Packers-Vikings press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 11:25 am

PACKERS RETURN TO THE ROAD FOR NFC NORTH MATCHUP
-The Green Bay Packers will play their third road game in the last four weeks today when they take on the Minnesota Vikings.

– Green Bay has won four of the last five at Minnesota.

– Of the past 26 regular-season meetings between the teams, 18 of those games have been decided by seven points or less, including a 24-21 Packers victory in Minnesota last season in Week 12.

– Through 109 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 58-49-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.

– The Packers are 9-1-1 in the last 11 games between the teams during the regular and postseason, including 4-1 at Minnesota. The Packers’ only loss during that span was by three points in 2012.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in six of their last nine regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 33.6 points per game over that span. That included a 42-point game last season, a 44-point outing at Minnesota in Week 8 of 2013, the most points ever scored by Green Bay at the Metrodome, and a 45-point effort at Lambeau Field in 2011.

– Since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 13-4-1 record (.750) against the Vikings in the regular season.

– Since 2006, the Packers have scored 20-plus points against the Vikings in 17 of 18 regular-season games. The Packers’ 519 points scored in the regular season since 2006 are the most against the Vikings in the NFL, and Green Bay’s 28.8 points per game leads the league among teams that have played Minnesota at least four times over that span.

– Including the postseason, Green Bay is 10-4 against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, and has won nine of the last 10 contests.

– In 15 games against the Vikings (including playoffs), Rodgers has completed 310 of 436 passes (71.1 percent) for 3,764 yards, 32 touchdowns and four interceptions with a passer rating of 117.9. His passer rating is the highest of any opposing quarterback vs. Minnesota (min. 100 att.).

– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in 10 of the last 12 games against the Vikings, including the postseason. He recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.7 in a Week 5 victory vs. Minnesota last season. It was his fourth-highest rating against the Vikings in his career.

– In 2010-11, Rodgers posted a passer rating of 140.0 or better in three contests against Minnesota (146.5 at MIN in 2011 / 141.3 at MIN in 2010 / 140.3 vs. MIN in 2011), becoming the first NFL quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to register a 140-plus passer rating in three consecutive games against the same opponent (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– If the Packers win, it will mark three consecutive victories on the road against the Vikings, which would be the longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series since winning five straight from 1980-85.

– Green Bay has won six of its last seven NFC North games.

– The Packers are looking to improve to 5-2 against NFC teams this season.

– Green Bay is 13-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .722 winning percentage is tied with Arizona (13-5) for No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 13 regular-season wins are tied with Arizona for second only to the Seattle Seahawks (14-6).

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 77-36-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).

– The Packers have scored 28 points in the fourth quarter over the last two weeks, tied with Chicago for No. 1 in the NFL over that span.

– 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 10 games of the season.

– Last week, Green Bay posted its sixth zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2004 and trailing only the totals in 2009 (eight) and 2014 (seven).

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 44th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season. It will also mark the third time he has thrown for 300-plus yards in three or more consecutive games in a single regular season (2014-three / 2011-four).

– Rodgers has thrown for 702 yards, six touchdowns and one interception over the last two games.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 89 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a has a passer rating of 112.5 against NFC North teams during the regular season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 20 of the last 25 regular-season games, including nine of the last 11. The Packers are 17-3 in those games.

– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 59 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Davante Adams caught a career-high 10 passes for 79 yards last week against Detroit, eclipsing his previous best of seven receptions (at NO in 2014, at CAR in 2015). Adams’ 17 receptions in the last two games are tied for No. 2 in the NFL over the last two weeks (MIA WR Jarvis Landry, 17 / PIT WR Antonio Brown, 24).

– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 50, which would pass Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) and tie him with Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) for sixth place in franchise history.

– Cobb has nine touchdowns in the last nine games against NFC North opponents.

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

– TE Richard Rodgers caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter last week, giving him a TD grab in back-to-back games for the second time in his career (Weeks 12-13 last season). He has three TD catches in the last two games.

– TE Justin Perillo registered a career-high five catches for a career-best 58 yards (11.6 avg.) last week, including the first touchdown of his career.

– In Week 10, RB James Starks matched his career high with six receptions for 54 yards (9.0 avg.), tying his total vs. Tampa Bay in 2011 and at Carolina this season in Week 9.

– Starks is five receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 221 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.

– Starks has registered 95-plus yards from scrimmage in three of the past four games (117 vs. SD, 122 at CAR, 96 vs. DET).

– RB Eddie Lacy has 434 rushing yards (108.5 per game) and six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in four games against Minnesota. He has registered one or more touchdowns in each of the four games. Last season he joined Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Billy Sims and Gale Sayers as the only players to register two 100-yard rushing games against the Vikings in a season.

 

DEFENSE
– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix set career highs in tackles (12) and solo tackles (11) last week against Detroit, while also recording an interception.

– 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).

– Matthews has nine sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown in 11 games against the Vikings (including playoffs).

– 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 13 games.

– In the last three games against Minnesota, Peppers registered 2.5 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown.

 

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings from 2008-13 after originally being selected in the fifth round…Packers VP of football admin./player finance Russ Ball served as the senior football administrator for the Vikings from 1999-2000…Vikings WR Charles Johnson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round (216th overall) in 2013 and spent the early part of that season on Green Bay’s practice squad…Vikings special teams coord. Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, was an asst. coach for the Packers from 1984-85…Vikings CB Trae Waynes is from Kenosha, Wis. …In 2007, Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the asst. DBs coach for Atlanta while Vikings HC Mike Zimmer was the DC and asst. DBs/quality control coach Jonathan Gannon was a def. asst./quality control coach…From 1991-93, Packers def. quality control coach John Rushing played DB at Washington State while Zimmer was the DC…Packers DC Dom Capers and Vikings DC George Edwards were on the Dolphins’ defensive coaching staff together in 2006-07.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Walt Coleman (65), umpire Bill Schuster (129), head linesman Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Kevin Codey (16), field judge Boris Cheek (41), side judge Jon Lucivansky (89) and back judge Rich Martinez (39).


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