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-Broncos Week 4 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Broncos Week 4 Dope Sheet:
DENVER (1-2) AT GREEN BAY (3-0)
Sunday, Oct. 2 - Lambeau Field - 3:15 p.m. CDT
PACKERS HOST BRONCOS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2003
- The Packers return home after a two-game road trip to host the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field, the first meeting between the clubs in Green Bay since 2003.
- For only the ninth time in the past 50 seasons, the Packers are off to a 3-0 start, one of only three teams in the league with an undefeated record through Week 3. It is just the second 3-0 start for Green Bay in the past 10 seasons, with the other coming in 2007, and only the ninth in the past 50 seasons.
- Green Bay is coming off back-to-back road wins at Carolina and Chicago, which brought the Packers’ mark in September road games under Head Coach Mike McCarthy to 8-2 (.800). That winning percentage ranks No. 1 in the league since 2006.
- Including playoffs, the Packers enter Sunday's contest on a nine-game winning streak, the team's longest since a nine-game streak in 1996-97.
- The Packers topped the Bears, 27-17, on Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field, the team’s 15th win in the last 20 meetings between the teams in Chicago. Green Bay’s three-game winning streak against the Bears is its longest since 2002-03.
- This Sunday’s game against the Broncos is the lone scheduled 3:15 p.m. contest at Lambeau Field this season, although three noon games later this season are eligible to be moved under the NFL’s flexible scheduling.
- Green Bay is undefeated in the series with Denver in games played in Wisconsin (4-0-1). This will be the fourth meeting between the clubs at Lambeau Field (1993, 1996, 2003).
- The game against the Broncos in 2003 is a memorable one in Packers history. Even though Green Bay had a comfortable lead in the game, it looked as though the Packers would miss out on a postseason berth despite a 4-0 December record.
- But at the two-minute warning, Lambeau Field broke into frenzied elation with news from more than 2,000 miles away that the Arizona Cardinals had completed an amazing last-second comeback to beat the Minnesota Vikings and give Green Bay the NFC North title.
HOME SWEET HOME
- Sunday’s contest at Lambeau Field will be the first one in front of the home crowd since the Packers opened the season against the Saints on Thursday, Sept. 8.
- Green Bay has won six straight contests at Lambeau Field and 12 of its last 13 at home.
- The Packers’ 12-1 home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (12-0).
- Green Bay has a 27-8 (.771) record in its last 35 regular-season games at Lambeau Field, a record that ranks No. 3 in the NFL and No. 1 in the NFC over that span.
- The Packers will be looking to extend their regular-season home winning streak to seven games on Sunday, which would be the longest home streak of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure. It would also be the longest streak since Green Bay posted an 11-game winning streak at Lambeau from 2001-02.
WITH THE CALL
- The Packers make their first of two appearances this season on CBS. The network will air the contest to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms will have the call from the broadcast booth.
- 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.
- Compass Media Networks will broadcast the game to a national audience with Matt Smith (play-by-play) and Tony Hill (color) calling the action.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 91, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 715.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Denver Broncos:
- All-time regular season: 5-5-1
- All-time, home: 4-0-1
- All-time, postseason: 0-1
- Streaks: Packers have won four of the last five regular-season meetings
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 29, 2007, INVESCO Field; Packers won, 19-13 (OT)
- Last meeting, Green Bay: Dec. 28, 2003, Lambeau Field; Packers won, 31-3
- Mike McCarthy: 56-34-0, .622, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- John Fox: 79-76-0, .510 (incl. 5-3 postseason); 10th NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Broncos; Fox 2-3 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.
JOHN FOX…Is in first year as the Broncos’ 14th head coach.
- In 22 NFL seasons, he has appeared in two Super Bowls and three conference championship games as a head coach or coordinator.
- Among active NFL head coaches, ranks third in the league with 79 overall wins since 2002.
- During his nine-year tenure (2002-10) as head coach in Carolina, guided the Panthers to three 11-win campaigns, two NFC South Division titles and three playoff appearances.
- Prior to taking over in Carolina, he served as the defensive coordinator for the N.Y. Giants (1997-2001), helping the Giants reach Super Bowl XXXV.
- Also served as defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (1994-95) and defensive backs coach for the San Diego Chargers (1992-93) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-91).
THE PACKERS-BRONCOS SERIES
- The Packers first met the Broncos in 1971, Denver’s 12th year of existence as an NFL franchise. A Week 2 showdown, Green Bay defeated Denver, 34-13, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
- Green Bay is undefeated in the series in games played in Wisconsin (4-0-1) and won its first in the series outside of its home state in 2007. In the Packers’ first appearance at INVESCO Field at Mile High (and first trip to the city since 1999), the Packers won for the first time in the regular season in six tries against the Broncos in Denver.
- Four-time Super Bowl loser Denver recorded its first-ever win in the NFL’s title game with a dramatic 31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII in one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history, pitting Brett Favre vs. John Elway.
Packers LB A.J. Hawk is the brother-in-law of Broncos QB Brady Quinn; Hawk is married to Quinn’s sister, Laura…Broncos DE Jason Hunter played for the Packers for three seasons (2006-08)…Packers K Mason Crosby and LB Brad Jones played at the University of Colorado…Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached on Broncos head coach John Fox’s staff in Carolina for seven seasons (2002-08), serving as defensive coordinator for the final six seasons…Trgovac also coached with Broncos offensive line coach Dave Magazu and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy in Carolina…Trgovac coached on the staff in Washington from 2000-01 when Broncos CB Champ Bailey played for the Redskins…Fox was the defensive coordinator in Oakland in 1994 when Packers assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss played for the Raiders…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was on the 49ers staff with Broncos special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers in 2005…Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd played for the 49ers that season when McCarthy served as San Francisco’s offensive coordinator…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff at Texas A&M with Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen and tight ends coach Clancy Barone…Broncos linebackers coach Richard Smith was Packers OLBs coach Kevin Greene’s position coach when Greene played for the 49ers in 1997...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers ran the defense in Miami from 2006-07 when Broncos CB André Goodman played for the Dolphins…Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. was the recruiting coordinator/CBs coach at Louisville when Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil played for the Cardinals...Broncos assistant director of college scouting Lenny McGill served as a college scout for the Packers for nine seasons (2000-08) and played cornerback for two seasons (1994-95) in Green Bay…Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville is from Madison, Wis., and played defensive back at Wisconsin-Whitewater from 1985-88…Former college teammates Quinn and Packers RB Ryan Grant (Notre Dame), Packers G Josh Sitton and K Matt Prater (Central Florida), Packers CB Sam Shields and Broncos T Orlando Franklin (Miami), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Broncos T Tony Hills and WR Quan Cosby (Texas), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (Georgia), Packers S Morgan Burnett and Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech), Packers CB Pat Lee and Broncos CB Jonathan Wilhite (Auburn), and Packers P Tim Masthay and Broncos LB Wesley Woodyard (Kentucky)...Packers director of public relations Jason Wahlers began his NFL career as a PR intern with the Broncos in 2001-02.
INDIVIDUALLY VS. BRONCOS
WR Greg Jennings caught an 82-yard pass to win the game in overtime at Denver in 2007, giving him a (then) career-best 141 receiving yards in the game…WR James Jones posted the first 100-yard game of his career with 107 receiving yards at Denver in the ’07 contest, including a career-long 79-yard TD catch…RB Ryan Grant recorded the first 100-yard game of his career at Denver in 2007, gaining 104 yards on 22 carries off the bench and becoming the starting running back for the remainder of the season.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Oct. 29, 2007, at INVESCO Field; Packers won, 19-13 (OT).
- In a Monday night showdown, the Packers won the game on the first snap of overtime as Brett Favre hooked up with Greg Jennings for an 82-yard TD pass.
- James Jones also had a long TD reception, hauling in a 79-yarder from Favre to tie the score at 7 late in the first quarter.
- Replacing DeShawn Wynn (shoulder injury) in the second quarter, Ryan Grant rushed 22 times for 104 yards for the first of his five 100-yard games in the regular season.
- The game went to overtime with a frantic finish to the fourth quarter, as Broncos QB Jay Cutler tried a quarterback draw from the Green Bay 4-yard line in the waning seconds with no timeouts left. Ryan Pickett tackled Cutler for no gain, forcing Denver to rush its field-goal unit onto the field, and Jason Elam booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game at 13.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- On Sunday at Chicago, QB Aaron Rodgers made his 50th career start, and also etched his name in the NFL record book.
- Rodgers completed 28-of-38 passes for 297 yards and three TDs with one INT against the Bears, giving him a 111.4 passer rating.
- That was his 28th game with a 100-plus passer rating in 50 starts, setting the NFL record for quarterbacks whose careers started since 1970, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. It topped the previous mark of 27 held by Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
- Over the past 14 games (including playoffs), Rodgers has posted a 100-plus passer rating in 11 of those contests.
- Rodgers has posted a 100-plus rating in each of the first three games this season, a first in his four seasons as a starter. His longest streak of 100-plus passer rating games at any point in a season was five straight in 2009 (Weeks 3-4, 6-8).
- The last time a Packers quarterback registered a 100-plus passer rating in each of the first three games of a season came in 1996 when Brett Favre accomplished the feat.
- Rodgers joins Lions QB Matthew Stafford as the only NFL signal callers to post a 100-plus rating in each game this season.
- The Packers have a 22-6 record (.786) when Rodgers posts a 100-plus passer rating.
76 CHAD CLIFTON
- Has played in 162 career games, including 157 starts. Is one of only 15 players and four offensive linemen in team history to play 160 career games in a Green Bay uniform.
- Has started 125 of the last 131 games since returning from a serious pelvic injury that ended his 2002 season.
2 MASON CROSBY
- His 509 career points (2006-2010) ranked No. 2 in NFL history for the most points scored by a player in his first four seasons, trailing only New England K Stephen Gostkowski (513, 2006-09).
- Holds the NFL record for most points scored by a player in his first three seasons (397), breaking the mark held by Gostkowski (388, 2006-08).
- Set a franchise record with a 56-yard field goal in Week 1 at Philadelphia, eclipsing the mark of 54 previously held by three kickers (Chris Jacke, Ryan Longwell and Dave Rayner).
- For his career, has hit 76-of-84 field goals (90.5 percent) from 39 yards and closer.
- Has hit 26-of-37 field goals (70.3 percent) from 40-49 yards.
- Has hit 10-of-21 field goals (47.6 percent) from 50-plus yards.
- Ranks No. 6 in team annals with 536 career points, needing 11 more points to surpass No. 5 Jim Taylor (546).
80 DONALD DRIVER
- Has 9,666 career receiving yards, which ranks No. 1 on the franchise’s all-time list. Surpassed James Lofton (9,656) at Carolina in Week 2.
- Surpassed Sterling Sharpe (595) in 2009 to become the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions. Driver now has 703 career catches.
- Had a reception in 133 consecutive games, besting the franchise’s previous long streak of Sharpe’s 103 (1988-94), before not catching a pass in Week 7 last season against Minnesota.
- In 2010, had 50-plus receptions for the ninth time, extending his franchise record. Lofton and Sharpe each had seven seasons with 50-plus catches.
- Is the all-time leading receiver at Lambeau Field, with 4,686 career receiving yards at the stadium.
- Also is Lambeau Field’s all-time leader in receptions with 337.
- Topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark for a seventh overall season and sixth consecutive in 2009, extending his own team record in each category.
- With a TD catch vs. Detroit in Week 4, moved into sole possession of No. 2 spot with 22 TD catches at Lambeau Field. Antonio Freeman (36) ranks first in the stadium’s history.
- Has 22 career 100-yard receiving games, No. 4 in team history. Needs two more games to equal No. 3 Don Hutson (24) on the all-time list.
- With 53 career TD receptions, joins Hutson (99), Sharpe (65), Freeman (57) and Max McGee (50) as the only Packers with 50 career TD catches.
- Ranks No. 3 all-time in yards from scrimmage with 9,883, moving past Jim Taylor (9,712) last season in Week 14 at Detroit.
50 A.J. HAWK
- Has played in all 83 games in his career, including 80 starts, and has posted 25 double-digit tackle games.
- Posted a career-high three interceptions in 2010, a total that also was tied for No. 1 among NFL LBs.
- In 2009, was one of only 10 NFL linebackers to record at least 85 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.
- Has led the team in tackles three times during his career (2006, 2008, 2010).
85 GREG JENNINGS
- With 12 TD receptions in 2010, joined Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman and Billy Howton as the only Packers to post 12-plus TD catches in two seasons.
- By eclipsing the 1,000-yard receiving mark last season, became the fifth player in team history to post three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, joining Lofton, Sharpe, Freeman and Driver.
- His four career catches of 80-plus yards are a franchise record and tied for most among active NFL players with Baltimore WR Lee Evans.
- His 28 catches of 40-plus yards since 2007 lead all NFL players.
- Had 119 receiving yards on Sunday at Chicago for his 20th career 100-yard game. That ties him with WR Antonio Freeman for No. 5 in team history.
- In Week 16 last season against the Giants, surpassed 5,000 career receiving yards in his 74th career game, making him the fourth fastest to 5,000 yards receiving in team annals.
- Ranks No. 9 in team history with 5,485 career receiving yards. With 97 more yards, will surpass No. 8 Billy Howton (5,581).
- Ranks No. 9 in franchise annals with 340 career catches. Needs six more receptions to surpass No. 8 Max McGee (345).
- Ranks No. 8 in team history with 42 TD catches. Needs two more TD grabs to surpass No. 7 Billy Howton (43).
52 CLAY MATTHEWS
- His 17 sacks in his first 20 games were the most by an NFL player to start his career, eclipsing the mark of 16.5 set by Leslie O’Neal (1986, 1988) and John Abraham (2000-01).
- Is the first NFL player since sacks became an official stat in 1982 to post a double-digit sack total and a defensive TD in each of his first two seasons in the league.
- First player in franchise annals to post 10-plus sacks in each of his first two years in the NFL.
- Ranks No. 13 in team history with 24.5 career sacks. Needs a half-sack to surpass No. 12 Sean Jones (24.5) and 1.5 sacks to surpass No. 11 Robert Brown (25.5).
- Became first player in team history since sacks became an official league statistic in 1982 to post back-to-back three-sack games (Weeks 1-2, 2010).
- Is tied for No. 4 in the NFL with 24.5 sacks since 2009.
- Set franchise rookie record with 10 sacks in 2009.
12 AARON RODGERS
- Ranks No. 1 in NFL history with a 99.8 career passer rating.
- With a 101.2 rating last season, became the first quarterback in team history to post back-to-back 100-plus passer rating seasons.
- Became the first player in NFL history to post 4,000 yards passing in each of his first two seasons as a starter (2008-09).
- Surpassed the 10,000-yard mark for his career in 2010 at Washington in Week 5, becoming just the sixth QB in franchise history to top that mark.
- Threw 70 TD passes in his first 40 career starts, a franchise record.
- Finished the ’09 season with 4,434 passing yards, No. 2 on the franchise’s single-season list behind Lynn Dickey (4,458, 1983).
- His passer rating of 103.2 in 2009 was the second-best single-season mark in franchise history, behind Bart Starr’s 105.0 in 1966 (min. 200 attempts).
- In 2009, became first QB in NFL history to throw 30 or more TDs, seven or fewer INTs, and rush for five TDs in the same season.
- Joined Steve Young (San Francisco, 1998) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 TDs and rush for 300 yards and five TDs in the same season.
- Has 16 career 300-yard games, 16 three-TD games and 28 zero-INT games.
- In 50 career starts, has eclipsed a 100.0-plus passer rating 28 times. That set an NFL record for quarterbacks whose careers started since 1970.
- His 155.4 passer rating at Cleveland in Week 7 in 2009 was the franchise’s highest single-game total (min. 20 attempts), besting Brett Favre’s 154.9 rating set in Oakland on Dec. 22, 2003.
- Has registered a passer rating over 110.0 in four consecutive games twice in his career (Weeks 3-7, 2009; Week 9, Weeks 11-13, 2010), one of only two quarterbacks in franchise history (Bart Starr, 1966) to accomplish the feat in a single season.
- Is the only NFL QB since the 1970 merger to post four straight 110-plus rating games in back-to-back seasons.
- Is the fourth player in Packers history to surpass the 4,000-yard mark in a season, joining Lynn Dickey (1), Brett Favre (5) and Don Majkowski (1).
- Has posted four or more rushing TDs each of the past three seasons (2008-10), becoming only the second Packers QB to accomplish that feat (Tobin Rote, 1954-56), and has eclipsed 300 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons, the first since Rote in 1954-56.
- His four-TD, zero-INT game vs. the N.Y. Giants last season in Week 16 was the 10th game in which he had three-or-more touchdown passes and no interceptions. That was an NFL record for the most games of that type by a quarterback within three seasons of his first NFL start, topping Kurt Warner’s mark of nine from 1999-2001.
38 TRAMON WILLIAMS
- Led the team with a career-high 23 passes defensed in 2010.
- Starting with his first career interception in the 2007 regular-season finale, has 16 interceptions in the last 50 games.
- Posted a career-high six interceptions in 2010, topping his previous career best of five in 2008.
- Is the only non-drafted free agent in the NFL to post four or more interceptions each of the past three seasons (2008-10).
21 CHARLES WOODSON
- His nine defensive touchdowns with Green Bay (eight interceptions, one fumble recovery) are a team record.
- With eight interception returns for scores, ranks No. 1 on Green Bay’s all-time list, eclipsing the previous mark set by Herb Adderley (seven, 1961-69).
- For his career, has 10 INT-return TDs, which ranks No. 3 in NFL history behind only Rod Woodson (12) and Darren Sharper (11).
- Ranks No. 3 in the league with 402 INT return yards since 2008, trailing only Baltimore S Ed Reed (583) and teammate Nick Collins (439).
- His five forced fumbles this season were a career high and the most by a Packer since LB/DE Keith McKenzie posted five in 1999.
- In 2009, established career highs in interceptions (9, tied league lead), and interception returns for TDs (3, tied league lead and team record), and matched a then career high with four forced fumbles.
- Has 49 career interceptions, 32 in 81 games since coming to Green Bay in 2006. Woodson had 17 interceptions in 106 games with Oakland.
- Woodson’s 20 interceptions since 2008 rank No. 3 among all NFL players (Reed, 22; Philadelphia CB Asante Samuel, 21).
- Became the fourth player in NFL history since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record at least nine interceptions and two sacks in a single season. Is the only player in NFL history to post at least seven interceptions and two sacks in back-to-back seasons.
- In 2009, became the first NFC player to win the conference’s Defensive Player of the Month award multiple times in one season (Sept., Nov., Dec.).
- With nine interceptions in 2009, became only the second player in franchise history to post at least seven interceptions in three different seasons (Bobby Dillon, 1953-57).
- With two interceptions against Carolina in Week 2, recorded the sixth multi-interception game of his career. Five of those games have come with Green Bay.
- Became the first NFL player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 to record two interceptions, an interception for a touchdown, a sack and a fumble recovery in the same game when he posted all of those statistics at Detroit on Thanksgiving in 2009.