Packers face Vikings with division title on the line

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 3, 2016 – 2:30 pm

160103-vikings-950PACKERS HOST VIKINGS AT LAMBEAU FIELD IN SEASON FINALE
– The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will meet in Green Bay in the regular-season finale for just the second time (1996).

– Tonight will mark the third consecutive year Green Bay will play for the NFC North title in Week 17, and it will be against the third different opponent (Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota).

–  Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 8-1 in Week 17 games, including 5-0 at home. The Packers’ eight wins in Week 17 are tied for the most in the NFL from 2006-14 (Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco). Green Bay has scored 276 points in Week 17 games since 2006, tied with New England for the most in the NFL over that span.

– Tonight will be the first time the Packers and Vikings have met in the regular season when both teams entered the game with a double-digit win total. Since the Vikings entered the league in 1961, there have been only five seasons where both teams had 10-plus wins in the same season (1989, 1998, 2009, 2012, 2015).

– Through 110 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 59-49-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.

– The Packers are 10-1-1 in the last 12 games between the teams during the regular and postseason, including 5-0-1 at home. The Packers’ only loss during that span was by three points in 2012 at Minnesota in Week 17.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in seven of their last 10 regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 33.2 points per game over that span. That included a 30-point effort in the first meeting this season, a 42-point game last season, a 44-point outing at Minnesota in 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 14-4-1 record (.763) against the Vikings in the regular season.

– The Packers have swept the regular-season series against the Vikings five times under McCarthy (2006-07, 2010-11, 2014).

– Since 2006, the Packers have scored 20-plus points against the Vikings in 18 of 19 regular-season games. The Packers’ 549 points scored in the regular season since 2006 are the most against the Vikings in the NFL, and Green Bay’s 28.9 points per game leads the league among teams that have played Minnesota at least four times over that span.

– Of the past 27 regular-season meetings between the Packers and Vikings, 18 of those games have been decided by seven points or less.

– The Packers have a 43-15-1 (.737) overall regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional mark that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006.

 

AGAINST MINNESOTA
– Including the postseason, Green Bay is 11-4 against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, and has won 10 of the last 11 contests.

– In 16 games against the Vikings (including playoffs), Rodgers has completed 326 of 470 passes (69.4 percent) for 3,976 yards, 34 TDs and four INTs with a passer rating of 115.7. His passer rating is the highest of any opposing quarterback vs. Minnesota (min. 100 att.).

– In primetime games against Minnesota, Rodgers is 124 of 169 (73.4 percent) for 1,548 yards and 14 TDs with three INTs for a 121.6 rating. He has registered a rating of 110-plus in five of six games, including 130-plus in each of the last three. In the last three, he has totaled 691 passing yards, nine touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 144.0.

– Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in 10 of the last 13 games against the Vikings, including the postseason. He recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.7 in a Week 5 victory over Minnesota at Lambeau Field 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).

– WR Randall Cobb has two touchdown receptions in the last three games against Minnesota.

– In the first meeting this season, WR James Jones caught six passes for 109 yards (18.2 avg.) and one touchdown.

– RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 534 yards (106.8 per game) and five touchdowns in five games against the Vikings.

– DT Mike Daniels has 6.5 sacks in the past five games against Minnesota.

– LB Julius Peppers has 11 sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown in 14 contests against the Vikings.

– LB Clay Matthews has played against Minnesota 12 times (including playoffs), registering nine sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– If the Packers win, it will mark their fifth consecutive division title, extending a franchise record. It would also make them the only team in the NFC to win its division each of the last five seasons. The only two teams to win five or more division titles in a row in the NFC Central/North were the Minnesota Vikings from 1973-78 and the Chicago Bears from 1984-88.

– Tonight will be the fifth regular-season home game in the month of January in team history. The Packers are 4-0 all-time at home in January during the regular season.

– A victory would make Green Bay 4-2 against the division this season and give it four or more regular-season wins against division opponents for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. The Packers are trying to finish above .500 in NFC North games for the 10th straight season.

– A win would mark the sixth season McCarthy has guided the Packers to 11-plus wins (2007, 2009, 2011-12, 2014), extending his franchise record.

– Green Bay has posted eight zero-turnover games this season, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933).

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 80-38-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 80 wins are nine more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 71-48).

– The Packers are 7-4 against NFC teams this season. It is the eighth regular season since 2006 that Green Bay finished with seven-plus wins against NFC opponents. A win would mark the seventh time the Packers recored eight-plus regular season wins over NFC opponents since ‘06.

–  Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).

–  According to STATS LLC, Green Bay has 36 pass plays of 25-plus yards this season. If they record four more, it will mark the fourth time since 1994 that Green Bay has registered 40 or more pass plays of 25-plus yards in a season (46 in 2011 / 44 in 2013 / 42 in 2010).

 

OFFENSE
– Rodgers looks to throw for multiple touchdowns for the 11th time this season. It would mark the fourth time in his career he has recorded 11 or more games with multiple touchdowns in a single regular season (14 in 2011 / 11 in 2012 and 2014).

– Rodgers reached 30 passing touchdowns for the fifth time in his career. He ranks second in team history behind Brett Favre’s eight. Rodgers’ five 30-plus passing touchdown seasons since 2009 are tied for the second most in the NFL over that time span (NE Tom Brady and IND/DEN Peyton Manning, five / NO Drew Brees, seven).

– Rodgers ranks No. 2 in the NFL with seven games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs (New England QB Tom Brady, nine).

– Rodgers (332) is 25 yards away from eclipsing his single-season career high in rushing yards, 356 in 2010.

– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 56, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He trails WR James Lofton (58, 1979-83) for fourth place in team history.

– Jones (788) is 30 yards away from surpassing his single-season career high of 817 receiving yards he set in 2013.

– Jones (46) is four catches away from his fourth consecutive season with 50-plus receptions.

– TE Richard Rodgers needs four catches to become only the fourth tight end in team history with 55-plus receptions in a season: Jermichael Finley (three), Paul Coffman (two), Jackie Harris (one).

– Lacy’s 416 rushing yards since Week 11 are the sixth most in the NFL over that span.

– Lacy is one 100-yard rushing game away from tying his single-season career high of four (2013).

– With 3,041 rushing yards, Lacy is one of only two players in team history (RB John Brockington, 3,276) to rush for 3,000-plus yards in his first three seasons in the NFL.

– RB James Starks is three yards away from surpassing his single-season career high of 578 rushing yards from 2011.

– If Starks (577) records 23 or more rushing yards, he would reach 600 for the season and give the Packers two players with 600-plus rushing yards (Eddie Lacy-724) in the same season for the first time since 1985 (Jessie Clark-633 / Eddie Lee Ivery-636).

 

DEFENSE
– Matthews needs two tackles to surpass his previous career high of 83 (2010). 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).

– Peppers leads the team with 9.5 sacks and is a half a sack away from his ninth season with 10-plus sacks, which would tie John Randle for the fourth-most 10-sack seasons since 1982 (Bruce Smith, 13 / Reggie White, 12 / Kevin Greene, 10).

– Peppers (135.0) trails Jared Allen (136.0) for the ninth most on the all-time sacks list (since 1982) and both Richard Dent and John Randle (137.5) for the seventh most.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– P Tim Masthay has recorded a net average of 40.3 yards this season, which is on pace to beat his career high and franchise record (since 1976) of 39.0 (2013).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Bill Vinovich (52), umpire Paul King (121), head linesman Phil McKinnely (110), line judge Mike Spanier (90), field judge John Jenkins (117), side judge Gary Cavaletto (60) and back judge Jim Quirk (63).


Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Packers.com Blog
blog comments powered by Disqus