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-Rams Week 6 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Rams Week 6 Dope Sheet:
- Green Bay returns home to host the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on Sunday, the first matchup between the teams in Green Bay since 2006 and the 90th regular-season meeting between the clubs.
- This will be the Packers’ last appearance in front of their home crowd for nearly a month. In Week 7, Green Bay travels to Minnesota before enjoying its bye in Week 8.
- The Packers stay on the road coming out of the bye with a contest at San Diego in Week 9.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 11 straight games, which is tied for the second-longest winning streak (1928-29) in team history behind only a 12-game winning streak in 1961-62.
- The Packers have won seven straight contests at Lambeau Field and 13 of their last 14 at home. The only loss over that span came to Miami last season in Week 6.
- Green Bay’s 13-1 (.929) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 2 in the NFL over that span behind only New England (13-0).
- The Packers have a 28-8 (.771) record in their last 36 regular-season games at Lambeau Field, a record that ranks No. 3 in the NFL and No. 1 in the NFC over that period.
- The Packers’ regular-season home winning streak of seven games is the longest home streak of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure. It is also the longest streak since Green Bay posted an 11-game winning streak at Lambeau from 2001-02.
- Green Bay has a 27-19 mark (.587) in home contests against the Rams, which includes a 28-7 victory in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee.
- The franchises met every year but one from 1937-71. The teams didn’t play in 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- On Sunday, the Packers will be wearing a third jersey that is a re-creation of the team’s uniform from 1929, the year of Green Bay’s first world title. Green Bay wore the uniforms last season in Week 13 vs. San Francisco, a 34-16 Packers win.
- For the first time since 1965 and only the seventh time in franchise history, the Packers are off to a 5-0 start.
- Green Bay is one of just two teams in the NFL with an unblemished record, with fellow NFC North foe Detroit joining the Packers as the only undefeated teams in the league. The only other time that both the Packers and Lions each got off to 5-0 starts was in 1931.
- It marks only the second time since realignment in 2002 that two teams in the same division have started out a season with five wins each. In 2004, the New England Patriots and N.Y. Jets of the AFC East each posted 5-0 starts.
- The six previous 5-0 starts in team history all resulted in NFL titles (1929-31, 1944, 1962, 1965) for the Packers.
- With their win Sunday night in Atlanta, the Packers are off to only their second 3-0 start on the road in the past 39 seasons. Both of them have come under the guidance of Head Coach Mike McCarthy, as Green Bay also got off to a 3-0 start away from Lambeau Field in 2007.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Chris Myers and color analyst Tim Ryan will have the call from the broadcast booth with Jaime Maggio reporting from the sidelines.
- 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.
- Sports USA radio will air the game across the country. Play-by-play man Larry Kahn and color analyst John Robinson will call the action with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 92, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 709.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. St. Louis Rams
- All-time regular season: 42-45-2
- All-time, postseason: 1-1
- All-time, at home: 27-19-0 (incl. Packers’ 1967 Conference Championship Streaks: The Packers have won the last two meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 27, 2009, at Edward Jones Dome; Packers won, 36-17
- Mike McCarthy: 58-34-0, .630, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Steve Spagnuolo: 8-28-0, .222; 4th NFL season
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-1 vs. Rams; Spagnuolo 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- ?Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, 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 headcoaching 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.
STEVE SPAGNUOLO…Is in third year as the Rams’ 25th head coach.
- ?Led the Rams to a second-place finish in the NFC West in 2010 with a 7-9 mark, a six-game improvement from 2009. That six-game swing marked the second-best turnaround in the NFL from 2009 to 2010.
- Guided St. Louis to a 5-3 mark at home last season, the first home winning record for the club since 2004.
- Previously served as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants (2007-08,) where he helped guide the Giants to a victory over the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
- Spent eight seasons (1999-2006) with the Philadelphia Eagles, serving as defensive assistant/safeties from 1999-2000, defensive backs coach from 2001-03 and linebackers coach from 2004-06.
- Also coached collegiately at Massachusetts (1982-83), Lafayette (1984-86), Connecticut (1987-91), Maine (1993-94), Rutgers (1994-95) and Bowling Green (1996-97).
THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES
- These clubs first met in 1937, when the NFL launched its long relationship with the city of Cleveland. The franchises met every year from 1937-71 except 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- ?Beginning in 1946, when the Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, these foes consistently played their Wisconsin games early in the year (before cold weather set in) and their warm West Coast games late in the year.
- The clubs have met twice in the postseason, with the Packers topping the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee. The Rams beat the Packers, 45-17, in St. Louis in a 2001 Divisional Playoff contest.
- The series has been relatively even lately, with the Packers winning five of the last nine contests. Previously, the Packers had won three meetings in a row (1992-95).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Rams Week 6 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
- Sept. 27, 2009, at Edward Jones Dome; Packers won, 36-17
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 13-of-23 passes for 269 yards and two TDs and added a rushing touchdown as well.
- Rodgers hooked up with WR Greg Jennings on a pair of 50-yard passes (50, 53 yards) as Jennings posted a 103-yard receiving day on just two receptions, one of only two times in his career that he recorded 100 receiving yards in a game on two catches.
- WR Donald Driver caught four passes for 95 yards and a TD and RB Ryan Grant led the way on the ground with 99 rushing yards on 26 carries (3.8 avg.).
- Green Bay’s defense registered three takeaways on the afternoon, including an interception of QB Kyle Boller, who played the final three quarters for the Rams in place of injured QB Marc Bulger (shoulder).