Rodgers, Matthews and Banjo selected as captains vs. Vikings

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 12:25 pm


As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week. Today’s captains will be QB Aaron Rodgers (offense), LB Clay Matthews (defense) and S Chris Banjo (special teams).

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Packers-Vikings press box notes

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 22, 2015 – 11:25 am

-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).


– 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).


– 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.


– 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.


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.


– 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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#PackersBusinessTrip: Behind-the-scenes photos from Minnesota

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 21, 2015 – 3:05 pm


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How to watch Sunday’s Packers-Vikings game

Posted by Duke Bobber on November 20, 2015 – 10:28 am

151120-bridgewater-950– Kickoff: Sunday, Nov. 22 at 3:25 p.m. CT

Click here for the Packers-Vikings game center

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

– If you’re looking for a bar to watch the game, try www.packerseverywhere.comPackers Everywhere was created to let you know where you can gather with other Packers fans to watch games and have all kinds of other Packers-related fun.

– FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.

– Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.

– Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.

– Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. John Sadak (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham will host pre-game and halftime shows.

– The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

– DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 712.

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Ryan Longwell believes Packers and Brett Favre will reunite ‘soon’

Posted by Mike Spofford on August 13, 2013 – 11:28 am

A longtime friend of former Packers QB Brett Favre, former K Ryan Longwell believes the much-talked-about reconciliation between Favre and the Packers will happen soon.

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Longwell retired as a Packer on Tuesday and spoke with reporters. He said he had talked with Favre earlier in the morning and said Favre was “excited” for him to go out this way. He didn’t say if the two specifically talked about a Favre-Packers reunion, but he seemed to confirm that all prior reports about things heading in that direction were true.

“I feel like it will happen soon,” Longwell said. “I feel like everybody is in a good place about it.

“Time heals everything. His desire is to be here. When it happens, it will be the right time, but I don’t know when that is.”

Longwell, of course, went through his own divorce from the Packers after nine seasons (1997-2005), during which he set the franchise’s all-time scoring record and became the team’s all-time leader in field-goal accuracy.

He then spent six seasons (2006-11) in Minnesota, and immediately upon heading to Minneapolis drew the ire of Packers fans for his infamous “Applebee’s” comment regarding restaurant choices in Green Bay, which he claimed was a self-deprecating joke because he and his wife ate at Applebee’s all the time, though he understands how it was misconstrued and regretted ever saying it.

His career ended last season with a one-week playoff stint with Seattle, which he called the “perfect ending,” having been born in Seattle and grown up a Seahawks fan. He also flashed back to the beginning of his career, when he was “disappointed” the Packers claimed him off waivers from the 49ers in ’97 because he wasn’t sure if he’d make it on the roster of the defending Super Bowl champions.

But he did make it, and he recalled his first official professional field goal against the Bears, a 38-yarder on the Monday night season opener. He also recalled his last-second, chip-shot miss the following week on a wet Veterans Stadium turf in Philadelphia that cost the Packers a 10-9 decision, a kick that in hindsight probably changed his career.

“It plays in slow motion in my mind,” he said. “I’ll never forget it.”

He said that miss taught him that every kick needs to be treated with the same value and preceded by the same routine. He had made all six of his field goals in the preseason, plus three against the Bears and three in the Eagles game, and a 12-for-12 start made him think it was “easy,” even when Favre came to the sideline prior to the final moments in Philly and warned him that the rain was starting to make things slippery out on the field.

“I’d like to think I would have learned that lesson had I made it, but I don’t know if I would have,” said Longwell, who confessed to slipping just a bit on the miss. “That slip might have bought me 15 more years in the NFL.”

With his wife and two children in attendance in the Packers media auditorium, Longwell thanked a host of folks for the role they played in his career, particularly former GM Ron Wolf.

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be standing here,” Longwell said. “The guy took a chance to help out a buddy, who happened to be my agent, and lo and behold, I got the job.”

He’s watching interestedly to see who wins the Packers kicking job this season. He has kept in touch with Mason Crosby over the years and believes he’s a “tremendous talent” whose statistics are skewed by the number of long field goals he has attempted. He also said Giorgio Tavecchio, who like Longwell is from Cal, has a “refreshing mindset” the way he approaches the game.

“It will all work out the way it’s supposed to work out,” Longwell said.

That seems to be his take on the whole Favre thing, too.

“Everything will be made right when the time is right,” he said.

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NFL Network to replay Week 17 Packers-Vikings game

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 31, 2012 – 12:56 pm

In two different formats, the NFL Network will replay the Week 17 Packers-Vikings matchup at the Metrodome.

First, the game will be shown in the network’s condensed, 90-minute format as part of its NFL Replay series on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Then, the game will be replayed in its entirety on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT.

Also, Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson was wired for sound by NFL Films for the game, and that will be featured in NFL Network’s Sound FX segment on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. CT.

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Packers-Vikings kickoff moved to 3:25 p.m. CT

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 23, 2012 – 10:02 pm

The Week 17 Packers-Vikings kickoff has been moved to 3:25 p.m. CT next Sunday at the Metrodome. The game will be televised by FOX.

The Packers will be in control of their own destiny for the NFC’s No. 2 playoff seed and can lock up a first-round bye with a win. Meanwhile, the Vikings will need a win to get in the playoffs, while RB Adrian Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.

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Burnett, Starks, Lattimore awarded game balls

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 3, 2012 – 2:21 pm

Packers S Morgan Burnett, RB James Starks and LB Jamari Lattimore earned game balls for their performance vs. the Minnesota Vikings in Week 13

S Morgan Burnett’s two interceptions on Sunday in the 23-14 victory over the Vikings has earned him the defensive game ball from the Packers’ coaching staff.

The coaches award game balls weekly to members of all three phases — offense, defense and special teams — based on their performances.

Burnett’s two interceptions were his first two of the season, and they both came at crucial times. The first came early in the third quarter, in the end zone with the Vikings at Green Bay’s 8-yard line and threatening to add to their 14-10 lead. The second came later in the third quarter after the Packers had taken a 20-14 lead but the Vikings were driving again, having reached the Green Bay 25.

On offense, James Starks received a game ball for his 15-carry, 66-yard outing, which included a 22-yard TD run for the go-ahead score. Starks hadn’t scored a rushing TD since Week 1 of last season, and the rushing TD was the Packers’ first this season since Week 5 in Indianapolis.

On special teams, LB Jamari Lattimore was the game-ball recipient. Lattimore wasn’t credited with any coverage tackles based on the press box statistics, but the coaches often see things on film that don’t make the stat report and reward a player accordingly.

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Packers-Vikings on Dec. 2 remains noon CT kickoff

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 20, 2012 – 11:11 am

The Packers-Vikings game on Dec. 2 at Lambeau Field will remain a noon CT kickoff, as the NFL announced on Tuesday that there would be no flexible scheduling changes for Week 13.

The Cowboys-Eagles matchup will remain the prime-time game that Sunday night.

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Vikings trade down one spot

Posted by Mike Spofford on April 26, 2012 – 6:42 pm

In the final hour before the start of the draft, the Minnesota Vikings have traded down just one spot, from No. 3 to No. 4, and added fourth-, fifth-, and seventh-round picks from the Browns in the process.

Cleveland is expected to take Alabama RB Trent Richardson, and even though the Browns paid a stiff price to move up just one spot, Cleveland came into the draft with the most picks — 13 — one more than the Packers. The Browns have now prevented anyone else from trading with the Vikings for the No. 3 spot and stealing Richardson out from under them.

Now, with the Vikings at 4, they’re reported to still be choosing between USC T Matt Kalil and LSU CB Morris Claiborne, and that hasn’t changed.  The Vikings also could continue trading down.  We’ll see.

The draft is set to begin in about 15 minutes.

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