GREEN BAY (3-2) AT MIAMI (2-2)

Sunday, Oct. 12 - Sun Life Stadium - 12 p.m. CDT

PACKERS TRAVEL TO MIAMI

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  • The Green Bay Packers go on the road to play the Miami Dolphins for their fourth road game in the first six weeks of the season.
  • This will be the seventh time the two teams have faced each other in the month of October, including the fourth time in the last five matchups.
  • The Dolphins hold a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Green Bay has won three of the last five matchups.
  • Green Bay is 1-6 all-time at Miami, with the Packers’ only win coming the last time Green Bay played at the Dolphins, a 34-24 victory in Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first season (2006).
  • This Sunday Green Bay will see a familiar face in Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who spent nine seasons on the Packers’ coaching staff (2003-11). It will be the first time McCarthy will face a team with a head coach that is one of his former assistants.
  • While each of the first three games the Packers and Dolphins played each other were decided by 20-plus points, each of the last 10 games has been decided by less than 15 points, including six by single digits.
  • Since 2002, NFC teams have played Miami three times. Green Bay’s two wins and 78 points scored against the Dolphins during that span are both tied for the third most among NFC teams.
  • Dating back to 2002, the Packers are 7-6 against the AFC East. Green Bay’s seven wins are tied for the fourth most by an NFC team against the division over that span.
  • The Packers-Dolphins game in Miami on Sept. 18, 1988, tied for the eighth-warmest road game Green Bay has played (87 degrees).
  • With QB Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 15-9 against teams from the AFC, including the postseason.
  • Including two games he did not start, Rodgers has completed 528 of 864 pass attempts (61.1 pct.) for 6,802 yards, 54 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a passer rating of 100.4 in games against the AFC in the regular and postseason.
  • During the regular season, teams get extended breaks during their bye week and also following a week they play on a Thursday. Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 14-2 in games after the bye week or after playing on Thursday, including a win in Week 2 this season after opening the season on Thursday.
  • Over the last two weeks, Green Bay has registered two wins and outscored their opponents 80-27. The Packers’ 80 points are the most scored in Weeks 4-5 this season. Green Bay’s point differential of 53 is the largest over the past two weeks as well.
  • The Packers have scored more than 30 points in each of their three wins this 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 Sam Rosen joins analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
  • 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.
  • ESPN Radio will air the game across the country. Ryan Ruocco (play-by-play) and Bill Polian (analyst) will call the action, with Ian Fitzsimmons reporting from the sideline.
  • 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 707.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Dolphins:
  • All-time regular season: 3-10
  • All-time, postseason: 0-0
  • All-time, at Miami: 1-6
  • Streaks: The Packers have won two of the last three meetings.
  • Last meeting, at Miami, regular season: Oct. 22, 2006, at Dolphin Stadium; Packers won, 34-24

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 90-52-1, .633, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Joe Philbin: 17-19, .472; 3rd NFL season
  • Head to Head: 0-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Dolphins; Philbin 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 .640 winning percentage during the regular season (84-47-1) ranks No. 5 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.

Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin

JOE PHILBIN…Is in his third year as the Dolphins’ ninth head coach.

  • Before joining Miami, he coached as the offensive coordinator for the Packers from 2007-11.
  • In his five years as Green Bay’s offensive coordinator, the Packers ranked in the top 10 in points scored and total yards each season.
  • In 2008-09, Green Bay became the first team in league annals to have a 4,000-yard passer (Aaron Rodgers), a 1,200-yard rusher (Ryan Grant) and two 1,000-yard receivers (Donald Driver and Greg Jennings).
  • He orginally joined Green Bay as an assistant offensive line coach in 2003 and added coaching tight ends to his duties in 2004-05 before becoming the offensive line coach in 2006.
  • Before joining the Packers, he coached collegiately at Tulane (1984-85), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1986-87), Allegheny (1990-93), Ohio (1994), Northeastern (1995-96), Harvard (1997-98) and Iowa (1999-2002).

THE PACKERS-DOLPHINS SERIES

  • Green Bay and Miami have played 13 times, with the first meeting taking place in the Orange Bowl, on Dec. 19, 1971.
  • The Dolphins won the first eight games against the Packers, but Green Bay has won three of the five since.
  • Seven of the 13 games took place in Miami, with the Dolphins winning six of them. Green Bay’s only win in Miami took place the last time they played there, Oct. 22, 2006 (34-24).
  • Six of the last nine games between the two have been decided by single digits.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Daryn Colledge

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers had defensive-coordinator responsibilities for two seasons with the Dolphins, holding the titles of special asst. to the head coach (2006) and defensive coordinator (2007) in Miami...Packers asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss is a Miami native and was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami…Packers CB Sam Shields was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami and is from Sarasota, Fla. ...Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami and at the University of Miami...Packers pro scout Glenn Cook was born in Miami, attended Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla., played for the University of Miami and then worked for the Hurricanes in 2010-11...DT Luther Robinson is from Fort Pierce, Fla. and played at the University of Miami...Other Packers with ties to the state of Florida include: S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Orlando), DT Letroy Guion (Starke / Florida State), RB DuJuan Harris (Brooksville), LB Jamari Lattimore (Hialeah), Josh Sitton (Pensacola, University of Central Florida), Sam Barrington (Jacksonville / University of South Florida) and director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf (University of Miami)...Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin coached for Green Bay from 2003-11...Dolphins guard Daryn Colledge was selected by the Packers in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft and played for Green Bay for five seasons...Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner worked in the same position for the Packers from 2003-05...Dolphins college scout Marcus Hendrickson is a native of Blanchardville, Wis. and resides in Madison, Wis. ...Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry coached safeties for Cincinnati in 2002 while Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle coached cornerbacks...Packers defensive/special teams assistant Jason Simmons played for the Houston Texans while Dolphins offensive line coach John Benton worked in the same position in 2006-07...In 2007, Packers secondary - cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the assistant defensive backs coach for Atlanta while Dolphins CB Brent Grimes played for the Falcons...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and LB Julius Peppers were both in Carolina with Dolphins QB Matt Moore...Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and running backs coach Sam Gash were teammates in Buffalo with Dolphins defensive assistant Jeff Burris...Van Pelt was also playing in Buffalo when Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor worked in the same role as well as coach quarterbacks in 2001-02...In 2010-11, Van Pelt worked in the same position for Tampa Bay while Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey worked in the personnel department...Gash and Dolphins EVP of football administration Dawn Aponte both worked for the New York Jets in 2005...In 2008, Gash was coaching in Detroit while Dolphins tight ends coach Dan Campbell played...Gash was also with the Lions while Dolphins S Louis Delmas played for Detroit...Packers EVP/GM and director of football operations Ted Thompson worked in Seattle with Dolphins assistant general manager Eric Stokes and head strength and conditioning coach Darren Krein...Packers CB Tramon Williams played at Louisiana Tech (2002-05) while Dolphins assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. was the head coach...Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements coached at Notre Dame while Burris played...Packers T Bryan Bulaga, DB Micah Hyde and DT Mike Daniels played at Iowa while Dolphins wide receivers coach Ken O’Keefe was the offensive coordinator...College teammates include Shields, Robinson and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller, T Jason Fox and DE Oliver Vernon (Miami), Packers TE Richard Rodgers and Dolphins LB Chris McCain and DT Deandre Coleman (California), Packers S Morgan Burnett and Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler (Georgia Tech), Packers TE Andrew Quarless and Dolphins DT Jared Odrick (Penn State), and Packers FB John Kuhn and Grimes (Shippensburg).

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Oct. 17, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Dolphins won, 23-20, OT.
  • In a back-and-forth game, the Packers did most of their damage through the air and Miami used the ground game to move the ball.
  • The Packers sent the game to overtime when QB Aaron Rodgers scored from the 1-yard line on fourth and goal with 13 seconds left in the game. Rodgers finished the day with 313 passing yards.
  • After the team’s exchanged punts, Miami drove from their own 48-yard to set up a 44-yard field goal by K Dan Carpenter, his third field goal of the game, with all coming from beyond 40 yards.


stat of the week

  • Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Minnesota in Week 5. His third touchdown of the game was the 200th of his career during the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers set an NFL record for the fewest interceptions at the time of his 200th career touchdown pass with 53. It topped New England QB Tom Brady’s (88) record by 35 interceptions.
  • Rodgers reached 200 career touchdown passes in his 99th career game, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Dolphins QB Dan Marino (89 games).

Player - # Games To 200 TD Passes
1. Dan Marino, MIA - 89
2. Aaron Rodgers, GB - 99        
3. Peyton Manning, IND - 106
4. Brett Favre, GB - 107
5. Tom Brady, NE - 116

  • Rodgers’ 200th career touchdown pass was the first touchdown reception for rookie WR Davante Adams.
  • Rodgers’ first touchdown pass of the game was to WR Randall Cobb. It was Cobb’s sixth of the season, the most by a Packer through five games since Billy Howton posted seven in 1956. Cobb’s six touchdown receptions tied for the fifth most by a Packer in the first five games of a season:

Player - TD Rec. In First Five Games
1. Don Hutson, 1945 - 8
2t. Billy Howton, 1956 - 7
2t. Don Hutson, 1942 - 7
2t. Bob Mann, 1951 - 7
5t. Randall Cobb, 2014 - 6
         
5t. Bill Howton, 1952 - 6

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • A win would make McCarthy 86-47-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
  • Green Bay’s defense has recorded six interceptions in the last three games, the second most in the NFL over that span (N.Y. Giants, 8).
  • The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the fifh game in a row (MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6).
  • Over the last two games, Green Bay’s offense has scored on 11 of 20 drives.
  • The Packers have recorded 170 interception return yards this season, the most in the NFL (HOU-155 / NYG-122).

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers has registered three games with a 100-plus passer rating this season and 54 in his career.
  • Rodgers has not thrown an interception in his last 128 pass attempts. His only interception of the season came in the third quarter at Seattle in Week 1.
  • Rodgers looks to record the 34th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
  • If Rodgers throws for at least three touchdowns, it would tie for the third most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in his career (2012-3 / 2012-4 / 2011-5).
  • WR Jordy Nelson (336) is nine receptions shy of tying WR Max McGee (345) for ninth most in Packers’ history.
  • Nelson is one touchdown reception short of passing WR Boyd Dowler (40) for ninth place in franchise history.
  • Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in three games this season and in eight games in his career, including the postseason, the third-most games with at least nine receptions among Packers players, dating back to 1960 (Sterling Sharpe, 13 / Donald Driver, 12).
  • Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 28 games he has played in, including the postseason. Is the longest streak of his career (27 games, 2010 postseason - 2012 regular season).
  • Since the start of 2013 (including the postseason), Nelson has nine games with at least seven receptions, including three games this season. It is tied for the fourth-most games with seven-plus receptions in the league over that time span (WAS Pierre Garcon, 12 / NE Julian Edelman, 11 / DEN Demaryius Thomas, 10 / PIT Antonio Brown, 9).
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 33 consecutive games, including the postseason.
  • Cobb has eight receiving touchdowns in his last six regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Dating back to last season, RB Eddie Lacy has at least one rushing touchdown in 11 of the last 16 regular-season games.
  • If Lacy runs for over 100 yards, it will mark the first time in his career he has surpassed 100 rushing yards in the back-to-back games.


DEFENSE

  • LB Julius Peppers registered a half-sack against Minnesota in Week 5, becoming the 18th player in the NFL (since 1982) to record at least 120 sacks.
  • Peppers also returned an interception for a touchdown in Week 5, making him the only player in NFL history with 10 interceptions and at least 100 sacks.
  • Pepppers’ 49-yard return for a touchdown was the second-longest interception return of his career (97 yards vs. DEN, Oct. 10, 2004).
  • Peppers has played in 101 consecutive games, which is tied for the longest active streak among NFL linebackers (NO Curtis Lofton, 101).
  • LB Clay Matthews (51.0) is three sacks shy of tying DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list.
  • Matthews needs one more interception to join Peppers as two of five active NFL players with at least six interceptions and 40 sacks (BAL-Terrell Suggs / TEN-Shaun Phillips /  PIT-James Harrison).


SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession of second place in Packers history for combined returns for touchdowns (Travis Williams, 6). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.
  • K Mason Crosby has played in 117 consecutive games, the longest active streak among kickers.
  • Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 118 regular-season games. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Ryan Longwell, 144).
  • P Tim Masthay tied a single-game franchise record (since 1976) last week by landing five punts inside the 20-yard line, matching his own mark set at NYJ on Oct. 31, 2010 and David Beverly’s set vs. CHI on Oct. 28. 1978. It gave him 108 punts inside the 20-yard line for his career, as he passed P Craig Hentrich (104) for the franchise record.

GOOD Couple Games

  • After starting the season 1-2, the Packers went on a two-game stretch in a five-day span to get back above .500, winning back-to-back divisional matchups at Chicago and at home against Minnesota.
  • Green Bay combined to outscore the Bears and Vikings 80 to 27 in the two victories.
  • The Packers’ 27 points allowed in Weeks 4 and 5 are the fourth-fewest allowed in the NFL in that span.
  • Green Bay is one of six teams to win two games in Weeks 4 and 5.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers’ seven touchdown passes lead the league since the start of Week 4.
  • The Packers’ five takeaways over the last two games are tied for the third most in that time.
  • Green Bay's plus-four turnover margin ties for the league lead over the past two games.
  • The Packers averaged 8.8 net passing yards per attempt in Weeks 4 and 5, the highest in the NFC and the fourth highest in the league in that time span.
  • Green Bay's defense tied for the third-most sacks in the NFL in the last two weeks (seven).