PACKERS HEAD INTO THEIR WEEK 9 BYE

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  • The Packers enter their Week 9 bye with a 5-3 record, winning four of the last five games.
  • The Week 9 bye is the latest one under Head Coach Mike McCarthy since Week 10 byes in 2010 and 2012.
  • Green Bay is currently second in the NFC North behind Detroit (6-2) and ahead of Chicago (3-5) and Minnesota (3-5).
  • The Packers won at least five games in the first eight games of the season for the fifth consecutive year (2010-14).
  • After the open date on the schedule, the Packers will host Chicago at Lambeau Field in Week 10. It marks 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 on Nov. 4 last season.
  • Green Bay won the first matchup against the Bears this season, 38-17, at Chicago in Week 4.
  • 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.
  • It will be fourth divisional game this season, having won two of the first three, including the only matchup at home, a 42-10 win over Minnesota in Week 5.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The Packers’ points scored (1,319) and point differential against divisional opponents (+355) since 2006 both rank third in the league.
  • Green Bay’s point differential this season (+41) in divisional games also ranks No. 3 in the NFL.
  • The Packers are one of five teams in the NFC with at least five wins this season (Arizona-6 / Dallas-6 / Detroit-6 / Philadelphia-5). Green Bay will play both Philadelphia (Week 11) and Detroit (Week 17) in the second half of the season.
  • Green Bay is 4-0 this season when scoring 30-plus points. The Packers’ four 30-plus point games are tied for No. 2 in the NFL.
  • Green Bay leads the NFC and ranks fourth in the NFL with 222 points scored this season.
  • 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).

IN AND OUT OF THE BYE

  • Green Bay’s loss at New Orleans on Sunday marked the second consecutive year the Packers lost the final game leading into the bye. Green Bay had won the previous three.
  • The Packers fell to 5-4 (.556) under Head Coach Mike McCarthy in the game heading into the open date on their schedule. In each of the previous three times that Green Bay has lost the game heading into the bye, they have won the contest following the bye.
  • Green Bay will come out of its bye week with a home game for only the third time in nine seasons under McCarthy (2009, 2013). The Packers won both of those games, which came against Detroit, by a combined score of 48-9.
  • 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, which is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
  • Green Bay has won its first game after the bye in 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 McCarthy took over in 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.

stat of the week

  • In Week 8 at New Orleans, RB Eddie Lacy set career highs with eight receptions for 123 yards (15.4 avg.). The second-year back also registered 59 yards on 13 carries (4.5 avg.) to give him a career-best 182 yards from scrimmage.
  • Lacy’s 123 receiving yards were the second most by a Green Bay running back since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, trailing only Eddie Lee Ivery’s 128 yards at Tampa Bay on Oct. 12, 1980.
  • Lacy became the first Green Bay running back to post a 100-yard receiving game since Edgar Bennett (101 yards) on Dec. 18, 1994 (vs. Atlanta).
  • Lacy’s 182 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Green Bay running back since Najeh Davenport posted 186 vs. St. Louis on Nov. 29, 2004.
  • WR Randall Cobb finished with 126 receiving yards on five receptions with one touchdown, combining with Lacy to become the first Green Bay running back/wide receiver duo to clear the 100-yard receiving mark since Ivery (128) and WR Aundra Thompson (102) on Oct. 12, 1980 at Tampa Bay.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cobb on the first drive of the game and a 65-yard pass to Lacy on the second drive, becoming the first quarterback to record a 65-yard pass on both of the first two drives since Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner vs. Miami on Sept. 14, 2008.