Several starters out for Packers; Packers-Lions inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 25, 2016 – 10:31 am

160920-inactives-950The following players will not play in Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
6 QB Joe Callahan
37 CB Sam Shields
42 S Morgan Burnett
52 LB Clay Matthews
68 T Kyle Murphy
95 DE Datone Jones
98 DT Letroy Guion

Starting lineup changes: #24 Quinten Rollins will start at cornerback for Shields. #33 Micah Hyde will start at safety for Burnett. #56 Julius Peppers will start at linebacker for Matthews. #97 Kenny Clark will start at nose tackle for Guion.

Detroit Lions
38 CB Adairius Barnes
52 LB Antwione Williams
54 LB DeAndre Levy
66 OL Joe Dahl
77 T Cornelius Lucas
84 TE Orson Charles
94 DE Ezekiel Ansah


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Captains picked for Week 3’s match-up with Lions

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 25, 2016 – 8:00 am

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Nick Perry (defense) and LB Joe Thomas (special teams).


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Where to watch Sunday’s Packers-Lions game

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 22, 2016 – 9:53 am

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– If you’re looking for a Packers bar airing the game, try the search feature on Packers Everywhere.
– FOX Sports, now in its 23rd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
– Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman joins analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Peter Schrager.
– 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 (analyst) call the action.
– Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Sam Rosen (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 711.
NFL Game Pass gives fans access to full replays of every NFL game on demand, in high definition.

BRAZIL
– Domingo  14:00 (ESPN)

MEXICO
– Domingo 12:00p (Televisa)

GERMANY
– Sonntag 18:30 (ProSieben MAXX)

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Bulaga, Lang, Randall will not play; Packers-Lions inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 3, 2015 – 5:59 pm

151203-lang-bulaga-950The following players have been declared as inactive for Thursday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions:

Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers
7 QB Brett Hundley
22 FB Aaron Ripkowski
23 CB Damarious Randall
55 LB Andy Mulumba
70 G T.J. Lang
75 T Bryan Bulaga
88 WR Ty Montgomery

Starting lineup changes: #65 Lane Taylor will start at right guard in place of #70 T.J. Lang. #67 Don Barclay will start at right tackle in place of #75 Bryan Bulaga.

Detroit Lions
16 WR Lance Moore
41 CB Bill Bentley
64 C Travis Swanson
70 T Corey Robinson
83 TE Tim Wright
90 DT Gabe Wright
99 DT Jermelle Cudjo

Starting lineup changes: #63 Manny Ramirez will start at center in place of #64 Travis Swanson.


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Packers wrapping up four-game stretch vs. division opponents

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 3, 2015 – 4:30 pm

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.

 

OFFENSE
– 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.

 

DEFENSE
– 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.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– 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.

 

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 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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Captains vs. Lions: Cobb, Clinton-Dix, Goode

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 3, 2015 – 3:30 pm

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As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be WR Randall Cobb (offense), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).


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How to watch Thursday’s Packers-Lions game

Posted by Duke Bobber on December 2, 2015 – 1:05 pm

151203-lions-950– Kickoff: Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7:25 p.m. CT

Click here for the Packers-Lions game center

– Watch a replay of the game on your desktop, connected TV, tablet or smartphones with NFL GamePass. Out-of-market fans can watch the game LIVE with NFL GamePass. Start your free trial today.

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers 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.

– Thursday night’s game will be televised to a national audience on CBS and NFL Network with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms handling the call from the broadcast booth and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.

– In Wisconsin, CBS affiliates around the state, including WFRV (Ch. 5) in Green Bay and WDJT (Ch. 58) in Milwaukee, will carry the Thursday night contest.

– 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. Ian Eagle (play-by-play) and Tim Ryan (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham will host pre-game and halftime shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).


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Packers-Lions postgame notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 15, 2015 – 6:11 pm

PACKERS FALL TO LIONS AT LAMBEAU FIELD

– The Packers lost to the Detroit Lions, 18-16, on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, a defeat that snapped Green Bay’s six-game winning streak in NFC North games and 12-game regular-season winning streak at Lambeau Field. The Packers are now 6-3 on the season.

– 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).

– The Packers will travel to Minnesota next Sunday to take on the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium at 3:25 p.m. CST, the second in a stretch of four consecutive NFC North games for Green Bay.

 

OTHER POSTGAME NOTES:
– Today’s paid attendance was 78,526, a regular-season home record for the Packers (previous high: 78,434 vs. San Diego, Oct. 18, 2015). It was the 314th consecutive regular-season sellout at Lambeau Field.

– QB Aaron Rodgers tied a single-game franchise record with 61 passing attempts on Sunday afternoon, matching the mark set by Brett Favre vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1996.

– Rodgers’ 35 completions were a single-game career high, topping his previous best of 34 (at Chicago in 2010, vs. Washington in 2013). It is tied for the second most in a game in team annals behind only Favre’s 36 completions at Chicago on Dec. 5, 1993.

– Rodgers threw for 333 yards, giving him back-to-back 300-yard games for the first time since Weeks 13-14 last season.

– Rodgers did not throw an interception on Sunday, giving him 20 zero-INT games in his last 25 regular-season contests.

– WR Davante Adams caught a career-high 10 passes for 79 yards, eclipsing his previous best of seven receptions (at New Orleans in 2014, at Carolina in 2015).

– WR Jared Abbrederis caught a 15-yard pass from Rodgers in the second quarter, the first reception of his NFL career.  Abbrederis finished with four receptions for 57 yards (14.3 avg.).

– TE Justin Perillo registered a career-high five catches for a career-best 58 yards (11.6 avg.), including the first TD grab of his career, an 11-yard catch with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

– TE Richard Rodgers caught a 4-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, 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.

– Rodgers now has seven TD catches in his career, the second most by a Green Bay TE in his first two seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger behind only Bubba Franks (10, 2000-01).

– 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,

– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix posted his second INT of the season when he picked off Lions QB Matthew Stafford late in the third quarter.

– CB Damarious Randall became the first Packer to recover a Green Bay onside kick attempt since LB Jamari Lattimore did so vs. Chicago on Nov. 4, 2013.


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Eddie Lacy out with injury; Packers-Lions inactives

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 15, 2015 – 10:29 am

151115-lacy-950The following players have been declared as inactive for Sunday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions:

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7 QB Brett Hundley
27 RB Eddie Lacy
36 CB LaDarius Gunter
55 LB Andy Mulumba
65 G Lane Taylor
86 TE Kennard Backman
88 WR Ty Montgomery

Detroit Lions
13 WR TJ Jones
50 LB Travis Lewis
67 DT Khyri Thornton
70 T Corey Robinson
77 T Cornelius Lucas
83 TE Tim Wright
99 DT Jermelle Cudjo


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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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