- The Green Bay Packers will travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.
- The teams split two matchups last season, with Dallas winning at Green Bay during the regular season and the Packers winning at Dallas in the Divisional playoffs.
- Green Bay has won six of the last seven games it has played against the Cowboys in the regular and postseason, including two at Dallas.
- Including the playoffs, it will be the fifth straight season the Packers and Cowboys have met.
- Green Bay leads the regular-season series with Dallas, 14-13, while the two teams have each won four games against each other in the postseason.
- Out of the last 14 regular-season meetings between the two, 13 have been decided by 10-plus points. The one contest decided by single digits was a 37-36 Green Bay victory in 2013, the last time the Packers played at Dallas in the regular season.
- Including the playoffs, Green Bay has won the last two games it has played at Dallas by a combined four points. Prior to the two-game run, the Packers had lost nine consecutive away games to the Cowboys.
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay is 6-3 in regular and postseason games against Dallas.
- The Packers are 3-1 this season, marking the third consecutive year and the eighth time since 2000 that they have won at least three of their first four games.
- The Packers have won nine of their last 10 regular-season games.
- QB Aaron Rodgers has started seven times against the Cowboys during the regular season and postseason, with the Packers winning five of the contests. In those seven games, Rodgers has completed 179 of 264 passes (67.8 percent) for 1,951 yards, 12 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 101.4.
- Rodgers has registered a passer rating of 125 or more (125.4 and 131.5) in two games against Dallas.
- Dating back to 2006, the Packers (30-11, .732) hold the second-best winning percentage in the month of October behind the New England Patriots (39-8, .830). Green Bay has won 21 of its last 25 games played in the month of October.
- Dating back to 2008, Rodgers leads the NFL (min. 300 pass attempts) in passer rating (108.0), passing touchdowns (78) and touchdown percentage (6.8) in the month of October, while ranking No. 3 in passing yards (9,575).
- The Packers and Patriots are the only two teams with three touchdowns on opening drives this season. New England leads the league with 23 points on opening drives while Green Bay is No. 2 with 21 points.
- The Packers are No. 1 in red-zone efficiency this season (11 TDs on 14 drives, 78.6 percent).
- Green Bay will stay on the road to take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6. It will be one of two times the Packers play back-to-back road games this regular season (Weeks 14-15, at Cleveland and Carolina).
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WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 24th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 23rd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 19th season of broadcasts together.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 715.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER
- The Packers currently have an 53-man roster that is composed of 25 offensive players, 25 defensive players and three specialists.
- Of the 53 players on Green Bay’s roster, 34 of them (64.2 percent) were draft picks of the Packers. Dating back to 2007, Green Bay has at least one member of each draft class still on the roster.
- Green Bay has 12 players on the roster that began their careers as undrafted free agents, with 10 of those originally signed by Green Bay.
- Over a third (34.0 percent) of the players (18 of 53) on Green Bay’s roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player.
- The Packers have five players on the roster that played in the NFL prior to the 2009 season. Four of those five players were draft picks of the Packers (QB Aaron Rodgers, K Mason Crosby, WR Jordy Nelson and LB Clay Matthews) and three have made at least one Pro Bowl.
- Of the 53 players on the roster, 44 began their pro careers with the Packers (83.0 percent).
- Only 21 of the 53 players on the roster (39.6 percent) were selected in the first three rounds of the draft, with 18 being drafted by the Packers.
GREEN BAY’S ROSTER ...
BY AGE (as of Oct. 8)
- 21-24: 25 players
- 25-28: 19 players
- 29-32: 5 players
- 33-plus: 4 players
- R-1: 13 players
- 2-3: 16 players
- 4-5: 9 players
- 6-9: 9 players
- 10-plus: 6 players
BY DRAFT ROUND
- 1st: 7 players
- 2nd/3rd: 14 players
- 4th/5th: 14 players
- 6th/7th: 6 players
- Undrafted: 12 players
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Cowboys
- All-time, Regular season: 14-13-0
- All-time, Postseason: 4-4
- All-time, in Dallas: 7-12-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won six of the last seven total matchups.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 16, 2016, Lambeau Field, Cowboys won, 30-16
- Mike McCarthy: 127-70-1, .642 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 11th NFL season
- Jason Garrett: 61-50-0, .549 (incl. 1-2 postseason); 7th NFL season
- Head to Head: McCarthy 5-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 6-3 vs. Cowboys; Garrett 1-5 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 12th year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Led the Packers to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance last season, tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history. Has also led the team to nine playoff appearances in the last 10 years (2007, 2009-16).
- Ranks second in franchise history in total victories, trailing only Curly Lambeau.
- Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that time; Packers finished first overall in scoring in 2014.
- Reached the 100-win plateau faster than any active NFL head coach, needing just 155 games.
- 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.
JASON GARRETT…Is in his seventh full season as the Cowboys’ eighth head coach. Was the interim head coach for the final eight games in 2010.
- Guided Dallas to a 13-3 record in 2016, winning the NFC East and helping QB Dak Prescott earn NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
- Garrett has helped guide the Cowboys to a top-10 offensive ranking six times (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016) in his tenure as offensive coordinator and then head coach.
- In 2014, coached Dallas to a 12-4 record, its first winning season and playoff appearance since 2009.
- Won Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX as a quarterback for the Cowboys.
THE PACKERS-COWBOYS SERIES
- These clubs squared off in one of the most famous games in league history, the 1967 NFL Championship, dubbed the ‘Ice Bowl.’ Kickoff temperature was recorded as minus-13 with a minus-46 wind chill, the coldest game in league annals. Bart Starr’s game-winning TD, a 1-yard dive with 13 seconds left, sealed Green Bay’s third straight NFL championship en route to its second consecutive Super Bowl title.
- Green Bay won 10 of the first 15 in the series, in which Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi - former assistants on the same N.Y. Giants staff in the 1950s - turned it into one of the NFL’s preeminent rivalries.
- The teams met in the 2014 and 2016 NFC Divisional playoffs, with Green Bay coming out on top both times. In last season’s playoff matchup, on third-and-20 with 12 seconds remaining, Aaron Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline to set up Mason Crosby’s game-winning 51-yard field goal as time expired.
Packers executive vice president, general manager & director of football operations Ted Thompson is from Atlanta, Texas, about 175 miles east of Dallas, and attended Southern Methodist...Packers TE Martellus Bennett was Dallas’ second-round pick in 2008 and played in 60 games for the Cowboys from 2008-11…Packers LB Joe Thomas spent a couple of weeks on the Cowboys’ practice squad in 2015...Green Bay offensive perimeter coach David Raih was the director of high school relations at Texas Tech in 2013...Green Bay has a number of players from Texas, including Bennett (Taylor), Mason Crosby (Georgetown), Aaron Jones (El Paso), Devante Mays (Livingston), Ty Montgomery (Dallas), Aaron Ripkowski (Dayton), Lenzy Pipkins (Mansfield) and Lane Taylor (Arlington)…Packers who played collegiately in Texas include: Bennett (Texas A&M), Jones (UTEP) and Mays (Blinn Junior College and Tyler Junior College)…Dallas DT Brian Price played for the Packers last season...Dallas CB Bene Benwikere was on Green Bay’s practice squad for a week in the 2016 postseason...Dallas secondary coach Joe Baker coached at Wisconsin in 1999 and for the Packers in 2005...Green Bay senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith played for the Cowboys from 1990-91...From 2003-11, Packers director of pro personnel John Wojciechowski was the Northeast area scout for the Cowboys...Cowboys C Travis Frederick played at Wisconsin from 2009-12 and went to Big Foot High in Walworth, Wis. ...Cowboys safeties coach Greg Jackson was a coach for the Badgers in 2010...Baker coached with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss and special teams coordinator Ron Zook in New Orleans...Green Bay quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt coached in Tampa Bay with Baker and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia...Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached together in Miami in 2006...Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was the head coach of the Rams while Packers defensive quality control coach Tim McGarigle was a linebacker in St. Louis…Green Bay assistant special teams coach Jason Simmons played in Houston while Dallas OL coach Frank Pollack coached the Texans…Green Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio coached with Cowboys TEs coach Steve Loney from 2012-13 with the Buccaneers...Loney and Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac were colleagues at Colorado State from 1990-91...Trgovac was in Philadelphia while Greg Jackson was a player for the Eagles in 1995…Cowboys OL Joe Looney teamed with Packers LB Ahmad Brooks, DTs Quinton Dial and Ricky Jean Francois with the 49ers…Jean Francois and Dallas RB Alfred Morris were teammates in 2015 with Washington…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and Cowboys running backs coach Gary Brown were teammates at Penn State for three seasons…Perry was on the defensive coaching staff in Oakland during Dallas RB Darren McFadden’s rookie year with the Raiders…Green Bay assistant offensive line ocach Jeff Blasko was on the Florida offensive coaching staff during Dallas T Chaz Green’s freshman season with the Gators…College teammates include: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur (California), Dallas DE Taco Charlton, CB Jourdan Lewis and Green Bay LB Jake Ryan (Michigan), Packers S Kentrell Brice and Cowboys S Xavier Woods (Louisiana Tech), Packers DT Mike Daniels and Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Iowa), Green Bay C Corey Linsley, Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott and FB Rod Smith (Ohio State), Cowboys TE James Hanna, DE Charles Tapper and Green Bay FB Aaron Ripkowski (Oklahoma), Packers G Lane Taylor, Cowboys K Dan Bailey and WR Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Green Bay WR Jeff Janis and Cowboys TE Jeff Heath (Saginaw Valley State), Packers LB Clay Matthews, LB Nick Perry and Cowboys T Tyron Smith (Southern California).
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