PACKERS HOST BILLS IN 2010 HOME OPENER
- Green Bay kicks off its 54th season today at Lambeau Field by hosting the Buffalo Bills, who are making their first visit to Green Bay since 2002.
- The Packers return home after posting a 27-20 win last Sunday in their season opener at the Eagles, Green Bay’s first victory in Philadelphia since 1962.
- It will be only the fourth visit to Lambeau Field for the Bills in their franchise history, with the other two meetings in Green Bay coming in 1974 and 1997. The teams also met in Milwaukee in 1982 and 1991.
- The Packers enter today’s contest having won three straight home openers under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the first Green Bay coach to do so since Mike Holmgren (1996-98).
- Today’s contest will be the first time during McCarthy’s tenure that the Packers open up their home slate with an AFC opponent. The last year Green Bay squared off against an inter-conference opponent to start the season at Lambeau was in 2005 when the Packers hosted the Cleveland Browns.
- Since 1986, only five of the Packers’ 25 home openers have been against a team from the AFC.
- The Bills hold a 7-3 advantage over the Packers in the all-time regular-season series, with the teams splitting the last four meetings.
- Green Bay has a 2-1 mark against the Bills at Lambeau Field, with the lone loss coming in the first-ever meeting between the teams on Oct. 6, 1974, a 27-7 Buffalo victory. The teams split the two meetings at Milwaukee County Stadium. This is the earliest in the season that the teams have met in Green Bay.
- Fans at Lambeau Field today will experience a new TundraVision video featuring the defense that will be played during key, late-game defensive stands. The video will be used during breaks in the action prior to important defensive possessions in the third and fourth quarters. The new piece, edited by Packers assistant video director Chris Kirby, features a multitude of bone-jarring hits and electric defensive highlights from a variety of players. Music from Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” complements the video.
- Today’s contest is the annual Alumni Game, which will include the introduction of more than 75 Packers alumni during a halftime ceremony. Some of the alumni scheduled to be present include LeRoy Butler, Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey, Marv Fleming, Jerry Kramer, Chester Marcol and Bart Starr.
- The Packers also will be celebrating NFL Hispanic Heritage Month with banners in Lambeau Field and fan giveaways that include gold pompoms with the message, “Tu equipo…Tu pasión” (Your Team…Your Passion). Packers LB Brady Poppinga, who speaks fluent Spanish and spent his two-year Mormon mission in Uruguay, has recorded crowd cheers in Spanish that will be played on the video board during the game. Additionally, in October Poppinga will visit Green Bay’s Danz Elementary School, which has a large Hispanic population. He’ll be speaking to the students in both English and Spanish.
- The NFL RedZone channel, produced by NFL Network, will make its debut at Lambeau Field today. The channel, which is designed to show all of the touchdowns and most important moments from the Sunday afternoon games, will be available in the press box, suites, selected concession-stand locations (Sections 109, 110, 127, 130), as well as select locations in the club level. Fans in the stadium bowl will continue to see highlights from around the league during the game on the video boards, now provided by the RedZone channel. For games scheduled for 3:15 or later this season, the RedZone channel will be available in the stadium bowl on the video boards prior to the start of Green Bay’s game.
As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
Today’s captains will be WR Donald Driver (offense), S Nick Collins (defense) and WR Jordy Nelson (special teams). WEARING THE STRIPES
Today’s officiating crew includes referee Ron Winter (14), umpire Tony Michalek (115), head linesman Julian Mapp (52), line judge Tom Stephan (68), field judge Jim Howey (37), side judge Tom Hill (97) and back judge Richard Reels (83).UP NEXT
The Packers travel to Chicago next Monday to take on the Bears on Monday Night Football at 7:30 p.m. (CDT), while Buffalo plays at New England next Sunday at noon (CDT). WHAT TO WATCH FOR56 NICK BARNETT
80 DONALD DRIVER
- Ranks third in franchise annals (stat kept since 1975) with 992 career tackles, trailing only John Anderson (1,020) and Johnnie Gray (1,001).
32 BRANDON JACKSON
- Enters game with a streak of 128 games with at least one reception (134 including postseason), the longest streak in franchise history.
- Needs one receiving touchdown to move into sole possession of the No. 4 spot in team history. Currently tied with Max McGee (50).
- By appearing in today’s game, will move into sole possession of the No. 10 spot for most games played in franchise history. Currently tied with C Larry McCarren and G Ron Hallstrom (162 each).
86 DONALD LEE
- Is expected to start his first game since he opened up in the backfield as a rookie vs. San Diego on Sept. 23, 2007.
12 AARON RODGERS
- Needs four more catches to move past Ron Kramer (170) into sixth place for most receptions by a Packers tight end in team history.
- With a TD pass, would move into sole possession of sixth place in team history. Currently tied with Cecil Isbell (61) in that category.