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-Buccaneers Week 11 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Buccaneers Week 11 Dope Sheet:
TAMPA BAY (4-5) AT GREEN BAY (9-0)
Sunday, Nov. 20 - Lambeau Field - Noon CST
PACKERS HOST BUCCANEERS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2005
- On a short week following their 45-7 victory over the division-rival Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Monday night, the Packers stay home to host Tampa Bay this Sunday, the Buccaneers’ first visit to Green Bay since 2005 and only their second in the last 10 seasons.
- Green Bay’s 38-point win over Minnesota on Monday Night Football was the largest margin of victory by either team in the history of the series (102 meetings).
- The Packers are off to a 9-0 start for the first time since 1962 and only the fourth time in franchise history.
- The three previous 9-0 starts in team history (1929, 1931, 1962) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 15 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history. That tops the previous mark of 12 games from 1961-62.
- The Packers’ streak of 11 consecutive wins in the regular season (2010-11) is tied for No. 1 in franchise annals with 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62.
- This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
- The Buccaneers emerged victorious, 17-16, in their last visit to Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 2005, as they snapped a 13-game road losing streak to Green Bay. Tampa Bay’s last win at Green Bay prior to that had come on Sept. 10, 1989.
- Green Bay will operate on a condensed schedule again next week when the Packers go on the road to take on the Lions. It will mark the third Thanksgiving Day game for Green Bay at Detroit in the last five seasons (the Packers won games in 2007 and 2009).
- For the first time this season, the Packers will have back-to-back games in front of the home crowd at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will also wrap up the regular season with consecutive home contests vs. Chicago on Christmas Day and Detroit on New Year’s Day.
- The Packers have won nine straight contests at Lambeau Field and 15 of their last 16 at home. It is the longest regular-season 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 15-1 (.938) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
- The Packers are off to their first 4-0 start at home since 2002. That season, Green Bay went on to post a perfect 8-0 mark at Lambeau Field.
- The Packers are one of only three teams in league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, New Orleans).
- Green Bay has averaged a league-high 40.0 points per game at home this season. The franchise record is 38.0 ppg in 1942.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- 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.
- Sports USA radio will air the game across the country. Bob Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action with Tony Graziani reporting from the sidelines.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 86, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 711.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Vikings:
- All-time regular season: 29-21-1
- All-time, postseason: 1-0
- All-time, in Green Bay: 18-17-1
- Streaks: The Buccaneers have won the last three meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 8, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium; Buccaneers won, 38-28
- Mike McCarthy: 62-34-0, .646, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Raheem Morris: 17-24-0, .415; 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: Morris 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-2 vs. Buccaneers; Morris 1-0 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.
RAHEEM MORRIS…Is in third year as the Buccaneers’ eighth head coach.
- Prior to being named head coach, he worked as Tampa Bay’s defensive backs coach, as assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05, as defensive assistant in 2003 and as a defensive quality control coach in 2002.
- After Tampa Bay fell to 19th in the NFL in pass defense in 2006, he helped guide the Buccaneers to the No. 1 ranking in the league in that category in 2007.
- In five of his seasons with Tampa Bay, the Bucs ranked in the top five in the NFL in total defense, including No. 1 rankings in 2005 and 2002, when the club captured its first world title in Super Bowl XXXVII.
- Coached collegiately at Hofstra (1998, 2000-01), Cornell (1999) and Kansas State (2006).
THE PACKERS-BUCCANEERS SERIES
- Sunday marks the 53rd overall meeting between these former NFC Central rivals. They launched the series in 1977, when the expansion Bucs moved to the Packers’ division after an inaugural 1976 campaign in the AFC West.
- Including a 1997 playoff victory, the Packers hold a 30-21-1 advantage. But since the Bucs shifted to the NFC South before the 2002 season, Tampa has won four of the last five.
- From the second meeting in 1992 through the first meeting in 1998, the Packers won 12 of 13 contests. The Bucs’ lone win in that stretch came in overtime (Dec. 10, 1995).
- The teams have played at least once every year except 1976, 1982, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010 since Tampa Bay entered the league in 1976.
Packers assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 1987 NFL Draft and played four seasons (1987-90) in Tampa Bay…Raheem Morris spent one season on the Kansas State staff (2006), the junior season for Packers WR Jordy Nelson when Nelson led the team in catches and receiving yards…Nelson’s quarterback for his final two seasons at Kansas State was Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman…Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik worked in both the college and pro personnel departments for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993-94 when Packers vice president of football administration Russ Ball (assistant strength and conditioning) and head coach Mike McCarthy (offensive assistant) were on the staff there…McCarthy was on the staff at the University of Pittsburgh when Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt set almost all of the school’s passing records from 1989-92, including stints as a volunteer assistant (quarterbacks) in 1989 and as a graduate assistant (QBs) from 1990-91…Van Pelt later served as a volunteer offensive quality control coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2005 when Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements was the team’s offensive coordinator…Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Baker served as the safeties coach in Green Bay in 2005…Baker also spent time at the University of Wisconsin, where he helped the program to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory in 1999…Baker served on the staff in New Orleans with both McCarthy and Moss from 2000-04…Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Packers in 2008 and appeared in two games for Green Bay that season before spending the ’09 campaign on the Packers’ practice squad...Buccaneers defensive line coach Keith Millard played in two games for the Packers in 1992 and coached in Oakland when Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry was also on staff and when Packers CB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders…Buccaneers assistant special teams coach Byron Storer was a teammate of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for both of Rodgers’ seasons at the University of California…Moss was a teammate of Buccaneers tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts at the University of Miami, where they were a part of the program’s first national championship in 1983…Buccaneers offensive line coach Pat Morris was a college teammate of Packers LB Clay Matthews’ father, Clay Jr., at Southern California…Morris also coached on the staff in San Francisco when Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene played for the 49ers…College teammates include Packers C Scott Wells and Buccaneers DT Albert Haynesworth (Tennessee), Packers WR Greg Jennings and Buccaneers CB E.J. Biggers (Western Michigan), Packers NT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Buccaneers T Jeremy Trueblood (Boston College), Packers CB/S Jarrett Bush and Buccaneers T Donald Penn (Utah State), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Buccaneers DE Tim Crowder, DT Roy Miller and DT Frank Okam (Texas), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn (Iowa), Nelson and Buccaneers LB Zac Diles (Kansas State), Packers RB Ryan Grant and Buccaneers C Jeff Faine (Notre Dame), Packers LB D.J. Smith and Buccaneers S Corey Lynch (Appalachian State)…Packers scout Alonzo Highsmith played for Tampa Bay for the final two seasons (1991-92) of his NFL career…Packers director of public relations Jason Wahlers worked in public relations for the Buccaneers from 2002-11.
LAST MEETING IN GREEN BAY, REGULAR SEASON
- Sept 25, 2005, at Lambeau Field; Buccaneers won, 17-16
- Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams rushed for 158 yards on 37 carries (4.3 avg.) as Tampa Bay snapped a 13-game road losing streak to the Packers. It was the Buccaneers’ first victory at Lambeau Field since Sept. 10, 1999.
- Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway caught two TD passes and CB Will Allen picked off Packers QB Brett Favre twice on the afternoon.
- Allen’s second INT came with five minutes left when CB Juran Bolden tipped the ball away from WR Robert Ferguson at the Tampa Bay 5. The Bucs ran out the clock as Williams rushed six times for 46 yards.
- Ferguson led the Packers with four receptions for 68 yards (17.0 avg.), including a 37-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Favre threw for 195 yards and two TDs on 14-of-24 passing, but was intercepted three times on the afternoon.
STAT OF THE WEEK
- There is something about playing under the lights at Lambeau Field that brings out the best in Packers rookie WR Randall Cobb.
- Early in the first quarter of Green Bay’s 45-7 victory over Minnesota on Monday night, Cobb put the first points on the board with an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown.
- Combined with his 108-yard kickoff return for a TD in the season opener vs. New Orleans on a Thursday night, Cobb became the first Green Bay rookie in franchise history to register a punt return for a TD and a kickoff return for a TD in the same season.
- He is just the fourth player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining RB Travis Williams (1969), WR Robert Brooks (1994) and WR Roell Preston (1998).
- Cobb became the first Green Bay rookie to return a punt for a score since CB Terrell Buckley did so vs. Cincinnati on Sept. 20, 1992.
- Cobb is the first NFL rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to record a kickoff return of 100-plus yards and a punt return of 80-plus yards in the same season.
- Cobb added a 55-yard kickoff return in the third quarter to become the first Packer since Williams (at Pittsburgh, Nov. 2, 1969) to post a 80-yard punt return and a 55-yard kickoff return in the same game.
- The last NFL player to post an 80-yard punt return and a 55-yard kickoff return in the same game was Kansas City WR Dante Hall (Dec. 8, 2002, vs. St. Louis).
- Cobb also joined Williams and Brooks as the only players in franchise history to register a receiving touchdown, a punt return for a TD and a kickoff return for a score in the same season.
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Buccaneers Week 11 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.