Packers-Chiefs press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 28, 2015 – 4:35 pm

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PACKERS HOST CHIEFS IN PRIMETIME
– Green Bay plays Kansas City at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. This is the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015) that Green Bay is appearing on MNF, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 24-year span (1992-2015). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.

– The Packers are 14-8-1 at home on MNF, including 4-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– Green Bay is 15-3 in regular-season night games at Lambeau Field since 2006, including wins in 13 of the last 14.

– Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 4-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 92 of 130 passes for 1,045 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 116.3.

– Of the 10 regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Kansas City, only one took place on MNF, a 23-16 victory by the Chiefs on Nov. 8, 1993, at Arrowhead Stadium.

– Tonight will be the Chiefs’ fourth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular season and first since 2003.

– Green Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against AFC opponents with Rodgers as the starter, including five of the last six.

– Rodgers has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five matchups against the AFC.

– Green Bay has faced former Packers assistant coach Andy Reid nine times (including playoffs) since he has become a head coach in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1999-2012), but this will be the first time since he became the head coach for Kansas City in 2013. Reid was 5-4 against the Packers as the head coach of the Eagles, but Green Bay has won the last three matchups.

– Seven of the previous nine games the Packers have played against teams that have been led by Reid have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three or fewer points.

– Tonight will be one of two games the Packers play this season against a franchise they faced in the Super Bowl. Green Bay and Kansas City met in Super Bowl I, and later this season the Packers will play the Oakland Raiders (Week 15), who they faced in Super Bowl II.

– The Packers and Chiefs have played 10 times during the regular season, and although Green Bay has only beaten Kansas City twice, one of the two victories came under the guidance of McCarthy (33-22 at Kansas City, 2007).

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won 10 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.

– It is the third-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 21-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 21 wins are No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.

– Green Bay is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).

– A win would give Green Bay its fourth victory in the last five games against AFC teams.

– The Packers’ offensive line only gave up two sacks in the first two games of the season (tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first two games since 2008 (one).

– Green Bay has registered a sack in 38 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.

 

OFFENSE
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 451 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 38 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.

– Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in nine straight regular-season home contests. The NFL record is 10 by Kurt Warner in 1999-2000.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has completed 75 percent or more of his passes in four straight games (Weeks 16-17 of 2014 and Weeks 1-2 of 2015), a franchise record. He is the first NFL quarterback to complete 75 percent of his passes (min. 20 attempts) in four straight games since Tom Brady in 2007 (Weeks 1-4).

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first three games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 15 of the last 18 regular-season games, including the last four. The Packers are 14-1 in those games.

– Rodgers last threw an interception at home on Dec. 12, 2012, vs. Minnesota.

– The last time Rodgers threw multiple interceptions at home was Oct. 24, 2010, vs. Minnesota.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 13 of the last 18 regular-season games.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 43.

– Cobb registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and first of this season, last week against Seattle (116 yards on eight catches). He looks to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the fourth time in his career (2012, 2013, 2014).

– WR James Jones has registered three touchdown receptions so far this season.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in four of the last five games. He has totaled five touchdown receptions over that span.

– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the fourth time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in three consecutive games (2011, twice in 2012).

– In two MNF games, RB Eddie Lacy has 256 scrimmage yards (128.0 per game), 223 rushing yards (111.5 per game) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one rec.).

 

DEFENSE
– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has seven sacks in the last six games.

– Peppers has registered three-plus sacks in the first three games he has played in a season twice in his career (three in 2002 / four in 2006).

– In six career games on MNF, LB Clay Matthews has recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.

– Matthews has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his past seven games against AFC opponents.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (273) is five field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. Last week, Crosby (1,057) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– WR Ty Montgomery ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.3). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, 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 John Parry (132), umpire Mark Pellis (131), head linesman Greg Bradley (98), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jabir Walker (26), side judge Greg Gautreaux (80) and back judge Perry Paganelli (46).


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