* Press box notes written by Packers public relations
PACKERS TO HOST LIONS IN NFC NORTH TILT
– After enjoying their bye in Week 4, the Packers return to action this afternoon when they host Detroit at Lambeau Field. It marks the second straight season that Green Bay has played the Lions in the game after the open date on its schedule.
– Today marks the 168th meeting between the clubs (including playoffs). No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
– Green Bay has a 13-1 mark (.929) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, the Packers have won 14 of the last 15 against Detroit and 22 of the last 25 in the series.
– The Packers have won 22 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including a 1994 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
– Green Bay’s 21-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest in NFL history, ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions (1939-2007) and Pittsburgh’s 16-game streak versus the Cleveland Browns (1970-85).
– This will be the first time since 2000 that the Packers’ first game in the division did not arrive until Week 5 or later (Week 5 vs. Chicago in 2000).
– Three of the Packers’ next five games will come against NFC North foes, with a Week 8 visit to Minnesota and a Week 9 home tilt against Chicago.
– When the Packers take the field against the Lions today, they will be looking to extend their home divisional winning streak to 10 games.
– Since the league went to a divisional format in 1967, Green Bay has had only two winning streaks of 10-plus games against divisional foes at home (18 straight from 1994-98 and 10 straight from 2000-02).
– Since ’06, Green Bay has a 32-10 overall record (.762) in NFC North games (No. 2 in the NFL) and an 18-3 mark (.857) at home (No. 2 in the NFL).
– The Packers have won eight straight regular-season games at home and 21 of their last 22 (.955). Green Bay’s current home winning streak ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind Seattle (10 games) and Denver (nine).
AFTER THE BYE
– Green Bay will come out of its bye week with a home game for only the second time in eight seasons under McCarthy. In 2009, the Packers had their open date in Week 5 and hosted Detroit at Lambeau Field in Week 6.
– In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 13 of its last 17 (.765). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 6-1 (.857) in the game following the bye, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
– Green Bay has won its first game after the bye each of the last four seasons, outscoring its opponents 126-61 in those contests. That included a 26-0 win vs. Detroit in 2009 and a 31-3 victory at Minnesota in 2010.
– Since 2006, the Packers have a 43-22 overall record (.662) after the bye. Since 2009, Green Bay is 26-9 (.743) overall after the bye.
– For the Packers, the Week 4 bye this season was the earliest the open date had arrived for Green Bay since a Week 4 bye in 1999. The earliest the open date on the schedule fell under McCarthy was Week 5 in 2009. The Packers had a Week 10 bye in two of the last three seasons (2010, 2012).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
– In nine career starts against Detroit, QB Aaron Rodgers has a combined 111.4 passer rating, as he has completed 176 of 257 passes (68.5 percent) for 2,285 yards and 18 TDs with five INTs. He has posted a passer rating of 105-plus in seven of nine career starts against the Lions and five 300-yard passing games.
– In his last six regular-season games, Rodgers has completed 159 of 236 passes (67.4 percent) for 2,055 yards and 18 TDs with three INTs for a 114.6 passer rating.
– WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last six regular-season games, posting 37 receptions for 569 yards (15.4 avg.) and three TDs over that span.
– WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 19.0-yard receiving average over his last six regular-season games, catching 24 passes for 457 yards and five TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in 11 of his last 16 games at Lambeau Field.
– LB Clay Matthews has posted at least one sack in four of five career games against the Lions.
– P Tim Masthay needs to place three punts inside the 20 to move ahead of Josh Bidwell (85) for the No. 2 spot in team history (since 1976).
– The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in six consecutive regular-season games, averaging 436.7 yards per game over that span. The six-game streak with 385-plus yards is the longest by Green Bay since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).
– Green Bay has scored 185 points over its last five regular-season games, an average of 37.0 points per contest. The Packers have scored 28-plus points in each of their last five games.
– The Packers’ streak of 17 straight regular-season games with at least 22 points at home is the longest in franchise history and the longest in the league since New Orleans posted a 20-game streak at home from 2007-09.
– Green Bay has posted at least 23 first downs in each of its last five regular-season games, the longest streak by the club in franchise history.
– Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in eight of their last nine games at Lambeau Field.
– As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
– Today’s captains will be WR James Jones (offense), DT Ryan Pickett (defense) and LS Brett Goode (special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
– Today’s officiating crew includes referee Jerome Boger (23), umpire Tony Michalek (115), head linesman Ed Camp (134), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Dyrol Prioleau (109), side judge Allen Baynes (56) and back judge Tony Steratore (112).
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