GREEN BAY (10-3) AT BUFFALO (7-6)

Sunday, Dec. 14 - Ralph Wilson Stadium - 12 p.m. CST

PACKERS GO ON THE ROAD TO PLAY THE BILLS

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).

  • Green Bay will play its first away game in the month of December when they face Buffalo.
  • This will be the first time the Packers have visited the Bills in December. The latest Green Bay had previously played in Buffalo was Nov. 20, 1994.
  • Green Bay is looking for its first win at Buffalo (0-5).
  • The Packers have won three of their last four road games.
  • A win would give Green Bay at least a .500 record on the road for the fourth regular season in a row and for the seventh time in nine seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
  • Green Bay’s 39 road wins during the regular season under McCarthy are tied (N.Y. Giants) for the fifth most in the league since 2006 (New England-49 / Indianapolis-41 / Dallas, Philadelphia-40).
  • Green Bay is one of four NFL teams this season with 10 wins (Arizona, Denver, New England).
  • The Packers have won at least 10 games in six of nine regular seasons under McCarthy, including five of the last six. He is tied with Curly Lambeau (1929-32, 1936, 1941) for the most 10-win seasons as a head coach in franchise history.
  • The Packers are 3-0 against AFC teams this season. Green Bay is one of only three teams (Dallas, 3-0 / Philadelphia, 4-0) to be undereated against AFC teams this year. The Bills (3-0) are one of three teams to be undefeated against NFC team this season (Baltimore, 4-0 / Cleveland, 3-0).
  • Dating back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, Green Bay has only finished undefeated against AFC opponents twice during the regular season (4-0 in 1995 and 2007).
  • Green Bay has won eight of its last nine games against AFC opponents with QB Aaron Rodgers as the starter, including the last five.
  • Rodgers, who has a career 100.4 passer rating during the regular season against AFC opponents, has thrown 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in the last four matchups against the AFC.
  • The Packers have won three of their last four road games in the month of December.
  • Under McCarthy, the Packers are 24-11 in the month of December, including winning nine of their last 11.
  • Dating back to 1995, Green Bay has won 10 or more regular-season games 14 times.
  • In Week 16, Green Bay travels to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers in the final road game of the regular season.

WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst John Lynch with Pam Oliver 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.
  • Sports USA Radio will air the game across the country. Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Doug Plank (analyst) will call the action with Tom Speicher reporting from the sidelines.
  • 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 711.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers at Bills:
  • All-time, regular season: 4-7
  • All-time, postseason: 0-0
  • All-time, on the road: 0-5
  • Streaks: The Packers have won two of the last three.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 19, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 34-7

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 98-53-1, .648 (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Doug Marrone: 13-16, .448; second NFL season
  • Head to Head: 0-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Bills; Marrone 0-0 vs. Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthyMIKE 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 .656 winning percentage during the regular season (92-48-1) 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.

DOUG MARRONE

DOUG MARRONE…Is in his second year as the Bills’ 16th head coach.

  • Prior to leading the Bills, he was the head coach at his alma mater, Syracuse University, from 2009-12.
  • Was an assistant coach in the NFL for seven years before going to Syracuse.
  • Served as the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints from 2006-08. From 2002-05, he was the offensive line coach with the New York Jets.
  • Coached tight ends and tackles at Tennessee in 2001 and was the offensive line coach at Georgia in 2000. Worked for Georgia Tech from 1995-99. Coaching career began in 1992 at Cortland (N.Y.) State as the tight ends coach and then was the offensive line coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1993 and at Northwestern University in 1994.
  • Was selected in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Raiders and played two years in the NFL, with the Miami Dolphins in 1987 and with the Saints in 1989. Also spent time with Pittsburgh, Dallas and Minnesota before playing for the NFLE London Monarchs in 1991-92.

THE PACKERS-BILLS SERIES

  • The two teams have met only 11 times, the first game coming in 1974, a 27-7 Bills victory at Lambeau Field. In that contest, the Packers actually “held” O.J. Simpson to 62 yards on 16 carries, but Bills QB Joe Fergsuon gave the team a lead it would not relinquish with a first-quarter TD pass to Ahmad Rashad, and a back named Jim Braxton punched in three TD runs.
  • Buffalo won five of the first six meetings. The Packers have won three of the past five contests.
  • Each team has recorded one shutout in the series, the Bills in 1988 at Buffalo (28-0) and the Packers in the teams’ last meeting at Lambeau Field, in 2002 (10-0).
  • Seven points is the closest margin of victory in any of the 10 meetings, a 19-12 Buffalo victory in 1979.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Alex Van Pelt

Packers running back James Starks was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., played quarterback at Niagara Falls High and finished his career at the University at Buffalo as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and points scored...Packers C/G JC Tretter was born in Batavia, N.Y., went to Akron (N.Y.) Central High School and played at Cornell...Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt played for the Bills from 1995-2003 and coached for them in 2005. He was the passing game coordinator in 2006 for the University at Buffalo before returning to the Bills to coach until 2009…Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played fullback from 1997-99 and in 2003 for the Bills…Packers QB Matt Flynn spent part of the 2013 season with the Bills…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements served in the same position with the Bills from 2004-05…Bills G Kraig Urbik is from Hudson, Wis., and was a teammate of Packers QB Scott Tolzien at the University of Wisconsin...Bills DE Jarius Wynn was drafted by Green Bay in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and played for the Packers from 2009-10...Bills assistant strength and conditioning coach Hal Luther was a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1996-97...During the time Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley worked in the the Pittsburgh Steelers personnel department (1995, 1999-2009), Packers safeties-secondary coach Darren Perry (played 1992-98, coached 2003-06), Clements (2001-03), defensive/special teams assistant Jason Simmons (played 1998-2001) and fullback John Kuhn (2005-06) were all with the Steelers...In 2006-07, Simmons was a teammate of Bills DE Mario Williams in Houston...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball worked in a similar role for the Saints while Bills head coach Doug Marrone was the offensive coordinator...In 2005, Gash was on the same staff as Marrone and defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson for the New York Jets...Gash was on the staff for the Detroit Lions while Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was the head coach, special teams coordinator Danny Crossman served in the same position and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was on the offensive staff...Crossman coached special teams for the Carolina Panthers while Packers LB Julius Peppers and defensive line coach Mike Trgovac were there...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco while senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler was the quarterbacks coach. McCarthy and Hostler also worked together in New Orleans...In 2000, Clements was on the same offensive staff with Hostler in Kansas City...McCarthy was on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh while Crossman played for the Panthers...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers worked with Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson in New England in 2008...Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Minnesota Vikings while Bills offensive line coach Pat Morris and linebackers coach Fred Pagac both coached there...College teammates include Packers RB Eddie Lacy, Ha Ha Clinton Dix and Bills DT Marcell Dareus and T Cyrus Kouandijo (Alabama), Packers LS Brett Goode and Bills TE Craig Gragg (Arkansas), Packers CB Demetri Goodson and Bills G Cyril Richardson (Baylor), Guion and Bills QB EJ Manuell, LB Nigel Bradham and LS Garrison Sanborn (Florida State), Packers CB Sam Sheilds and Bills T Seantrel Henderson (Miami), Packers DT Josh Boyd and Bills RB Boobie Dixon (Mississippi St.), and Packers LB Clay Matthews and Bills LB Keith Rivers (Southern Cal)...Bills senior VP of communications Scott Berchtold was the sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1981-84 and was the assistant public relations director for Green Bay from 1985-89.

LAST MEETING, AT BUFFALO

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    Ahman Green

    Ahman Green
    Nov. 5, 2006, at Ralph Wilson Stadium; Bills won, 24-10.
  • The Packers outgained the Bills 427-184 and held the ball nine minutes longer, but four turnovers to Buffalo’s none decided the game.
  • The Packers rallied from an early 10-0 deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter. But trailing 17-10 at the Buffalo 1-yard line with five minutes left, QB Brett Favre was intercepted in the end zone when a pass to WR Donald Driver was deflected to S Ko Simpson, who returned it 76 yards to set up the game-clinching points.
  • Driver finished with nine receptions for 96 yards and a TD, while WR Greg Jennings added five receptions for 69 yards. WR Lee Evans had a 43-yard TD for Buffalo.
  • The Packers recorded five sacks in the game, three by Corey Williams and one each by Aaron Kampman and Cullen Jenkins.

stat of the week

  • The Packers have not turned the ball over since Nov. 9 vs. Chicago. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time Green Bay has not had a giveaway in four consecutive games in a single regular season, dating back to 1933.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers has led the charge of taking care of the football. He has two streaks of at least five games without an interception this season (Weeks 2-7 and Weeks 10-14). The last quarterback to record two streaks of five-plus games without an interception was New England QB Tom Brady (11-game streak in 2010).
  • Rodgers has not thrown an interception at home since Dec. 2, 2012, vs. Minnesota. During that time he has thrown 396 passes and 34 touchdowns, both NFL records.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy needs one win to pass Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi (98) for the second-most overall wins (regular and postseason) in franchise history.
  • A win would make McCarthy 93-48-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
  • Green Bay has recorded at least four scoring drives in the first half in six of the last seven games. The Packers have scored on all five first-half drives each of the last two weeks (six TDs, four FGs).
  • The Packers have recorded at least one sack in 33 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history (28-1995-97 / 26-1986-88) and the longest active streak in the NFL.
  • The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing starting quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the 10th game this season (MIN-Teddy Bridgewater, 79.8 / PHI-Mark Sanchez, 80.3 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 68.8 / CAR-Cam Newton, 72.6 / MIA-Ryan Tannehill, 81.5 / MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1).

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers needs one more three-touchdown/zero-interception game to pass Patriots QB Tom Brady (eight in 2007) for the most in NFL history in a single season.
  • Rodgers has thrown for three or more touchdowns in seven of the last 10 games.
  • Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of at least 120.0 in six games this season.
  • Rodgers has registered a passer rating of 100.0-plus in each of the last five games. He is tied for the second-longest streak of consecutive games with a passer rating over 100.0 in his career in a single regular season (12 in 2011 / five in 2009).
  • WR Jordy Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in four games this season. If Nelson registers one more game with at least nine receptions, it will be the most in a single season in franchise history.
  • Nelson has three touchdown receptions of 65 yards or more this season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four touchdown catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.
  • Nelson has seven touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season, tied for the most in a season in team history with Billy Howton (1952).
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 37 consecutive regular-season games.
  • Cobb has caught at least one touchdown in eight games this season. He has 12 receiving touchdowns in his last 14 regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Cobb is two touchdown receptions shy of becoming the 18th player in franchise history to reach 25 receiving touchdowns.
  • Cobb is looking for his fifth game this season with at least 100 yards receiving, which would extend his career high (three-2012).
  • Cobb is 20 yards away from the first 1,000-yard receiving season of his career. He would join Nelson (1,265) as the first Packers’ duo since Donald Driver (1,061) and Greg Jennings (1,113) in 2009 to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving each in the same season.
  • Cobb (69) and Nelson (78) also could become the second pair of Packers’ players to reach 80 receptions each in the same season, dating back to 1940. They would join Javon Walker (89) and Donald Driver (84), who accomplished the feat in 2004.
  • Over the last six games, RB Eddie Lacy has 773 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns on 119 touches.
  • Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage seven times this season, including in each of the last six games. Green Bay is 6-1 when Lacy has 100 yards or more from scrimmage.
  • Lacy has scored at least one touchdown in seven of the last 10 games.
  • Lacy has registered two touchdowns in five games, including three times in the last four contests.

DEFENSE

  • LB Clay Matthews has one sack in four of the last six games.
  • Matthews (55.5) passed LB Tim Harris (55.0) for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1982). He now trails DE Reggie White (68.5) and DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5).

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K Mason Crosby is six points shy of passing NE K Stephen Gostkowski (1,023) for the most points by an NFL player in his first eight seasons.
  • Hyde returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in Week 11, the second of his career. He is tied for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each).