start under McCarthy.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine consecutive home games, it is the third-longest streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).

 

OFFENSE
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 418 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first two games of the season three times in his career (2008, 2011, 2013).

– If Rodgers throws three-plus touchdowns, it will mark just the second time he has registered three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games to start the season (2013).

– In regular-season games with five-plus attempts, Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating in 12 straight home contests.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 42.

– Cobb recorded one touchdown reception in both games against the Seahawks last season.

– RB Eddie Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history. Last week against Chicago, Lacy recorded 99 yards from scrimmage, 1 yard short of extending the streak.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last nine games.  

– WR James Jones registered two touchdown receptions in Week 1 vs. Chicago, his first game back with the Packers. It was his sixth career game with muliple touchdowns (all with Green Bay), including his third against the Bears.

 

DEFENSE
– In Week 1 at Chicago, LB Clay Matthews registered an interception he returned 42 yards. In 2014, he returned an interception 40 yards at Chicago. They were the second- and third-longest interception returns of his career behind the 62-yard INT he ran back for a touchdown against Dallas in 2010.

– If Matthews records an interception this week, it will be the second time in his career with INTs in back-to-back games (2011).

– LB Julius Peppers led the team with 1.5 sacks in Week 1 at Chicago. Dating back to last season, he has six sacks in the last five games (including playoffs).

– In two games against the Seahawks last season, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and two interceptions.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (1,044) needs 11 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (269) is nine field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.

– In his first career game, WR Ty Montgomery averaged 35.3 yards on three kick returns, including a long of 46 yards. It marked the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Barry Anderson (20), head linesman Ed Walker (123), line judge Dana McKenzie (8), field judge Mike Weatherford (116), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).


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