Packers facing four division games in 19 days

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 15, 2015 – 9:00 am

151113-pbn-950PACKERS RETURN HOME TO PLAY THE LIONS
– The Green Bay Packers host the Detroit Lions in their first home game in almost a month.

– The Packers have won 24 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans nine Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08), Jim Schwartz (2009-13) and Jim Caldwell (2014-present).

– The 23 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.

– The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Today marks meeting No. 172 in the all-time series (including playoffs).

– The Packers lead the regular-season series 95-67-7 (.586) and have won both postseason contests the two have played. Green Bay’s 95 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team.

– Green Bay has a 15-3 mark (.833) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with Pittsburgh (15-3 vs. Cleveland) for the second-best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006 (New England, 17-2 vs. Buffalo).

– Of the 15 wins over Detroit, nine have been decided by 10 points or more, including four by more than 20 points.

– The Packers have won 16 of the last 19 against Detroit and 24 of the last 29 in the series.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to 10 wins in 12 games against the Lions, completing 229 of 336 passes for 2,947 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions with passer rating of 111.0.

– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating nine times against Detroit, including a rating of 139.6 in the Week 17 win over the Lions last season at Lambeau Field.

 

DIVISIONAL STRETCH
– Today will be the first of four consecutive games against divison opponents, including two against the Lions. All four games will take place in the span of 19 days.

– It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).

– The Packers have a 41-13-1 (.755) overall regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional mark that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006.

– Green Bay has won 22 of 27 NFC North games with one tie at home under McCarthy, which ranks No. 3 in the NFL since 2006.

– Today will be the fourth time the Packers have played at noon CST this season and it is the second-to-last time they are scheduled to play at noon CST (Week 17 vs. Minnesota).

– Green Bay has won 13 of its last 16 games in the regular season, including eight of the last 10.

– Rodgers leads the NFL in passer rating (138.0) and passing touchdowns (21) against division opponents since the start of the  2014 season (min. 100 pass att.).

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won six consecutive games against division opponents. If Green Bay wins this week, it will be the second-longest winning streak against NFC North teams under McCarthy (12 regular-season games, 2011-12).

– Green Bay is looking to improve to 5-1 against NFC teams this season.

– The Packers are 13-4 against NFC teams since the start of last season. Green Bay’s .765 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 13 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (14-5).

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 77-35-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-45).

– Since 2006, the Packers are 44-11-1 versus NFC teams at Lambeau Field during the regular season, including wins in each of the last nine games.

– Green Bay has won three of four home games this season by 10 or more points (10 vs. Seattle and Kansas City / 14 vs. St. Louis).

– The Packers are the only team in the NFL to be undefeated at home (13-0) since the start of the 2014 regular season (including playoffs).

– The Packers defense has 15 sacks and six interceptions in four home games this season. Green Bay’s 15 sacks at home are tied for No. 3 in the NFL this season.

– Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one today, it would be the sixth time in the last nine seasons that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first nine games of the season.

 

OFFENSE
– QB Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the 16th time during the regular season in his career last week at Carolina. If he records four again this week, it would be just the second time he has thrown four or more touchdowns in back-to-back games (Games 8-9 in 2011).

– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 34-6 against NFC teams at home during the regular season.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 87 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 114.0 against NFC North teams during the regular season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 19 of the last 24 regular-season games, including eight of the last 10. The Packers are 17-2 in those games.

– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 57 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 49, which would tie Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) for eighth place in franchise history.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in seven of the last 11 games. He has totaled eight touchdown receptions over that span.

– Jones has tied his career high (2013) with eight receptions of 25-plus yards this season.

– Dating back to 1978, TE Richard Rodgers’ four touchdown receptions this season are tied for the fifth most among Packers tight ends in the first eight games of a season (according to STATS LLC).

– Midway through his second season, Rodgers has six career receiving touchdowns. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is tied (Jermichael Finley, 2008-09 / Rich McGeorge, 1970-71) for the second most by a Packers tight end in the first two seasons of his career, dating back to 1970 (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).

 

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 12 games.

– Peppers has recorded a sack in five games this season, which is tied for No. 5 in the NFL (HOU J.J. Watt and NE Chandler Jones) behind DET Ezekiel Ansah, DEN DeMarcus Ware, CIN Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap (six each).

 

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School…Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan…Packers WR Jeff Janis is from Tawas City, Mich., and is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Saginaw Valley State…Packers RBs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff from 2007-12…Lions DT C.J. Wilson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and went on play for Green Bay from 2010-13…Lions DT Khyri Thornton spent one season with Green Bay after being selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft…Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls…Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85…Packers LB Andy Mulumba played at Eastern Michigan…Packers LB Jake Ryan played at Michigan…Packers def. front asst. Jerry Montgomery coached the DL at Michigan from 2011-12.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
Today’s officiating crew includes referee John Hussey (35), umpire Tony Michalek (115), head linesman Wayne Mackie (106), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Jimmy Buchanan (86), side judge Allen Baynes (56) and back judge Keith Ferguson (61).


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