Packers-Panthers press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 8, 2015 – 9:00 am

PACKERS STAY ON THE ROAD TO PLAY THE PANTHERS
– The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will square off in a battle of the teams with the two best records in the NFC.

–   The Packers will be the fourth team in NFL history to play teams 6-0 or better in consecutive games (1934 Detroit, 2004 Pittsburgh and 2015 Indianapolis), and the first to play both games on the road.

–   According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the sixth time Green Bay will play an undefeated team with at least seven wins (Nov. 2, 2008, at TEN, 7-0 / Nov. 4, 1990, vs. SF, 7-0 / Nov. 3, 1985, vs. CHI, 8-0 / Nov. 15, 1942, at CHI, 7-0 / Nov. 25, 1934, at DET, 10-0).

– The Packers and Panthers are facing each other in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-08.

– Green Bay is 8-4 against the Panthers during the regular season, including 5-2 at Carolina.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in all four games against the Panthers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

–   Green Bay has won 13 of its last 15 games in the regular season, including eight of the last nine.

– Dating back to Week 4 of 2014, the Packers are 6-3 on the road during the regular season, including 2-1 in 2015. Green Bay’s .667 road winning percentage since Week 4 last season ranks No. 5 in the NFL over that span.

– The Packers have won six or more of their first seven games for the 14th time since 1940 and for the third time in the McCarthy era (7-0 in 2011 and 6-1 in 2007).

–   The Packers are one of five NFL teams with one or fewer losses this season.

 

AGAINST THE NFC
– Today starts a stretch that sees Green Bay playing NFC opponents in eight of the final nine games, including the next six contests.

– The Packers and Panthers are the only two teams in the NFL with 4-0 records against the NFC this season.

– Green Bay is 13-3 during the regular season against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .813 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span.

– During the McCarthy era (2006-present), Green Bay is 77-34-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. The Packers’ 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 109.2 against NFC opponents during the regular season in his career, which is No. 1 among active quarterbacks (min. 100 pass attempts).

– In four games against NFC teams this season, Rodgers has completed 84 of 118 passes for 903 yards, eight touchdowns, two interceptions and a 108.8 passer rating.

– In Week 10, the Packers will return to Lambeau Field to take on the Detroit Lions. It will be the first of four consecutive games against divison opponents, including two against the Lions (Week 13).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– The Packers have won six of the last eight games against Carolina, including three of the last four.

– Green Bay’s last trip to Carolina came in 2011 in Week 2, a 30-23 victory over the Panthers.

– The Packers look to win the next game after a loss for the seventh consecutive time during the regular season.

– Green Bay last lost consecutive games during the 2013 regular season (Games 9-10).

– The Packers have not lost back-to-back games during the same regular season with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback since 2010 (Games 5-6).

– Green Bay looks to rush for 120-plus yards for the sixth time this season. The Packers are tied for No. 1 in the NFL this season with five games with 120-plus rushing yards (Atlanta, Carolina and Pittsburgh).

– Green Bay’s four games with three-plus sacks this season are tied for No. 5 in the NFL.

– The Packers will face Carolina QB Cam Newton for the third time. In the previous two matchups, Green Bay has forced a total of four interceptions and a combined passer rating of 72.3.

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 42nd 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 19 of the last 23 regular-season games, including eight of the last nine. The Packers are 17-2 in those games.

– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 53 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

– In the previous three games against Carolina, Rodgers has completed 67 of 97 passes for 861 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 119.8.

– In the win over Carolina last season, Rodgers recorded a passer rating of 154.5 and completed 86.4 percent of his passes (19 of 22) for 255 yards and three touchdowns. It was the highest completion percentage of his career (min. 20 att.) and the second-highest passer rating of his career behind the 155.4 rating at Cleveland in 2009.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 48. Cobb is currently tied with Ahman Green (2000-03) for the ninth-longest streak in franchise history and trails Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) for eighth place.

– Last season, Cobb recorded 121 yards and one touchdown on six receptions (20.2 avg.) against the Panthers.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in seven of the last 10 games. He has totaled eight touchdown receptions over that span.

– Jones is tied for No. 4 in the NFL with seven receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His career high for 25-yard receptions in a season is eight in 2013. Jones has also recorded seven in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

DEFENSE
– LB Clay Matthews has 13 career games 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).

– LB Julius Peppers leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10 sacks in the last 11 games.

– Peppers has totaled three sacks in his last two games against Carolina.

– Peppers has recorded a sack in five games this season, which is tied for No. 2 in the NFL (DEN DeMarcus Ware, HOU J.J. Watt, CIN Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap) behind six by DET Ezekiel Ansah.

 

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Peppers was born in Wilson, N.C., went to Nash High School in Bailey, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina and was selected by the Panthers in the first round (second overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, who he played for from 2002-09…Packers DC Dom Capers served as the first HC in Carolina franchise history from 1995-98, guiding the Panthers to the NFC Championship Game in just his second season…Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac coached on Carolina’s staff for seven seasons (2002-08), the final six as DC…Packers TE Richard Rodgers’ father, Richard Rodgers Sr., is the Panthers asst. DBs coach…Packers RBs coach Sam Gash was born in Hendersonville, N.C., and ran for 4,739 yards and 72 TDs at Hendersonville High…Packers LB Joe Thomas played at South Carolina State and is from Blackville, S.C. …Panthers P Brad Nortman played at Central High School in his hometown of Brookfield, Wis., and was teammates with Packers QB Scott Tolzien and WR Jared Abbrederis at the University of Wisconsin…Panthers LB A.J. Klein is from Kimberly, Wis., and attended Kimberly High School…Panthers LS J.J. Jansen entered the NFL with the Packers as an UDFA in 2008 and spent that season on injured reserve with Green Bay…Panthers asst. special teams/nickel backs coach Curtis Fuller played safety for the Packers from 2003-04 and was Green Bay’s special teams asst. in 2009 and coaching administrator in 2010.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’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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