PACKERS MAKE RARE TRIP TO FACE REDSKINS
  • Green Bay visits Washington today for the first time since 2004 to play the Redskins. It is just the second matchup between the teams in Washington over the past 31 seasons.  
  • The Packers’ 2004 visit, a 28-14 Green Bay win on Oct. 31, was their first trip to Washington since Dec. 2, 1979, a 38-21 Redskins win.
  • The initial meeting between the teams came in 1932, which was the first year the Redskins franchise, then known as the Boston Braves, was in existence.
  • The teams squared off 17 times between 1932-52, including the 1936 NFL Championship, the fourth title game in NFL history.
  • Green Bay holds a 17-12-1 edge in the all-time series against the Redskins, which includes wins in each of the last four meetings (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007). Prior to ’01, the teams hadn’t met since 1988.
  • Head Coach Mike McCarthy, who is also the offensive play-caller, will be facing an opposing coach he worked under for five seasons. Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the head coach in New Orleans for each of McCarthy’s five seasons there (2000-04) as offensive coordinator.
  • It will be the first of two consecutive matchups for McCarthy against a head coach he served under. Mike Nolan, who was the head coach of San Francisco in 2005 when McCarthy served as the offensive coordinator there, is now the defensive coordinator in Miami. The Packers host the Dolphins in Week 6.
  • Last Sunday, the Packers beat the Lions, 28-26, Green Bay’s 19th straight regular-season home victory over Detroit. That ranks No. 1 among current NFL home streaks, eclipsing Washington’s mark of 18 consecutive home victories against Detroit.
  • The victory was the Packers’ sixth straight at Lambeau Field, which matches the longest winning streak at home (2007-08) during McCarthy’s tenure.
  • Green Bay will return home next Sunday to face Miami for the first time at Lambeau since 2002 with the Dolphins coming off of their bye, while the Redskins host the Indianapolis Colts next Sunday night.

MEMORABLE MATCHUPS
  • While the teams haven’t seen as much of each other in recent years, the all-time series has been headlined by a couple of memorable games.
  • The NFL championship game in ’36 was the first for both franchises, and the Packers beat the Boston Redskins, 21-6, at the Polo Grounds in New York City.
  • The game was played in New York because Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, upset with his fans’ lack of support, was moving his team to Washington and didn’t want to host the championship in Boston.
  • In front of 29,545, Don Hutson caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Arnie Herber in the first three minutes, and Green Bay never trailed. It was the first NFL title contest won by the Packers under coach Curly Lambeau, after winning league championships awarded by league standing in 1929, 1930 and 1931.
  • The teams met in one of the more memorable regular-season games in Packers history on Monday Night Football on Oct. 17, 1983. Facing the defending Super Bowl champions, Green Bay won, 48-47, in a game that is still the highest-scoring contest ever on MNF as well as in Packers team history. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy started at free safety for the Redskins in the game.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Redskins, serving as co-captain from 1980-84, playing on the Super Bowl championship team of 1982, and earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 1983...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball spent the 2001 season as director of football administration for the Redskins...Packers director of football operations Reggie McKenzie played for the Raiders in 1988 when Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was Los Angeles’ head coach...Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac held the same position with the Redskins for two years (2000-01). The ’01 Washington staff also included Packers strength & cond. asst. Dave Redding...Redskins def. coordinator Jim Haslett was the head coach in New Orleans when McCarthy served as off. coord. there (2000-04)...Packers special teams asst. Chad Morton played two seasons with Washington (2003-04) and also played for New Orleans (2000) under Haslett...Haslett was also Packers asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss’ position coach with the Raiders in 1993-94, and Moss also later coached on Haslett’s staff in New Orleans...Packers WR coach Jimmy Robinson held the same position on Haslett’s staff in New Orleans from 2004-05, and Packers safeties coach Darren Perry played for Haslett in New Orleans in 2000...Redskins DB coach Bob Slowik was a def. asst. for five seasons in Green Bay (2000-04), the last as def. coordinator...Redskins DL coach Jacob Burney coached one season at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1989) and OL coach Chris Foerster is a Milwaukee, Wis., native...Redskins DL Vonnie Holliday was a 1998 first-round pick of the Packers who played five seasons in Green Bay (1998-2002)...Redskins C Casey Rabach played collegiately at Wisconsin.

TODAY’S CAPTAINS
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.   
Today’s captains will be C Scott Wells (offense), DE Cullen Jenkins (defense) and FB Korey Hall (special teams).

Captains

WEARING THE STRIPES
Today’s officiating crew includes referee Gene Steratore (114), umpire Butch Hannah (40), head linesman Jerry Bergman (91), line judge Ron Marinucci (107), field judge Bob Waggoner (82), side judge Mike Weatherford (116) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).


  


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

80 DONALD DRIVER
  • By appearing in today’s game, will move into a tie with S Willie Wood for the No. 9 spot for most games played in team history with 166.
  • Enters game with a streak of 131 games with at least one reception (137 including postseason), the longest streak in franchise history. Ranks third among active NFL players behind Hines Ward (182) and Tony Gonzalez (151).

88 JERMICHAEL FINLEY
  • With a reception today, would break TE Paul Coffman’s mark for most receptions by a Packers tight end in the first five games of a season. Coffman caught 21 passes in the first five contests in 1981.
  • With 301 yards receiving this season, Finley has already topped Jackie Harris’ franchise mark for yardage by a TE through five games (284 in 1993).

77 CULLEN JENKINS
  • With a sack today, would become the first Packer since DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (2000-01) to post a full sack in five consecutive regular-season games.
  • Currently has 26 career sacks, which is tied with Santana Dotson (1996-2001) for the No. 9 spot in team annals.

12 AARON RODGERS
  • Needs 259 passing yards for 10,000 for his career. Would become just the sixth quarterback in team history to hit that mark.