GREEN BAY (5-3) VS. CHICAGO (3-5)

Sunday, Nov. 9 - Lambeau Field - 7:30 p.m. CST

Packers host Bears in primetime matchup

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  • The Packers and Bears, who are both coming off the bye, will meet for the second time this season.
  • Sunday will mark game No. 190 in the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Bears hold a 93-90-6 edge in the series, which includes two playoff games (1-1).
  • The Packers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Bears (including playoffs). Green Bay won the first matchup against the Bears this season, 38-17, at Chicago in Week 4.
  • It is the ninth consecutive year that the Packers and Bears will play in primetime. It is the second year in a row that Chicago will play at Green Bay in early November after visiting Lambeau Field on Nov. 4 last season.
  • Dating back to 1970, the Packers’ 18 primetime games against the Bears are the most they have played against any team.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 12-6 against the Bears during the regular and postseason, including 5-3 at home.
  • In all but one of the 12 wins under McCarthy, Green Bay has scored at least 20 points.
  • It will be fourth divisional game this season for the Packers, having won two of the first three, including the only matchup at home, a 42-10 win over Minnesota in Week 5.
  • Under McCarthy, Green Bay has a 37-13-1 overall record (.735) in division games (No. 2 in the NFL) and a 20-4-1 mark (.820) at home in the division (No. 3 in the NFL).
  • After playing five of the first eight games on the road this season, Green Bay will play four of the next five contests at Lambeau Field.
  • Two of the Packers’ next three games will be against NFC North foes, with Green Bay traveling to play Minnesota in Week 12. The Packers’ final divisional game of the season will be played at home against Detroit in Week 17.

AFTER THE BYE

  • Green Bay will come out of its bye week with a home game for only the third time in eight seasons under McCarthy (2009, 2013).
  • In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 14 of its last 18 (.778). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 7-1 (.875) in the game following the bye.
  • McCarthy’s .875 winning percentage (7-1) in games following the bye week is tied for the second highest in NFL history (min. eight games) with Andy Reid (14-2). They trail only former Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy (8-1, .889).
  • Green Bay has won its first game after the bye each of the last five seasons, outscoring its opponents 148-70 in those contests. That included a 26-0 win vs. Detroit in 2009, a 31-3 victory at Minnesota in 2010 and a 22-9 win vs. Detroit in 2013.
  • Since 2006, the Packers have a 50-27-1 overall record (.647) after the bye. Since 2009, Green Bay is 33-14-1 (.698) overall after the bye.
  • It will be the fifth time in the last six seasons that the Packers will play an opponent from the NFC North in the first game after the bye.

WITH THE CALL

  • NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, 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 16th season of broadcasts together.
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Bears:
  • All-time, regular season: 89-92-6
  • All-time, postseason: 1-1
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 32-23-0
  • Streaks: The Packers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings (including playoffs).
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 28, 2014, at Soldier Field, Packers won, 38-17.

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 93-53-1, .636, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Marc Trestman: 11-13, .458; 2nd NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 2-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 12-6 vs. Bears; Trestman 1-2 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.

  • Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
  • Led the Packers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to six playoff appearances in the last seven years (2007, 2009-13).
  • Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past seven seasons (2007-13), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
  • His .644 winning percentage during the regular season (87-48-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.

MARC TRESTMAN…Is in his second year as the Bears’ 14th head coach.

  • In Trestman's first season, the Bears’ offense set a franchise record with 6,109 net yards.
  • Was the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes for five seasons (2008-12) and led the club to back-to-back Grey Cup championships in 2009-10. Was named the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 2009.
  • During his time in Montreal, compiled a 59-31 (.656) regular-season record, which included four East Division titles, and a 5-3 record (.625) in the playoffs.
  • Has 18 years of NFL coaching experience, including eight as an offensive coordinator and 13 working with quarterbacks. Coached for the Vikings, Browns, Lions, Cardinals, Dolphins, 49ers and Raiders.
  • During his time in the NFL, he helped his teams to eight playoff appearances, two conference championship games and a Super Bowl appearance (XXXVII as offensive coordinator of the Raiders).

THE PACKERS-BEARS SERIES

  • No two teams have met on the gridiron more than the Packers and Bears. Sunday they face off for the 190th time.
  • Starting in 1923, the clubs met for 59 straight years until both games in 1982 were canceled as part of a strike-shortened season.
  • During the 2010 season, the teams squared off in the playoffs for just the second time in the history of the series. With a berth in Super Bowl XLV on the line, the Packers emerged victorious, 21-14, in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field. 
  • The last time Green Bay led the overall series? On the heels of its three straight NFL championships, 1932, when the Packers led 11-10-5.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers LB Julius Peppers played for the Bears from 2010-13...Packers QB Scott Tolzien attended Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill. ...Packers T Bryan Bulaga played at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Ill. ...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot was a third-round draft choice of the Bears in 1989 and was a mainstay at center in his eight seasons (1989-96) in Chicago...Green Bay wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett finished his playing career in Chicago (1998-99)...Packers director of player development Rob Davis served as Chicago’s long snapper for all 16 games in 1996...Packers CB Tramon Williams and Bears T Jordan Mills are cousins; both attended Louisiana Tech and Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La. ...Packers DT Letroy Guion and Bears DE Jared Allen were teammates on the Minnesota Vikings from 2008-13...Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss and senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played at the University of Miami when Bears head coach Marc Trestman was on the coaching staff there...Trestman was an assistant coach for Cleveland while Packers LB Clay Matthews’ father, Clay Jr., played for the Browns...Packers director of research and development Mike Eayrs held the same position in Minnesota when Trestman was on the Vikings’ coaching staff...Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt played for the University of Pittsburgh while head coach Mike McCarthy, Bears quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and running backs coach Skip Peete were on the Panthers’ coaching staff...Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin from 1992-95 and was on the Ohio State staff when Packers LB A.J. Hawk played for the Buckeyes...Bears offensive quality control coach Carson Walch is from Milwaukee...Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke and linebackers coach Reggie Herring worked on Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ staff in Houston...Hoke was also Wiliams’ position coach when Williams was with the Texans during the 2006 preseason...Bears defensive quality control coach Chris Harris played in Carolina when Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was the Panthers’ defensive coordinator...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played fullback for the Baltimore Ravens (2000-02) while Cavanaugh was the offensive coordinator...Gash coached for Detroit while Harris and DE Willie Young played for the Lions...Peppers was teammates on the Carolina Panthers with Bears TE Dante Rosario...In 2007, Packers secondary - cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the assistant defensive backs coach for the Atlanta Falcons while Bears general manager Phil Emery was the director of college scouting...Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was on the same coaching staff for the Browns with Tucker...Packers EVP/GM/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks when Bears strength and conditioning coordinator Mike Clark was brought on to be the strength and conditioning coach in 2004...Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played at Alabama when Bears wide receivers coach Mike Groh was on the staff there...Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook was the head coach at the University of Illinois (2005-11)...Former college teammates include Packers G Josh Sitton and Bears WR Brandon Marshall (Central Florida), Packers WR Jarrett Boykin and Bears CB Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech), Hawk and Bears WR Santonio Holmes (Ohio State),  and Packers LB Carl Bradford and C Garth Gerhart and Bears DT Will Sutton (Arizona State).

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Sept. 28, 2014, at Soldier Field; Packers won, 38-17.
  • Green Bay scored on each of its first six possessions to take a 38-17 lead.
  • The Packers defense intercepted QB Jay Cutler twice in the third quarter.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 22 of 28 passes for 302 yards, four touchdowns and a passer rating of 151.2.
  • WR Jordy Nelson finished with 10 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns and WR Randall Cobb totaled 113 yards on seven receptions with two touchdowns.

stat of the week

  • Green Bay is playing its fourth home game of the season this Sunday. The Packers have started the season 3-0 at home for the second consecutive season and the 21st time in franchise history.
  • Green Bay is looking to start 4-0 at home for the 16th time in franchise history but only the sixth time since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2011).
  • Green Bay has scored over 30 points in the first three home games (38, 42, 31). Dating back to 1921, it is the first time the Packers have registered at least 30 points in each of their first three home games.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay has scored 30-plus points at home 31 times, winning 29 of those contests. The Packers’ 31 home games with at least 30 points is the fourth most in the league over that span.
  • Green Bay is tied for the third-most home games with at least 30 points this season, trailing only the Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers (four).
  • The Packers average 37.0 points per game at home to lead the NFL this season.