GREEN BAY (0-1) VS. NEW YORK JETS (1-0)

Sunday, Sept. 14 - Lambeau Field - 3:25 p.m. CDT

PACKERS HOST JETS IN HOME OPENER

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    The Green Bay Packers play the New York Jets in the second week of the regular season. The game will kick off the Packers’ 58th season at Lambeau Field. It is the Jets’ first visit to Lambeau Field since Dec. 3, 2006.
  • The Jets own a 8-3 record in the series, but the Packers won the last matchup, shutting out the Jets on the road in 2010 (9-0). It was the first time the Jets were shut out since 2006.
  • With QB Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, the Packers are 2-1 against AFC East teams, including 1-0 against the Jets.
  • Four of the last six matchups between the two teams have been decided by single digits, including the only overtime game between the Packers and Jets, a 19-16 victory for New York in 1991.
  • All but one of the four contests that the Packers and Jets have played at Lambeau Field have been decided by seven or fewer points. While Green Bay has been the home team six times in the series, two of those games took place in Milwaukee.
  • Two of Green Bay’s three wins against the Jets have come as the home team, but only one has taken place at Lambeau Field. The other took place in Milwaukee when the teams met for the first time on Sept. 17, 1973 (23-7).
  • This will be the third time the Packers will open their home slate against the Jets (1973 in Milwaukee, 2000 in Green Bay). It will tie for the most home openers Green Bay has played against an AFC team (Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders).

HOME OPENERS

  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 6-2 in home openers, including winning six of the last seven.
  • It will be the third time the Packers play the home opener in Week 2 under McCarthy. Last season, Green Bay beat the Washington Redskins 38-20, and in 2010, the Packers defeated the Buffalo Bills 34-7.
  • It will be 11th time Green Bay will play the home opener against at team from the AFC.
  • The 2010 win over Buffalo was the only time Green Bay played a home opener against an AFC team under McCarthy.
  • Green Bay is 5-1 in home openers with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards in each of the last three home openers (312, 303, 480). He has registered a passer rating over 100.0 in four home openers (115.5, 116.3, 132.1, 146.0) and was over 90.0 in the other two (92.0, 93.3).
  • It is only the 17th time in franchise history that Green Bay will play its home opener outside of Week 1. The Packers are 8-8 in the previous 16 contests.
  • Of the 16 times Green Bay has opened at home outside of Week 1, only once did it come after the second week of the season. That occured in 1924, when the Packers beat the Kansas City Blues 16-0 in Week 3.
  • The Packers have 50 victories all-time in home openers, joining the Bears (65) and Lions (52) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay is the only NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (53 victories).

WITH THE CALL

  • CBS will broadcast the game to a regional audience. Play-by-play man Greg Gumbel joins color commentator Trent Green and sideline reporter Evan Washburn.
  • 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 (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
  • Sports USA will air the game across the country. Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Jake Plummer (analyst) will call the action, with Mike Bloomberg 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 716.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. New York Jets:
  • All-time regular season: 3-8
  • All-time, postseason: 0-0
  • All-time, at home: 2-4
  • Streaks: The Jets have won three of the last four meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 31, 2010, at The New Meadowlands Stadium; Packers won, 9-0
  • Last meeting, regular season, at Lambeau Field: Dec. 3, 2006, Jets won, 38-10

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 88-51-1, .632, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Rex Ryan: 47-40-0, .540 (incl. 4-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Jets; Ryan 0-1 vs. Packers

MIKE 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 .641 winning percentage during the regular season 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.

REX RYAN…Is in sixth year as the Jets’ 15th head coach.

  • Ranks as the third-longest tenured head coach in franchise history.
  • Since becoming the head coach, club ranks second in the NFL in total  defense (302.8) and first in passing defense (198.4).
  • Became the second head coach in NFL history to lead his team to the conference championship game in his first two seasons after inheriting a team that did not reach the playoffs the year prior to him becoming head coach.
  • Previously spent 10 seasons (1999-2008) as a defensive assistant for the Baltimore Ravens, first as defensive line coach (1999-2004) and then as defensive coordinator (2005-08).
  • Is the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan and the brother of current New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
  • Broke into the NFL in 1994 with the Arizona Cardinals as a defensive assistant on his father’s staff. 

THE PACKERS-JETS SERIES

  • The Packers have won just three of 11 meetings, their worst winning
  • percentage (.273) against any NFL team.
  • The teams first met in 1973, in Milwaukee, a 23-7 Green Bay victory.
  • Since then, the Jets have won eight of the last 10. Two of the Packers’ three victories in the series have come at home.
  • The only shutout in the series came the last time they met, with Green Bay winning 9-0 at the Jets. It was the only time the Packers had beaten the Jets on the road.
  • There has been one overtime game in the series, a 19-16 Jets victory in New York in 1991. In all, five of the 11 meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
  • The Packers and Jets combined to winning the first three Super Bowls in NFL history, with Green Bay winning the first two and the Jets winning the third.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was an assistant special teams/assistant running backs coach for the Jets in 2005-06…Jets LB Nick Bellore is from Whitefish Bay, Wis. and attended Whitefish Bay High School…Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg worked as an offensive assistant (1995) and quarterbacks coach (1996) for the Packers…Jets assistant special teams coach Louie Aguiar was the punter for the Packers in 1999…Jets T Breno Giacomini was originally drafted by the Packers in the fifth round of the 2008 draft and played for Green Bay in 2008-09…Jets C Nick Mangold and Packers LB A.J. Hawk were childhood friends growing up in Centerville, Ohio, attended Ohio State together, and were first-round draft picks in 2006…Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman played at Southern California with Packers LB Clay Matthews’ father, Clay Jr. ...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy (1993-94), offensive coordinator Tom Clements (2000), assistant special teams coach Ron Zook (1999) and VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball (1989-98) worked for the Chiefs with Jets senior director, college scouting Terry Bradway (1992-2000)…From 2008-11, Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings while Jets defensive line coach Karl Dunbar worked in the same position…Packers safeties-secondary coach Darren Perry coached defensive backs for the Raiders while Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal was the assistant wide receivers/quality control from 2007-08…Perry coached for the Steelers while Packers FB John Kuhn and Jets G Willie Colon both played for Pittsburgh…In 1997, Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry played linebacker for the Bengals while Jets head coach Rex Ryan was the defensive coordinator…Gash played fullback for the Ravens while Ryan and Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman both coached for Baltimore…Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall coached for Cleveland with Jets assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn from 2007-08…Before coming to Green Bay in 1993, Packers head athletic trainer Pepper Burruss spent 16 seasons (1977-92) with the Jets as an assistant athletic trainer...Packers pro scout Chad Brinker signed with the Jets as a non-drafted free agent in 2003 and played for New York that preseason…Packers director of player engagement Rob Davis spent the 1993-94 training camps with the Jets…Packers west regional scout Sam Seale attended Orange High School in New Jersey…In 2004, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers played at the University of California while Lal was an offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach…Packers WR Davante Adams played at Fresno State while Jets defensive backs coach Tim McDonald coached the secondary (2012)…Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jets CB Dee Milliner were teammates at Alabama, and all three were selected in the first or second round of the draft over the past two years.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Oct. 31, 2010, at The New Meadowlands Stadium; Packers won, 9-0.
  • On a windy day, K Mason Crosby accounted for all the points, making three of four FG attempts (20, 41, 40).
  • The Packers defense registered two interceptions, a fumble recovery and three turnovers on downs. Three of the six led to points for Green Bay.
  • The Jets, who entered the game tied for the league’s best record and on a five-game winning streak, were shut out for the first time since 2006. 


stat of the week

  • For the second consecutive year, the Packers started two rookies on offense in the season opener. Last Thursday, TE Richard Rodgers (3rd round, 98th overall) and C Corey Linsley (5th round, 161st overall) started against the Seattle Seahawks. In 2013, RB Eddie Lacy and T David Bakhtiari started against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • From 1970 to 2005, the Packers had started a rookie on offense 10 times in a season opener and had never started more than one.
  • Since 2005, Green Bay has started multiple rookies on offense in four season openers, including last Thursday.
  • Dating back to 1970, Linsley became the first Packer rookie to start at center in the season opener.
  • Rodgers became the first rookie to start at tight end for the Packers in the season opener since Jackie Harris started as part of a two-tight-end package in 1990.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Green Bay is two wins away from becoming the second team in NFL history with 700 regular-season victories. The Packers (698-538-37) would join Chicago as the only teams to accomplish the feat.
  • With a victory, the Packers would be 7-2 in home openers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
  • A win would make McCarthy 83-46-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
  • With McCarthy as head coach, the Packers are 46-17-1 at Lambeau Field during the regular season. Green Bay's 46 wins at home are the most in the NFC and are the fifth most in the NFL since 2006 (New England, 55-9 / Baltimore 50-15 / Indianapolis, 48-16 / Pittsburgh 47-18).
  • Dating back to 1990, Green Bay is 138-53-1 at home during the regular season. Green Bay's .721 winning percentage at home during that time span ranks first in the NFL (Pittsburgh, 138-54-1, .718 / Denver, 135-58, .699 / Baltimore, 100-44-1, .693 / San Francisco, 131-60-1, .685)
  • The last two times Green Bay has lost the season opener, it has come back and won in Week 2 (2012 and 2013).

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers looks to record the 33rd 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
  • Rodgers, who will start his seventh home opener, looks to register a 100-plus passer rating for the fifth time (146.0 in 2013 / 132.1 in 2011 / 116.3 in 2010 / 115.5 in 2008).
  • Rodgers aims to record 300-plus passing yards for the fourth consecutive home opener (480 in 2013 / 303 in 2012 / 312 in 2011).
  • If the Packers win, Rodgers will be 6-1 as a starting quarterback in home openers.
  • Rodgers needs 12 pass attempts (2,988) to become the third Packers player with 3,000 career attempts (Brett Favre, 8,754 / Bart Starr, 3,149).
  • Rodgers needs 333 passing yards to surpass Starr (24,718) for the second most in franchise history (Favre, 61,655).
  • WR Jordy Nelson (311), who recorded nine receptions last week to pass WR James Jones (310) for the 12th most in franchise history, is 10 receptions shy of passing FB William Henderson (320) for the 11th most in Packers history.
  • Dating back to 1960, WR Ken Payne caught the most receptions by a Packers player in the first two games of the season when he recorded 17 in 1975. Nelson is eight shy of the mark after hauling in nine last week at Seattle. In 2013, WR Randall Cobb recorded 16 in the first two games of the season, which tied Robert Brooks (1995) for the second most by a Green Bay player since 1960.
  • If Nelson records at least nine receptions, it will be the sixth game of his career, including the postseason, with nine-plus receptions and would tie WR Antonio Freeman for the third most games with at least nine receptions among Packers players, dating back to 1960 (Sterling Sharpe, 13 / Donald Driver, 12). Cobb has had three in his career and is tied for sixth most.
  • Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 24 games he has played in, including the postseason. It is the second-longest streak of his career (27 games, 2010 postseason - 2012 regular season).
  • Since the start of 2013 (including the postseason), Nelson has seven games with at least seven receptions, including last week against Seattle (9). It marks the sixth-most games with seven-plus receptions in the league over that time span.
  • Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 29 consecutive games, including the postseason.
  • Cobb has three receiving touchdowns in his last two regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Dating back to the start of the 2013 season, RB Eddie Lacy has registered at least 20 carries in 10 regular-season games to lead the NFL (MIN Adrian Peterson, 9 / SEA Marshawn Lynch, 8 / PHI LeSean McCoy, 8). The Packers are 7-2-1 when Lacy carries the ball at least 20 times in a regular-season game.
  • FB John Kuhn has recorded three rushing touchdowns in the last four games, including the postseason.

DEFENSE

  • Last week, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix became the first Packers player to register a sack (since 1982) and a fumble recovery in his debut.
  • LB Julius Peppers has played in 97 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak among NFL linebackers (MIN Chad Greenway, 113 / DET Stephen Tulloch, 129).
  • Peppers has registered a total of 10 sacks in Week 2 of the regular season. It is the second-most sacks of any player in the NFL in Week 2 games from 2002-13 (IND Robert Mathis, 12). LB Clay Matthews is tied for fourth with 8.5 over that time span even though he only has played since 2009 (HOU/BUF Mario Williams, 8.5; DAL/OAK Greg Ellis, 9.5).
  • Matthews (50) is four sacks shy of tying DE Aaron Kampman (54) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list.
  • LB Nick Perry registered career highs with nine tackles and seven solo tackles in the 2012 home opener against San Francisco, his first NFL regular-season game.
  • S Morgan Burnett set a career high with 14 tackles in the 2011 home-opening win over New Orleans.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession for second place in Packers history for combined returns (Travis Williams, 6). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.
  • K Mason Crosby looks to extend his franchise best streak of 16 consecutive regular-season games scoring a field goal. Last week he passed Ryan Longwell’s previous record of 15 consecutive regular-season games scoring a field goal (2004-05).
  • Dating back to 2013, Crosby has made 15 consecutive field goals during the regular season. It is tied for the third-longest streak by a Packers kicker (Chris Jacke-15, 1989-90 / Jacke-17, 1993 / Crosby-23, 2010-11).
  • Crosby has played in 113 consecutive games, the second-longest active streak among kickers (DET David Akers, 138).
  • Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 114 regular-season games. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Ryan Longwell, 144).
  • P Tim Masthay needs to land three punts inside the 20-yard line to tie P Craig Hentrich (104) for the franchise record.