Packers face 49ers for fifth time since 2012

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 12:25 pm

151001-jj-950PACKERS TRAVEL TO SAN FRANCISCO TO PLAY THE 49ERS
– The Green Bay Packers take their second road trip of the season to face the San Francisco 49ers. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the teams since 2012.

– The Packers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they started 13-0. It is the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of seven NFL teams still undefeated this season.

– For the third time in the last five seasons, Green Bay has scored 95-plus points in its first three games (96 in 2013 and 2015, 99 in 2011). From 1970 to 2010, the Packers only surpassed 95 points in their first three games once (115 in 1996).

– Dating back to 2014, the Packers have won five or their last seven road games during the regular season.

– Green Bay’s 41 road wins during the regular season under McCarthy are the second most in the NFC (Philadelphia-42) and the fifth most in the league since 2006 (New England-51 / Dallas-43 / Indianapolis-43).

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers have played the 49ers (30) the second most (St. Louis, 31) among teams it has not been in a division with (including playoffs).

– Four of the last six contests between Green Bay and San Francisco have been decided by eight points or less (including playoffs).

– Since 1990, the Packers are 9-2 during the regular season in California (49ers / Raiders / Chargers / Rams), including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 7-5 in games played the week after appearing on Monday Night Football, including wins in five of the last seven.

– This will be just the fifth time Green Bay has played a road game the week following a game on MNF since 2006. The Packers are 3-1 in the previous contests.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has started against San Francisco six times (including playoffs), completing 147 of 221 passes for 1,712 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 103.7. Rodgers’ six starts against San Francisco are tied for the most he has made against a non-division team (Seattle).

– The 49ers have won each of the last four matchups (including playoffs), but the Packers had won the previous eight against San Francisco.

– The series against San Francisco started in 1950 and is the ninth oldest for Green Bay (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933 / St. Louis, 1937 / Washington, 1932).

 

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

– Dating back to 2008, the Packers are 21-6 in the month of October, including a 10-4 mark on the road. Green Bay’s 21 wins and .778 winning percentage both rank No. 2 in the NFL over that span. The Packers have won 16 of their last 18 games played in October.

– The Packers’ offensive line has only given up three sacks in the first three games of the season (tied for sixth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first three games since 2010 (three).

– Dating back to 1982, the Packers have allowed four or fewer sacks through the team’s first four games twice (three in 2004 / one in 2003).

– Since Week 10 last season, Green Bay has allowed just 12 sacks, the second fewest in the NFL over that span (Baltimore, eight).

– Green Bay’s defense has registered a sack in 39 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.

– In the last two weeks, the Packers defense has held running backs Marshawn Lynch (41 yards on 15 carries) and Jamaal Charles (49 yards on 11 carries) to less than 50 yards rushing each.

– If the Packers score 25 or more points, it will be just the second time (dating back to 1921) that Green Bay has recorded 25-plus points in each of its first four games of the season (2011).

 

OFFENSE
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (10) joined Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first three games of the season.

– In 12 of his last 16 starts in October, Rodgers has registered a passer rating of at least 100. He has posted seven 130-plus rating games over that span, including twice last season: a 138.7 rating in a 42-10 win vs. Minnesota in Week 5 and a 154.5 rating in a victory vs. Carolina in Week 7.

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

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games, including the last five. The Packers are 15-1 in those games.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 19 regular-season games.

– WR Randall Cobb has registered 100-plus receiving yards or a touchdown in seven consecutive games.

– Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 44.

– After recording a career-best three touchdown receptions against Kansas City, Cobb looks to register multiple TD receptions in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

– Cobb and WR James Jones have each registered four touchdown receptions so far this season. Dating back to 1960, they joined Carroll Dale (1968), Keith Jackson (1996), James Lofton (1983) and Ed West (1989) as the only Packers to record four receiving touchdowns in the team’s first three games of a season.

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

– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the first time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in four consecutive games. He has recorded a touchdown reception in three consecutive games four times in his career (2011, twice in 2012, 2015).

– Cobb and Jones are the first duo in team history to both have four TD catches in the first three games of the season.

 

DEFENSE
– LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City. It was his 13th career game with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).

– Matthews aims to register multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the fourth time in his career (2010, 2012, 2014).

– Including playoffs, Matthews has 4.5 sacks in the last three games against the 49ers.

– LB Julius Peppers is tied with DT Mike Daniels for the team lead with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has seven sacks in the last seven games.

– Over the last two games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded a sack, a forced fumble and an interception.

– CB Sam Shields looks to record an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (274) is four field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,065) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– WR Ty Montgomery is tied for No. 3 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.5). 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
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Terry McAulay (77), umpire Bryan Neale (92), head linesman Derick Bowers (74), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Michael Banks (72), side judge Jonah Monroe (120) and back judge Greg Steed (12).

 


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