PACKERS TRAVEL TO DETROIT TO PLAY THE LIONS
– The Green Bay Packers will play their second-to-last NFC North game of the season tonight when they take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
– Dating back to 1970, this will be the third time the Packers have played a primetime game at Detroit (Thursday, Oct. 15, 1998 and Monday, Oct. 16, 1972).
– Green Bay and Detroit will be facing off for the second time in four games. The last time the Packers played the same opponent twice in four or fewer games in a single regular season was in 2012, and it was against the Lions in a four-game span (Weeks 11-14).
– Dating back to 2006, this will be the fifth time Green Bay has played the same team twice in four games or less during the regular season (2011, MIN, twice in three games / 2010, MIN, twice in three games / 2009, MIN, twice in four games). In the previous four occurrences, the Packers have won the second game three times.
– This is the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13, Detroit and Dallas).
– Green Bay is 8-5 at Ford Field, a .615 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 among teams that have played five or more games there.
– The Packers lead the regular-season series 95-68-7 (.579) 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.
– The rivalry kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Tonight marks meeting No. 173 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
– Green Bay has a 15-4 mark (.789) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– 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 20 against Detroit and 24 of the last 30 in the series.
– QB Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to 10 wins in 13 games against the Lions, completing 264 of 397 passes for 3,280 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions with a passer rating of 106.8.
– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating nine times against Detroit.
– Tonight, Green Bay will wrap up a four-game stretch against division opponents, with all four games taking 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).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– The Packers are looking to win their fifth consecutive road game against an NFC North team. Dating back to 2002, It would tie for the longest road division winning streak by the Packers during the regular season (2006-07 and 2011-12).
– If the Packers win, they will finish 3-0 on the road against the division for the fourth time (2011, 2006, 2004) since the NFC North was formed in 2002.
– Green Bay has won four of the last six games it played on Thursday nights.
– Green Bay has won seven of its last nine NFC North games.
– The Packers are looking to improve to 6-3 against NFC teams this season.
– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 78-37-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 78 wins are eight more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-46).
– Green Bay has posted seven zero-turnover games this season. That is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2014 and trailing only 2009 (eight).
– The Packers have allowed a total of 23 first-half points over the last three games (7.7 per game).
– Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).
– Green Bay rushed for a season-high 177 yards (6.3 avg.) in Week 12 versus Chicago. It was the Packers’ highest output since a 179-yard effort on the ground last season in Week 14 vs. Atlanta.
– Under McCarthy, Green Bay is 26-12 (.684) during the month of December. Green Bay’s .684 winning percentage is No. 4 in the NFL over that span.
– The Packers have won six of the last eight games they have played in the month of December.
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 44th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
– Rodgers is No. 2 in the NFL with six games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs (New England QB Tom Brady, seven).
– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 92 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a has a passer rating of 110.2 against NFC North teams during the regular season. His passer rating ranks No. 1 in NFL history against division foes (min. 536 pass att.).
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 21 of the last 27 regular-season games, including 10 of the last 13. The Packers are 18-3 in those games.
– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 62 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 52, which would pass Greg Jennings (2009-12) for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.
– Cobb has 10 touchdown receptions in his past 11 games against divisional opponents. Since 2014, Cobb’s eight touchdown receptions against the NFC North ranks third in the league for players against their own division (NYG WR Odell Beckham, Jr. – 11 / DAL WR Dez Bryant – 9).
– Over the last two weeks, RB Eddie Lacy recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing games for the first time in his career (100 and 105 yards).
– Lacy’s 205 rushing yards over the last two games are the fourth highest total in the NFL in Weeks 11-12.
– Last week, Lacy averaged 6.2 yards on 17 carries, the fourth time in his career he averaged over 6 yards a carry in a game when recording 15 or more attempts, which is tied (MIN RB Adrian Peterson, PIT RB Le’Veon Bell) for the third most in the NFL since 2013 (PHI/BUF RB LeSean McCoy, eight, DAL/PHI RB DeMarco Murray, five).
– Lacy posted a 25-yard touchdown against the Bears in Week 12, giving him a touchdown in all six career games vs. Chicago. He is tied with Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (six games vs. Philadelphia) for the longest current touchdown streak in the league against one opponent to start a career.
– RB James Starks has set new career bests in receptions (30), receiving yards (292) and receiving touchdowns (two) this season.
– Over the last three games, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 28 tackles (24 solo), an interception and a sack.
– CB Quinten Rollins registered his first career sack last week against Chicago.
– 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 seven sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 10 games against Detroit.
– LB Julius Peppers leads the team with 6.0 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 11 sacks in the last 15 games.
– Peppers needs one sack to tie New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor and San Diego/St. Louis/Kansas City DE Leslie O’Neal (132.5) for 12th most in NFL history (since 1982).
– In 15 games against the Lions, Peppers has 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles.
– WR Jeff Janis has recorded two kickoff returns of 60-plus yards (64, 70) in four attempts over the last two games. He became the first Packer to post a kickoff return of 60-plus yards in back-to-back games since WR Robert Brooks in 1993 (Oct. 3-Oct. 10).
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Janis is the first NFL player since Houston Oilers CB Willie Tullis in 1981 to have two kickoff returns of 60-plus yards in his first four career attempts.
– P Tim Masthay has set a career high by landing two or more punts inside the 20-yard line in each of the last four games.
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 Khyri Thornton played during the 2014 preseason for Green Bay before being placed on injured reserve, and was also on the roster in 2015 for training camp…Lions DT C.J. Wilson played for Green Bay from 2010-13, starting 11 of 50 games played during the regular season and three of eight postseason contests…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…In 1985, Lions LBs coach Bill Sheridan joined Trgovac as a graduate assistant at Michigan…Packers off. quality control coach Luke Getsy worked as the WRs coach at Western Michigan in 2013…Packers LB Andy Mulumba played at Eastern Michigan while LB Jake Ryan played at Michigan…Packers def. front asst. Jerry Montgomery coached the DL at Michigan from 2011-12.
WEARING THE STRIPES
Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Carl Cheffers (51), umpire Undrey Wash (96), head linesman Kent Payne (79), line judge Tim Podraza (47), field judge Brad Freeman (88), side judge Scott Novak (1) and back judge Terrence Miles (111).
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