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 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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Favre’s retired No. 4 to be unveiled on facade at halftime; Packers-Bears press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 26, 2015 – 3:42 pm

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PACKERS HOST THE BEARS IN THANKSGIVING MATCHUP
– The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field in the first home Thanksgiving game since 1923.

– Brett Favre’s name and retired No. 4 will be unveiled on Lambeau Field’s north facade during halftime. He is one of six Packers legends to have their number retired: Don Hutson, 14; Tony Canadeo, 3; Bart Starr, 15; Ray Nitschke, 66; and Reggie White, 92.

– Green Bay has won three of the past four games it has played on Thanksgiving.

– It will be the first time since 1994 (at Dallas) that the Packers have played a team other than the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

– Green Bay is 3-0 at home on Thanksgiving, including two non-league games, and have outscored its opponents 43-0. This will be the first time Green Bay is hosting a Thanksgiving game since beating the Hammond Pros, 19-0, on Nov. 29, 1923.

– The Packers have won six of the last seven meetings against the Bears at Lambeau Field.

– Tonight will mark game No. 192 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-92-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).

– It is the 10th consecutive year that the Packers and Bears will play in prime time. It is the third year in a row that Chicago will play at Green Bay in November.

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers’ 19 prime-time games against the Bears are the most they have played against any team.

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 14-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including wins in 10 of the last 11 games.

– In all but one of the 14 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points, including scoring 30-plus points in each of the last four contests (31, 55, 38, 33).

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

– With Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 5-1 in games played on Thursdays. In the six games, he has thrown 13 touchdowns and two interceptions with a quarterback rating of 113.4.

– Green Bay is in the midst of 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).

– Green Bay returns to the road in Week 13 to play the Detroit Lions. It will be the first time the Packers have played on consecutive Thursdays since 2007 (Weeks 12-13, Detroit and Dallas).

 

AGAINST THE BEARS
– With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 13-3 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 16 games against Chicago, Rodgers has an overall passer rating of 108.1 and has thrown for a passer rating over 100.0 in six of the last nine matchups.

– In the last three games against the Bears, Rodgers has completed 58 of 78 passes for 806 yards, 13 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 146.7. He has registered passer ratings of 140.0-plus in each of those three contests (140.5, 145.8, 151.2).

– RB Eddie Lacy has recorded a touchdown in all five games against Chicago (four rushing and one receiving).

– In the past four games against the Bears, WR Randall Cobb has six touchdown catches.

– WR James Jones recorded two touchdown catches in Week 1 at Chicago and has seven touchdown catches in the last six meetings with the Bears.

– Over the past six games versus Chicago, LB Clay Matthews has 6.5 sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble.

– LB Julius Peppers has registered 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the last two games against the Bears.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay has won seven of its last eight NFC North games.

– The Packers are looking to improve to 6-2 against NFC teams this season.

– Green Bay is 14-5 against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .737 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 14 regular-season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (15-6).

– Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 78-36-1 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).

– The Packers have scored 39 points in the fourth quarter over the last three games, 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 on Thursday, it would be the fourth time since 2009 that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first 11 games of the season (2009, 2011, 2014).

– Last week, Green Bay posted its seventh zero-turnover game of the season. That is tied for No. 2 in franchise history (since 1933), matching the mark posted in 2014 and trailing only 2009 (eight).

– Green Bay leads the league with three games with six-plus sacks this season. Dating back to 1963, the Packers’ three six-plus sack games ties a single-season franchise record (1966, 1978, 1991).

– Green Bay has allowed a total of nine first-half points over the last two games.

– In Week 11 at Minnesota, the Packers scored on six of their first eight possessions (two touchdowns, four field goals), including four of five in the first half.

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws one touchdown pass tonight, he would reach 250 touchdown passes in his 121st game, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino (128 games) for the fewest games to reach the milestone.

– Rodgers is tied with New England QB Tom Brady with six games this season with two-plus touchdown passes and zero INTs.

– Rodgers has thrown for 914 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception over the last three games.

– For his career, Rodgers has thrown 91 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and has a passer rating of 111.8 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 26 regular-season games, including 10 of the last 12. The Packers are 18-3 in those games. Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 61 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

– WR Davante Adams has 20 receptions for 208 yards over the last three games.

– Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 51, which would pass Don Hutson (1941-45) and Paul Coffman (1979-82) and tie him with Greg Jennings (2009-12) for fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

– Jones has set a career high with 11 receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His previous career best was eight in 2013.

– In Week 11, Lacy recorded 100 rushing yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.). If he records 100-plus rushing yards this week, it will be the first time in his career he has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games in the regular season.

– RB James Starks is four receptions away from surpassing his career high of 29 from 2011 (13 games). He has already set new career bests with 251 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions this season.

 

DEFENSE
– Over the last two games, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has 20 tackles (19 solo), an interception and a sack.

– DE Datone Jones matched his career high with two sacks against Minnesota in Week 11.

– 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 6.0 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10.5 sacks in the last 14 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).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby tied the single-game team record with five field goals this past Sunday. He became the first player in NFL history to make five field goals of 40-plus yards in a game without a miss.

– In Week 11, WR Jeff Janis returned his first career kickoff 70 yards. The last Packer to return his first career NFL kickoff 70-plus yards was Dave Hampton on Sept. 28, 1969 (87 yards).

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Clay Martin (19), head linesman Patrick Turner (13), line judge Rusty Baynes (59), field judge Adrian Hill (29), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).


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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 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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Packers-Panthers press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 8, 2015 – 9:00 am

PACKERS STAY ON THE ROAD TO PLAY THE PANTHERS
– The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers will square off in a battle of the teams with the two best records in the NFC.

–   The Packers will be the fourth team in NFL history to play teams 6-0 or better in consecutive games (1934 Detroit, 2004 Pittsburgh and 2015 Indianapolis), and the first to play both games on the road.

–   According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this will be the sixth time Green Bay will play an undefeated team with at least seven wins (Nov. 2, 2008, at TEN, 7-0 / Nov. 4, 1990, vs. SF, 7-0 / Nov. 3, 1985, vs. CHI, 8-0 / Nov. 15, 1942, at CHI, 7-0 / Nov. 25, 1934, at DET, 10-0).

– The Packers and Panthers are facing each other in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007-08.

– Green Bay is 8-4 against the Panthers during the regular season, including 5-2 at Carolina.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in all four games against the Panthers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.

–   Green Bay has won 13 of its last 15 games in the regular season, including eight of the last nine.

– Dating back to Week 4 of 2014, the Packers are 6-3 on the road during the regular season, including 2-1 in 2015. Green Bay’s .667 road winning percentage since Week 4 last season ranks No. 5 in the NFL over that span.

– The Packers have won six or more of their first seven games for the 14th time since 1940 and for the third time in the McCarthy era (7-0 in 2011 and 6-1 in 2007).

–   The Packers are one of five NFL teams with one or fewer losses this season.

 

AGAINST THE NFC
– Today starts a stretch that sees Green Bay playing NFC opponents in eight of the final nine games, including the next six contests.

– The Packers and Panthers are the only two teams in the NFL with 4-0 records against the NFC this season.

– Green Bay is 13-3 during the regular season against NFC teams since the start of last season. The Packers’ .813 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span.

– During the McCarthy era (2006-present), Green Bay is 77-34-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. The Packers’ 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 109.2 against NFC opponents during the regular season in his career, which is No. 1 among active quarterbacks (min. 100 pass attempts).

– In four games against NFC teams this season, Rodgers has completed 84 of 118 passes for 903 yards, eight touchdowns, two interceptions and a 108.8 passer rating.

– In Week 10, the Packers will return to Lambeau Field to take on the Detroit Lions. It will be the first of four consecutive games against divison opponents, including two against the Lions (Week 13).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– The Packers have won six of the last eight games against Carolina, including three of the last four.

– Green Bay’s last trip to Carolina came in 2011 in Week 2, a 30-23 victory over the Panthers.

– The Packers look to win the next game after a loss for the seventh consecutive time during the regular season.

– Green Bay last lost consecutive games during the 2013 regular season (Games 9-10).

– The Packers have not lost back-to-back games during the same regular season with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback since 2010 (Games 5-6).

– Green Bay looks to rush for 120-plus yards for the sixth time this season. The Packers are tied for No. 1 in the NFL this season with five games with 120-plus rushing yards (Atlanta, Carolina and Pittsburgh).

– Green Bay’s four games with three-plus sacks this season are tied for No. 5 in the NFL.

– The Packers will face Carolina QB Cam Newton for the third time. In the previous two matchups, Green Bay has forced a total of four interceptions and a combined passer rating of 72.3.

 

OFFENSE
– If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 42nd 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 19 of the last 23 regular-season games, including eight of the last nine. The Packers are 17-2 in those games.

– Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 53 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

– In the previous three games against Carolina, Rodgers has completed 67 of 97 passes for 861 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception and a passer rating of 119.8.

– In the win over Carolina last season, Rodgers recorded a passer rating of 154.5 and completed 86.4 percent of his passes (19 of 22) for 255 yards and three touchdowns. It was the highest completion percentage of his career (min. 20 att.) and the second-highest passer rating of his career behind the 155.4 rating at Cleveland in 2009.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 48. Cobb is currently tied with Ahman Green (2000-03) for the ninth-longest streak in franchise history and trails Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) for eighth place.

– Last season, Cobb recorded 121 yards and one touchdown on six receptions (20.2 avg.) against the Panthers.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in seven of the last 10 games. He has totaled eight touchdown receptions over that span.

– Jones is tied for No. 4 in the NFL with seven receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His career high for 25-yard receptions in a season is eight in 2013. Jones has also recorded seven in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 

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 11 games.

– Peppers has totaled three sacks in his last two games against Carolina.

– Peppers has recorded a sack in five games this season, which is tied for No. 2 in the NFL (DEN DeMarcus Ware, HOU J.J. Watt, CIN Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap) behind six by DET Ezekiel Ansah.

 

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Peppers was born in Wilson, N.C., went to Nash High School in Bailey, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina and was selected by the Panthers in the first round (second overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, who he played for from 2002-09…Packers DC Dom Capers served as the first HC in Carolina franchise history from 1995-98, guiding the Panthers to the NFC Championship Game in just his second season…Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac coached on Carolina’s staff for seven seasons (2002-08), the final six as DC…Packers TE Richard Rodgers’ father, Richard Rodgers Sr., is the Panthers asst. DBs coach…Packers RBs coach Sam Gash was born in Hendersonville, N.C., and ran for 4,739 yards and 72 TDs at Hendersonville High…Packers LB Joe Thomas played at South Carolina State and is from Blackville, S.C. …Panthers P Brad Nortman played at Central High School in his hometown of Brookfield, Wis., and was teammates with Packers QB Scott Tolzien and WR Jared Abbrederis at the University of Wisconsin…Panthers LB A.J. Klein is from Kimberly, Wis., and attended Kimberly High School…Panthers LS J.J. Jansen entered the NFL with the Packers as an UDFA in 2008 and spent that season on injured reserve with Green Bay…Panthers asst. special teams/nickel backs coach Curtis Fuller played safety for the Packers from 2003-04 and was Green Bay’s special teams asst. in 2009 and coaching administrator in 2010.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Barry Anderson (20), head linesman Ed Walker (123), line judge Dana McKenzie (8), field judge Mike Weatherford (116), side judge Bob Waggoner (25) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).

 


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Packers carry 11-game home win streak into Sunday’s game vs. Rams

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 11, 2015 – 9:15 am

151009-rodgers-rams-950PACKERS RETURN TO LAMBEAU TO PLAY THE RAMS
– The Green Bay Packers take on the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field today. It is the first noon kickoff for Green Bay since Week 1 and one of only three scheduled at home this season.

– The Packers are 4-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for just the fourth time in the last 49 years.

– It is the third 4-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of three NFC teams (Atlanta, Carolina) still undefeated this season and one of six in the NFL (Cincinnati, Denver, New England).

– Green Bay has won each of the last four regular-season games against the Rams, outscoring St. Louis, 123-54, combined in those contests.

– Dating back to 1970, today will be the 32nd meeting (including playoffs) between the Packers and Rams, the most among teams Green Bay has not been in a division with.

– The series against the Rams started in 1937 and is the eighth oldest for the Packers (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Washington, 1932 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933).

– Today’s game will be a matchup of two teams that get after the quarterback. Entering Week 5, Green Bay (12.98%) ranked No. 1 in the NFL this season in sacks/pass attempt and St. Louis (11.81%) ranked No. 4.

– Green Bay has won 11 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL. It is tied for the second-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).

– The Packers are the only team in the NFL to be undefeated at home since the start of the 2014 regular season (including playoffs).

– Entering Week 5, Green Bay is one of 11 teams with a point differential of 10 or more at home this season. Green Bay ranks No. 5 in the NFL in points per game at home this season (32.5).

– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Green Bay has scored 383 points over its last 10 regular-season home games, the highest total in team history over a span of 10 home games. Only the Rams in 1999 and 2000 (403) and the Denver Broncos spanning 2012 and 2013 (399) won 10 consecutive home games while scoring as many points as the Packers.

– The Packers have rushed for 120-plus yards in each game this season, their first time doing so in each of the first four contests since 1971.

– This week was the first time since the end of the 2010 season (Week 17) that the Packers are ranked in the top 10 in both offense (10th) and defense (eighth).

– Green Bay has scored in the first quarter in 20 straight regular-season games, the longest current streak in the league.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
– Green Bay is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the second time under McCarthy. The Packers have started 5-0 three times since 1945 (10-0 in 1962 and 6-0 in 1965).

– If the Packers win, it will be the third consecutive season they have won their first three home games.

– Green Bay is looking for its fifth consecutive win against St. Louis.

– The Packers have scored 30-plus points in eight of the last 10 regular-season home games, dating back to 2014.

– The Packers’ 17 sacks this season are the most through four games since 20 in 2001. The 17 are also tied for No. 3 since team sacks began to be recorded in 1963 behind only 2001 and 1970 (18).

– In Weeks 3-4, Green Bay posted back-to-back games with six-plus sacks for the first time since 1978.

– Last Sunday was just the 16th time since 1963 that the Packers recorded six or more sacks in a road game.

– Green Bay has registered a sack in 40 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.

 

OFFENSE
– QB Aaron Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in 10 straight regular-season home contests, tying Kurt Warner (1999-2000) for the NFL record.

– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (11) joined Peyton Manning (16 in 2013) and Don Meredith (14 in 1966) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 11-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first four games of the season.

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 17 of the last 20 regular-season games, including the last six. The Packers are 16-1 in those games.

– Rodgers has thrown 191 consecutive passes without an interception, the fourth-longest streak in team history (Bart Starr, 294, 1964-65 / Rodgers, 212, 2014 / Rodgers, 202, 2014).

– Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 486 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 touchdown passes).

– Rodgers’ streak of 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception is twice as long as any other streak of touchdown passes without an interception in home games in NFL history.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 20 regular-season games.

– Rodgers is 427 passing yards away from 30,000 for his career.

– WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 45.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in five of the last seven games. He has totaled six touchdown receptions over that span.

– Jones is tied for No. 1 in the NFL with six receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His career high for 25-yard receptions in a season is eight in 2013. Jones also recorded seven in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

– Jones has recorded a touchdown catch in each of the first two home games this season.

– RB Eddie Lacy has 85-plus scrimmage yards in seven of the past eight home games (including playoffs).

 

DEFENSE
– LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City in Week 3. It was his 13th career game 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).

– Since Week 8 of last season, Matthews has recorded at least one sack in nine of the last 13 games. His 12.5 sacks are tied (STL Robert Quinn) for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only HOU J.J. Watt (19.5) and KC Justin Houston (18).

– LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 3.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), he has eight sacks in the last eight games.

– Last Sunday, Peppers passed LB Rickey Jackson for No. 14 in NFL history with 129 sacks.

– Over the last three games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.

– CB Sam Shields recorded an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career (Weeks 3-4).

– LB Nick Perry matched his career high with two sacks against the 49ers. It is his third straight season (2013-15) with a two-sack game. Perry joins Matthews as the only Packers to have a two-sack game in each of the last three seasons.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (276) is two field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,070) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

 

WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Brad Allen (122), umpire Fred Bryan (11), head linesman Jim Mello (48), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Doug Rosenbaum (67), side judge Tom Hill (97) and back judge Shawn Hochuli (83).


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Packers face 49ers for fifth time since 2012

Posted by Duke Bobber on October 4, 2015 – 12:25 pm

151001-jj-950PACKERS TRAVEL TO SAN FRANCISCO TO PLAY THE 49ERS
– The Green Bay Packers take their second road trip of the season to face the San Francisco 49ers. Including playoffs, this will be the fifth meeting between the teams since 2012.

– The Packers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011, when they started 13-0. It is the third 3-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of seven NFL teams still undefeated this season.

– For the third time in the last five seasons, Green Bay has scored 95-plus points in its first three games (96 in 2013 and 2015, 99 in 2011). From 1970 to 2010, the Packers only surpassed 95 points in their first three games once (115 in 1996).

– Dating back to 2014, the Packers have won five or their last seven road games during the regular season.

– Green Bay’s 41 road wins during the regular season under McCarthy are the second most in the NFC (Philadelphia-42) and the fifth most in the league since 2006 (New England-51 / Dallas-43 / Indianapolis-43).

– Dating back to 1970, the Packers have played the 49ers (30) the second most (St. Louis, 31) among teams it has not been in a division with (including playoffs).

– Four of the last six contests between Green Bay and San Francisco have been decided by eight points or less (including playoffs).

– Since 1990, the Packers are 9-2 during the regular season in California (49ers / Raiders / Chargers / Rams), including 2-1 under McCarthy.

– Under McCarthy, the Packers are 7-5 in games played the week after appearing on Monday Night Football, including wins in five of the last seven.

– This will be just the fifth time Green Bay has played a road game the week following a game on MNF since 2006. The Packers are 3-1 in the previous contests.

– QB Aaron Rodgers has started against San Francisco six times (including playoffs), completing 147 of 221 passes for 1,712 yards, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 103.7. Rodgers’ six starts against San Francisco are tied for the most he has made against a non-division team (Seattle).

– The 49ers have won each of the last four matchups (including playoffs), but the Packers had won the previous eight against San Francisco.

– The series against San Francisco started in 1950 and is the ninth oldest for Green Bay (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933 / St. Louis, 1937 / Washington, 1932).

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– Green Bay is looking to start 4-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under McCarthy (2007, 4-0).

– Dating back to 2008, the Packers are 21-6 in the month of October, including a 10-4 mark on the road. Green Bay’s 21 wins and .778 winning percentage both rank No. 2 in the NFL over that span. The Packers have won 16 of their last 18 games played in October.

– The Packers’ offensive line has only given up three sacks in the first three games of the season (tied for sixth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first three games since 2010 (three).

– Dating back to 1982, the Packers have allowed four or fewer sacks through the team’s first four games twice (three in 2004 / one in 2003).

– Since Week 10 last season, Green Bay has allowed just 12 sacks, the second fewest in the NFL over that span (Baltimore, eight).

– Green Bay’s defense has registered a sack in 39 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.

– In the last two weeks, the Packers defense has held running backs Marshawn Lynch (41 yards on 15 carries) and Jamaal Charles (49 yards on 11 carries) to less than 50 yards rushing each.

– If the Packers score 25 or more points, it will be just the second time (dating back to 1921) that Green Bay has recorded 25-plus points in each of its first four games of the season (2011).

 

OFFENSE
– According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (10) joined Peyton Manning (12 in 2013) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 10-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first three games of the season.

– In 12 of his last 16 starts in October, Rodgers has registered a passer rating of at least 100. He has posted seven 130-plus rating games over that span, including twice last season: a 138.7 rating in a 42-10 win vs. Minnesota in Week 5 and a 154.5 rating in a victory vs. Carolina in Week 7.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first four games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).

– Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 16 of the last 19 regular-season games, including the last five. The Packers are 15-1 in those games.

– Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 19 regular-season games.

– WR Randall Cobb has registered 100-plus receiving yards or a touchdown in seven consecutive games.

– Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 44.

– After recording a career-best three touchdown receptions against Kansas City, Cobb looks to register multiple TD receptions in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

– Cobb and WR James Jones have each registered four touchdown receptions so far this season. Dating back to 1960, they joined Carroll Dale (1968), Keith Jackson (1996), James Lofton (1983) and Ed West (1989) as the only Packers to record four receiving touchdowns in the team’s first three games of a season.

– Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in five of the last six games. He has totaled six touchdown receptions over that span.

– If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the first time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in four consecutive games. He has recorded a touchdown reception in three consecutive games four times in his career (2011, twice in 2012, 2015).

– Cobb and Jones are the first duo in team history to both have four TD catches in the first three games of the season.

 

DEFENSE
– LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City. It was his 13th career game 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 aims to register multiple sacks in back-to-back games for the fourth time in his career (2010, 2012, 2014).

– Including playoffs, Matthews has 4.5 sacks in the last three games against the 49ers.

– LB Julius Peppers is tied with DT Mike Daniels for the team lead with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has seven sacks in the last seven games.

– Over the last two games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded a sack, a forced fumble and an interception.

– CB Sam Shields looks to record an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS
– K Mason Crosby (274) is four field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,065) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.

– WR Ty Montgomery is tied for No. 3 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.5). 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
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Terry McAulay (77), umpire Bryan Neale (92), head linesman Derick Bowers (74), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Michael Banks (72), side judge Jonah Monroe (120) and back judge Greg Steed (12).

 


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