PACKERS RETURN TO LAMBEAU TO PLAY THE RAMS
– The Green Bay Packers take on the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field today. It is the first noon kickoff for Green Bay since Week 1 and one of only three scheduled at home this season.
– The Packers are 4-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for just the fourth time in the last 49 years.
– It is the third 4-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of three NFC teams (Atlanta, Carolina) still undefeated this season and one of six in the NFL (Cincinnati, Denver, New England).
– Green Bay has won each of the last four regular-season games against the Rams, outscoring St. Louis, 123-54, combined in those contests.
– Dating back to 1970, today will be the 32nd meeting (including playoffs) between the Packers and Rams, the most among teams Green Bay has not been in a division with.
– The series against the Rams started in 1937 and is the eighth oldest for the Packers (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Washington, 1932 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933).
– Today’s game will be a matchup of two teams that get after the quarterback. Entering Week 5, Green Bay (12.98%) ranked No. 1 in the NFL this season in sacks/pass attempt and St. Louis (11.81%) ranked No. 4.
– Green Bay has won 11 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL. It is tied for the second-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
– The Packers are the only team in the NFL to be undefeated at home since the start of the 2014 regular season (including playoffs).
– Entering Week 5, Green Bay is one of 11 teams with a point differential of 10 or more at home this season. Green Bay ranks No. 5 in the NFL in points per game at home this season (32.5).
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Green Bay has scored 383 points over its last 10 regular-season home games, the highest total in team history over a span of 10 home games. Only the Rams in 1999 and 2000 (403) and the Denver Broncos spanning 2012 and 2013 (399) won 10 consecutive home games while scoring as many points as the Packers.
– The Packers have rushed for 120-plus yards in each game this season, their first time doing so in each of the first four contests since 1971.
– This week was the first time since the end of the 2010 season (Week 17) that the Packers are ranked in the top 10 in both offense (10th) and defense (eighth).
– Green Bay has scored in the first quarter in 20 straight regular-season games, the longest current streak in the league.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the second time under McCarthy. The Packers have started 5-0 three times since 1945 (10-0 in 1962 and 6-0 in 1965).
– If the Packers win, it will be the third consecutive season they have won their first three home games.
– Green Bay is looking for its fifth consecutive win against St. Louis.
– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in eight of the last 10 regular-season home games, dating back to 2014.
– The Packers’ 17 sacks this season are the most through four games since 20 in 2001. The 17 are also tied for No. 3 since team sacks began to be recorded in 1963 behind only 2001 and 1970 (18).
– In Weeks 3-4, Green Bay posted back-to-back games with six-plus sacks for the first time since 1978.
– Last Sunday was just the 16th time since 1963 that the Packers recorded six or more sacks in a road game.
– Green Bay has registered a sack in 40 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.
– QB Aaron Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in 10 straight regular-season home contests, tying Kurt Warner (1999-2000) for the NFL record.
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (11) joined Peyton Manning (16 in 2013) and Don Meredith (14 in 1966) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 11-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first four games of the season.
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 17 of the last 20 regular-season games, including the last six. The Packers are 16-1 in those games.
– Rodgers has thrown 191 consecutive passes without an interception, the fourth-longest streak in team history (Bart Starr, 294, 1964-65 / Rodgers, 212, 2014 / Rodgers, 202, 2014).
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 486 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 touchdown passes).
– Rodgers’ streak of 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception is twice as long as any other streak of touchdown passes without an interception in home games in NFL history.
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 20 regular-season games.
– Rodgers is 427 passing yards away from 30,000 for his career.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 45.
– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in five of the last seven games. He has totaled six touchdown receptions over that span.
– Jones is tied for No. 1 in the NFL with six receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His career high for 25-yard receptions in a season is eight in 2013. Jones also recorded seven in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
– Jones has recorded a touchdown catch in each of the first two home games this season.
– RB Eddie Lacy has 85-plus scrimmage yards in seven of the past eight home games (including playoffs).
– LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City in Week 3. 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).
– Since Week 8 of last season, Matthews has recorded at least one sack in nine of the last 13 games. His 12.5 sacks are tied (STL Robert Quinn) for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only HOU J.J. Watt (19.5) and KC Justin Houston (18).
– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 3.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), he has eight sacks in the last eight games.
– Last Sunday, Peppers passed LB Rickey Jackson for No. 14 in NFL history with 129 sacks.
– Over the last three games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
– CB Sam Shields recorded an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career (Weeks 3-4).
– LB Nick Perry matched his career high with two sacks against the 49ers. It is his third straight season (2013-15) with a two-sack game. Perry joins Matthews as the only Packers to have a two-sack game in each of the last three seasons.
– K Mason Crosby (276) is two field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,070) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Brad Allen (122), umpire Fred Bryan (11), head linesman Jim Mello (48), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Doug Rosenbaum (67), side judge Tom Hill (97) and back judge Shawn Hochuli (83).
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