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GREEN BAY (1-1) AT CINCINNATI (1-1)
Sunday, Sept. 22 - Paul Brown Stadium - Noon CDT
packers TO PAY RARE VISIT TO CINCINNATI
- The Packers travel to Cincinnati in Week 3 to face the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, their first regular-season visit there under Head Coach Mike McCarthy and their first since 2005.
- Sunday will be only Green Bay’s fifth regular-season game against the Bengals in Cincinnati since the series between the clubs began in 1971 (1976, 1983, 1998, 2005).
- The only other teams in the league that the Packers have not visited in the regular season since the start of 2006 are the Baltimore Ravens (last visit, 2005) and the Oakland Raiders (last visit, 2003).
- Sunday marks Green Bay’s second game ever at Paul Brown Stadium, which opened in 2000. The ’05 game was the only other meeting there.
- The franchises have met just 11 times in the regular season, with the last game coming at Lambeau Field in 2009. Over the previous 14 seasons (1999-2012), the teams met just twice (2005 and 2009). The Bengals hold a 6-5-0 edge in the all-time series.
- For the third straight week, the Packers will be facing a 2012 playoff team, one of only two teams in the league (San Francisco) to open with three playoff teams this season. It marks only the second time in the Super Bowl era that Green Bay’s schedule has started with three playoff teams from the previous year (2007, Philadelphia/at N.Y. Giants/San Diego).
- With the Bengals hosting the Steelers last night, this will mark the second straight week that the Packers will be playing a team coming off of a Monday Night Football contest.
- Sunday’s game will feature two head coaches that worked together more than 20 years ago. McCarthy and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis both coached on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990-91.
- Including playoffs, the Packers enter Sunday’s game having won 14 of their last 21 games (.667) away from Lambeau Field. That is tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only New England (.765, 13-4).
HEADING INTO THE BYE
- Following Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, the Packers will have their bye in Week 4, the earliest the open date has fallen on the schedule under McCarthy and the earliest for Green Bay since a Week 4 bye in 1999.
- Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have posted a 5-2 record (.714) in the game before the bye. That is tied for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only New Orleans and New England, who have both posted 6-1 marks (.857) heading into the open date (see page 2).
- The Packers have won the game heading into the bye in each of the past three seasons, averaging 36.3 points in those contests while giving up an average of 17.0 points per game.
- Dating back even further, Green Bay has a 14-5 record (.737) in the game before the bye since 1994, tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with Seattle (14-5).
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 20th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo is in its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
- WestwoodOne Sports will air the game across the country. Tom Franklin (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 707.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Bengals:
- All-time regular season: 5-6-0
- All-time, in Cincinnati: 1-3-0
- Streaks: The Bengals have won the last two regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 20, 2009, at Lambeau Field; Bengals won, 31-24
- Last meeting, regular season, in Cincinnati: Oct. 30, 2005, at Paul Brown Stadium; Bengals won, 21-14
- Mike McCarthy: 81-43-0, .653, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Marvin Lewis: 80-85-1, .485, (incl. 0-4 postseason); 11th NFL season
- Head to Head: Lewis 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-1 vs. Bengals; Lewis 2-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his eighth 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.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
- His .653 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 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.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
MARVIN LEWIS…Is in his 11th year as the Bengals’ ninth head coach.
- Has posted the longest tenure and the most wins (80) of any head coach in franchise history.
- His Bengals are among only seven NFL teams to make the playoffs in three or more of the past four seasons.
- Led the Bengals to AFC North titles in 2005 and 2009, as he was the consensus NFL Coach of the Year in 2009 when Cincinnati swept all six division contests.
- Prior to coming to Cincinnati, served as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2002. Also spent six seasons (1996-2001) as defensive coordinator for Baltimore Ravens, a tenure that included a Super Bowl victory in the 2000 season.
THE PACKERS-BENGALS SERIES
- The two teams have met 11 times in the regular season, with the Bengals holding a 6-5-0 edge.
- The Bengals have won the last two regular-season meetings (2005 and 2009). Prior to 2005, Green Bay owned a three-game winning streak in the series (24-23 in 1992 and 24-10 in 1995, both in Green Bay, and 13-6 in 1998 at Cincinnati).
- Perhaps the most memorable game in the series came in 1992 when Brett Favre, summoned to replace an injured Don Majkowski at quarterback in the first quarter, proceeded to direct the Packers to an electrifying, 24-23 come-from-behind victory, forged when he hit wide receiver Kitrick Taylor for a 35-yard scoring pass with only 13 seconds remaining in the game.
- The series launched at Lambeau Field in 1971, when the legendary Paul Brown was head coach of the Bengals, a team he had founded three years earlier as a member of the then American Football League. The Packers posted a 20-17 victory in their first meeting, with a Lou Michaels field goal providing the victory margin.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis were both assistant coaches at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1991; Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum was also on that 1990 staff...Lewis and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached on the Steelers’ defensive staff together from 1992-94...Lewis was Packers outside linebackers Kevin Greene’s position coach in Pittsburgh from 1993-95...Capers grew up in Buffalo, Ohio, where he attended Meadowbrook High School...Capers also attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, and coached defensive backs at Ohio State from 1982-83...Packers LB A.J. Hawk is from Centerville, Ohio, and was a teammate of Bengals K Mike Nugent at Centerville High School and Ohio State...Packers DT Ryan Pickett played at Ohio State...Packers S Micah Hyde is from Fostoria, Ohio...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and attended Fitch High School in Austintown, Ohio...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played center for the Bengals in 2004...Fontenot was also a teammate of Bengals defensive backs coach Mark Carrier with the Bears...Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry’s first NFL coaching job came in 2002 when he coached safeties for the Bengals...Bengals G Kevin Zeitler is a Waukesha, Wisc. native and played at the University of Wisconsin...Bengals quarterbacks coach Ken Zampese was an offensive quality control assistant for the Packers in 1999, the same year McCarthy coached the team’s quarterbacks...Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes played for the Chiefs in 1993 when McCarthy was on Kansas City’s staff...Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes coached on the University of Wisconsin staff from 1995-98...Bengals assistant strength and conditioning coach Jeff Friday is a Milwaukee native and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. coached on the Atlanta staff in 2007 with Bengals special asst. to the head coach/running backs Hue Jackson and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer...Packers S Chris Banjo and Bengals S George Iloka were teammates at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas...Former college teammates include Packers T Marshall Newhouse and Bengals QB Andy Dalton (Texas Christian), Packers S Morgan Burnett and Bengals DE Michael Johnson (Georgia Tech), Packers RB Eddie Lacy and Bengals CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama), and Packers LB Clay Matthews and Bengals LB Rey Maualuga and S Taylor Mays (Southern California)...Packers assistant director of public relations Sarah Quick is a Cincinnati native.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Sept. 20, 2009, at Lambeau Field; Bengals won, 31-24.
- In a game tied at 21 at halftime, the Bengals took a 28-21 lead late in the third quarter on QB Carson Palmer’s 13-yard TD pass to WR Chad Johnson (four catches, 91 yards).
- The Packers cut Cincinnati’s lead to 31-24 with 45 seconds remaining on K Mason Crosby’s 45-yard field goal. CB Tramon Williams then recovered an onside kick and QB Aaron Rodgers drove Green Bay down to the Cincinnati 10, but a false-start penalty with one second left ended the game.
- Rodgers connected on 21 of 39 passes for 261 yards and a TD and WR Donald Driver posted 99 yards receiving and a score on six grabs (16.5 avg.).
- Bengals RB Cedric Benson posted a game-high 141 yards rushing on 29 carries (4.9 avg.).
AN OFFENSIVE OUTING FOR THE AGES
- Green Bay’s 38-20 victory over the Redskins at Lambeau Field on Sunday
- featured several notable individual and team performances on offense.
- The Packers posted 580 total yards, the second most in a game in franchise history behind only the 628 yards registered at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 1962.
- Green Bay had a 400-yard passer (Aaron Rodgers, 480) and a 100-yard rusher (James Starks, 132) for the first time in franchise history. The Packers also became the first team in NFL history to have a 450-yard passer and a 125-yard rusher in the same game.
- With the 480 yards passing, Rodgers tied Matt Flynn (vs. Detroit, Jan. 1, 2012) for the single-game franchise record.
- It was the third 400-yard passing game of Rodgers’ career in the regular season. No other QB in team history has more than one.
- Rodgers became only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 480-plus yards, four-plus TDs and zero INTs in a game, joining Giants QB Y.A. Tittle (505/7/0 vs. Washington, Oct. 28, 1962).
- Rodgers posted 335 passing yards on 26 completions in the first half, career highs for a half in both categories.
- Rodgers became the first NFL quarterback to throw for 335-plus yards and three-plus TDs in a first half since Patriots QB Tom Brady did so vs. Tennessee in Week 6 of 2009.
- Rodgers matched his single-game career high with 34 completions (at Chicago, Sept. 27, 2010). It is tied for the third most in a game in team history.
- Rodgers’ 81.0 completion percentage (34 of 42) was a single-game franchise record for a QB with 40-plus attempts, topping the previous mark held by Brett Favre (33 of 43, 76.7 percent, at Atlanta, Oct. 4, 1992).
- With his career-high 132 rushing yards, Starks became the first Packer to register a 100-yard rushing game in the regular season since RB Brandon Jackson posted 115 rushing yards at Washington on Oct. 10, 2010.
- WR James Jones posted single-game career highs for catches (11) and receiving yards (178), including nine catches for 152 yards in the first half alone. Jones became the first Packer to have an 11-catch, 175-yard receiving game since WR Javon Walker posted 11 grabs for 200 yards at Indianapolis on Sept, 26, 2004.
- WR Randall Cobb posted a career-high 128 yards on nine catches.
stat of the week
- In Sunday’s victory over the Redskins, WRs James Jones (178 yards) and Randall Cobb (128 yards) both registered single-game career highs for receiving yards.
- For the Packers, it marked the second straight week that the offense featured a pair of 100-yard receivers, with Cobb (108) and WR Jordy Nelson (130) each eclipsing the 100-yard mark at San Francisco in Week 1.
- It marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers had a pair of 100-yard receivers in back-to-back games.
- With four 100-yard receivers already in the first two games, the Packers are tied with the Giants (four) for the most 100-yard receiving efforts in the NFL this season.
- Since 2008, the Packers have had a 100-yard receiver 47 times, with a season high of 10 in 2010. Green Bay had eight in 2008, nine in 2009, 10 in 2010, nine in 2011 and seven in 2012.
- The Packers rank No. 2 in the NFL in 100-yard receivers over that span behind only New England (56).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON SUNDAY
- In his last five regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 133 of 193 passes (68.9 percent) for 1,811 yards and 17 TDs with one INT for a 125.8 passer rating.
- Rodgers has thrown at least three TD passes in each of the last five regular-season games, which ties his franchise record set in 2011.
- Rodgers has not had a two-INT game in 41 straight regular-season starts, the longest streak in NFL history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- Rodgers needs two completions to move past No. 2 Bart Starr (1,808) in the franchise record book.
- WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last five regular-season games, posting 32 receptions for 515 yards (16.1 avg.) and three TDs over that span. Cobb will be looking to post his third straight 100-yard game, which would be his career high and the longest streak since Greg Jennings’ in 2010 (three games).
- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 21.8-yard receiving average over his last three regular-season games, catching 13 passes for 283 yards and four TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in four of his last five games.
- TE Jermichael Finley has caught at least five passes in five consecutive games, the longest streak by a tight end in franchise history and the longest current streak by an NFL tight end.
- Finley has posted 29 receptions (tied for No. 2 among NFL tight ends) for 324 yards (No. 2 among TEs) and two TDs over that five-game span.
- The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in five consecutive games, averaging 444.2 yards per game over that span. The five-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 155 points over its last four regular-season games, an average of 38.8 points per contest.
- Since 2011, the Packers are 22-2 (.917) when they limit their opponent to less than 125 net yards rushing.
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