GREEN BAY (0-1) AT ST. LOUIS (0-1)
Saturday, Aug. 16 - Edward Jones Dome - 3 p.m. CDT
packers VISIT ST. LOUIS FOR SECOND PRESEASON GAME
- The Green Bay Packers stay on the road as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams for preseason game No. 2. It will be the first time the Packers play a preseason game in the afternoon since Sept. 1, 2006, a home game against the Tennessee Titans that also started at 3 p.m. CDT.
- The Packers/Rams contest is one of only four NFL games to kick off before 5 p.m. local time this preseason.
Despite squaring off 93 times (including two playoff meetings) in an all-time series that dates back to 1937, this marks just the fifth preseason meeting between the clubs. After a 19-7 Packers' victory in St. Louis last year, the preseason series is tied at 2-2.
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- This will be only the second time Green Bay has faced the Rams in the preseason since they moved to St. Louis in 1995.
- Saturday night will mark the Packers’ third preseason game played indoors under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-13). The only other opponent the Packers have faced indoors in a preseason game was Arizona on Aug. 28, 2009. Prior to that 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 and St. Louis have played five times in the last eight regular seasons (2006-07, 2009, 2011-12). In the last meeting, the Packers topped the Rams, 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 Rams tie the Giants for the opponent the Packers have played more regular-season games against under McCarthy than any other opponent in the NFL (five).
- This is the first time since 2003 that the Packers have opened the preseason with two games outside of Green Bay and closed the preseason with two home games. That year the Packers opened the preseason in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, then played two road games before finishing with two games at Lambeau Field.
- Following the contest at St. Louis this Saturday, the Packers will host the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on Friday, Aug. 22, in a nationally televised game on CBS. This will be the 21st time in the last 22 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 the 14-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo 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. An informative half-hour pregame show prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, will feature former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.
- 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; KWWL-TV, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In its third 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 Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.
- 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. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Rams:
- Regular season, all-time: 44-45-2
- Preseason, all-time: 2-2
- 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. 17, 2013, at Edward Jones Dome; Packers won, 19-7
- Mike McCarthy: 88-50-1, .637, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Jeff Fisher: 161-143-1, .530, (incl. 5-6 postseason); 20th NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 4-1 vs. Rams; Fisher 3-2 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 .637 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 60 games) entering the 2014 season.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
JEFF FISHER…Is in his third year as the Rams’ 26th head coach.
- Ranks third among active NFL coaches and is tied for 17th all-time (Bill Cowher) in career wins with 161.
- Spent 16 full seasons (1995-2010) as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and also served 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.
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.
Packers RB Michael Hill was born in St. Joseph, Mo. and is the all-time leading rusher at Missouri Western State where he was a teammate of Rams K Greg Zuerlein...Packers west regional scout Sam Seale played defensive back for the Rams in 1993...Rams C Scott Wells played for Green Bay for eight seasons (2004-11)...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…Sherman coached for the Steelers in 1998 while Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy coached with Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and for the Saints from 2000-01…Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt played at Pitt during that time as well...McCarthy also coached with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with the Chiefs in 1998…Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball was also working for the Chiefs in 1998 and was with Washington in 2001 while Schottenheimer coached there...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 and Packers assistant head coach/LBs Winston Moss…Rams TE Lance Kendricks attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee and played at the University of Wisconsin with Packers QB Scott Tolzien...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 secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the assistant defensive backs coach in 2007 for the Falcons while Rams general manager Les Snead worked in Atlanta’s personnel department...In 2008, Perry and Rams special teams coordinator John Fassel were on the same staff for the Raiders...Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett was teammates on the Bears with Rams assistant defensive line coach Clyde Simmons in 1999...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash and Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer coached on the same staff with the Jets in 2006...Gash and Van Pelt played for the Bills while Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was the head coach...Gash coached for the Lions while Rams QB Shaun Hill played...Van Pelt was the QBs coach for the Buccaneers while Rams G Davin Joseph played...Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers played for the Panthers while Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau served in the same position in 2002...Gash played for the Patriots while Boudreau coached in 1997...Boudreau and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached on the same staff for the Saints while Packers offensive line coach James Campen played for New Orleans...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 Packers DT B.J. Raji and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), 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. 17, 2013, at Edward Jones Dome; Packers won, 19-7
- QB Aaron Rodgers played three series and led the offense into St. Louis territory on all three possessions. Rodgers connected on 10 of 12 passes for 134 yards for a 113.2 passer rating.
- The first-team offense featured a balanced attack, with RB Eddie Lacy churning out a team-high 40 rushing yards on eight carries (5.0 avg.) in his pro debut.
Packers come up short in preseason opener
- Green Bay opened its preseason slate on Saturday night at Tennessee. The Packers came up four points short (16-20) in a rain-soaked game at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn.
- The Packers started fast with RB DuJuan Harris returning the opening kickoff 40 yards to the Green Bay 36-yard line. The Packers’ offense took the opening possession of the game 64 yards in eight plays to take a 7-0 lead. The drive was fueled by RB James Starks’ six carries for 49 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown run to cap it off.
- K Mason Crosby made his only extra point attempt from the NFL’s new experimental distance that is 13 yards longer than usual. He also connected on a 32-yard field goal that gave Green Bay a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter.
- With heavy rain throughout most of the game, both teams leaned on their running games. Green Bay gained 146 yards on 35 carries (4.2 avg.) with two rushing touchdowns while Tennessee accumulated 105 yards on 32 carries (3.3 avg.) with two touchdowns. Starks’ 49 yards led the way for Green Bay while rookie RB LaDarius Perkins registered the most rushing attempts with 10 for 18 yards (1.8 avg.).
- QB Matt Flynn started the game and in five possessions finished 5 of 10 for 49 yards and a passer rating of 64.2, while leading the Packers on one touchdown drive.
- QB Scott Tolzien entered the game with less than a minute to go in the first half, and in three possessions he totaled 124 passing yards, completing 8 of 12 attempts for a passer rating of 100.7. Tolzien led the Packers on one scoring drive, going 79 yards on seven plays in the third quarter. On the drive, Tolzien connected with WR Chris Harper for gains of 17 and 38 yards, and RB Rajion Neal racked up 35 yards on four carries (8.8 avg.), including a 12-yard touchdown run. The Packers went for two but the pass to Harper fell incomplete.
- QB Chase Rettig entered the game in the fourth quarter for the final three offensive possessions and finished 1 of 3 for 10 yards and a 43.8 passer rating. In all, Packers quarterbacks were 14 of 25 for 183 yards and a passer rating of 79.3.
- Harper’s two big receptions gave him a team-high 55 yards receiving for the game, and second-year WR Kevin Dorsey led the Packers in receptions with three for 23 yards (7.7 avg.). Harper’s 38-yard reception tied Titans WR Brian Robiskie for the longest of the game.
- Green Bay’s defense forced two turnovers. Early in the fourth quarter, CB Jumal Rolle forced a fumble on a sack of QB Zach Mettenberger that was recovered by LB Jake Doughty at the Tennessee 39-yard line. On the Titans’ next possession, LB Korey Jones intercepted Mettenberger and ran it back 8 yards to the Titans’ 13-yard line. The ensuing possession resulted in a Crosby 32-yard field goal to put Green Bay up by three with just over seven minutes remaining.
- CB Jarrett Bush recorded a game-high eight tackles (four solo) and also registered one sack, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit.
- The Packers had 11 players not play in the game: QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Eddie Lacy, S Tanner Miller, S Morgan Burnett, TE Colt Lyerla, T/G Don Barclay, WR Jeff Janis, WR Jared Abbrederis, WR Jordy Nelson, DT Letroy Guion and DE Jerel Worthy.