GREEN BAY (0-0) AT JACKSONVILLE (0-0)
Sunday, Sept. 11 l EverBank Field l 12 p.m. CDT
The Green Bay Packers travel to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars in the regular-season opener.
It will be the first time Green Bay has opened the season against Jacksonville and just the second time the Packers have opened the regular season in the state of Florida. The only other time was in 1996, when they won, 34-3, at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- The Packers and Jaguars are meeting for the sixth time and the first time since 2012, when Green Bay won, 24-15, at Lambeau Field. The Packers lead the regular-season series, 3-2.
- Sunday will be the fourth time Green Bay has played in Jacksonville and the first time since 2008, a 20-16 Jaguars victory. The Packers won their first two games at Jacksonville (1995, 2001).
- This will be only the second time Green Bay has played at Jacksonville in the month of September. The Packers won, 24-14, on Sept. 24, 1995.
- It is the first time since it hosted the New York Jets in 2000 that Green Bay has opened the season against an AFC team.
- Dating back to the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, it will be just the fourth time the Packers have opened the regular season on the road against an AFC team: at New England Patriots, 1985, L, 20-26 / at Houston Oilers, 1983, W, 41-38 (OT) / at Cleveland Browns, 1972, W, 26-10.
- For the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in 11 seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2010), the Packers will open the season on the road. It is the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has opened on the road for four consecutive seasons.
- Under McCarthy, the Packers are 6-4 in regular-season openers, including a 2-2 mark on the road.
- Eight of the 10 season openers under McCarthy have been decided by eight points or less.
- The Packers’ six wins in the opening week of the regular season are tied for the fourth most in the NFC and the seventh most in the NFL since 2006.
- Over the last two seasons, the Packers are a combined 6-2 against AFC opponents.
- Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 24-16 versus the AFC during the regular season. The Packers’ .600 winning percentage over that time is tied for No. 1 among NFC teams and No. 4 in the NFL.
- Sunday marks the third of four consecutive road games (two preseason, two regular season) before hosting the Detroit Lions on Sept. 25. This is the first time Green Bay has closed the preseason as the away team in the final two games and opened the regular season on the road in the first two games.
- The Packers will play at the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, the first regular-season game played at U.S. Bank Stadium.
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WITH THE CALL
FOX Sports, now in its 23rd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst John Lynch and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
- 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 22nd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 18th season of broadcasts together.
- Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country.John Sadak (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting 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.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 711.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Jaguars:
- All-time, Regular season: 3-2-0
- All-time, Postseason: 0-0
- All-time, in Jacksonville: 2-1-0
- Streaks: The Packers won the last regular-season meeting and four of the first five games in the series.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 28, 2012; Packers won, 24-15, Lambeau Field
Mike McCarthy: 112-62-1, .643 (incl. 8-7 postseason); 11th NFL season
Gus Bradley: 12-36-0, .250; 4th NFL season
Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Jaguars; Bradley 0-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 11th 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 seventh 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 eight playoff appearances in the last nine years (2007, 2009-15).
- 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.
- His .653 winning percentage during the regular season (94-55-1) ranks No. 2 among active NFL head 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.
GUS BRADLEY…Is in his fifth year as the Jaguars’ 4th head coach.
- Since taking over as head coach in 2012, has overseen LB Paul Posluszny net 378 solo tackles, the second most in the NFL over that span and the only player in the top five that has played less than 60 games (52).
- Directed Jacksonville to be one of two defenses with four safeties and 59-plus forced fumbles since 2012 (New England).
- Despite a defensive background, inherited the No. 32 offense and guided them to be the No. 18 offensive unit in 2015.
- Coordinated the Seattle defense in 2011 to a top-10 finish for just the sixth time in franchise history and first in over 10 years.
- Coached Hall of Fame LB Derrick Brooks to two Pro Bowls as the linebackers coach in Tampa Bay (2007-08).
THE PACKERS-JAGUARS SERIES
- Green Bay began the series with a 24-14 win in the first-ever matchup between the two teams in 1995.
- After the Packers won the second matchup in 2000, the Jaguars were victorious in two straight games to even the series at 2-2.
- In 2012, the Packers defeated the Jaguars, 24-15, in Gus Bradley’s eighth game as head coach.
- Jacksonville’s second win came on a fourth-quarter game-winning drive capped by a 2-yard TD run by RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
- Packers WRs Bill Schroeder (106) and Antonio Freeman (104) each had 100-plus receiving yards in Green Bay’s win in 2001.
Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers held the same position in Jacksonville from 1999-2000...Packers offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett was born in Jacksonville and attended Robert E. Lee High School and Florida State...Packers LS Brett Goode and S Chris Banjo entered the league as undrafted rookie free agents with Jacksonville...Jaguars defensive assistant Monte Kiffin was Green Bay’s linebackers coach in 1983...Jacksonville CB Davon House was a fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2011, playing in Green Bay from 2011-14...Jaguars P Brad Nortman is from Brookfield, Wis., played at Wisconsin from 2008-11 and ranked fourth in school history in punting average...Packers DT Letroy Guion is from Starke, Fla., and played at Florida State...Green Bay CB Damarious Randall is from Pensacola, Fla. ...Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix grew up in Orlando, Fla. ...Green Bay associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss is from Miami...Packers CB Sam Shields played at Miami and is from Sarasota, Fla. ...Jacksonville offensive assistant Chris O’Hara coached Packers CB LaDarius Gunter at Miami when he was a defensive assistant for the Hurricanes...Gunter played at Miami with Jaguars WR Allen Hurns and with G Brandon Linder from 2012-13...Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh was on Capers’ staff in Houston in 2005 when Capers was the Texans’ first head coach...Packers TE Jared Cook played in Tennessee for four seasons (2009-12) with Jacksonville DT Sen’Derrick Marks...Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was colleagues with Jaguars wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan with the 49ers in 2005...Sullivan’s son, Jon-Eric, is the Packers director of college scouting...Jacksonville running backs coach Kelly Skipper coached in Oakland from 2007-08 with Green Bay secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry...Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt worked with Jaguars offensive coordinator Greg Olson (2010-11) and defensive coordinator Todd Wash (2010) in Tampa Bay...Van Pelt also was a colleague of Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Nathaniel Hackett in Buffalo from 2008-09...While with the Buccaneers, Packers defensive quality control Ejiro Evero coached with Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley (2007-08), Olson (2008-09), Wash (2007-09), Hackett (2007) and Kiffin (2007-08)...Evero coached Jaguars DT Roy Miller in Tampa Bay in 2009 and LB Dan Skuta in San Francisco in 2014...Green Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio coached in Tampa Bay with Jacksonville defensive quality control Dan Shamash from 2012-13...Jaguars special teams coordinator Mike Mallory was on the staff of special teams coordinator Ron Zook in 2005 when Zook was the head coach at Illinois...Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy played at Alabama with Jacksonville LS Carson Tinker (2011-12) and RB T.J. Yeldon (2012)...Clinton-Dix was also Alabama teammates with Tinker (2011-12) and Yeldon (2012-13)...Jaguars LB Myles Jack was teammates of Packers QB Brett Hundley (2013-14) and DT Kenny Clark (2013-15) at UCLA...Green Bay LB Nick Perry was coached by Kiffin at Southern California from 2010-11 and also played with Jaguars WR Marqise Lee and LB Hayes Pullard in 2011...Jacksonville defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker was UCLA’s defensive coordinator when he coached Green Bay DE/LB Datone Jones...Jones was also coached by Jaguars defensive assistant Mike Rutenberg at UCLA in 2008...Jaguars WR Bryan Walters played at Cornell with Packers C/G JC Tretter in 2009...Packers LB Jake Ryan was Michigan teammates with Jacksonville G Patrick Omameh (2011), RB Denard Robinson (2011-12) and S Jarrod Wilson (2012-14)...Banjo and Jaguars OT Kelvin Beachum played at Southern Methodist from 2008-11... Packers FB Aaron Ripkowski played with Jacksonville CB Aaron Colvin at Oklahoma for three seasons (2011-13).
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LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Oct. 28, 2012, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 24-15
- WR Randall Cobb caught a 5-yard TD pass from QB Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter to take a lead that would not be relinquished.
- LB Dezman Moses fell on a blocked punt by CB Davon House for a TD