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DETROIT (3-1) AT GREEN BAY (1-2)
Sunday, Oct. 6 - Lambeau Field - Noon CDT
GREEN BAY HOSTS DETROIT IN NFC NORTH MATCHUP
- After enjoying their bye in Week 4, the Packers return to action this Sunday when they host Detroit at Lambeau Field. It marks the second straight season that Green Bay has played the Lions in the game after the open date on its schedule.
- This marks the 168th meeting between the clubs (including playoffs). 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.
- Green Bay has a 13-1 mark (.929) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, the Packers have won 14 of the last 15 against Detroit and 22 of the last 25 in the series.
- The Packers have won 22 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including a 1994 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.
- Green Bay’s 21-game regular-season home winning streak against Detroit is the longest in NFL history, ahead of Washington’s 18-game home winning streak against the Lions (1939-2007) and Pittsburgh’s 16-game streak versus the Cleveland Browns (1970-85).
- This will be the first time since 2000 that the Packers’ first game in the division didn’t arrive until Week 5 or later (Week 5 vs. Chicago in 2000).
- Three of the Packers’ next five games will come against NFC North foes, with a Week 8 visit to Minnesota and a Week 9 home tilt against Chicago.
- When the Packers take the field against the Lions this Sunday, they will be looking to extend their home divisional winning streak to 10 games.
- Since the league went to a divisional format in 1967, Green Bay has had only two winning streaks of 10-plus games against divisional foes at home (18 straight from 1994-98 and 10 straight from 2000-02).
- Since ’06, Green Bay has a 32-10 overall record (.762) in NFC North games (No. 2 in the NFL) and an 18-3 mark (.857) at home (No. 2 in the NFL).
- The Packers have won eight straight regular-season games at home and 21 of their last 22 (.955). Green Bay’s current home winning streak ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind Seattle (10 games) and Denver (nine).
AFTER THE BYE
- Green Bay will come out of its bye week with a home game for only the second time in eight seasons under McCarthy. In 2009, the Packers had their open date in Week 5 and hosted Detroit at Lambeau Field in Week 6.
- In games immediately following its bye week, Green Bay has won 13 of its last 17 (.765). Under McCarthy, the Packers are 6-1 (.857) 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 each of the last four seasons, outscoring its opponents 126-61 in those contests. That included a 26-0 win vs. Detroit in 2009 and a 31-3 victory at Minnesota in 2010.
- Since 2006, the Packers have a 43-22 overall record (.662) after the bye. Since 2009, Green Bay is 26-9 (.743) overall after the bye.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 20th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Kenny Albert and color analyst Daryl Johnston will have the call from the broadcast booth with Tony Siragusa reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo is in its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
- Compass Media Networks will broadcast the game to a national audience with Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Tony Hill (analyst) handling the call.
- The broadcast is also available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 705.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Lions:
- All-time, regular season: 93-26-7
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, Lambeau Field: 30-10-3
- Streaks: The Packers have won 14 of the last 15 meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 9, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 27-20
- Mike McCarthy: 81-44-0, .648, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Jim Schwartz: 25-44-0, .362, (incl. 0-1 postseason); 5th NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 7-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 13-1 vs. Lions; Schwartz 1-7 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his eighth 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.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
- His .648 winning percentage (including playoffs) 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.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
JIM SCHWARTZ…Is in his fifth year as the Lions’ 25th head coach.
- In 2011, guided the Lions to their first playoff appearance since 1999.
- Before coming to Detroit, spent 10 years with the Tennessee Titans, including the last eight as defensive coordinator.
- Broke into the NFL as a college and pro scout for the Cleveland Browns from 1993-95 before becoming a defensive assistant coach for the Ravens after the franchise moved to Baltimore.
- Coached as a graduate assistant and then position coach at four different colleges (Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina Central, Colgate) after a playing career as a LB at Georgetown University.
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. 168 in the all-time series.
- Green Bay has scored more points (3,509 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
- The Packers have won 22 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 Schwartz (2009-12).
- The 21 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home field.
Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan...Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School...LB Brad Jones is a native of East Lansing, Mich. ...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was Kansas City’s QBs coach when Detroit defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham held the same position with the Chiefs for four seasons (1995-98)…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/inside LBs Winston Moss played for them...Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett and Lions GM Martin Mayhew were teammates for one season at Florida State...Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo began his college coaching career as a special teams/offensive assistant at Michigan State in 2001...Packers special teams assistant Chad Morton’s older brother, Johnnie, played WR for the Lions for eight seasons (1994-2001)...Lions LB DeAndre Levy played collegiately at Wisconsin and attended Milwaukee Vincent High...Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego held the same position with the Packers from 2003-05...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...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 Packers LB Clay Matthews and Lions RB Reggie Bush (Southern California), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Lions G Rob Sims (Ohio State), Packers DE Mike Daniels and CB Micah Hyde and Lions T Riley Reiff (Iowa), Packers LS Brett Goode and Lions CB Chris Houston (Arkansas), Packers CB Davon House and Lions CB Jonté Green (New Mexico State), Packers CB Sam Shields and Lions T Jason Fox (Miami), Packers DE Datone Jones and RB Johnathan Franklin and Lions TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA), Packers WR Randall Cobb and Lions G Larry Warford (Kentucky), and Packers DE Josh Boyd and Lions CB Darius Slay (Mississippi State).
LAST MEETING, IN GREEN BAY
- Dec. 9, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 27-20.
- After touchdowns on each of the Lions’ first two drives put Detroit up 14-0, the Packers scored 17 unanswered points on the way to the 27-20 victory in a snowy Sunday night contest.
- With Green Bay trailing 14-3 with just more than six minutes remaining in the first half, Lions QB Matthew Stafford saw the ball slip out of his hand as he drew his arm back to throw, and rookie DE Mike Daniels scooped the fumble up and returned it 43 yards for a TD.
- On Green Bay’s opening drive of the second half, QB Aaron Rodgers capped the series off with a 27-yard TD run, the longest scoring run of his career and the longest by a Green Bay QB since Brett Favre’s 36-yard TD run at Chicago on Oct. 31, 1994.
- With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, RB DuJuan Harris scored on a 14-yard run as the Packers held a lead the rest of the way.
- The Packers registered 140 yards rushing on 25 carries (5.6 avg.) with two TDs.
stat of the week
- Of the Packers’ seven sacks in the first three games this season, three of them have come from their defensive backfield.
- In the Packers’ Week 3 contest at Cincinnati, S M.D. Jennings and CB Tramon Williams both recorded sacks, bringing the total number of Green Bay defensive backs with a full sack this season to three (CB Davon House, vs. Washington, Week 2).
- With the three different defensive backs posting a sack this season, the Packers rank No. 2 in the NFL through Week 4 behind only Oakland (five defensive backs with a sack).
- Since sacks became an official individual statistic in 1982, the single-season franchise record for the Packers is four different defensive backs with at least one full sack (1986, 2003, 2009, 2012).
- Since 2009, the Packers’ defensive backs have combined for 21.0 sacks, No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only the N.Y. Jets (26.5) and Oakland (23.0).
- The Bengals contest in Week 3 marked the second time in the last 10 games that the Packers have had two different DBs register a sack in a game (House and S Morgan Burnett, at Detroit, Nov. 18, 2012).
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