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GREEN BAY (0-1) AT ST. LOUIS (0-1)
Saturday, Aug. 17 - Edward Jones Dome - 7 p.m. CDT
PACKERS VISIT ST. LOUIS FOR ROAD PRESEASON OPENER
- Green Bay travels to St. Louis this weekend to take on the Rams in the Packers’ first road contest of the preseason on Saturday night.
- Despite squaring off 93 times (including two playoff meetings) in an all-time series that dates back to 1937, this marks just the fourth preseason meeting between the clubs. The Rams hold a 2-1 edge in the all-time preseason series.
- This will be the first time Green Bay has faced the Rams in the preseason since they moved to St. Louis in 1995. The three previous preseason meetings took place in 1984, 1992 and 1994, with the last matchup coming at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., on Aug. 6, 1994, a 14-6 Green Bay victory. The games in 1984 and 1992 were played in Los Angeles.
- Saturday night will mark just the Packers’ second preseason game played indoors under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-13). Green Bay’s last indoor preseason game came on Aug. 28, 2009, at Arizona.
- Green Bay played the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during the 2011 preseason, but the roof was open for that contest. Prior to the ’09 contest against the Cardinals, the last indoor preseason game for the Packers was at the Georgia Dome against the Falcons on Aug. 9, 2003.
- Green Bay visited St. Louis last year in Week 7, the fifth time in seven years (2006-07, 2009, 2011-12) that the teams had squared off during the regular season. The Packers topped the Rams in the 2012 meeting, 30-20, with QB Aaron Rodgers connecting on 30 of 37 passes (81.1 percent) for 342 yards and three TDs.
- Outside of their foes in the NFC North, the Packers have played more regular-season games against the Rams (five) under McCarthy than any other opponent in the NFL.
- The Packers have won four straight against the Rams in the regular season and 10 of the last 13 meetings dating back to 1992.
- Following the contest at St. Louis this Saturday night, the Packers will host the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 23, in a nationally televised game on CBS. This will be the 20th time in the last 21 seasons that the Packers have appeared on national TV at least once during the preseason.
WITH THE CALL
- Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over a 14-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska and Honolulu in Hawaii.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter.
- In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), three preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In its second season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast three preseason games with Andy Olivares (play-by-play) and Kevin Holden (analyst) calling the action.
- 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 enters its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Rams:
- Regular season, all-time: 44-45-2
- Preseason, all-time: 1-2
- Postseason, all-time: 1-1
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last four regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 21, 2012, at Edward Jones Dome; Packers won, 30-20
- Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 6, 1994, in Madison, Wis.; Packers won, 14-6
- Mike McCarthy: 80-42-0, .656, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Jeff Fisher: 154-134-1, .535, (incl. 5-6 postseason); 19th NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 4-1 vs. Rams; Fisher 3-2 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 .656 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games) entering the 2013 season.
- 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).
JEFF FISHER…Is in his second year as the Rams’ 26th head coach.
- Ranks fourth among active NFL coaches and 18th all-time in career wins with 154.
- Spent 16 full seasons (1995-2010) as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, serving as head coach in 1994 for the final six games.
- Guided the Titans to six playoff appearances, three division titles, two AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
- Previously coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (defensive backs, 1986-88), the Los Angeles Rams (defensive coordinator, 1989-91) and San Francisco 49ers (defensive backs, 1992-93).
- Played with the Chicago Bears (1981-85) as a defensive back and return specialist, earning a Super Bowl ring following Chicago’s Super Bowl XX victory (1985 season) despite spending the year on injured reserve with an ankle injury that prematurely ended his playing career.
THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES
- These clubs first met in 1937, when the NFL launched its long relationship with the city of Cleveland. The franchises met every year from 1937-71 except 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- Beginning in 1946, when the Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, these foes consistently played their Wisconsin games early in the year (before cold weather set in) and their warm West Coast games late in the year.
- The clubs have met twice in the postseason, with the Packers topping the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee. The Rams beat the Packers, 45-17, in St. Louis in a 2001 Divisional playoff contest.
- The Packers have won four straight in the series and 10 of the last 13 in the regular season dating back to 1992.
Packers DT Ryan Pickett was a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2001 and played his first five NFL seasons (2001-05) in St. Louis...Packers TE Matthew Mulligan played in all 16 games for the Rams in 2012...Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was a fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played the first eight seasons (1985-92) of his career there. He ranks second in franchise history with 72.5 sacks...Greene played for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher when Fisher was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1989-91…Packers QB Vince Young played for Fisher for five seasons (2006-10) with the Tennessee Titans...Rams C Scott Wells played for Green Bay for eight seasons (2004-11)…Rams S Matt Giordano played in five games for the Packers in 2009...Rams secondary coach Chuck Cecil played safety for the Packers from 1988-92 and was a teammate of Packers offensive line coach James Campen…Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman held the same position with the Packers from 2000-04…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached with Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and in New Orleans from 2000-01…McCarthy also coached with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998…Rams strength coach Rock Gullickson served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Packers from 2006-08…Gullickson and Rams assistant strength coach Adam Bailey also coached in New Orleans with McCarthy, assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo…Rams TE Lance Kendricks played at the University of Wisconsin and attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee…Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s position coach for seven seasons (1987-93) when Hilgenberg played on the line for the New Orleans Saints…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bears when Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis was on Chicago’s staff…Rams director of operations Bruce Warwick spent six seasons (2000-05) with the Packers...Packers LB A.J. Hawk was a senior at Ohio State when Rams LB James Laurinaitis was a freshman in 2005...Other college teammates include Giordano and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (California), Packers T/G Don Barclay and Rams WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey (West Virginia), Packers DT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), Packers DE Datone Jones and RB Johnathan Franklin and Rams TE Cory Harkey (UCLA), Packers CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson and Rams RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt) and Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Rams DE Robert Quinn (North Carolina).
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 6, 1994, at Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, Wis.); Packers won, 14-6
- RB Edgar Bennett scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and WR Robert Brooks caught a 2-yard TD pass from QB Ty Detmer in the third quarter in the Green Bay win.
- Green Bay’s defense limited the Rams to a pair of Tony Zendejas field goals and held Los Angeles to 79 yards rushing.
- The Packers posted 150 yards on 39 carries (3.8 avg.), with FB Dexter McNabb picking up 33 yards on four attempts (8.3 avg.).
WHAT IS AHEAD
- After enjoying some time away from the practice field this past weekend following the game on Friday night vs. Arizona, the Packers will practice four times this week, with all of the sessions scheduled for late-morning start times. The team departs for St. Louis on Friday.
- The practice on Monday, Aug. 12, was closed to the public, with the sessions on Aug. 13-15 scheduled to be open.
- Not including the Family Night scrimmage, the team will have 14 practices under its belt when it takes the field in St. Louis on Saturday night.
- Following the contest against the Rams, the team will take a day off (Aug. 18) from the practice field before returning on Monday, Aug. 19. The Packers will practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 19-21) leading up to their matchup with the Seattle Seahawks in the Midwest Shrine Game on Friday, Aug. 23, at Lambeau Field.
PACKERS FALL TO CARDINALS IN PRESEASON OPENER
- Green Bay opened its preseason slate on Friday night vs. Arizona, with the Cardinals getting the 17-0 win in front of 73,738 at Lambeau Field, the largest crowd to ever watch a game at the historic stadium.
- QB Aaron Rodgers played one series, leading the offense down the field after the Packers started out at their own 13-yard line. He completed 3 of 5 passes for 62 yards, highlighted by his 50-yard pass to WR James Jones down to the Arizona 6.
- The Packers were not able to punch it in on the drive, with RB James Starks stopped just short of the goal line on 4th-and-goal from the 2.
- All four of Green Bay’s quarterbacks saw action against the Cardinals, with No. 2 QB Graham Harrell seeing the bulk of the work (35 snaps). Harrell connected on 12 of 19 passes for 76 yards with an interception.
- Recently signed QB Vince Young took over for Harrell late in the third quarter and completed a pass for 7 yards and rushed for 12 yards on two carries. QB B.J. Coleman led the offense for the final two series and completed 2 of 7 passes for 15 yards.
- A pair of rookie wide receivers led the Green Bay offense, with Tyrone Walker hauling in five passes for 41 yards (8.2 avg.), including a 22-yard grab in the first quarter, and Alex Gillett catching three passes for 21 yards (7.0 avg.). Starks led the Packers with 38 yards rushing on 12 attempts (3.2 avg.).
- Green Bay’s defense limited the Cardinals to just 92 yards rushing on 35 carries (2.6 avg.). A pair of Packers 2013 draft picks, DE Josh Boyd and CB Micah Hyde, tied for the team lead with five tackles each.
- The Packers had 17 players that did not dress due to injuries, with T Bryan Bulaga (knee), WR Randall Cobb (bicep), T Andrew Datko (concussion), WR Kevin Dorsey (hamstring), RB DuJuan Harris (knee), CB Casey Hayward (hamstring), WR Charles Johnson (knee), RB Eddie Lacy (hamstring), DE Mike Neal (abdomen), WR Jordy Nelson (knee), TE Andrew Quarless (quad), S Sean Richardson (neck), T Derek Sherrod (leg), TE Ryan Taylor (knee), T JC Tretter (ankle), CB Tramon Williams (knee) and DE Jerel Worthy (knee) all sidelined on Friday evening.
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