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 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.
Here are some highlights from the Packers-Rams Week 7 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (3-3) AT ST. LOUIS (3-3)
Sunday, Oct. 21 - Edward Jones Dome - Noon CDT
PACKERS CLOSE OUT ROAD SWING IN ST. LOUIS
- Green Bay closes out its three-game road trip with a visit to St. Louis this Sunday to take on the Rams, the third meeting between the clubs in the last four seasons.
- This is the second straight season that the teams have squared off in October. In 2011, St. Louis visited Lambeau Field in Week 6, a game the Packers won, 24-3.
- The Packers have won three straight in the series and six of the last nine. Green Bay trails in the overall series, 44-46-1, which includes two playoff meetings (1-1). The Packers beat the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee.
- The franchises met every year but one from 1937-71, with the lone exception coming in 1943 when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- Green Bay improved its record to 3-3 with a 42-24 victory at Houston as the Packers handed the Texans their first loss of the season. It marked the first time since 1997 that Green Bay had beaten an undefeated team with five or more wins (5-0 Tampa Bay, Oct, 5, 1997).
- This is the first time since 1998 (Weeks 10-12) that the Packers have played three consecutive road contests. Green Bay and Houston (Weeks 12-14) are the only teams in the league with three straight road games on the schedule in 2012.
- The Rams are 3-0 at home this season. Including playoffs, Green Bay is 11-3 (.786) away from Lambeau Field over its last 14 games. The Packers have won eight of their last 11 regular-season road contests (see page 16 for more).
- The Packers have won 20 of their last 24 regular-season games overall (.833), the best record in the league over that span.
- Following Sunday’s contest at St. Louis, Green Bay returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host the Jacksonville Jaguars at noon on Sunday, Oct. 28.
- It will be the first of two straight home games for the Packers, their only contests at Lambeau Field over an eight-week period (Weeks 5-12). Green Bay closes its season with three of five games at home.
DOME SWEET DOME
- This week’s contest at St. Louis will be the third straight game played indoors for the Packers (Weeks 5 and 6 at Indianapolis and Houston). It marks the first time in franchise history that Green Bay has played in domes in three consecutive weeks.
- It is the third of five indoor games on the schedule (at Detroit, at Minnesota) this season, the most in franchise history in the regular season (four games in 1987, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2009).
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have a 16-7 record (.696) indoors, including playoff games. That ranks No. 3 in the NFL in road/neutral games since 2006 behind only the the N.Y. Jets (6-2, .750) and the N.Y. Giants (11-4, .733).
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won six of their last seven games played indoors, the lone loss coming at Indianapolis in Week 5.
- The Packers have averaged 382.8 yards per game and 30.7 points per game in their 23 dome contests under McCarthy (see page 2 for more).
- QB Aaron Rodgers has a 115.9 career passer rating indoors, No. 1 in NFL history (min. 200 attempts).
- Green Bay’s defense has generated 50 turnovers in the 23 dome contests since 2006, including nine games with three-plus takeaways.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 19th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Sam Rosen and color analyst Brian Billick will have the call from the broadcast booth with Laura Okmin reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-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 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 138) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 707.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. St. Louis Rams:
- All-time regular season: 43-45-2
- All-time postseason: 1-1
- All-time, in St. Louis: 3-2
- Streaks: The Packers have won three straight and six of the last nine.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 16, 2011, at Lambeau Field, Packers won, 24-3
- Last meeting, regular season, in St. Louis: Sept. 27, 2009, at Edward Jones Dome, Packers won, 36-17
- Mike McCarthy: 71-39-0, .645, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
- Jeff Fisher: 150-129-0, .538, (incl. 5-6 postseason); 18th NFL season
- Head to Head: Fisher 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-1 vs. Rams; Fisher 3-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in seventh 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.
- Has led the Packers to playoff appearances in four of his six seasons as the helm, and the team’s four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- His .645 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 5 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each season from 2006-11.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
JEFF FISHER…Is in first year as the Rams’ 26th head coach.
- Ranks fourth among active NFL coaches in career wins with 150.
- Spent 17 seasons with the Tennessee Titans (1994-2010), serving as head coach in 1994 for the final six games.
- Guided the Titans to six playoff appearances, three division titles, two AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
- Previously coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (defensive backs, 1986-88), the Los Angeles Rams (defensive coordinator, 1989-91) and San Francisco 49ers (defensive backs, 1992-93).
- Played with the Chicago Bears (1981-85) as a defensive back and return specialist, earning a Super Bowl ring following Chicago’s Super Bowl XX victory (1985 season) despite spending the year on injured reserve with an ankle injury that prematurely ended his playing career.
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 Packers have won three straight in the series and six of the last nine.
Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was a fifth-round selection of the Los Angeles Rams in 1985 and played the first eight seasons (1985-92) of his career there. He ranks second in franchise history with 72.5 sacks...Greene played for Rams head coach Jeff Fisher when Fisher was the club’s defensive coordinator from 1989-91…Packers DT Ryan Pickett was a first-round draft pick of the Rams in 2001 and played his first five NFL seasons (2001-05) in St. Louis…Rams C Scott Wells, who is currently on injured reserve (designated for return), played for Green Bay for eight seasons (2004-11)…Rams secondary coach Chuck Cecil played safety for the Packers from 1988-92 and was a teammate of Packers offensive line coach James Campen…Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman held the same position with the Packers from 2000-04…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached with Rams quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and in New Orleans from 2000-01…McCarthy also coached with Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998…Rams strength coach Rock Gullickson served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Packers from 2006-08…Gullickson and Rams assistant strength coach Adam Bailey also coached in New Orleans with McCarthy, assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo…Rams TE Lance Kendricks played at the University of Wisconsin and attended Rufus King High School in Milwaukee…Rams offensive line coach Paul Boudreau was Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s position coach for seven seasons (1987-93) when Hilgenberg played on the line for the New Orleans Saints…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bears when Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis was on Chicago’s staff…Rams defensive line coach Mike Waufle coached on the staff in Oakland when Packers DB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders… Rams director of operations Bruce Warwick spent six seasons (2000-05) with the Packers...Packers LB A.J. Hawk was a senior at Ohio State when Rams LB James Laurinaitis was a freshman in 2005...Other college teammates include Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Rams CB Bradley Fletcher (Iowa), Packers QB Graham Harrell and Rams WR Danny Amendola (Texas Tech), Packers WR James Jones and Rams LB Justin Cole (San Jose State), Packers DT B.J. Raji and LB Robert Francois and Rams LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (Boston College), Packers LB D.J. Smith and Rams WR Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Rams WR Steve Smith (Southern California), and Packers TE Ryan Taylor and RB Johnny White and Rams DE Robert Quinn (North Carolina).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Oct. 16, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 24-3.
- The win gave the Packers their first 6-0 start since 1965 and only their seventh in franchise history.
- QB Aaron Rodgers threw a 93-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter, the fourth-longest completion in team history and the longest since QB Brett Favre’s 99-yard TD pass to WR Robert Brooks at Chicago on Sept. 11, 1995.
- Rodgers threw for 310 yards and three TDs on the afternoon, with all three TD throws coming in the first half.
- CB Sam Shields intercepted a Sam Bradford pass, part of a defensive effort that limited the Rams to just a 36-yard Josh Brown FG on the day.