Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Raiders Week 14 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Raiders Week 14 Dope Sheet:
OAKLAND (7-5) AT GREEN BAY (12-0)
Sunday, Dec. 11 - Lambeau Field - 3:15 CST
12-0 PACKERS TO TAKE ON RAIDERS AT LAMBEAU FIELD
- Green Bay returns home after back-to-back road games to host the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field, the first meeting between the teams since 2007.
- This past Sunday, Green Bay clinched the NFC North with its win over the N.Y. Giants and Detroit’s loss at New Orleans. It marked the first division title for the Packers since 2007.
- The Packers can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
- The Packers’ win over the Giants was their seventh road victory of the season, a franchise record. It topped the previous single-season mark of six road wins in 2004 and 2007.
- The Packers are off to a 12-0 start for the first time in franchise history. They are just the ninth team in NFL history to begin the season with 12 consecutive victories.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 18 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62). It is tied for the second-longest winning streak in NFL history, including the postseason, behind only the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games).
- The Packers’ streak of 14 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also set a single-season franchise record with 12 straight regular-season wins in 2011, topping the previous mark of 10 in 1929 and 1962.
- This marks the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
- Green Bay holds a 6-5 edge in the all-time series with Oakland, which includes the Packers’ victory over the Raiders in Super Bowl II. The Raiders won five straight games in the series from 1972-87, but Green Bay has won the last five meetings between the teams.
- Ironically, the last time Green Bay and Oakland met, it was also in Week 14 at Lambeau Field. The Packers won that ’07 contest, 38-7, as they clinched the NFC North title in front of their home crowd.
- The Packers have won 10 straight contests at Lambeau Field and 16 of their last 17 at home. It is the longest regular-season home winning streak by Green Bay since an 11-game streak from 2001-02 and the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.
- Green Bay’s 16-1 (.941) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with New England (16-1).
- The Packers are off to their first 5-0 start at home since 2002. That season, Green Bay went on to post a perfect 8-0 mark at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers are one of only three teams in the league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, New Orleans).
- Green Bay is averaging 39.0 points per game at home this season, No. 2 in the NFL behind only New Orleans (39.8). The Packers’ franchise record is 38.0 ppg at home in 1942.
WITH THE CALL
- The Packers make their second of two appearances this season on CBS. The network will air the contest to the majority of the country.
- Play-by-play man Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms will have the call from the broadcast booth.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 86, 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. Oakland Raiders:
- All-time regular season: 5-5-0
- All-time, postseason: 1-0 (Super Bowl II, Miami)
- All-time, in Green Bay: 3-3-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won five straight.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 9, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 38-7
- Mike McCarthy: 64-34-0, .653, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Hue Jackson: 7-5-0, .583; 1st NFL season
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Raiders; Jackson 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he 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.
- His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons (2006-10).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
HUE JACKSON…Is in first year as the Raiders’ 18th head coach.
- Served as Oakland’s offensive coordinator in 2010, guiding the Raiders to a No. 6 finish in the league in scoring (25.6 ppg) and a No. 2 ranking in rushing offense (155.9 yards per game).
- Prior to joining the Raiders, spent two seasons (2008-09) as the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore, where he tutored QB Joe Flacco.
- Also spent time as the offensive coordinator in Atlanta (2007), wide receivers coach in Cincinnati (2004-06), the offensive coordinator in Washington (2003) and the running backs coach for the Redskins (2001-02).
THE PACKERS-RAIDERS SERIES
- These clubs first squared off in Miami’s Orange Bowl for the league’s second Super Bowl title in January 1968. Behind four Don Chandler field goals and another MVP performance from quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers won their second consecutive Super Bowl title in Vince Lombardi’s final game as head coach for Green Bay. In his nine-year reign as Green Bay’s coach, Lombardi won six Western Conference championships, five NFL titles and two Super Bowls.
- Between 1972-87, the Raiders won all five games between the two clubs. Also during that era, the Raiders on three Super Bowl titles.
- The Packers won their first game against the Raiders since Super Bowl II in 1990 against the Raiders in Los Angeles. The club had moved from Oakland to Los Angeles after the 1981 season and would return to the Bay Area after the 1994 season.
- Green Bay ended an 11-year postseason drought by defeating the Raiders, 28-0, on Dec. 26, 1993, at Lambeau Field.
Packers CB Charles Woodson spent the first eight seasons of his career (1998-2005) in Oakland and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Raiders…Packers assistant head coach/inside linebackers Winston Moss played LB for the Raiders for four seasons (1991-94)…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry coached defensive backs for the Raiders for two seasons (2007-08) before coming to Green Bay in ’09…Perry and Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene were teammates of Raiders defensive backs coach Rod Woodson with the Steelers…Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers held the same position in Pittsburgh when all three played for the Steelers…Rod Woodson and Greene were also teammates in San Francisco for a season…Charles Woodson and Rod Woodson were teammates in Oakland for two seasons (2002-03)…Perry was a teammate of Raiders assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski at Penn State…Packers director-football operations Reggie McKenzie was a 10th-round selection of the then-Los Angeles Raiders in 1985 and played four seasons (1985-88) for the club…Packers assistant director of college scouting Shaun Herock worked summers as a ball boy for the Raiders as a youth…Packers college scout Sam Seale played for the Raiders for five seasons (1984-97, 1992)…California natives on the roster include QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico), LB Desmond Bishop (Fairfield), CB/S Jarrett Bush (Vacaville), C/G Evan Dietrich-Smith (Salinas), CB Davon House (Palmdale), WR James Jones (San Jose), LB Clay Matthews (Aguora Hills) and LB Vic So’oto (Carlsbad)…California natives on the coaching staff include offensive line coach James Campen (Sacramento), special teams assistant Chad Morton (Torrance) and assistant wide receivers/special teams coach John Rushing (Merced)…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached in Kansas City with Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders and was with the Chiefs when Raiders defensive backs coach Kevin Ross played for Kansas City…Rodgers played at the University of California when Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle was on the staff there…Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals in 2004 when Raiders head coach Hue Jackson and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan were on Cincinnati’s coaching staff…Jackson and Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. coached on the Atlanta staff together in 2007...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum tutored Raiders P Shane Lechler at Texas A&M…Raiders S Matt Giordano appeared in five games for the Packers in 2009 and played with Rodgers at California…Raiders CB Chris Johnson was a seventh-round draft pick by Green Bay in 2003; he spent the ’03 campaign on injured reserve and was on the active roster for part of the ’04 season…Whitt helped bring Raiders RB Michael Bush to the University of Louisville when he served as the Cardinals’ recruiting coordinator…Former college teammates include Matthews and Raiders TE David Ausberry (Southern California), Packers QB Matt Flynn and Raiders T Joe Barksdale (Louisiana State), Packers CB Pat Lee and Raiders QB Jason Campbell and LB Quintin Groves (Auburn), Packers CB Sam Shields and Raiders TE Richard Gordon and CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (Miami), Packers C Scott Wells and T Chad Clifton and Raiders DT John Henderson (Tennessee), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Raiders DE Lamarr Houston and S Michael Huff (Texas), Packers TE D.J. Williams and G/T Ray Dominguez and Raiders RB Darren McFadden (Arkansas), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Raiders TE Brandon Myers (Iowa), and Packers RB Brandon Saine and Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Dec. 9, 2007, at Lambeau Field Packers won, 38-7
- The Packers ended their two-year absence from the postseason by clinching the NFC North title with the win over the Raiders.
- RB Ryan Grant rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a TD on 29 carries (5.4 avg.) and WR Greg Jennings caught two passes for 100 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard TD catch from QB Brett Favre in the third quarter.
- CB Will Blackmon posted a pair of touchdowns on special teams, scoring on a 57-yard punt return in the second quarter and recovering a Tim Dwight fumbled punt in the end zone in the third quarter.
- Green Bay’s defense limited Oakland to just 10 first downs and 233 total net yards on the afternoon, with CB Al Harris and S Atari Bigby each posting interceptions off of QB Josh McCown.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- When LB Clay Matthews intercepted Giants QB Eli Manning at New York on Sunday and returned the pick 38 yards for a score, it marked the third straight season that Matthews had scored a defensive TD.
- By doing so, Matthews became the first player in franchise history to score a defensive TD (interception or fumble return) in each of his first three seasons in the league.
- In his first start as a rookie in 2009, Matthews stripped Vikings RB Adrian Peterson and returned the fumble 42 yards for a score at Minnesota. Last season vs. Dallas in Week 9, Matthews intercepted QB Jon Kitna and returned the pick 62 yards for a touchdown.
- Matthews’ interception on Sunday at New York gave him a pick in each of the past two games as he became the first Green Bay linebacker to register an interception in back-to-back games since Nick Barnett did so in 2003 (Weeks 2-3).
- Matthews is one of only two NFL linebackers (Miami LB Kevin Burnett) to record an interception for a score each of the past two seasons.
- Matthews’ INT return for a TD was the Packers’ fourth of the season (No. 1 in the NFL) and the team’s 21st in the regular season since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006 (No. 1 in the NFL).
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Raiders Week 14 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.