GREEN BAY (1-1) AT DETROIT (1-1)

Sunday, Sept. 21 - Ford Field - 12 p.m. CDT

PACKERS TRAVEL TO DETROIT

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  • The Green Bay Packers go back on the road to play the Detroit Lions. It will be the first time the Packers have played Detroit in the month of September since 2008, when Green Bay won 48-25 at Ford Field (Sept. 14).
  • Dating back to 2000, the Packers are 5-1 against the Lions in the month of September, including 3-1 at Detroit. In those four road games, Green Bay scored over 30 points in three games, all wins.
  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.
  • The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Sunday marks meeting No. 170 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
  • The Packers lead the regular-season series 94-66-7 (.584) and have won both postseason contests the two have played. Green Bay’s 94 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team.
  • Green Bay has a 14-2 mark (.875) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with Seattle (14-2 vs. St. Louis) for the third-best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006 (New England, 15-1 vs. Buffalo / Pittsburgh, 15-2 vs. Cleveland). Dating back further, the Packers have won 15 of the last 17 against Detroit and 23 of the last 27 in the series.
  • Of the 14 wins over Detroit, eight have been decided by 10 points or more, including four by over 20 points.
  • The Packers have won eight of 12 games (.667) at Ford Field (opened in 2002) against the Lions, the fourth-best winning percentage in the league among teams that have played four or more games at the stadium behind only Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the New York Giants, who are all 3-1 (.750).

RODGERS AND THE LIONS

  • The Packers are 9-1 against Detroit with QB Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback. The only loss to the Lions came when Rodgers left the game in the first half with an injury in 2010 at Ford Field.
  • Rodgers has registered a 100-plus passer rating in eight games against the Lions, has thrown for at least two touchdowns in seven games, and thrown for over 300 yards in five games.
  • In the 10 games, Rodgers has thrown for 2,559 yards and 19 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
  • Dating back to 2008, when Rodgers first started a game against the Lions, he has thrown for the most yards and touchdowns against Detroit of any quarterback in the NFL over that span.
  • Rodgers overall passer rating of 111.0, 68.29 completion percentage and 8.92 yards gained per pass attempt are the highest of any quarterback who has started at least four games against the Lions since 2008.

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 Kevin Burkhardt joins color commentator 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 (color) 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.
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Chuck Cooperstein (play-by-play) and Rod Woodson (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pre-game and halftime shows.
  • 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 711.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers at Lions:
  • All-time, regular season: 94-66-7
  • All-time, postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, at Detroit: 38-42-3
  • Streaks: The Packers have won 15 of the last 17 meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season, at Detroit: Nov. 28, 2013, at Ford Field; Lions won, 40-10

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 89-51-1, .635, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Jim Caldwell: 29-25, .547, (incl. 2-2 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Head to Head: 0-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 14-2 vs. Lions; Caldwell 0-0 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 .642 winning percentage during the regular season ranks No. 4 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.

JIM CALDWELL…Is in his first year as the Lions’ 26th head coach.

  • Prior to joining the Lions, Caldwell spent 2012-13 as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He orginally joined the Ravens as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator with three weeks left to play in the 2012 season. He went on to help Baltimore win the AFC North and Super Bowl XLVII.
  • From 2002-11, Caldwell coached for the Indianapolis Colts, including three years as the head coach (2009-11).
  • While in Indianapolis the Colts had nine consecutive playoff appearances that included six AFC South titles, two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl title.
  • Caldwell began his NFL coaching career as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks coach in 2001.

THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES

  • No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 170 in the all-time series.
  • Green Bay has scored more points (3,541 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.  
  • The Packers have won 23 straight games over Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans eight Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08) and Jim Schwartz (2009-13).
  • The 23 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home field.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School...Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan...LB Brad Jones is a native of East Lansing, Mich. ...Packers WR Jeff Janis is from Tawas City, Mich., and is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Saginaw Valley State...Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is the grandson of legendary Packers head coach Vince Lombardi...Packers LB Andy Mulumba played at Eastern Michigan...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff from 2007-12...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls...Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85...In 1985, Lions linebackers coach Bill Sheridan joined Trgovac as a graduate assistant at Michigan...Packers offensive quality control coach Luke Getsy worked as the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2013...Lions WR Jeremy Ross played in eight games for Green Bay from 2012-13...Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent High...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was Kansas City’s QBs coach when Detroit senior coaching assistant Gunther Cunningham was defensive coordinator for the Chiefs…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton and he was also on the Raiders staff when Packers assistant head coach/LBs Winston Moss played for them...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball worked in Kansas City with Cunningham and in New Orleans with Lombardi and Lions defensive backs/CBs Tony Oden...Ball was also with the Saints when Lions RB Reggie Bush played for New Orleans...Cunningham was the head coach of the Chiefs while Clements was the quarterbacks coach (2000) and Packers assistant special teams coach Ron Zook coached defensive backs (1999)...From 1978-79, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Cunningham were on the defensive coaching staff together at the University of California...Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego worked in the same position for the Packers from 2003-05...In 1999-2000, Capers and Bonamego worked in the same positions for the Jaguars...Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Lions EVP of Football Operations/GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin coached at Penn State while Gash and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played for the Nittany Lions...In 2003-04, Austin was the defensive backs coach in Seattle while Packers EVP/GM/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of Football Operations for the Seahawks...Packers QB Matt Flynn and Lions WR Golden Tate were teammates in Seattle...Packers DT Letroy Guion and Lions DE George Johnson played for the Vikings while Lions defensive backs/safeties coach Alan Williams was the defensive coordinator...From 2006-07, Packers WR Jordy Nelson played for Kansas State while Lions assistant head coach/tight ends Ron Prince was the head coach...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M when Lions LS Don Muhlbach played for the Aggies...Former college teammates include Lang and Lions DE Jason Jones (Eastern Michigan), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Bush (Southern California), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Lions G Rob Sims (Ohio State), Packers T Bryan Bulaga, DT Mike Daniels and DB Micah Hyde and Lions T Riley Reiff (Iowa), Packers WR Randall Cobb and Lions G Larry Warford (Kentucky), and Packers DE Datone Jones and Lions TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA).

LAST MEETING, IN DETROIT

  • Nov. 28, 2013, at Ford Field; Lions won, 40-10.
  • After a scoreless first quarter, Green Bay and Detroit combined for 27 points in the second quarter, with the Lions recording 17 to take a seven-point lead into the half.
  • Detroit dominated the second half, scoring 23 unanswered points.

stat of the week

  • From Sept. 21-Oct. 2, the Packers will play three divisional games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Packers played three divisional games in 12 days was Nov. 16-27, 1986.
  • It will be the first time since 2012 that Green Bay has played three consecutive games against division opponents.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have played three straight games against division foes twice (2006 and 2012).
  • In both 2006 and 2012, Green Bay went 3-0 in those games.
  • Green Bay will play NFC North teams on the road in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2004. It was the only time since the NFC North was established during realignment in 2002 that the Packers played road games in the division in consecutive weeks.

Historic start

  • Through the first two games of the season, WR Jordy Nelson has led the way for the Packers offense, putting up numbers of historical significance.
  • Nelson’s 18 receptions are the most by a Packers receiver in the first two games of a season, topping Ken Payne’s mark of 17 in 1975.
  • His 292 yards receiving are the second most through two games in franchise history, trailing only James Lofton’s 323 in 1983.
  • In the Week 2 win over the Jets, Nelson finished with a career-high 209 yards receiving, which tied for the fourth most in a game in franchise history.
  • Nelson’s 209 yards receiving are the most by a Packer since Don Beebe registered 220 yards receiving vs. San Francisco on Oct. 14, 1996.
  • Nelson has recorded nine receptions in each of the last three regular-season games. He is only the second player in team history to register three straight regular-season games with at least nine.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • Green Bay is one win away from becoming the second team in NFL history with 700 regular-season victories. The Packers (699-538-37) would join Chicago as the only teams to accomplish the feat.
  • A win would make McCarthy 84-46-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers looks to record the 34th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
  • WR Jordy Nelson (320), who recorded nine receptions last week to tie FB William Henderson for the 11th most in Packers history, is three receptions shy of passing TE Paul Coffman (322) for the 10th most in franchise history.
  • Nelson is the only player in the NFL to record at least nine receptions in each of the first two games this season.
  • Nelson’s league-leading 292 receiving yards are 45 more than any other player.
  • If Nelson records at least nine receptions, it will be the seventh game of his career, including the postseason, with nine-plus receptions and would pass 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).
  • After setting a career high with 209 receiving yards in Week 2, which tied for the fourth most in a game in franchise history, Nelson is 118 yards away from becoming the 11th Packers’ player to reach 5,000 career receiving yards.
  • Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 25 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 eight games with at least seven receptions, including both games this season. It marks the fourth-most games with seven-plus receptions in the league over that time span (WAS-Pierre Garcon, 11 / NE Julian Edelman, 10 / DEN Demaryius Thomas, 9 / HOU Andre Johnson, 8 / CHI Brandon Marshall, 8).
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 30 consecutive games, including the postseason.
  • After a two-touchdown performance last week, Cobb has five receiving touchdowns in his last three regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Cobb has registered at least one touchdown in each of the last three 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 tie PHI LeSean McCoy for the NFL lead (MIN Adrian Peterson, 9 / SEA Marshawn Lynch, 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 five games, including the postseason.

DEFENSE

  • LB Julius Peppers has played in 98 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak among NFL linebackers (MIN Chad Greenway, 114 / DET Stephen Tulloch, 130).
  •  After recording a sack in a Week 2 victory over the New York Jets, LB Clay Matthews (51) is three sacks shy of tying DE Aaron Kampman (54) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list.

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 looks to extend his franchise best streak of 17 consecutive regular-season games scoring a field goal. In Week 1, 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 18 consecutive field goals during the regular season. It is the second-longest streak by a Packers kicker, next to his own record of 23 (2010-11).
  • Crosby has played in 114 consecutive games, the longest active streak among kickers.
  • Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 115 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.
  • Last week, Masthay posted a 46.5-yard net punting average, his career high in a game with four-plus punts. His previous best was a 46.2-yard net average at Kansas City on Dec. 18, 2011. It was the third-best mark by a Green Bay punter (min. four punts) since 1976.