Packers visit Canton for preseason opener

Posted by Duke Bobber on August 7, 2016 – 3:00 pm

160805-pbn-950– They Green Bay Packers’ 2016 season officially kicks off tonight when they take on the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

– The Packers and Colts close out the 2016 Enshrinement Weekend one day after Green Bay legend Brett Favre was formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with Edward DeBartolo Jr., Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel.

– The Packers are making their fifth appearance in the Hall of Fame game and first since 2003. Green Bay holds a 1-2-1 record in the game:

1969       vs. Atlanta Falcons         W, 38-24
1980       vs. San Diego Chargers   T, 0-0*
1993       vs. Los Angeles Raiders  L, 3-19
2003       vs. Kansas City Chiefs    L, 0-9*
*Games ended early due to lightning and heavy rain

– The Packers and Colts meet during the preseason for the 10th time, with Indianapolis leading the series 5-4.

– The last time the two teams met during the preseason came in 2011, when Green Bay traveled to Indianapolis for the third preseason game and came away with a 24-21 victory. That came a year after the Packers beat the Colts in Green Bay, 59-24, also in the third game of the preseason.

–  It is the fifth time in the last six years that the Packers have kicked off their preseason slate away from Lambeau Field.

– The Packers will return to Green Bay for their second preseason game, facing the Cleveland Browns in the Midwest Shrine Game on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. It will be the first time the Packers and Browns have played during the preseason since they met each year from 2009-12.

 

FAVRE TAKES HIS PLACE AMONG THE GREATS
– Brett Favre
played 16 of his 20 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and led the resurgence of the franchise, culminating in a Super Bowl XXXI victory. He is the 24th member of the Packers to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

– Favre was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but was traded to Green Bay following his rookie season.

– He played for Green Bay from 1992-2007 and finished his Packers career with 442 passing touchdowns, 61,655 passing yards, 5,377 completions and 8,754 attempts – all franchise records.

– He started 253 consecutive games for the Packers, and his 16 seasons matched QB Bart Starr (1956-71) for the longest tenure in team history.

– Favre led the Packers to 11 playoff appearances, seven division titles, two NFC championships and one Super Bowl title.

– At the time of his retirement following the 2010 season, he was the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards (71,838), attempts (10,169), completions (6,300) and touchdowns (508).

– He recorded 3,000-plus yards passing in all but his first and last season while eclipsing 4,000 yards in a season six times.

– Favre was named NFL MVP three times (1995-97) and registered four-plus touchdown passes in 23 games.

– He led the league in touchdown passes four times, including three straight seasons (1995-97).

 

ST. NORBERT AND THE PACKERS
Continuing a tradition started under Packers coach Scooter McLean in 1958, the Green Bay Packers are calling St. Norbert College home for a 59th consecutive training camp. The relationship between the private college in De Pere, Wis., and the Green Bay Packers marks the longest continual use of any training-camp facility by an NFL team.

–   Players take up residence in Victor McCormick Hall, a 60-room coed dormitory used to house 225 students during the academic year.  

–   St. Norbert, founded in 1898 by Abbot Bernard Pennings, borders the Fox River and enrolls around 2,000 students.

–   The Packers use their own practice and team-meeting facilities at Lambeau Field during training camp, with the college serving as housing headquarters.

–   Players return to St. Norbert via cars and vans every evening.

–   The 6.62-mile commute is estimated at 11 minutes each way.

SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):

–   Friday, Aug. 12 – Preseason game vs. Cleveland Browns, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Midwest Shrine Game)
–   Thursday, Aug. 18 – Preseason game vs. Oakland Raiders, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field (Bishop’s Charities Game)
–   Friday, Aug. 26 – Preseason game at San Francisco 49ers, 9 p.m., Levi’s Stadium
–   Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Final practice open to public, 11:45 a.m., Nitschke Field
–   Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
–   Thursday, Sept. 1 – Preseason game at Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Arrowhead Stadium
–   Saturday, Sept. 3 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 3 p.m

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Colts QB Scott Tolzien played for the Packers from 2013-15 and at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-10, winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2010…Indianapolis S Dezmen Southward never missed a game in his collegiate career at Wisconsin (2010-13)…While with the Badgers, Tolzien (2010) and Southward (2010-13) were teammates of Green Bay WR Jared Abbrederis…Packers P Tim Masthay orginally signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2009…Colts assistant head coach/offensive line coach Joe Philbin was a coach with the Packers from 2003-11, including five years as offensive coordinator (2007-11)…Green Bay defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery coached under Philbin at Iowa in 2002…Packers T Jason Spriggs went to school at Indiana from 2012-15 and was raised in Elkhart, Ind. …Green Bay DT Brian Price grew up in Lafayette, Ind. …Colts OLB Erik Walden played in 40 games with 26 starts for Green Bay from 2010-12…Colts CB Tay Glover-Wright (2014-15) and T Jeremy Vujnovich (2014-16) both spent time with the Packers…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco during Indianapolis RB Frank Gore’s rookie season (2005)…McCarthy also coached with Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel and tight ends coach Jim Hostler in 2005 with the 49ers…Hostler was colleagues in New Orleans with McCarthy (2001-02), Packers associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss (2001-02) and special teams coordinator Ron Zook (2001)…Green Bay associate head coach/offense Tom Clements coached in Kansas City with Hostler in 2000…Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer played for Zook at Florida in 1995 and coached with McCarthy while with the Chiefs in 1998 and Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac during the 2001 season in Washington…Colts CB Vontae Davis was named Freshman All-America in the first of his three seasons (2006-08) at Illinois when Zook was head coach…Zook also coached Indianapolis RB Josh Ferguson (2011) and G Hugh Thornton (2009-11) as the head man with the Fighting Illini…Colts assistant offensive line coach Joe Gilbert was on Zook’s staff at Illinois from 2009-11 and coached Green Bay G Josh Sitton at Central Florida for three seasons (2004-06)…Gilbert was Maine’s offensive coordinator when Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans held the same position from 1996-99…Packers WR Randall Cobb and P Tim Masthay played with Indianapolis S Winston Guy (2008-10) and DT Ricky Lumpkin (2008) at Kentucky…Green Bay LB Lerenteé McCray was teammates at Florida with Colts C Jonotthan Harrison, OLB Earl Okine and ILB Antonio Morrison…Indianapolis ILB Nate Irving (2014) played with McCray in Denver…Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy (2012) and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2012-13) played at Alabama with Colts C Ryan Kelly…Packers WR Ty Montgomery and Colts QB Andrew Luck played the 2011 season together at Stanford en route to a Fiesta Bowl appearance…Montgomery also played with Indianapolis DT David Parry (2011-14) at Stanford…From 2012-14 at Stanford, Parry was also teammates with Packers LB Blake Martinez and T Kyle Murphy…Green Bay DT Letroy Guion and Colts CB Patrick Robinson were Florida State teammates from 2006-07…Green Bay T David Bakhtiari played at Colorado in 2010 with Indianapolis CB Jalil Brown…Green Bay TE Jared Cook and Colts DE Kendall Langford were Rams teammates for two seasons (2013-14)…Packers LB Clay Matthews and Indianapolis T Kevin Graf are both from Agoura Hills, Calif., and alums of Agoura High School…Packers LB Julius Peppers was at North Carolina in 1999 when Indianapolis assistant strength & conditioning coach Richard Howell was a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels.

WEARING THE STRIPES
Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Clay Martin (19), head linesman Greg Bradley (98), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Dale Shaw (104), side judge Alex Kemp (55) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


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Packers making 31st postseason appearance

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 10, 2016 – 12:00 pm

FB_WildCard_Redskins_843x317PACKERS GO ON THE ROAD TO PLAY WASHINGTON IN WILD CARD MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins will square off this afternoon in the final game of the Wild Card round.

– Green Bay last played on the road in the Wild Card round during the 2010 playoffs, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 21-16. It was also the last time the Packers played on the road against an NFC East team in the postseaosn.

– The Packers are the No. 5 seed in the playoffs for the third time (1998, 2009) since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990.

– The Packers are making their 31st postseason appearance, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants for the most in the NFL.

– Green Bay set a franchise record by appearing in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year (2009-15). The Packers join the New England Patriots as the only teams to make the postseason each of the past seven seasons. Both teams join Houston (1987-93) and San Francisco 1992-98) for the seventh-longest postseason streak in NFL history (Nine: Dallas, 1975-83 / Indianapolis, 2002-10; Eight: Dallas, 1966-1973 / Pittsburgh, 1972-79/ L.A. Rams, 1973-80 / San Francisco, 1983-90).

– Green Bay is 31-20 all-time in the postseason. The Packers’ 31 wins are the third most in the NFL behind the Pittsburgh Steelers (33-22) and Dallas Cowboys (34-26).

– Green Bay’s .608 postseason winning percentage ranks No. 3 in NFL history (Baltimore, 15-8, .652 / New England, 28-18, .609).

– The Packers’ 51 postseason games played are the third most in the NFL, trailing only Dallas (60) and Pittsburgh (55).

– The Packers and Redskins will meet in the postseason for the third time. They last met in the playoffs in an NFC Divisional game at Washington in 1972, a 16-3 Redskins victory. The only other meeting was in the NFL Championship in 1936 when the Washington franchise was located in Boston. The game was played in New York and Green Bay won, 21-6.

– The Packers have made the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

– The Packers have won an NFL-record eight Wild Card games (1982, 1993-95, 2001, 2003, 2010, 2012), including two under McCarthy.

– The Packers are 2-2 in Wild Card playoff games during the McCarthy era.

– Green Bay leads the NFC with eight trips to the postseason since 2007.

 

POSTSEASON PROFICIENCY
– As productive as QB Aaron Rodgers has been during the regular season in his eight years as the starter, he has also carried that over to the playoffs.

– Rodgers has a 101.0 passer rating in the postseason, No. 3 in NFL history (min. 150 att.) behind Bart Starr (104.8) and Kurt Warner (102.8).

– He ranks No. 5 in NFL postseason history (min. 150 attempts) with a completion percentage of 65.37 and No. 4 in interception percentage (1.81).

– Rodgers capped off the 2010 postseason with a 304-yard, three-TD effort vs. Pittsburgh that earned him Super Bowl MVP honors. He became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three TDs with no INTs in a Super Bowl, joining Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jake Delhomme.

–  Rodgers has posted a 110-plus passer rating in five of his 11 career postseason starts, including a 125.4 rating in the Divisional win against Dallas last season. That already ties him with Brett Favre (five in 24 starts), Troy Aikman (five in 16 starts), Terry Bradshaw (five in 19 starts), Peyton Manning (five in 24 starts) and Joe Flacco (five in 15 starts) for third in league history (min. 15 att.) behind Montana (six in 23 starts) and Tom Brady (six in 28 starts).

– Since becoming the starter, Rodgers has thrown 23 touchdowns in the playoffs, No. 3 in the NFL since 2008 (Tom Brady, 27 / Joe Flacco, 25).

– LB Clay Matthews’ 8.5 postseason sacks are No. 1 in franchise history.

– Matthews’ three forced fumbles in the postseason are tied for the most in the NFL since 2009 (Terrell Suggs, Raheem Brock).

– CB Sam Shields already owns the franchise postseason record for interceptions with five.

– K Mason Crosby is on a current franchise-record streak of 16 consecutive field goals made in the playoffs, which is also tied for second in NFL playoff history behind only David Akers (19). He also has scored in his last 13 consecutive postseason games, a franchise record.

– Crosby owns the Packers postseason records for field goals (19) and points (101).

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Rodgers (2,983) needs 17 passing yards to join Brett Favre (5,311) as the only Packers to throw for 3,000-plus yards in the postseason.

– If Rodgers records a 100-plus passer rating, it will be the seventh of his career and pass Starr for the second most in Packers postseason history behind Favre’s nine.

–  If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, he would join Peyton Manning (nine), Tom Brady (eight), Drew Brees (six), Warner (six) and Pro Football Hall of Famers Montana (six) and Dan Fouts (five) as the only quarterbacks to have at least five 300-yard passing games in NFL postseason history.

– FB John Kuhn is one rushing touchdown away from tying Edgar Bennett (five) for the most in franchise postseason history. Kuhn’s seven overall touchdowns in the postseason are No. 2 to WR Antonio Freeman’s 12.

– With one 100-yard rushing game, RB Eddie Lacy is tied with six other players for the second most in Packers postseason history (Dorsey Levens, three).

– Matthews has registered at least a half a sack in seven of 10 postseason games. He has four sacks in his last four playoff games.

 

NOTES ON THE REGULAR SEASON
– The Packers earned the 750th total victory in franchise history this season. Green Bay is 751-567-37 and joined the Chicago Bears as the only teams in NFL history to reach 750 total wins.

– Head Coach Mike McCarthy has now led Green Bay to seven seasons with 10-plus regular-season wins, the most in franchise history (since 1921).

– McCarthy is the 10th coach to record seven-or-more 10-win seasons in their first 10 years as an NFL head coach (Don Shula, Marty Schottenheimer, Chuck Knox, Joe Gibbs, Bud Grant, Tony Dungy, Mike Ditka, George Seifert, Bill Walsh).

– Green Bay posted eight zero-turnover games during the 2015 regular season, tied for No. 1 (2009) in franchise history (since 1933).

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

–  The Packers had four players with 50-plus receptions for only the third time (1983, 2002) since 1940.

– QB Aaron Rodgers reached 30 passing touchdowns (31) during the regular season 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 (Brady and Manning, five / Brees, seven).

– Rodgers only threw eight interceptions, marking his fifth season with 500-plus attempts/eight or fewer interceptions. He has five of the 13 seasons in NFL history (Brady – three / Aaron Brooks, Marc Bulger, Jason Campbell, Brett Favre, Alex Smith – one).

– WR Randall Cobb has recorded a reception in 56 consecutive regular-season games, the fifth-longest streak in franchise history. He trails WR James Lofton (58, 1979-1983) for the fourth longest.

– WR James Jones set a career high with 890 receiving yards on 50 receptions (17.8 avg.), his fourth consecutive season with 50-plus catches.

– TE Richard Rodgers hauled in 58 receptions for 510 yards (8.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He became only the fourth tight end in team history with 55-plus receptions in a season: Jermichael Finley (three), Paul Coffman (two), Jackie Harris (one).

– Rodgers has 10 career receiving touchdowns, tied for the most by a Green Bay tight end in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger (Bubba Franks, 10, 2000-01).

– With 3,075 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.

– Lacy (758) and James Starks (601) gave the Packers two players with 600-plus rushing yards in the same season for the first time since 1985 (Jessie Clark-633 / Eddie Lee Ivery-636).

– Starks (career-high 993) and Lacy (946) each recorded over 900 yards from scrimmage, making the Packers one of three teams in the NFL with two running backs with 900-plus yards from scrimmage (Denver and Tampa Bay).

– LB Clay Matthews finished second on the team with 85 tackles, eclipsing his previous career high of 83 tackles (2010).

– Matthews (6.5) recorded the seventh consecutive season he recorded six or more sacks, tying him with LB Julius Peppers, KC LB Tamba Hali and DEN LB DeMarcus Ware for the most six-plus sack seasons in the NFL since 2009.

– Peppers recorded his ninth season with 10-plus sacks (team-high 10.5), which tied John Randle for the fourth-most 10-sack seasons since 1982 (Bruce Smith, 13 / Reggie White, 12 / Kevin Greene, 10).

– Peppers tied Jared Allen (136.0) for No. 9 on the all-time sacks list (since 1982). He trails both Richard Dent and John Randle (137.5) for the seventh most.

– P Tim Masthay finished the regular season with a net punting average of 40.25 yards, the top mark in franchise history (since 1976) as he surpassed his own record of 38.95 in 2013. He now holds the top five single-season marks in team annals (2010-13, 2015).

– Crosby recorded 108 points, giving him the ninth 100-point season of his career and passing with Ryan Longwell (1997-2004) for the franchise record.

 

PLAYOFF CAPTAINS
– As per team tradition, the Packers elect captains for the entire postseason.

– Players elected captains were QB Aaron Rodgers and FB John Kuhn (offense), LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo and K Mason Crosby (special teams).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Butch Hannah (40), head linesman Steve Stelljes (22), line judge Mark Perlman (9), field judge Eugene Hall (103), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Todd Prukop (30).


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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).


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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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Packers-Chiefs press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 28, 2015 – 4:35 pm

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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.

 

OFFENSE
– 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.).

 

DEFENSE
– 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.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– 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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Packers take on Bears in regular-season opener

Posted by Duke Bobber on September 13, 2015 – 9:05 am

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– The Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 1 for the first time since 1981.

– For the third year in a row and just the fourth time in 10 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers open the season on the road. It is the first time since 1977-79 that the Packers have opened on the road for three consecutive seasons.

– The last time Green Bay opened the season with a road game against a division opponent was at Detroit in 2005.

– Including playoffs, the Packers have won five straight games at Soldier Field and six of the last seven at the stadium. Green Bay has held Chicago to 20 points or less in seven of the last eight games at Soldier Field.

– Today will mark game No. 191 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-91-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– This will mark the 53rd time the two teams have met in the month of September, with both teams recording 24 wins (24-24-4). Only seven of those September matchups took place in Chicago, and the Packers were 5-2 in those games, including a 38-17 win last season in Week 4.

– The Packers have won four of the last five matchups against the Bears in games played in September.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 13-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 7-3 on the road.

– In all but one of the 13 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.

– Today will be the 22nd time the Packers open the regular season against the Bears (10-10-1) and just the third time the game has been played in Chicago (1979, 1981).

– Green Bay has played Chicago in Week 1 six times since 1970, with the Packers holding a 4-2 record in those matchups.

– Since 1990, the Packers are 7-4 against division opponents in Week 1, including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– The last division opponent Green Bay faced in Week 1 was Chicago in 2009, a 21-15 Packers win at Lambeau Field.

– Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.

– Since 2006, Green Bay is 18-9 (.667) on the road against division opponents in the regular season, tied for No. 3 in the league over that time span.

– Green Bay has won its first road game in six of nine seasons under McCarthy.

– With a six-game winning streak in the first road game of the season from 2006-11, McCarthy joined Vince Lombardi (eight straight, 1960-67) as the only coaches in team history to win six or more consecutive road openers.

– The Packers hold the record for the most wins (53) in road openers in the NFL.

– In the 13 seasons of the NFC North (2002-14), the Packers (eight) and Bears (three) have accounted for 11 division titles.

– Today is the Packers’ lone NFC North game in the first eight contests. Green Bay will finish the regular season with five of the final eight games against division opponents.

– Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 19-12 (.613) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 19 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.

 

RODGERS AND THE BEARS
– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 12-3 during the regular and postseason against the Bears, with one loss coming in 2013 after Rodgers left the game with an injury after the first series.

– In the 15 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 106.2 and has thrown for a 100-plus passer rating in five of the last eight matchups.

– Rodgers has guided Green Bay to four consecutive regular-season wins at Chicago, throwing for a combined 1,208 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 115.2 in the four contests.

– In the two games against the Bears last season, Rodgers completed 40 of 55 passes for 617 yards, 10 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 149.0. He was the first QB in NFL history to throw 10 TDs and no INTs against an opponent in a single season. Green Bay scored 38 and 55 points in the two matchups against Chicago last season.

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– A win would mark the Packers’ 10th in the last 11 matchups against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including the sixth consecutive win at Chicago, which would be the second-longest road winning streak for the Packers in the series (11, 1994-2005)

– Green Bay is looking to score at least 30 points against the Bears for the fourth consecutive game.

– The Packers have held the Bears to 17 points or less in four of the last six contests.

– Seven of the last eight games played in Chicago between the two teams have been decided by 10 points or less.

– A win would improve the Packers to 6-4 in season openers under McCarthy, including 2-2 in season openers on the road.

– McCarthy will begin his 10th regular season as Green Bay’s head coach, passing Vince Lombardi (1959-67) and Bart Starr (1975-83) for the second-most seasons as head coach in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau’s 31 (1919-49).

 

OFFENSE
– QB Aaron Rodgers looks to throw for 300-plus yards for the fourth time in the last five season openers. In 2013, Rodgers tied the franchise record for passing yards in a season opener, with 333 at San Francisco.

– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Rodgers has thrown for at least two touchdowns in four of the last five season openers.

– Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine in a row against Chicago in games Rodgers throws at least five passes.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive games with a catch to 47, including the postseason.

– In the last three season openers, Cobb has recorded 243 yards receiving on 22 receptions (11.0 avg.) with two receiving touchdowns.

– Cobb has registered 100-plus yards receiving in two of the last four games he has played in against the Bears, including hauling in seven receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns at Chicago last season.

– Cobb has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last three games he has played in against the Bears.

– RB Eddie Lacy has registered a touchdown in all four games vs. Chicago and has totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage in two of the contests.

– Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last eight games.

– Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history, and scored at least one touchdown in six of those games.

– WR James Jones set a career high with three receiving touchdowns at Chicago in 2012.

 

DEFENSE
– LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks in the last four games he has played in against the Bears.

– Matthews recorded an interception he returned 40 yards at Chicago last season.

– Matthews has registered a total of 6.5 sacks in six season openers.

– From 2009-11, LB Julius Peppers recorded a sack in each season opener.

– Peppers registered a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and tipped a pass that was picked off by S Morgan Burnett in the Packers’ 55-14 win over Chicago last season.

– Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 season-opening win over New Orleans.

– LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 season opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.

– S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded six tackles (four solo) and a sack in the 2014 season opener at Seattle.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (1,037) needs 18 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.

– Crosby (268) is 10 field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.

 

TODAY’S CAPTAINS
– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.

– Today’s captains will be G T.J. Lang (offense), LB Julius Peppers (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Craig Wrolstad (4), umpire Roy Ellison (81), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Julian Mapp (10), field judge Steve Zimmer (33), side judge Jeff Lamberth (21) and back judge Lee Dyer (27).


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