GREEN BAY (7-3) AT MINNESOTA (4-6)

Sunday, Nov. 23 - TCF Bank Stadium - 12 p.m. CST

PACKERS RETURN TO THE ROAD TO TAKE ON THE VIKINGS

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).

  • Sunday will be the first outdoor game (TCF Bank Stadium) between the Packers and Vikings in Minnesota since they played at Metropolitan Stadium on Nov. 29, 1981.
  • Through 108 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 57-49-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.
  • The Packers are 8-1-1 in the last 10 games between the teams during the regular and postseason, including 3-1 at Minnesota. The Packers’ only loss during that span was by three points in 2012.
  • The Packers have scored 30-plus points in six of their last eight regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 33.7 points per game over that span. That included a 42-point game earlier this season, a 44-point outing at Minnesota last season in Week 8, the most points ever scored by Green Bay at the Metrodome, and a 45-point effort at Lambeau Field in 2011.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have swept the regular season series against the Vikings four times (2011, 2010, 2007, 2006).
  • Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 12-4-1 record (.735) against the Vikings in the regular season.
  • Since 2006, the Packers have scored 20-plus points against the Vikings in 15 of 16 regular-season games. The Packers’ 495 points scored in the regular-season since 2006 are the most against the Vikings in the NFL, and Green Bay’s 29.1 points per game leads the league among teams that have played Minnesota at least four times over that span.
  • Including the postseason, Green Bay is 9-4 against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback and have won eight of the last nine contests.
  • In 13 games as the starter against the Vikings, Rodgers has completed 289 of 405 passes (71.4) for 3,538 yards, 30 touchdowns and four interceptions with a passer rating of 118.5. His passer rating is the highest of any opposing quarterback vs. Minnesota (min. 100 att.).
  • Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in nine of the last 11 games against the Vikings, including the postseason. He recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.7 in a Week 5 victory over Minnesota this season. It was his fourth-highest rating against the Vikings in his career.
  • In 2010-11, Rodgers posted a passer rating of 140.0 or better in three contests against Minnesota (146.5 at MIN in 2011 / 141.3 at MIN in 2010 / 140.3 vs. MIN in 2011), becoming the first NFL quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to register a 140-plus passer rating in three consecutive games against the same opponent (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).

WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 21st season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Kenny Albert joins analyst Daryl Johnston with Tony Siragusa providing analysis from the sidelines.
  • 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 (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action with Scott Graham hosting the pre-game 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 on channel 711.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers at Vikings:
  • All-time regular season: 56-48-2
  • All-time, postseason: 1-1
  • All-time, at Minnesota: 26-26
  • Streaks: The Packers have won three of the last four at Minnesota.
  • Last meeting, at Minnesota, regular season: Oct. 27, 2013, at Mall of America Field at HHH Metrodome; Packers won, 44-31

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 95-53-1, .641, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
  • Mike Zimmer: 4-6, .400; 1st NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 13-4-1 vs. Vikings; Zimmer 0-1 vs. Packers

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthyMIKE 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 .649 winning percentage during the regular season (89-48-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.

MIKE ZIMMER…Is in his first year as the Vikings’ ninth head coach.

  • Spent 20 seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL, including the last 14 as a defensive coordinator for Cincinnati, Atlanta and Dallas.
  • Has been a part of 11 playoff teams and seven teams that have won division titles.
  • From 2008-13, he was the defensive coordinator for a Bengals defense that ranked in the top 10 four times. In the 18 years prior, Cincinnati had only cracked the top 10 once.
  • Led top-10 defenses for Dallas in both a 4-3 and 3-4 scheme.
  • Has had eight defensive players selected to the Pro Bowl a total of 23 times.
  • Was the defensive backs coach for the Cowboys when they won Super Bowl XXX.

THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES

  • This marks the 109th overall meeting between the border rivals.
  • The Packers own a 57-49-2 advantage over the Vikings (including playoffs) in the all-time series. 
  • Green Bay’s five-game winning streak that was snapped in the 2012 finale was the longest by the club since a five-game streak against Minnesota from 2006-08. Prior to that, the longest streak for either team was Green Bay’s five-game winning streak 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 20 seasons (1994-2013), these teams have accounted for 15 NFC Central/North division championships.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings from 2008-13 after originally being selected in the fifth round...Vikings WR Greg Jennings was drafted by Green Bay in the second round in 2006 and played for the Packers for seven seasons (2006-12)...Vikings WR Charles Johnson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round (216th overall) in 2013 and spent the early part of last season on Green Bay’s practice squad...Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, was an assistant coach for the Packers from 1984-85...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator, tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played center and secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played free safety for New Orleans while Vikings head of strength and conditioning Evan Marcus was the assistant strength and conditioning coach from 2000-02...In 2007, Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the assistant defensive backs coach for Atlanta, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator and assistant defensive backs/quality control coach Jonathan Gannon was a defensive assistant/quality control coach...From 1991-93, Packers defensive quality control John Rushing played defensive back at Washington State while Zimmer was the defensive coordinator...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards were on the Dolphins defensive coaching staff together in 2006-07...In 1991, Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played running back for the Cowboys while Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner worked in the same position...Highsmith played for Tampa Bay while Vikings wide receivers coach George Stewart coached special teams...Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson coached on the staff together in Carolina...Trgovac coached the defensive line for Washington while Turner was the head coach and Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson worked in the same role in 2000...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played fullback for New England while Davidson, Wilson and defensive line coach Andre Patterson were on the coaching staff in 1997...Gash coached running backs in Detroit while Vikings FB Jerome Felton was with the Lions...Packers QB Scott Tolzien spent training camp with San Diego in 2011 while Turner was the head coach...Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was the offensive line coach for Cleveland in 2007-08 while Vikings assistant offensive line coach Hank Fraley played center for the Browns...Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements (offensive coordinator, 2004-05), Gash (FB, 2003) and quarterbacks coach Alex  Van Pelt (QB, 1995-2003, volunteer offensive quality control, 2005) were all with the Bills while Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray was the defensive coordinator (2001-05)...Packers LB Julius Peppers was teammates with Vikings DE Corey Wootton in Chicago from 2010-13...In 2009, Peppers was teammates with Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn in Carolina...Former college teammates include Packers LB Clay Matthews and LB Nick Perry and Vikings DE Everson Griffen, TE Rhett Ellison and T Matt Kalil (Southern California), Packers DE Datone Jones and Vikings LB Anthony Barr and P Jeff Locke (UCLA), Packers WR Jarrett Boykin and Vikings S Antone Exum Jr. (Virginia Tech), and Packers TE Andrew Quarless and Vikings LBs Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti (Penn State)…Packers area scout Lee Gissendaner went to training camp with the Vikings in 1996 and spent parts of that season on Minnesota’s practice squad...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).

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Oct. 2, 2014, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 42-10.
  • Green Bay scored 42 unanswered points in the first three quarters.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and a passer rating of 138.5 whlie RB Eddie Lacy ran for a season-high 105 yards and two touchdowns.
  • LB Julius Peppers returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown.


stat of the week

  • Green Bay scored a total of 108 points in the last two games, scoring 55 against Chicago in Week 10 and 53 versus Philadelphia in Week 11.
  • The Packers are only the second team in NFL history to score 53-plus points in back-to-back games, joining the Los Angeles Rams (1950).
  • It marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers registered back-to-back 50-point games. It was the fifth time in NFL history that a team accomplished the feat.
  • Green Bay is the only team to score at least 50 points twice this season.
  • Dating back to the AFL-NFL merger of 1970, it was the eighth time a team scored 50 or more points multiple times in one regular season (Denver-three in 2013 / New England-two in 2012 / Seattle-two in 2012 / New England-two in 2007 / Cincinnati-two in 1989 / Dallas-two in 1980 / New England-two in 1979).
  • Dating back to 2006, the Packers are tied for second in the league (Denver, Philadelphia) with three 50-plus point games during the regular season (New England, 7).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

  • A win would make McCarthy 90-48-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach. He would pass Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi (89) for the second most regular-season wins in franchise history (Curly Lambeau-209).
  • With a win the Packers would extend a franchise record by clinching a winning record in the NFC North for the ninth straight season (3-1 so far this season).
  • Green Bay has recorded at least four scoring drives in the first half of each of the last four games.
  • Below is the halftime score of each of the Packers’ last two games:
  • Green Bay 42, Chicago 0
  • Green Bay 30, Philadelphia 6
  • The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing starting quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the ninth game this season (PHI-Mark Sanchez, 80.3 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 68.8 / CAR-Cam Newton, 72.6 / MIA-Ryan Tannehill, 81.5 / MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1).

OFFENSE

  • QB Aaron Rodgers needs one more three-touchdown/zero-interception game to tie NE QB Tom Brady (eight in 2007) for the most in NFL history in a single season.
  • Rodgers has thrown for three or more touchdowns in six of the last seven games.
  • Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of at least 120.0 in five of the last seven contests.
  • Rodgers has thrown for 1,074 yards in the last three games.
  • WR Jordy Nelson (5,588) passed Billy Howton (5,581) for ninth place in franchise history. He trails Max McGee (6,346) for eighth place.
  • Nelson needs two receiving yards for his second straight 1,000-yard receiving season and his third in the last four years.
  • Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in four games this season. If Nelson registers one more game with at least nine receptions, it will be the most in a single season in franchise history.
  • Nelson has three touchdown receptions of 65 yards or more this season, the most by a Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four touchdown catches of 65-plus yards in 1998.
  • Nelson has five touchdown receptions of 40-plus yards this season, no other receiver in the league has more than three in 2014.
  • WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 34 consecutive regular-season games.
  • Cobb has caught at least one touchdown in eight of 10 games this season. He has 12 receiving touchdowns in his last 11 regular-season games, dating back to last season.
  • Cobb is two touchdown receptions shy of becoming the 18th player in franchise history to reach 25 receiving touchdowns.
  • Cobb is looking for his fifth game this season with at least 100 yards receiving, which would extend his career high (three-2012).
  • Over the last three games, RB Eddie Lacy has 14 receptions for 236 yards (16.9 avg.) and two touchdowns. Although he has only played in three games in the last four weeks due to the bye, Lacy’s 236 receiving yards lead all running backs from Weeks 8-11.
  • Lacy has gone over 100 yards from scrimmage four times this season, including in each of the last three games. Green Bay is 3-1 when Lacy has 100 yards or more from scrimmage.
  • Lacy averaged 6.9 yards per carry on 10 attempts last week, it was his second-highest average this season (8.1 vs. MIN, 13 att. for 105 yds.).
  • Lacy has scored at least one touchdown in five of the last seven games.

DEFENSE

  • LB Julius Peppers has registered at least one sack in three of the last four games.
  • Peppers returned his second interception for a touchdown this season last week, becoming the first linebacker in franchise history with two interception returns for touchdowns in a single season.
  • Peppers the first player in NFL history with at least 100 career sacks and four interception returns for a touchdown.
  • LB Clay Matthews has one sack in each of the last three games. It ties (2010) for the third-longest streak of his career during the regular season (2009, four / 2012-13, four).
  • Last week Matthews (54.5) passed DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list. Matthews needs one sack to pass LB Tim Harris (55.0) for No. 3 in franchise history (since 1982).
  • CB Casey Hayward is looking to register an interception for the fourth time in the last six games.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • DB Micah Hyde returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown last week, the second of his career. He is tied for No. 3 in franchise history behind only WR Desmond Howard and CB Will Blackmon (three each).
  • Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession of second place in Packers history for combined returns for touchdowns (Travis Williams, six). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.


2014 HONOR ROLL

QB Aaron Rodgers

  • NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 4 (at Chicago)
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 7 (vs. Carolina)
  • NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Week 10 (vs. Chicago)
  • Ranks second in franchise history with 11 Player of the Week Awards (Brett Favre, 12).
  • Leads the league with the most Player of the Week Awards this season (3) and the most since 2010 (11).
  • Named Player of the Week for the fifth consecutive season.
  • Air Player of the Week - Week 10 (vs. Chicago)

LB Julius Peppers

  • NFC Defensive Player of the Week – Week 5 (vs. Minnesota)
  • Sixth career Player of the Week Award and first with Green Bay.
  • Second player to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week with three different teams (CAR/CHI/GB), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman (MIN/ATL/SF).