Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Packers Bye Week Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers Bye Week Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-0) BYE WEEK
- The Packers head into their bye week as the lone undefeated team in the NFL at 7-0, the first time since 1965 that Green Bay has been the last remaining unbeaten team in the league.
- The Packers are off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1962 and only the fifth time in franchise history.
- The four previous 7-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1962) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
- Green Bay is only the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 7-0 (1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1998 Denver Broncos and 2007 Indianapolis Colts).
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 13 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history. That tops the previous mark of 12 games from 1961-62.
- The Packers’ streak of nine consecutive regular-season wins (2010-11) is tied for No. 3 in franchise annals behind only 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62.
- This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure. Green Bay had an eight-game winning streak from 2006-07.
- Green Bay is off to its third 4-0 start on the road in the past 49 seasons. Two of them have come under the guidance of McCarthy, as the Packers also got off to a 4-0 start away from Lambeau Field in 2007.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won seven straight road contests and nine of their last 12.
- Green Bay’s win Sunday at Minnesota was its 700th overall in franchise history. The Packers became only the second NFL team to record 700 overall wins as they joined the Chicago Bears (725).
- Including this past Sunday’s victory, Green Bay is 13-5 (.722) in the game heading into the bye since 1994. The Packers have won their game leading into the week off in four of the past five seasons.
- The Packers will come out of their bye with a road contest against the Chargers in Week 9, Green Bay’s first visit to San Diego since 2003.
- This will be the first time since 2003 that the Packers enter their bye with a road game and come out of the bye with a road contest.
- Following the San Diego game, Green Bay will play five of its final eight games of the season at Lambeau Field, including three of the final four contests.
REST AND RECOVERY
- In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 11 of its last 15. Under McCarthy, the Packers are 4-1.
- In 2006, Green Bay got a hard-earned victory at Miami in scorching temperatures. McCarthy called the game a clear turning point in the season as the team collected seven of its eight wins after the bye.
- The next season, it enjoyed one of its more memorable victories in the week following the bye. In a Monday Night Football contest, WR Greg Jennings hauled in an 82-yard TD pass on the first play of overtime to beat the Broncos in Denver. The Packers finished 8-2 (.800) after the bye that season, which helped wrap up a first-round playoff bye.
- In 2008, the Packers fought hard and forced overtime against previously unbeaten Tennessee in Nashville. Green Bay eventually dropped the game, 19-16. The Packers finished a disappointing 2-7 (.222) after the bye week in 2008, a stark contrast to the first two seasons under McCarthy.
- In 2009, the Packers shut out the Detroit Lions, 26-0, at Lambeau Field, and went on to post a 9-3 (.750) mark following the bye.
- Last season, Green Bay recorded one of its finer all-around performances with a 31-3 victory at Minnesota following the bye. The Packers posted a 4-3 (.571) mark following the week off in 2010.
- Since 2000, the Packers over the balance of their season after the bye are a combined 66-39 (.629).
- Under McCarthy, Green Bay has a 30-19 (.612) record after the bye.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- On the Packers’ opening drive of the second half at Minnesota on Sunday, QB Aaron Rodgers connected with wide-open WR Greg Jennings for a 79-yard TD, kicking off a third quarter that saw Green Bay outscore the Vikings, 20-0.
- For Rodgers, it was his third straight game with a touchdown pass of at least 70 yards.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers became just the third quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to throw a 70-yard TD pass in three consecutive games, joining Cowboys QB Craig Morton (Oct. 25-Nov. 8, 1970) and Saints QB Drew Brees (Dec. 12-26, 2004).
- In Week 5 at Atlanta, Rodgers completed a 70-yard TD pass to WR James Jones, and in Week 6 vs. St. Louis, Rodgers connected with WR Jordy Nelson for a career-long 93-yard TD strike.
- Rodgers also threw an 84-yard TD pass to Nelson in Green Bay’s Week 2 win at Carolina.
- Rodgers leads the NFL with his four passes of 70-plus yards this season, and has 10 completions of 70-plus yards since taking over as the starter in 2008.
- His 10 passes of 70-plus yards since ’08 lead the NFL over that span, with Brees checking in at No. 2 with eight completions of 70-plus yards.
- On his league-leading 20 TD pass this season, Rodgers is averaging 30.3 yards per TD throw, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL among QBs with 10 or more TD passes.
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers Bye Week Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.