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-Vikings Week 10 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Vikings Week 10 Dope Sheet:
MINNESOTA (2-6) AT GREEN BAY (8-0)
Monday, Nov. 14 - Lambeau Field - 7:30 p.m. CST
PACKERS HOST VIKINGS IN PRIME-TIME MATCHUP
- Green Bay returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host the division-rival Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field.
- This is the fourth straight year and the sixth time in seven seasons that the border rivals have squared off in a prime-time matchup.
- Green Bay owns the NFC’s longest MNF appearance streak at 19 seasons (1993-2011). In the NFL, only Denver (20, 1992-2011) has a longer streak. This is the Packers’ lone appearance on MNF this season and their third of four scheduled prime-time games.
- It is the third straight season that the two meetings between the clubs have come within a month of each other. Green Bay topped Minnesota, 33-27, in Week 7 this season at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.
- The Minnesota game kicks off a stretch of three games in 11 days for the Packers. Green Bay has some familiarity with a schedule like that, having played three games in 12 days in 2009, emerging victorious in all three.
- The Packers are off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1962 and only the fifth time in franchise history.
- The four previous 8-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1962) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 14 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history. That tops the previous mark of 12 games from 1961-62.
- The Packers’ streak of 10 consecutive wins in the regular season (2010-11) ranks No. 3 in franchise annals behind only 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62.
- This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
- The Packers have won eight straight contests at Lambeau Field and 14 of their last 15 at home. It is the longest 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 14-1 (.933) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with New England (14-1, .933).
AN EVENLY MATCHED SERIES
- Through 101 meetings, which includes one postseason game, the Packers hold a 52-48-1 advantage over the Vikings in the all-time series.
- Fans can bet on a back-and-forth contest when the two clubs meet, one that always seems to come down to the final possession. In fact, 15 of the past 18 regular-season meetings have been decided by seven points or less, the lone exceptions being the Packers’ 34-0 blanking of the Vikings in 2007 at Lambeau Field, Minnesota’s 38-26 victory at Green Bay in 2009 and Green Bay’s 31-3 win at Minnesota last season.
- The Packers will be looking for their fourth sweep of the Vikings in six seasons under McCarthy, having won both games in 2006, 2007 and 2010.
- This will be the eighth meeting between the teams on Monday Night Football, with the Vikings holding a 4-3 edge in those matchups.
WITH THE CALL
- ESPN is in its sixth season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Mike Tirico is joined by analysts Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden for the 42nd season of MNF broadcasts, with Rachel Nichols reporting from the sidelines.
- The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WBAY (Ch. 2) in Green Bay and WISN (Ch. 12) in Milwaukee. ESPN International will air the contest in three languages to over 180 countries.
- 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.
- Westwood One radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action with Mark Malone reporting from the sidelines. Jim Gray hosts pregame and halftime 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 in HD on Channel 206.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Vikings:
- All-time regular season: 52-47-1
- All-time, postseason: 0-1
- All-time, in Green Bay: 18-17-1
- Streaks: The Packers have won the last three meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 23, 2011, at Mall of America Field; Packers won, 33-27
- Mike McCarthy: 61-34-0, .642, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Leslie Frazier: 5-9-0, .357; 2nd NFL season (interim coach in 2010)
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 8-3 vs. Vikings; Frazier 0-1 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.
- 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.
LESLIE FRAZIER…Is in second year as the Vikings’ eighth head coach (served as the interim coach for the final six games in 2010).
- Served as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator for four seasons (2007-10) and led the Vikings to top-10 finishes in total defense each season from 2008-10.
- Coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04) and Indianapolis Colts (2005-06) before coming to Minnesota. In 12 seasons as NFL coach, has suffered a losing season only twice.
- Has coached on seven playoffs teams in 12 NFL seasons and been a part of six division championships.
- Played defensive back for the Chicago Bears (1981-86) and was a member of Chicago’s Super Bowl XX team.
THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES
- This marks the 102nd overall meeting between the border rivals.
- Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (52-48-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series.
- The Packers’ five-game winning streak that was snapped in 2008 was the longest streak for either team since the Packers won five straight from 1983-85.
- The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi’s Packers won nine of the first 10.
- Over the last 17 seasons (1994-2010), these teams have accounted for 12 NFC Central/North division championships.
Vikings K Ryan Longwell is Green Bay’s all-time leading scorer, having racked up 1,054 points in nine seasons with the Packers (1997-2005)...While running Seattle’s drafts, Packers GM Ted Thompson selected Vikings G Steve Hutchinson in the first round in 2001; Hutchinson and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates on Michigan’s 1997 national championship team...Packers NT Howard Green spent 2007 training camp with Minnesota...Vikings DBs coach Joe Woods held the same post at Western Michigan when Packers WR Greg Jennings played there...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Vikings defensive coordinator Fred Pagac coached on the staff together at Ohio State in the early 1980s...Pagac coached in Oakland when Woodson played for the Raiders…Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals in 2004 when Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was on Cincinnati’s staff...Fontenot was a teammate of Vikings special assistant to the head coach/linebackers Mike Singletary with the Bears…Singletary coached with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on the San Francisco staff in 2005…Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for Kansas City for one season (1994) when McCarthy was an offensive asst. there...Vikings asst. defensive line coach Diron Reynolds’ brother, Jamal, was selected in the first round by the Packers in 2001…Vikings asst. defensive backs coach Matt Sheldon coached on the University of Wisconsin staff from 1997-99…Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached at Iowa when Vikings LB Chad Greenway played for the Hawkeyes…Packers offensive quality control coach Joel Hilgenberg and Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar were teammates with the New Orleans Saints…Dunbar was also Green’s position coach at LSU…Former college teammates include Packers C Scott Wells and T Chad Clifton and Vikings G Anthony Herrera (Tennessee), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Vikings CB Asher Allen (Georgia), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Vikings DE Everson Griffen (USC), Packers CB Pat Lee and Vikings WR Devin Aromashodu (Auburn), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Vikings DT Christian Ballard (Iowa), Packers G Josh Sitton and Vikings T Pat Brown (Central Florida), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Vikings CB Cedric Griffin and DE Brian Robison (Texas), Packers DE Ryan Pickett and Vikings CB Antonie Winfield and WR Michael Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers RB Ryan Grant and Vikings C John Sullivan (Notre Dame), Packers TE D.J. Williams and G/T Ray Dominguez and Vikings T DeMarcus Love (Arkansas), and Packers S M.D. Jennings and Vikings S Tyrell Johnson (Arkansas State)…Green Bay director of research and development Mike Eayrs (similar capacity, 1985-99) previously worked for the Vikings, as did Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball (1999-2000), VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly (1998-99), and communications manager Tom Fanning (1999-2007).
LAST MEETING IN GREEN BAY, REGULAR SEASON
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Vikings Week 10 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
- Oct. 24, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-24
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 21-of-34 passes for 295 yards and two TDs, including a 14-yard TD strike to WR Greg Jennings to give Green Bay a 21-17 lead midway through the third quarter, one they would never relinquish.
- Green Bay’s defense intercepted Vikings QB Brett Favre three times on the evening, with the key one posted by LB Desmond Bishop in the third quarter. Bishop stayed with WR Randy Moss on the play despite a pump fake by Favre, and returned the pick 32 yards for a TD.
- Favre threw an apparent TD pass to WR Percy Harvin to give Minnesota the lead with 48 seconds remaining, but after reviewing the play, the officials ruled that Harvin did not get both feet in bounds in the back of the end zone. On fourth-and-15 at the Green Bay 20, Favre threw incomplete to Moss in the back of the end zone to give the Packers the win.
- The victory for the Packers started what is now an eight-game winning streak at Lambeau Field, the longest streak by the team since an 11-game winning streak at home from 2001-02.