PACKERS TOP CHIEFS, 38-28, TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 ON THE SEASON
– The Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28, on Monday night at Lambeau Field to improve to 3-0 on the season. It marks Green Bay’s first 3-0 start since 2011 and the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (also 2007).
– Including playoffs, the Packers have now won 11 consecutive games at Lambeau Field, which is tied for the second-longest home winning streak under McCarthy (11 from 2012-13, 13 from 2010-11).
– Green Bay improved to 16-3 in regular-season prime-time games under McCarthy, including wins in 14 of the last 15.
– The Packers led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter tonight. Dating back to 2014, Green Bay has outscored its opponents 120-24 in the first quarter at Lambeau Field, and has held double-digit leads in seven of 10 games.
– Green Bay outgained the Chiefs, 150 yards to 3 yards, in the first quarter.
– The Packers posted their second zero-turnover game this season. Green Bay has turned the ball over once this season, the fewest through the first three games since it posted the same number in 2009.
– Green Bay rushed for 123 yards as a team on 32 carries (3.8 avg.), its third straight 120-yard rushing game this season. It marks the first time since 1996 that the Packers have posted 120-plus rushing yards in each of the first three games.
– The Packers will head west in Week 4 to take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, Green Bay’s first visit to Levi’s Stadium. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the clubs since 2012.
OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Tonight’s paid attendance was 78,214, the 311th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.
– With 35 passing attempts and five TDs with zero interceptions, QB Aaron Rodgers has now thrown 486 passes and 43 TD passes during the regular season at Lambeau Field without an interception (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 TD passes), further extending his NFL records.
– Rodgers tied an NFL record (Kurt Warner, 1999-2000) by posting a 100-plus passer rating (138.5) and 15-plus attempts (35) in his 10th straight regular-season home game.
– Rodgers threw five TD passes, the fourth game of his career with five-plus TD passes, a franchise record (Brett Favre, three).
– Rodgers has 15 games with four-plus TD passes since 2010, second to only Saints QB Drew Brees (16) over that span.
– With 10 TD passes/zero INTs this season, Rodgers joins Peyton Manning (12/0, 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus TD passes and no INTs in the first three games of the season.
– Rodgers has not thrown an INT in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games.
– WR James Jones became the fourth Packer since the merger and the first since TE Keith Jackson (1996) to catch four TD passes in the first three games of the season. He became the first Green Bay WR to have four receiving TDs in the first three games since James Lofton in 1983.
– Jones has caught at least one TD pass in each of the first three games, the first Green Bay player to do so since TE Bubba Franks in 2001.
– Jones caught seven passes for a team-high 139 yards (19.9 avg.) and a TD, the third-best single-game yardage output of his career.
– WR Randall Cobb caught a career-high three TD passes, the first Packer to register three TD catches in a game since Jones did so at Chicago on Dec. 16, 2012.
– Cobb has 16 TD catches since 2014, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Cowboys WR Dez Bryant and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
– WR Ty Montgomery scored the first TD of his career on an 8-yard pass from Rodgers in the first quarter.
– RB Alonzo Harris posted a 16-yard run on his first NFL carry.
– LB Clay Matthews recorded a team-high two sacks, the 13th two-sack game of his career. 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 Jayrone Elliott registered the first sack of his career when he brought down QB Alex Smith for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.
– LB Joe Thomas posted his first career sack when he brought Smith down for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter.
– The Packers posted a season-high seven sacks as a team, their most since recording seven at Tampa Bay last season in Week 16.
– Green Bay registered a sack in its 39th regular-season consecutive game, extending a franchise record as well as the longest current streak in the league.
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The following players have been declared as inactive for Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field:
Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
28 S Sean Richardson
39 CB Demetri Goodson
42 S Morgan Burnett
65 G Lane Taylor
75 T Bryan Bulaga
86 TE Kennard Backman
Starting lineup changes: 67 T Don Barclay starts for Bulaga, and 33 DB Micah Hyde starts for Burnett.
Kansas City Chiefs
7 QB Aaron Murray
20 CB Steven Nelson
54 LB Dezman Moses
75 OL Jah Reid
82 TE Brian Parker
85 WR Frankie Hammond Jr.
99 DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches
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PACKERS HOST CHIEFS IN PRIMETIME
– Green Bay plays Kansas City at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. This is the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015) that Green Bay is appearing on MNF, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 24-year span (1992-2015). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.
– The Packers are 14-8-1 at home on MNF, including 4-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
– Green Bay is 15-3 in regular-season night games at Lambeau Field since 2006, including wins in 13 of the last 14.
– Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 4-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 92 of 130 passes for 1,045 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 116.3.
– Of the 10 regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Kansas City, only one took place on MNF, a 23-16 victory by the Chiefs on Nov. 8, 1993, at Arrowhead Stadium.
– Tonight will be the Chiefs’ fourth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular season and first since 2003.
– Green Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against AFC opponents with Rodgers as the starter, including five of the last six.
– Rodgers has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five matchups against the AFC.
– Green Bay has faced former Packers assistant coach Andy Reid nine times (including playoffs) since he has become a head coach in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1999-2012), but this will be the first time since he became the head coach for Kansas City in 2013. Reid was 5-4 against the Packers as the head coach of the Eagles, but Green Bay has won the last three matchups.
– Seven of the previous nine games the Packers have played against teams that have been led by Reid have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three or fewer points.
– Tonight will be one of two games the Packers play this season against a franchise they faced in the Super Bowl. Green Bay and Kansas City met in Super Bowl I, and later this season the Packers will play the Oakland Raiders (Week 15), who they faced in Super Bowl II.
– The Packers and Chiefs have played 10 times during the regular season, and although Green Bay has only beaten Kansas City twice, one of the two victories came under the guidance of McCarthy (33-22 at Kansas City, 2007).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– The Packers have won 10 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
– It is the third-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 21-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 21 wins are No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.
– Green Bay is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).
– A win would give Green Bay its fourth victory in the last five games against AFC teams.
– The Packers’ offensive line only gave up two sacks in the first two games of the season (tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first two games since 2008 (one).
– Green Bay has registered a sack in 38 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.
– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 451 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 38 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.
– Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in nine straight regular-season home contests. The NFL record is 10 by Kurt Warner in 1999-2000.
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has completed 75 percent or more of his passes in four straight games (Weeks 16-17 of 2014 and Weeks 1-2 of 2015), a franchise record. He is the first NFL quarterback to complete 75 percent of his passes (min. 20 attempts) in four straight games since Tom Brady in 2007 (Weeks 1-4).
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first three games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).
– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 15 of the last 18 regular-season games, including the last four. The Packers are 14-1 in those games.
– Rodgers last threw an interception at home on Dec. 12, 2012, vs. Minnesota.
– The last time Rodgers threw multiple interceptions at home was Oct. 24, 2010, vs. Minnesota.
– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 13 of the last 18 regular-season games.
– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 43.
– Cobb registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and first of this season, last week against Seattle (116 yards on eight catches). He looks to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the fourth time in his career (2012, 2013, 2014).
– WR James Jones has registered three touchdown receptions so far this season.
– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in four of the last five games. He has totaled five touchdown receptions over that span.
– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the fourth time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in three consecutive games (2011, twice in 2012).
– In two MNF games, RB Eddie Lacy has 256 scrimmage yards (128.0 per game), 223 rushing yards (111.5 per game) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one rec.).
– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has seven sacks in the last six games.
– Peppers has registered three-plus sacks in the first three games he has played in a season twice in his career (three in 2002 / four in 2006).
– In six career games on MNF, LB Clay Matthews has recorded five sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery he returned 42 yards for a touchdown.
– Matthews has six sacks and three forced fumbles in his past seven games against AFC opponents.
– K Mason Crosby (273) is five field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. Last week, Crosby (1,057) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.
– WR Ty Montgomery ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.3). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee John Parry (132), umpire Mark Pellis (131), head linesman Greg Bradley (98), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Jabir Walker (26), side judge Greg Gautreaux (80) and back judge Perry Paganelli (46).
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– Kickoff: Monday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. CT
– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.com. Packers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.
– ESPN is in its 10th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Mike Tirico is joined by analyst Jon Gruden for the 46th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.
– The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WBAY (ABC, Ch. 2) in Green Bay and WISN (ABC, Ch. 12) in Milwaukee.
– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.
– Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
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GREEN BAY PACKERS HEAD COACH MIKE McCARTHY
On the game: “OK, I’ll start with injuries. Bryan Bulaga had a knee strain and Derek Sherrod had a broken leg. With that, I’ll take your questions.”
On the disappointment that the perfect season is over: “Really, what is disappointing to me is that we didn’t clinch home-field advantage. That was always the goal. I personally always viewed the undefeated season as, really, just gravy. The goal was to get the home-field advantage and win the Super Bowl. That’s what we discussed as a football team. We were fortunate enough to be in the position to possibly achieve the undefeated season, but we still have the primary goal in front of us, and that’s to get the home-field advantage.”
On how much he attributes the offensive struggles to the absence of WR Greg Jennings: “I don’t think anytime you have struggles you look to individuals that are not on the field. You look at the game. I’ll go back, I’ll look at the way it was called. We didn’t catch the ball like we normally catch the ball. We had some opportunities, particularly in the first half. We had too many penalties. We’ve been clean week-in and week-out, and as far as the penalties, we weren’t very detailed today.”
On the Chiefs approach to the game: “The film didn’t lie. We talked about it all week. We expressed that to anybody that asked a question. Their ability to run the football… Kyle Orton is definitely an improvement at quarterback, and I thought he played well, which he normally does, just in my experience seeing him play on that other sideline. Defensively, I have a lot of respect for their defense the way they were playing coming into the game. We talked about it being a spirited football game, and we didn’t answer the bell. We were beaten today. The Kansas City Chiefs outplayed us. We were beaten.”
On his concern for the offensive line: “You never want to see players get hurt. We’ll assess everything tomorrow and have a better idea. It’s unfortunate Derek is lost for the season. You never want to see that happen. I really don’t have a pulse on Bryan Bulaga and the injury that he had.”
On whether he considered challenging the pass to TE Leonard Pope along the sideline: “No, I thought we were right on it actually. They have the replay here in Arrowhead. I was of the opinion that the foot was out of bounds before the ball came out. We talked about it. We had a long break in between that point in time to make the decision. Based on the information, I thought it was right not to challenge.”
On whether the press coverage caused any problems: “They challenged us. Frankly, that’s the way you stop a team that can throw the football. Their corners, they played us a lot of 2-Man or however you guys refer to it, Cover 1. They pressed us from the time we got off the bus.”
On whether they talked about kicking it deep rather than going onside: “That’s obviously the conversation. You have two options there, and I chose to go with the onside kick.”
On whether he thinks the Chiefs told the officials to watch for WR Jordy Nelson pushing off: “Well, two quick calls like that, offensive pass interference, I would say that’s uncommon. I don’t think you see that very often. I did not see the replay on either one, so I don’t really have a comment on it. We pushed the ball up the field, and they were playing man-to-man. They got the calls there.”
On whether there is something to take from the game that will help: “It’s really faint. You win and you look to improve your quality of play. We did not improve as a football team today, so we’ll do what you do after that happens. It’s been quite some time since I’ve had to address the team in this fashion, but we didn’t get better. That’s not taking away anything from Kansas City. They won the game. They did the things necessary, time of possession all the way through. I’m sure they hit all the targets as far as the way they approached the game. They got it done. They got their game plan done, we did not. We’ll grade it, like we always do on Mondays, and we’ll get ready for Chicago.”
On whether T Chad Clifton is close to returning: “I don’t know. The path that Chad has been taking back, it’s been up and down, so I don’t know. Hopefully, he can get back, but I wouldn’t know which way to lean.”
On whether the players were heavily invested in going 16-0: “I think our team did a good job of staying on point. I think that was the message. I didn’t see a bunch of guys running around talking about 16-0. That was my sense of it. We knew the type of game we were coming into today. This was no surprise. It wasn’t just talk. We answered the questions all week. We knew we were coming into a juggernaut, and we didn’t overcome it.”
On the play of QB Aaron Rodgers: “I thought he was put in some tough spots. I thought Aaron played with more long downs and distances today than he has in quite some time. He managed this game very well. I thought he was productive at the line of scrimmage. He had one or two balls knocked down. We’ll look at the film and grade him like we always do.”
On whether the pressure is reduced now: “We’ve got our 15th game coming up. We’re fighting for home-field advantage. I say the same thing as every day. We need to improve as a football team, and we need to play our next game better against the Chicago Bears. We have an opportunity, so that’s really where our focus is.”
On QB Kyle Orton’s ability to move the team up and down the field: “I thought they did a very good job with their first down cadence and ability to do late substitutions. That’s a challenge for a team when you’re matching personnel. I thought they were very productive in the action passing game, a lot of the things that he did when we saw him at Lambeau. He hit us on a few big plays. I think the guy is a damn good quarterback. I’m not questioning his coaching decisions that have gone on in his past, but I’ve always felt Kyle is an excellent player.”
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- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Daryl Johnston will have the call from the broadcast booth with Tony Siragusa reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 86, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 711.
- The image below shows an unofficial map (courtesy of the506.com) of which regions will receive the game on FOX:
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