GREEN BAY (4-2) VS. CAROLINA (3-2-1)

Sunday, Oct. 19 - Lambeau Field - 12 p.m. CDT

PACKERS RETURN HOME TO FACE THE PANTHERS

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).


  • The Green Bay Packers will take on the Carolina Panthers in their third home game of the season, only the second game at Lambeau Field in 35 days.
  • The Packers have a 7-4 edge in the all-time regular-season series, including a 2-2 mark at home against Carolina. Green Bay also topped Carolina in the 1996 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field.
  • Three of the Packers’ four losses to the Panthers have come by four points or less, while five of the eight wins (including the postseason) have been by at least 10 points.
  • Green Bay and Carolina will play each other in the month of September or October for the seventh time.
  • This will be the Panthers’ sixth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular and postseason, but it will be only the second time the Panthers have played in Green Bay before November (Sept. 29, 2002).
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 66-33-1 against NFC teams during the regular season.
  • Green Bay’s 66 regular-season wins against NFC teams since 2006 are the most in the NFL.
  • Dating back to 2006, the Packers’ point differential of plus-539 against NFC teams during the regular season is the second most in the league (New Orleans, plus-569).
  • Four of the Packers’ next six games will come against teams that made the playoffs last season, including each of the next two weeks. Of those four teams (Carolina, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New England), three won their division in 2013 and all won at least 10 games. The four teams are a combined 14-8-1 this season.
  • Next week, before the Packers’ bye week, Green Bay goes back on the road to play the New Orleans Saints.

Starting strong at home

  • After victories over the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings, the Packers look to start 3-0 at Lambeau Field for the second consecutive year.
  • Dating back to 1960, Green Bay has started 3-0 at home in consecutive seasons three times (1965-66 / 1996-97 / 2001-02).
  • The Packers have started 3-0 at home 20 times in franchise history.
  • Green Bay is one of four NFC teams to be undefeated at home this season (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Arizona).
  • The Packers are one of seven NFL teams this season to only play two home games so far (Chicago, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New England, New Orleans, Pittsburgh). Out of those teams, Green Bay and New England are the only teams with above .500 records.

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.
  • Compass Media Networks will air the game across the country. Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the action. Jon Rothstein will host the pre, half, and postgame 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 708.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Panthers:
  • All-time regular season: 7-4
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, at Lambeau Field: (including postseason) 3-2
  • Streaks: The Packers have won two of the last three meetings.
  • Last meeting, at Lambeau Field, regular season: Nov. 30, 2008, Panthers won, 35-31

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 92-52-1, .638, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Ron Rivera: 28-26-1, .518, (incl. 0-1 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Head to Head: 1-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-1 vs. Panthers; Rivera 0-1 vs. Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy

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 .643 winning percentage during the regular season (85-47-1) 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.

RON RIVERA…Is in his fourth year as the Panthers’ fourth head coach.

  • Last season, he led Carolina to 12 wins, the NFC South division title and its first playoff appearance since 2008.
  • In 2013, the Panthers won 11 of their final 12 regular-season games, including a franchise record eight-game winning streak.
  • Named NFL Coach of the Year by The Associated Press following the 2013 season.
  • Carolina's record has improved in each of Rivera's first three seasons.
  • Before joining the Panthers, he worked for the San Diego Chargers from 2007-10, coaching inside linebackers before becoming the defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.
  • Rivera played nine seasons for the Chicago Bears and was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

THE PACKERS-PANTHERS SERIES

  • The first-ever meeting between the two teams came in the 1996 NFC Championship, when the Packers beat a Panthers team, coached by current Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers, 30-13 at Lambeau Field.
  • This will be the 12th contest between the two teams during the regular season, with the Packers holding a 7-4 advantage in the series, including wins in two of the last three.
  • Each team has won the last game played at the opposing stadium.
  • Including the postseason, Green Bay is 3-2 against Carolina at Lambeau Field. It will be the Panthers’ first visit to Green Bay since 2008.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Sept. 18, 2011, at Bank of America Stadium; Packers won, 30-23.
  • The Packers fell behind 13-0 but outscored the Panthers 30-10 the rest of the way to come out with the victory.
  • With the Packers up by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Carolina drove to the Packers’ 6-yard-line and on fourth-and-four, LB Clay Matthews stopped a scrambling QB Cam Newton a yard short of the first down. Two plays later, QB Aaron Rodgers connected with WR Jordy Nelson on a 84-yard touchdown to put Green Bay up 30-16 with just over two minutes to play.
  • Rodgers (308) and Newton (432) both threw for over 300 yards.
  • The Packers intercepted Newton three times, with CB Charles Woodson recording two of them.


NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Julius Peppers, 2002

Packers LB Julius Peppers was born in Wilson, N.C., went to Nash High School in Bailey, N.C., attended the University of North Carolina and was selected by the Panthers in the first round (second overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft, who he played for from 2002-09...Packers WR Jarrett Boykin played at Butler High in Charlotte, N.C. ...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers served as the first head coach in Carolina franchise history from 1995-98, guiding the Panthers to the NFC Championship Game in just his second season…Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached on Carolina’s staff for seven seasons (2002-08), the final six as defensive coordinator…Packers TE Richard Rodgers’ father Richard Rodgers Sr. is the Panthers special teams coordinator...CB Jarrett Bush entered the NFL with Carolina as a non-drafted free agent in 2006…Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was born in Hendersonville, N.C., and ran for 4,739 yards and 72 touchdowns at Hendersonville High...Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the University of North Carolina in 1998-99...Packers TE Brandon Bostick attended West Florence High in his hometown of Florence, S.C., and went to Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. - both are around a two-hour drive from Charlotte, N.C. ...Panthers DT Colin Cole played for the Packers from 2004-08...Panthers punter Brad Nortman played at Central High School in his hometown of Brookfield, Wis., and was a teammate of Packers QB Scott Tolzien at the University of Wisconsin...Panthers LB A.J. Klein is from Kimberly, Wis. and attended Kimberly High School...Panthers LS J.J. Jansen entered the NFL with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and spent that season on injured reserve with Green Bay...Panthers defensive assistant/defensive backs Curtis Fuller played safety for the Packers from 2003-04 and was the Green Bay’s special teams assistant in 2009 and coaching administrator in 2010...In 2005, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator for San Francisco while Panthers tight ends coach Pete Hoener worked in the same role and quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey played the position for the 49ers...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera were teammates on the Chicago Bears from 1989-92...Fontenot was still playing in Chicago when Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula coached tight ends for the Bears from 1993-95...Fontenot was coached on the offensive line in New Orleans in 1996 by Panthers offensive line coach John Matsko...In 1998, Rivera coached for Chicago while Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett played for the Bears...In 2008-09, Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and Panthers assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown were on the same staff in Buffalo...Van Pelt and Gash both played for the Bills while Panthers assistant special teams Bruce DeHaven coach for Buffalo...Capers coached on the same staff as Panthers running backs coach Jim Skipper at San Jose State in 1977, for the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars in the USFL in 1984-85 and for the Saints from 1986-91...Peppers and Panthers tight end Greg Olsen were playing for the Bears while Panthers defensive line coach Eric Washington worked in the same position for Chicago in 2010...Packers DT Letroy Guion was teammates in Minnesota with Panthers QB Joe Webb from 2010-13...Marshall and Panthers QB Derek Anderson were both with Cleveland in 2007-08...Gash coached for the Jets in 2005-06 while Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery played...College teammates include Packers CB Sam Shields and Olsen (Miami), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Panthers CB Charles Godfrey (Iowa), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Panthers C Ryan Kalil (Southern California), Packers LB Nick Perry and Panthers DE Wes Horton (Southern California), and Packers C Corey Linsley and Panthers WR Philly Brown and G Andrew Norwell (Ohio State).

stat of the week

  • WR Jordy Nelson continued his great start to the 2014 season in Week 6, recording a game-high nine receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ 27-24 victory at Miami.
  • It was the fourth time this season Nelson registered at least nine receptions in a game:

        Week 1 - 9 receptions for 83 yards
        Week 2 - 9 receptions for 209 yards and one touchdown
        Week 4 - 10 receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns

  • His four games with at least nine receptions are two more than any other player in the NFL this season.
  • In franchise history, Nelson’s four games with nine-plus receptions are tied for the most a player has registered in an entire regular season:

        Player, Year (Games With Nine-Plus Receptions)
        Jordy Nelson, 2014 (4)

        Donald Driver, 2006 (4)
        Donald Driver, 2004 (4)
        Robert Brooks, 1995 (4)
        Sterling Sharpe, 1994 (4)
        Sterling Sharpe, 1992 (4)
        Don Hutson, 1942 (4)

  • Green Bay is 3-1 this season when Nelson records at least nine receptions.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • The Packers are looking for their fourth consecutive victory. It would be the sixth consecutive season that Green Bay has recorded at least one winning streak of four or more games.
  • A win would make McCarthy 87-47-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
  • Green Bay’s defense has recorded eight interceptions in the last four games, the second most in the NFL over that span (NYG, 10).
  • The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the sixth game in a row (MIA-Ryan Tannehill, 81.5 / MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6).
  • Over the last three games, Green Bay’s offense has scored on 16 of 31 drives, including three of four in the second half against Miami last week.
  • The Packers have recorded a league-high 180 interception return yards this season.
  • Green Bay has registered over 120 rushing yards in each of the last two games.

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers is the first NFL quarterback to throw for 15-plus touchdowns with one or fewer interceptions in the first six games of a season.
  • 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 170 pass attempts. It is 11 pass attempts short of his career-best streak (181 in 2010). His only interception this 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 second-most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in his career (2012-4 / 2011-5).
  • WR Jordy Nelson is one reception shy of passing WR Max McGee (345) for ninth most in Packers’ history.
  • Nelson is two touchdown receptions short of tying WR Billy Howton (43) for eighth place in franchise history.
  • Nelson is 201 receiving yards shy of surpassing Carroll Dale (5,422) for 10th place in franchise history.
  • Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in four games this season. If Nelson registers one more game with at least nine receptions, it will be the most in a single season in franchise history.
  • Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 26 regular-season games he has played in. It is the second-longest streak of his career during the regular season (35 games, 2010 - 2012).
  • Since the start of the 2013 regular season, Nelson has nine games with at least seven receptions, including four 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 / PIT Antonio Brown, 10 / HOU Andre Johnson, 9).
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 30 consecutive regular-season games.
  • Cobb has nine receiving touchdowns in his last seven 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 17 regular-season games.

DEFENSE

  • LB Julius Peppers is the only player in the NFL with at least a sack (1.5), an interception (one), a forced fumble (one), a fumble recovery (two) and a defensive touchdown (one) this season.
  • Peppers is the only player in NFL history with 10 interceptions and at least 100 sacks in his career.
  • Pepppers’ 49-yard return for a touchdown in Week 5 was the second-longest interception return of his career (97 yards vs. DEN, Oct. 10, 2004).
  • He is one of 18 players in the NFL (since 1982) to record at least 120 sacks.
  • Peppers has played in 102 consecutive games, which is 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 118 consecutive games, the longest active streak among kickers.
  • Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 119 regular-season games. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Ryan Longwell, 144).