This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).
The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks will face each other for the 16th time during the regular season and for the second consecutive year in a nationally televised night game.
- From the first meeting in 1976 until 2005, Green Bay and Seattle played just 10 times in the regular season. The teams have squared off five times from 2006-14.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have played the Seahawks seven times since 2006. That is tied with the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers for the most games Green Bay has played against a non-division opponent over that time span.
- Sunday will be the Seahawks’ first trip to Lambeau Field since 2009. Including postseason, the Packers are 8-3 against Seattle at home, with wins in the last five. Green Bay has won three of the last five home games against the Seahawks by 20-plus points (22, 22, 38).
- The Packers and Seahawks were the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs last year and met in the NFC Championship.
- This will be the first time the Packers have hosted Seattle for the home opener.
- Green Bay has won each of its last five Week 2 games and is 7-2 in Week 2 contests since 2006.
- Sunday’s game starts a stretch of four home games over the next five weeks for the Packers.
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 7-2 in home openers, including winning seven of the last eight.
- It will be the fourth time the Packers play the home opener in Week 2 under McCarthy. Last season, Green Bay beat the New York Jets, 31-24, in 2013 the Packers beat the Washington Redskins, 38-20, and in 2010, the Green Bay defeated the Buffalo Bills, 34-7.
- Green Bay is 6-1 in home openers with Aaron Rodgers starting at quarterback. Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards in each of the last four home openers (312, 303, 480, 346). He has registered a passer rating over 100.0 in five home openers (115.5, 116.3, 132.1, 146.0, 109.8) and was above 90.0 in the other two (92.0, 93.3).
- It is only the 18th time in franchise history that Green Bay will play its home opener outside of Week 1. The Packers are 9-8 in the previous 17 contests.
- Of the 17 times Green Bay has opened at home outside of Week 1, only once did it come after the second week of the season. That occured in 1924, when the Packers beat the Kansas City Blues 16-0 in Week 3.
- The Packers have 51 victories all-time in home openers, joining the Bears (65) and Lions (52) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay is the only NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (54 victories).
WITH THE CALL
- NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
- 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 (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.
- Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action and Scott Graham hosts the pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
Sunday night success
- Green Bay will play Seattle on Sunday night, the first of two scheduled appearances scheduled for the Packers to play in primetime on Sunday this season.
- The Packers have won nine of their last 12 games played on Sunday night.
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 10-5 overall (.667) on Sunday night.
- Green Bay is 22-7 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .759 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since 1978):
- The Packers have scored 25-plus points in nine of their last 11 Sunday night games, including a 55-14 win at home over Chicago last season.
- In 12 career regular-season starts on Sunday night, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 265 of 398 passes (66.6 percent) for 3,485 yards and 29 TDs with just five INTs for a 113.1 passer rating.
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay has been one of the most successful teams in the league early in the season.
- Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 20-12 (.625) mark in the month of September. Green Bay’s 20 wins are tied for No. 2 in the NFC and No. 5 in the NFL.
- In the month of September under McCarthy (2006-15), the Packers rank in the top five in the following offensive categories: points per game (3rd, 26.1), touchdowns (1st, 99), passing touchdowns (1st, 65), completions (3rd, 756), completion percentage (4th, 65.6), gross passing yards (6th, 8,764), passer rating (1st, 100.4) and touchdown/interception ratio (1st, 3.42, 65/19).
- Dating back to 2008, QB Aaron Rodgers is one of four quarterbacks in the NFL with a passer rating of 100-plus in the month of September (min. 100 att.).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- With a win, Green Bay will start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011. It would be the fifth 2-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- Including the postseason, the Packers have won nine consecutive home games, it is the third-longest streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
- Dating back to 2012, QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown 418 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 36 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records.
- If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
- Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first two games of the season three times in his career (2008, 2011, 2013).
- If Rodgers throws three-plus touchdowns, it will mark just the second time he has registered three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games to start the season (2013).
- In regular season games with five-plus attempts, Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating in 12 straight home contests.
- WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his consecutive regular season games with a reception to 42.
- RB Eddie Lacy finished the 2014 regular season by surpassing 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the final nine contests, the longest streak in team history. Last week against Chicago, Lacy recorded 99 yards from scrimmage, 1 yard short of extending the streak.
- Including the postseason, Lacy has rushed for more than 90 yards in six of the last nine games.
- WR James Jones registered two touchdown receptions in Week 1 vs. Chicago, his first game back with the Packers. It was his sixth career game with muliple touchdowns (all with Green Bay), including his third against the Bears.
- LB Clay Matthews registered an interception he returned 42 yards. In 2014, he returned an interception 40 yards at Chicago. They were the second- and third-longest interception returns of his career behind the 62-yard INT he ran back for a touchdown against Dallas in 2010.
- If Matthews records an interception this week, it will be the second time in his career with INTs in back-to-back games (2011).
- LB Julius Peppers led the team with 1.5 sacks in Week 1 at Chicago. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has six sacks in the last five games.
- In two games against the Seahawks last season, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded 13 tackles (10 solo), a sack and two interceptions.
- K Mason Crosby (1,044) needs 11 points to surpass Ryan Longwell (1,054) for the franchise record.
- Crosby (269) is nine field-goal attempts short of surpassing Longwell (277) for the most in team history.
- In his first career game, WR Ty Montgomery averaged 35.3 yards on three kick returns, including a long of 46 yards. It marked the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Seahawks:
Regular season, all-time: 8-7
All-time, postseason: 2-1
All-time, in Green Bay: 6-1
Streaks: The Seahawks have won the past two regular-season meetings.
Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 4, 2014; Seahawks won, 36-16, CenturyLink Field
Mike McCarthy: 102-55-1, .649 (incl. 7-6 postseason); 10th NFL season
Pete Carroll: 91-67-0, .576 (incl. 8-5 postseason); 10th NFL season (6th with Seahawks)
Head to Head: Carroll 3-0
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-4 vs. Seahawks; Carroll 3-2 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 10th 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.
- Led the Packers to their sixth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to seven playoff appearances in the last eight years (2007, 2009-14).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past eight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat; Packers finished first overall in scoring in 2014.
- His .659 winning percentage during the regular season (95-49-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
PETE CARROLL…Is in his sixth year as the Seahawks’ eighth head coach.
- Helped the Seahawks reach back-to-back Super Bowls (2013-14) for the first time in franchise history and the first time since New England did it in 2004-05.
- Led Seattle to its first Super Bowl win in franchise history in 2013.
- Coached the youngest Super Bowl-winning roster in NFL history (26 years, 162 days).
- Has one of the best defenses in the league the past two years (2013-14), as his team has led the league in yards per game, yards per pass, pass yards per game and points per game.
- Has captured four division championships, two conference championships and one Super Bowl in his six seasons as head coach.
THE PACKERS-SEAHAWKS SERIES
- The two clubs have met 18 times, including playoffs.
- For a span of eight head-to-head meetings from 1996-2008, Mike Holmgren was the head coach for one of the teams.
- Since Seattle’s shift to the NFC in 2002, the two teams have met 10 times (including playoffs). They met in six of seven seasons from 2003-09, with 2004 being the lone exception.
- Neither team has ever won more than three regular-season contests in a row.
- The Packers have won the past five regular-season contests at Lambeau Field
Packers EVP/GM/Dir. of football operations Ted Thompson spent five seasons (2000-04) as the Seahawks’ VP of football operations...Packers assoc. HC/LBs Winston Moss played his final three seasons in Seattle (1995-97) and began his coaching career with the Seahawks as defensive quality control coach in 1998...Packers asst. director of pro personnel Tim Terry played for the Seahawks for three seasons (2000-02)...Packers asst. OL coach Mike Solari served as Seattle’s OL coach from 2008-09…Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Nick Perry played for Seahawks HC Pete Carroll at Southern California...Carroll served as the DC (1995-96) with the 49ers while Solari held the same position…Packers RBs coach Sam Gash played for New England when Carroll was the HC and while Seahawks QBs coach Carl Smith was on staff (1997)…Seahawks P Jon Ryan played for Green Bay in 2006-07...Seahawks QB Russell Wilson played at the University of Wisconsin...Seahawks C Drew Nowak is from Green Bay, Wis...Seahawks EVP/GM John Schneider is a native of De Pere, Wis. and went to Abbot Pennings High School...Schneider served two different stints in the Packers’ personnel dept. (1993-96, 2002-09), concluding as director of football operations…Schneider and Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball worked together in Washington in 2001...Schneider worked alongside Ball and Packers HC Mike McCarthy, special teams coordinator Ron Zook, Solari and Dir. of college scouting Brian Gutekunst in Kansas City (1997-99)…Seahawks DC Kris Richard played CB for the 49ers (2005) while McCarthy was on staff…Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell played QB at the University of Wisconsin and coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2000-05...Seahawks asst. OL coach Pat Ruel held the same position with the Packers from 2001-02...Seahawks asst. special teams coach Chad Morton worked for the Packers from 2009-13...Morton and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry were teammates in New Orleans (2000) while Moss and Zook were on staff…Perry and Seahawks asst. HC/OL Tom Cable and special teams coordinator Brian Schneider were on the same Oakland Raiders staff from 2007-08…Packers DC Dom Capers and Smith coached together with the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars (USFL)...Capers and Smith worked on the same staff as Packers OL coach James Campen and Gutekunst in New Orleans...Seahawks WRs coach Kippy Brown previously coached the Green Bay RBs (2000); Brown coached alongside Capers (2002-05) with the Texans while Packers asst. special teams coach Jason Simmons played CB...Brown also coached WRs in Detroit (2006-07) while Gash worked with RBs…Seahawks LBs coach Michael Barrow played for Carolina (1997-99) while Capers was the HC...Barrow served as the LBs coach for the University of Miami (2007-2013) while Packers CB Sam Shields, pro scout Glenn Cook and Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham were a part of the team…Seahawks asst. strength and conditioning coach Mondray Gee held the same position in Green Bay in 2008-09…Packers QBs/WRs coach Alex Van Pelt worked in the same position for Tampa Bay while Seahawks DE Michael Bennett played for the Bucs (2010-11)…Gash was on the staff in Detroit while Seahawks DE Cliff Avril played for the Lions from 2008-12...Former college teammates include Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and DT Brandon Mebane (California), Packers RB Eddie Lacy and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Seahawks DT Jesse Williams (Alabama), Matthews and Perry and Seahawks LB Mike Morgan (Southern California).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Sept. 4, 2014, at CenturyLink Field, Seahawks won, 36-16
- QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 189 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-33 passing (81.5 passer rating).
- WR Jordy Nelson hauled in nine passes for 83 yards and WR Randall Cobb caught six passes for 58 yards and one touchdown.
- QB Russell Wilson hit 19 of 28 targets for 191 yards and two touchdowns (110.9 passer rating), including seven rushes for 29 yards.
- RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns on 20 attempts.