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ARIZONA (0-0) AT GREEN BAY (0-0)
Friday, Aug. 9 - Lambeau Field - 7 p.m. CDT
PACKERS OPEN PRESEASON WITH HOME TILT VS. CARDINALS
- The Green Bay Packers’ 2013 season officially kicks off Friday night when they welcome the Arizona Cardinals to Lambeau Field, the first time since 2010 that Green Bay has opened its preseason slate at home.
- It marks the third time in the past five years that the clubs have squared off in the preseason, with the last meeting between the teams coming in 2011 at Lambeau Field (Aug. 19).
- The teams have met 22 times before in the preseason, with the Packers holding a 16-6 lead in the all-time series. The clubs’ first preseason meeting came on Aug. 16, 1950, when the Packers hosted the Chicago Cardinals in Green Bay. The teams went on to play each other every year in the preseason from 1950-58 (twice in 1957).
- The Packers have won each of the last six meetings between the clubs in the preseason. This marks the first time that Green Bay has opened the preseason against the Cardinals since the teams squared off in New Orleans on Aug. 8, 1964.
- This will be the fourth preseason meeting between the clubs (2002, 2009, 2011) since the Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1988.
- The Packers hosted the Cardinals last season in Week 9, a 31-17 Green Bay victory highlighted by QB Aaron Rodgers’ four TD passes.
- One of Green Bay’s finest offensive efforts in the preseason came in 2009 at Arizona when the Packers racked up 38 points and 357 yards of total offense in the first half of their eventual 44-37 victory.
- The Packers enter Friday night’s contest having won six of their last eight preseason games at Lambeau Field.
- Green Bay’s next preseason contest comes a week from Saturday when it travels to St. Louis to face the Rams on Aug. 17.
BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Friday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
- The series enjoys its 53rd contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million.
- For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994.
- The Packers are 28-23-1 all-time in the series. They will be playing the Cardinals for the second time in the series, with the other meeting coming in 1972 when the Cardinals played in St. Louis.
- Green Bay has won four straight games in the series, including a 24-3 victory over Kansas City in 2012. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series.
WITH THE CALL
- Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over a 14-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska and Honolulu in Hawaii.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter.
- In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), three preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In its second season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast three preseason games with Andy Olivares (play-by-play) and Kevin Holden (analyst) calling the action.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-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 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Cardinals:
- Regular season, all-time: 44-22-4
- Preseason, all-time: 16-6
- Preseason, all-time, in Green Bay: 6-1
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last six preseason meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 4, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 31-17
- Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 19, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-20
- Mike McCarthy: 80-42-0, .656, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Bruce Arians: 0-0-0, .000; 1st NFL season as head coach
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-1 vs. Cardinals; Arians 1-0 vs. Packers (as interim coach with Colts in 2012)
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his eighth 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.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
- His .656 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games) entering the 2013 season.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
BRUCE ARIANS…Is in his first year as the Cardinals’ 35th head coach.
- Comes to Arizona after working as offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, while also serving 12 games as interim head coach during Chuck Pagano’s absence while being treated for leukemia.
- Was selected as The Associated Press Coach of the Year after leading Indianapolis to a 9-3 record and helping the Colts clinch a playoff berth.
- Prior to joining the Colts, spent the previous eight seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-11), including five as the offensive coordinator (2007-11).
- Also served as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator for three seasons (2001-03). Was also the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis (1998-2000), the tight ends coach in New Orleans (1996) and the running backs coach in Kansas City (1989-92).
THE PACKERS-CARDINALS SERIES
- One of the oldest rivalries in sports, the series launched on Nov. 20, 1921, when the Packers and Cardinals tied 3-3.
- The series has been noted for its streaks, with the Packers winning 15 straight between 1937-46, followed by the Cardinals winning seven straight through 1948. The Packers have won 15 of the last 21 regular-season games (with one tie) since.
- With the Cardinals franchise located in Chicago prior to 1960, the teams played two or more times in a season 20 different years between 1926-49.
- The postseason meeting following the 1982 season marked the Packers’ first trip to the playoffs in 10 years and first playoff victory since winning Super Bowl II.
Packers CB James Nixon entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Cardinals in May 2012...Packers C Garth Gerhart and CB Brandon Smith both played at Arizona State...Cardinals G Daryn Colledge was a second-round draft choice by the Packers in 2006 and played five seasons (2006-10) in Green Bay...Cardinals DE Ronald Talley entered the NFL with the Packers as a non-drafted free agent in 2009 and spent the entire ’09 season on Green Bay’s practice squad...Cardinals WR Kerry Taylor signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent in 2011 and was with the Packers that preseason...Cardinals DE Matt Shaughnessy played at the University of Wisconsin (2005-08)...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum both coached at the University of Pittsburgh with Cardinals defensive backs coach Nick Rapone...McCarthy also coached with Cardinals special teams coordinator Amos Jones at Pittsburgh in 1992...Cardinals cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross played for the Chiefs and Cardinals pass rush specialist Tom Pratt coached there when when McCarthy was on the coaching staff in Kansas City...Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry coached with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on the staff in Pittsburgh...Perry and Cardinals asst. special teams/asst. tight ends coach Steve Heiden were teammates with the Chargers in 1999....Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner in Carolina as defensive line coach and defensive coordinator...Buckner also played in Pittsburgh with Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene and when Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers held the same position with the Steelers...Cardinals linebackers coach Mike Caldwell played for the Eagles and the Panthers when Trgovac was on the coaching staff of those teams...Cardinals defensive assistant/asst. defensive backs coach Ryan Slowik played strong safety and coached one season at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh while his father, Bob, was a former defensive assistant coach for the Packers (2000-04)...Packers defensive quality control coach Scott McCurley was a teammate of Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at the University of Pittsburgh…Former college teammates include Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Cardinals LB Lorenzo Alexander (California), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Cardinals G Chilo Rachal and DE Frostee Rucker (Southern California), WR Jordy Nelson and Cardinals LB Reggie Walker (Kansas State), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Cardinals C Lyle Sendlein and LB Sam Acho (Texas), Packers CB Sam Shields and Cardinals DE Calais Campbell and WR LaRon Byrd (Miami), Packers WR Randall Cobb and P Tim Masthay and Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith and DT Ricky Lumpkin (Kentucky), Packers T Marshall Newhouse and Cardinals LB Daryl Washington (Texas Christian), Packers T David Bakhtiari and Cardinals T Joe Caprioglio (Colorado), Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Cardinals G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina), Packers DE Datone Jones and RB Johnathan Franklin and Cardinals DT David Carter (UCLA), Packers TE Andrew Quarless and S Chaz Powell and Cardinals TE Mickey Shuler (Penn State), and Packers RB Eddie Lacy and Cardinals CB Javier Arenas (Alabama).
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 19, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-20
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 9 of 12 passes for 97 yards and a TD (126.0 passer rating).
- WR Chastin West led Green Bay’s offense with 134 receiving yards on five catches (26.8 avg.), highlighted by a game-winning 97-yard TD grab from QB Matt Flynn early in the fourth quarter that gave the Packers a 21-20 lead.
- Flynn completed 5 of 6 passes for 141 yards and a TD for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
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