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-Chiefs Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Chiefs Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet:
KANSAS CITY (0-3) AT GREEN BAY (2-1)
Thursday, Sept. 1 - Lambeau Field - 7 p.m. CDT
PACKERS HOST CHIEFS IN PRESEASON FINALE
- Green Bay welcomes Kansas City to Lambeau Field to close out the preseason slate with a game against the Chiefs on Thursday night. It will be the first time since 2008 that the Packers have played at home in their preseason finale.
- This will be the second straight season that the teams have squared off in the final preseason contest. Last year, Green Bay traveled to Arrowhead Stadium to take on the Chiefs on Sept. 2, a contest Kansas City won, 17-13.
- The teams have met 12 times before in the preseason, with the Chiefs holding a 6-5-1 advantage. The last time the Packers hosted Kansas City at Lambeau Field during the preseason was on Aug. 8, 1992, a 21-14 Green Bay victory.
- For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, it is a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive assistant/quality control coach and the final four as the quarterbacks coach. Thursday night will be the third time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City since taking over as head coach of Green Bay in 2006, with the other one in addition to last year’s preseason contest coming in a regular-season game on Nov. 4, 2007, a 33-22 Packers win over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
- Ironically, McCarthy’s very first game as an NFL coach was a preseason contest between the Chiefs and the Packers on Aug. 7, 1993, at Milwaukee County Stadium. Kansas City won, 29-21.
- The Packers and Chiefs will meet during the regular season in Week 15 at Arrowhead Stadium, the latest in a season that Green Bay has ever paid a visit to Kansas City. The last time the teams met in both the preseason and regular season was in 2003.
BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Thursday 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 51st contest this year and has raised more than $3.5 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 Northeastern Wisconsin counties. The Packers assumed many of those tasks in 1994.
- The Packers are 26-23-1 all-time in the series. They will be playing Kansas City for the fourth time in the series, with the other meetings coming in 1978, 1979 and 1992.
- Green Bay has won two straight games in the series, including a 59-24 victory over Indianapolis in 2010. 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
- The Green Bay Packers Broadcast Partners will air the game over a 10-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, and the Quad Cities in Iowa, with CBS network production, personnel and the latest network-quality technology.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst).
- WTMJ’s Jessie Garcia serves as the sideline reporter and WFRV’s Larry McCarren joins the crew for pre-game segments. In addition to WFRV-TV (Green Bay) and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), the games are televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; WJMN/CBS, Marquette, Mich.; and KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Quad Cities in Iowa.
- 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.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs:
- All-time regular season: 2-6-1
- All-time, postseason: 1-0
- All-time, in Kansas City: 2-3-0
- All-time, preseason: 5-6-1
- Streaks: The Chiefs had a five-game winning streak snapped in the team’s last meeting, a 2007 Packers win.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium; Packers won, 33-22
- Last meeting, preseason: Sept. 2, 2010, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 17-13
- Mike McCarthy: 53-34-0, .582, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Todd Haley: 14-19-0, .424, (incl. 0-1 postseason); 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Chiefs; Haley 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Having led the team to the playoffs three of his five seasons in Green Bay, 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.
TODD HALEY…Is in third year as the Chiefs’ 11th head coach.
- Led the Chiefs to their sixth AFC West title in 2010 with a 10-6 mark, becoming just the second coach in Chiefs history to guide the club to a double-digit victory tally in his second season with Kansas City.
- Guided the Chiefs to a six-game leap in the win column from 2009 (4-12) to 2010 (10-6), the biggest jump in franchise history.
- Was offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals (2007-08), who reached the Super Bowl in his second season there, prior to landing his first head-coaching job.
- His offenses ranked seventh (2007) and tied for third (2008) in scoring in the NFL, with three Pro Bowl players in their Super Bowl year.
- Served as an assistant under Bill Parcells for two different franchises -- the N.Y. Jets (1997-99) and Dallas Cowboys (2004-06). Also was an assistant coach with the Chicago Bears (2001-03).
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
- The first meeting between the two clubs was undoubtedly the most memorable game in the series. In January 1967, NFL champion Green Bay met AFL champion Kansas City in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
- Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. In fact, the Chiefs have the third-highest winning percentage against the Packers (6-2-1, .722) among all NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3, .769) and Jets (8-3, .728) have better records vs. Green Bay.
- When the Packers traveled to Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip to that city since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
- Green Bay’s only other victory in the regular-season series came in 1987, a 23-3 win in Kansas City.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as QB coach (1995-98)...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an asst. strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations...Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs DB coach Emmitt Thomas was on the coaching staff there...Ball also coached at Missouri when Chiefs quality control coach Otis Smith played for the Tigers…Thomas was the Packers’ defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was Green Bay’s QB coach...Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. ...Packers VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven seasons with the Chiefs (1989-95) as executive VP and chief operating officer...Packers asst. director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and director of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs...Chiefs assistant head coach Maurice Carthon interviewed for the Packers’ head-coaching job in 2006 when McCarthy was hired...Packers QB coach Tom Clements previously held the same post in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980…Chiefs QB coach Jim Zorn played for the Packers in 1985…Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford spent the 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason with Green Bay...Packers TE Tom Crabtree spent 2009 training camp with the Chiefs and was a college teammate of Chiefs TE Jake O’Connell at Miami (Ohio)...Chiefs DT Anthony Toribio played in one game for the Packers in ’09 and spent parts of 2008-09 on Green Bay’s practice squad…Chiefs WR coach Richie Anderson and Packers safeties coach Darren Perry were teammates at Penn State…Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark and Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached on the staff together at Texas A&M…Chiefs special teams coach Steve Hoffman was on the staff at Miami when Packers asst. head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss played for the Hurricanes…Chiefs asst. offensive line coach Pat Perles and Packers TE coach Ben McAdoo coached on the staff together at Michigan State…The two teams feature several former LSU standouts whose college careers crossed paths at different times. Those LSU alums are Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Tyson Jackson, CB Travis Daniels and Packers QB Matt Flynn and FB Quinn Johnson; Jackson and Johnson have been friends and teammates since junior high in Edgard, La. ...Other former college teammates include Chiefs T Ryan O’Callaghan and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (California), Chiefs TE Tony Moeaki and QB Ricky Stanzi and Packers T Bryan Bulaga (Iowa), Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles and Packers TE Jermichael Finley (Texas), Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt and Packers C Scott Wells (Tennessee), Chiefs FB Mike Cox and Packers S Morgan Burnett (Georgia Tech), Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry and Packers S Charlie Peprah (Alabama), Chiefs DL Allen Bailey and RB Tervaris Johnson and Packers CB Sam Shields (Miami), Chiefs OL Butch Lewis and LB Clay Matthews (USC), Chiefs LB Amara Kamara and Packers LB Elijah Joseph and DE Eli Joseph (Temple), Chiefs DB Jalil Brown and Packers LB Brad Jones (Colorado), and Chiefs CB Brandon Carr and K Todd Carter and Packers G/C Nick McDonald (Grand Valley State).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Nov. 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium; Packers won, 33-22.
- The Packers trailed 22-16 in the fourth quarter when Brett Favre hit Greg Jennings for a 60-yard TD with 3:05 left. It was Jennings’ second TD of the game on just three receptions (for 85 yards).
- Mason Crosby’s fourth FG of the game and Charles Woodson’s INT return for a TD, with 59 seconds left, finished off the scoring.
- The Packers outgained the Chiefs by a wide margin, 432-234, as Jennings, WR Donald Driver (5-99) and TE Donald Lee (4-78) accounted for most of Favre’s 360 passing yards.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Sept. 2, 2010, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 17-13
- Backup QB Matt Flynn connected on 23-of-37 passes for 304 yards and WR Brett Swain caught six passes for 130 yards (21.7 avg.).
- The Packers posted 433 yards of total offense, their highest total of the 2010 preseason.
- CB/S Jarrett Bush posted an interception in a game that saw Green Bay rest several starters.
PACKERS TOP COLTS IN INDIANAPOLIS
- Green Bay scored 11 points in the final 35 seconds to come away with a 24-21 victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday night.
- QB Aaron Rodgers and the first-team offense saw their most extended action of the preseason by playing the entire first half, with Rodgers connecting on 19-of-23 passes for 204 yards and a TD (118.1 rating). The offense worked out of the no-huddle for much of the half as Rodgers completed passes to six different receivers, with WR Jordy Nelson (5-65), RB James Starks (5-38) and TE Jermichael Finley (4-41-TD) leading the way. Green Bay controlled the clock for 17:15 in the opening half.
- Rodgers led the offense on a 10-play, 81-yard drive in the first quarter that was capped off with an 18-yard TD pass over the middle to Finley. Rodgers completed 7-of-8 passes on the series for 76 yards.
- The Packers trailed, 21-13, with less than four minutes remaining, when No. 3 QB Graham Harrell led Green Bay on an 11-play, 73-yard drive that was capped off with an 11-yard TD pass to TE Ryan Taylor with 45 seconds left. Harrell found Taylor on the two-point conversion to even the game at 21. All three of Taylor’s catches (for 24 yards) came on the game-tying drive.
- K Mason Crosby’s onside kick on the ensuing play was recovered by S M.D. Jennings at the Green Bay 47. Harrell completed a 12-yard pass to WR Tori Gurley and an 8-yarder to TE D.J. Williams to put the Packers into field goal range, and Crosby’s 50-yarder split the uprights as time expired to give Green Bay the win.
- The defense recorded a preseason-high four sacks on the evening, with LBs Jamari Lattimore, Clay Matthews, D.J. Smith and Vic So’oto each registering one.
- P Tim Masthay delivered another strong effort with a 49.1-yard average and a 43.4-yard net average on seven punts, placing two of them inside the 20 with a long of 60.
- The injuries reported by Head Coach Mike McCarthy following the game were TE Jermichael Finley (ankle) and WR Jordy Nelson (knee).
- WR Shaky Smithson (shoulder), WR Randall Cobb (knee), S Anthony Levine (concussion), LB K.C. Asiodu (chest), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder), G Adrian Battles (Achilles), T Chris Campbell (knee), WR Greg Jennings (knee), DE Lawrence Guy (concussion), DE Mike Neal (knee) and DE C.J. Wilson (concussion) did not dress.
MIKE MCCARTHY - POST-GAME EXCERPTS
(on the play of the offensive line in the first half)
“I thought there was a lot of production offensively. I thought the offensive line was a big part of that. The sacks were the negative. The no-huddle that we performed after the first series on, I think it was what you were looking for. There were a number of different reasons that we did that, but the one true negative was point production and the sacks. That is something that we’ll take a close look at. I was pleased with the overall contest this evening just from the targets and objectives that we were trying to hit. The goal was to play our first group the first half; we obviously accomplished that. Then play our younger players as much as possible throughout the second half, and we accomplished that. It wasn’t pretty. There were some rough moments offensively in the second half, but just the way they finished the game, I think that tells you about our young guys. They are getting better and they stepped up when they needed to.”
(on the decision to go for the two-point conversion and pulling out the win)
“It was a two-minute drive, we had plenty of timeouts left. Graham did a very good job and to go for two points, I understand the mindset of kicking the extra point and going home a little healthier, but that is a terrible message to send to your team, in my opinion. I think just the way our team reacted on the sideline tells you about what we came here to do. We came here to win (the game) . Preseason games are tough. You do try to manage the injury report as you do go through the football game, but it was important for us to give our players a chance to be successful. Ultimately that is the job of the coach. The players did an excellent job on the two-point and the onside kick. We had a lot of ambition to end the game without going into overtime so that was part of our thinking.”
(on the no-huddle offense)
“Really, the no-huddle is a regular part of our offense. How many times you used it last year compared to how much you practice, anytime you make a commitment like we have to a certain situation, yeah, it’s definitely a consideration. I’m not really interested in talking about the mechanics of our no-huddle and how much we are going to use it. Those are really game-plan decisions and scheme design on how we operate or what we are going to change. There are some things that we learned tonight that we’ll adjust in our no-huddle package, but frankly the decision to go no-huddle in the first half really came about in a conversation during halftime of the Arizona game last week. You worry about your first-team players having enough work. Really didn’t tell the players they were going to go no-huddle the whole first half, but conditioning is a part of it. I wanted to max out the first 30 minutes with our No. 1 offense, get as many plays as possible because I knew I would be playing our young guys in the second half. Those aren’t normal thought processes that you have during a game week. Aaron is doing a great job. Like I said, a lot of production with the no-huddle. It will be a part of what we do.”
- The Packers have shifted into their regular-season schedule for the remainder of training camp after holding the the last of their 11 night practices on Aug. 11 at Ray Nitschke Field.
- The team will practice three times this week, with the sessions on Sunday and Monday beginning at 11:15 a.m and the Tuesday practice at 11 a.m., the final session of camp open to the public.
SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
- Tuesday, Aug. 30 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field; NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 80 players, by 3 p.m. (CT)
- Thursday, Sept. 1 – Preseason game vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 7 p.m., Lambeau Field
- Saturday, Sept. 3 – NFL-mandated roster reduction, to 53 players, by 5 p.m. (CT)
- Thursday, Sept. 8 – Regular-season opener vs. New Orleans Saints, 7:30 p.m., Lambeau Field