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-Chargers Week 9 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Chargers Week 9 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (7-0) AT SAN DIEGO (4-3)
Sunday, Nov. 6 l Qualcomm Stadium l 3:15 p.m. CST
PACKERS VISIT SAN DIEGO FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003
- Green Bay comes out of its bye with a road contest against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, the team’s first visit to San Diego since 2003 and only its sixth in franchise history.
- The Packers have won five straight games in the series, including a 31-24 victory over the Chargers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 23, 2007, the last meeting between the two franchises.
- Green Bay’s .889 overall winning percentage (8-1) in the series is its highest against any NFL opponent.
- The Packers have a 5-0 record all-time at San Diego. Green Bay is one of only two teams in the league (Atlanta, 5-0) to have an undefeated record in San Diego (min. three games).
- Green Bay has a 5-0 record against AFC West clubs under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the only division that the Packers have an unblemished mark against since 2006.
- 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 wins in the regular season (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 McCarthy’s tenure. Green Bay had an eight-game winning streak from 2006-07.
- Under McCarthy, the Packers are 4-1 in the game following their bye. Green Bay has a 30-19 (.612) overall record after the bye since ’06.
- On Sunday, Green Bay will be looking to get off to just its fourth 4-0 start on the road in the last 70 seasons.
- One of those fast starts came under the guidance of McCarthy, as the Packers also got off to a 4-0 start away from Lambeau Field in 2007. The only other 4-0 road starts over the past 70 seasons came in ’62 and ’72.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won seven straight road contests and nine of their last 12. That .750 road winning percentage over that span is tied for No. 1 in the NFL with Atlanta (6-2) and Detroit (6-2).
- Green Bay is one of only three teams in the league with an undefeated road record this season (Detroit, 4-0; San Francisco, 3-0).
- The Packers’ string of success away from home will be put to the test this Sunday. The Chargers have won 17 of their last 21 regular-season games at Qualcomm Stadium, an .810 winning percentage that is tied for No. 3 in the NFL over that span.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman and color analyst Brian Billick will have the call from the broadcast booth with Laura Okmin reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- Westwood One radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 85, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 715.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Chargers:
- All-time regular season: 8-1-0
- All-time, in San Diego: 5-0-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last five meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 23, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 31-24
- Last meeting, at San Diego: Dec. 14, 2003, at Qualcomm Stadium; Packers won, 38-21
- Mike McCarthy: 59-34-0, .634, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Norv Turner: 107-112-1, .489, (incl. 4-4 postseason); 14th NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Chargers; Turner 0-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he 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.
- His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
NORV TURNER…Is in fifth year as the Chargers’ 14th head coach.
- Has the top overall winning percentage (48-29, .623) and top regular-season winning percentage (45-26, .634) in team history.
- Led the Chargers to three straight AFC West titles in his first three seasons.
- Previously served as the head coach in Washington (1994-2000) and Oakland (2004-05). In 14 seasons as a head coach, this will be only his second meeting with the Packers (2007).
- Was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams in Dallas (1992-93) when he served as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator. Spent 13 seasons as an NFL assistant coach, including seven of them as an offensive coordinator (Dallas, 1991-93; San Diego, 2001; Miami, 2002-03; San Francisco, 2006).
THE PACKERS-CHARGERS SERIES
- The two teams have met just nine times in the regular season in a series that dates back to 1970, the year of the AFL-NFL merger.
- The Packers have won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings, including a 5-0 mark in San Diego. Green Bay’s only loss in the city came in Super Bowl XXXII to the Denver Broncos.
- Chargers were the hosts for the Packers’ first-ever appearance on Monday Night Football, on Oct. 12, 1970. The Packers won, 22-20, on a 14-yard Dale Livingston field goal with 3:39 remaining.
- Their second meeting, in Lambeau Field in 1974, was won by the Packers, 34-0, and became Dan Devine’s final victory in his four-year tenure as Green Bay head coach.
- One of the more bizarre contests in Packers history was played in San Diego on Sept. 14, 1978. With a temperature of 102 degrees at kickoff (tied for the highest in Packers history), the teams combined for 18 sacks, including 10 by the Chargers. The Packers also created 11 turnovers - five interceptions (four by Willie Buchanon to tie a league record) and six fumble recoveries - in a 24-3 Green Bay victory.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is a native of Chico, Calif., and will be making his first-ever start in his home state...Other California natives on Green Bay’s roster include LB Desmond Bishop (Fairfield), CB/S Jarrett Bush (Vacaville), C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (Salinas), CB Davon House (Palmdale), WR James Jones (San Jose), LB Clay Matthews (Agoura Hills)...Packers LB Vic So’oto is from Carlsbad, which is near San Diego...Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene played for the L.A. Rams when Chargers head coach Norv Turner coached on the staff there…Turner succeeded Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as offensive coordinator in San Francisco in 2006 after McCarthy was named head coach by the Packers…Packers CB Charles Woodson played for Turner in Oakland when he was the head coach of the Raiders from 2004-05…McCarthy coached with Chargers strength and conditioning coach Jeff Hurd in Kansas City…Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky played for the Chiefs when McCarthy was on the staff there…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry spent the 1999 season with the Chargers but did not play that season due to a neck injury…Perry coached on the staff in Cincinnati when Chargers LB Takeo Spikes played for the Bengals…Packers college scout Sam Seale played CB for the Chargers for four seasons (1988-91)…Chargers LB Na’il Diggs was a fourth-round draft choice of the Packers in 2000 and played six seasons in Green Bay (2000-05)…Chargers linebackers coach John Pagano coached in New Orleans with Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and both were on the staff when Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Saints…Packers LB Brad Jones and K Mason Crosby played at Colorado when Chargers asst. strength and conditioning coach Vernon Stephens was on the staff there…Chargers offensive line coach Mike Sullivan coached at the University of Miami when Packers asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss played for the Hurricanes…Sullivan also coached at Western Michigan when Packers WR Greg Jennings was a senior there...Chargers asst. head coach/secondary Steve Wilks coached at Notre Dame when Packers RB Ryan Grant played for the Fighting Irish…Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. coached in Atlanta with Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson…Packers defensive quality control coach Scott McCurley and Chargers LB Gerald Hayes were teammates at the University of Pittsburgh…Former college teammates include Packers DE Ryan Pickett and Diggs (Ohio State), Rodgers and Chargers CB Dante Hughes (California), Packers WR Jordy Nelson and Chargers T Jeromey Clary (Kansas State), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Chargers LB Darryl Gamble and S Paul Oliver (Georgia), Packers NT B.J. Raji and Chargers DT Antonio Garay (Boston College), Packers CB Pat Lee and Chargers G/T Tyronne Green and T Marcus McNeill (Auburn), Packers QB Matt Flynn and Chargers RB Jacob Hester (LSU), Matthews and Chargers CB Shareece Wright (Southern California), and Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Chargers DT Cam Thomas (North Carolina).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Chargers Week 9 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
- Sept. 23, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 31-24
- With the Packers trailing 21-17, WR Greg Jennings caught a 57-yard TD pass from QB Brett Favre with just over two minutes remaining to put Green Bay up for good. The TD pass was the 420th of Favre’s career, which tied Dan Marino for the all-time NFL record.
- Favre threw three TD passes on the afternoon, along with 369 yards on 28-of-45 passing.
- WR Donald Driver led the offense with 126 receiving yards on six catches (21.0 avg.), including a TD grab in the second quarter.
- After Jennings’ touchdown put the Packers up by three points, LB Nick Barnett intercepted a Philip Rivers pass and returned it 38 yards to the San Diego 2. RB Brandon Jackson went in from the 1-yard line, putting Green Bay up 31-21.