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WASHINGTON (0-1) AT GREEN BAY (0-1
Sunday, Sept. 15 - Lambeau Field - Noon CDT
packers TO HOST REDSKINS IN HOME OPENER
- Green Bay kicks off its 57th season at Lambeau Field by hosting Washington this Sunday in a matchup of 2012 division winners. It is the Redskins’ first trip to Green Bay since 2007 and only their second visit over the last 11 seasons.
- Sunday will be just the sixth meeting between the clubs over the past 25 seasons (1989-2013).
- It will be just the second time in franchise history that the Packers have opened up their home slate against the Redskins. The only other instance came on Sept. 7, 1933, when Green Bay hosted the Boston Redskins at City Stadium in the season opener (7-7 tie).
- Green Bay holds a 17-13-1 edge in the all-time series with the Redskins, including wins in four of the last five meetings between the clubs.
- Sunday marks just the second time in Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s eight-year tenure that Green Bay has played its first home game of the season in Week 2 (2010 vs. Buffalo). The Packers have a 5-2 record (.714) in home openers under McCarthy.
- For the third straight season, the Packers’ home opener will come against a team that posted a double-digit win total the previous season (New Orleans in 2011, San Francisco in 2012).
- The Packers have 49 victories all-time in home openers and will look to join the Bears (65) and Lions (51) as the only NFL teams to win 50-plus home openers. Green Bay will be looking to become the first NFL team to win 50-plus home openers and 50-plus road openers (53 victories).
- The Packers have won 20 of their last 21 regular-season games (.952) at Lambeau Field and 26 of their last 28 (.929) at home.
While the teams haven’t seen as much of each other in recent years, the all-time series has been headlined by a couple of memorable games.
- The NFL championship game in 1936 was the first for both clubs, and the Packers beat the Redskins, 21-6, at the Polo Grounds in New York City.
- The game was played there because Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, upset with his fans’ lack of support, was moving his team to Washington and didn’t want to host the championship in Boston.
- In front of 29,545, Don Hutson caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Arnie Herber in the first three minutes, and Green Bay never trailed. It was the first NFL title contest won by the Packers under coach Curly Lambeau, after winning league championships awarded by league standing in 1929, 1930 and 1931.
- The teams met in one of the more memorable regular-season games in Packers history on Monday Night Football on Oct. 17, 1983. Facing the defending Super Bowl champions, Green Bay won, 48-47, in a game that is still the highest-scoring contest ever on MNF as well as in Packers history. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy started at free safety for the Redskins in that game.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 20th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo is in its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 markets in six states.
- Sports USA Radio will broadcast the game to a national audience with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and John Robinson (analyst) handling the call and Mike Bloomberg reporting from the sidelines.
- The broadcast is also available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) 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. Redskins:
- All-time regular season: 17-13-1
- All-time postseason: 1-1
- All-time, in Washington: 4-8-0 (includes one postseason meeting)
- Streaks: The Packers have won four of the last five meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 10, 2010, at FedExField; Redskins won, 16-13 (OT)
- Mike McCarthy: 80-43-0, .650, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Mike Shanahan: 175-132-0, .570, (incl. 8-6 postseason); 20th NFL season (fourth with Redskins)
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Redskins; Shanahan 3-3 vs. Packers
|MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his eighth 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 five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
- Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
- His .650 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 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.
- Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season (2007).
|MIKE SHANAHAN…Is in his fourth year as the Redskins’ 28th head coach.
- His 175 career victories (including playoffs) rank second among active coaches, behind only New England’s Bill Belichick (206).
- Served as an NFL head coach for 16 seasons with two teams (Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-89; Denver Broncos, 1995-2008) prior to taking over in Washington.
- One of only six coaches to win back-to-back Super Bowls, doing so with Denver (1997-98), including the Broncos’ triumph over the Packers in Super Bowl XXXII.
- During his NFL career, he has been a part of teams that have played in nine conference championship games and six Super Bowls. In 32 seasons as a pro and college coach, his teams have participated in postseason or bowl games 23 times.
THE PACKERS-REDSKINS SERIES
- The Packers first met the Redskins (then Boston Braves) in 1932, five days after Franklin D. Roosevelt won his first presidential election.
- The two clubs met several times in the early years, most memorably in the 1936 NFL championship game. That year, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, upset with his fans’ lack of support, was moving his team to Washington and didn’t want to host the championship in Boston. So, the NFL moved the game to New York’s Polo Grounds, where Green Bay claimed its fourth title, 21-6.
- In the other playoff meeting in the series, an NFC divisional game on Christmas Eve 1972, Bill Kilmer hit Roy Jefferson on a 32-yard TD pass, and Curt Knight kicked three FGs in a 16-3 Washington win, spoiling the Packers’ Central Division crown.
- The Packers and Redskins played the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football history on Oct. 17, 1983, at Lambeau Field, in a game that featured 11 TDs and six FGs.
|Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Redskins |
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Redskins, serving as co-captain from 1980-84, playing on the Super Bowl XVII championship team, and earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 1983...Packers vice president of football administration/player finance Russ Ball spent the 2001 season as director of football administration for the Redskins…Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac held the same position with the Redskins for two seasons (2000-01)...Redskins LB Nick Barnett was drafted by the Packers in the first round in 2003 and went on to play in 107 games for Green Bay from 2003-10...Redskins DE Phillip Merling appeared in three games for the Packers in 2012...Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was the head coach in New Orleans when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy served as offensive coordinator for the Saints from 2000-04...Packers special teams assistant Chad Morton played two seasons with Washington (2003-04) and also played for New Orleans (2000) under Haslett...Haslett was Packers assistant head coach/inside LBs Winston Moss’ position coach with the Raiders in 1993-94, and Moss also later coached on Haslett’s staff in New Orleans...Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was on Haslett’s staff in New Orleans in 2004...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for Haslett in New Orleans from 2000-03 and secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played for Haslett with the Saints in 2000...Redskins linebackers coach Bob Slowik was on the coaching staff for five seasons in Green Bay (2000-04), the last as defensive coordinator...Slowik was also on the staff in Chicago when Fontenot played for the Bears...Redskins offensive line coach Chris Foerster is a Milwaukee, Wis., native...Redskins defensive line coach Jacob Burney coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin in 1989...Redskins offensive assistant Aubrey Pleasant played safety at the University of Wisconsin from 2005-08...Redskins strength & conditioning coach Ray Wright was an assistant with the Houston Texans when Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was head coach there...Packers DT Ryan Pickett and Redskins LB London Fletcher were teammates with the Rams in 2001.
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Oct. 10, 2010, at FedExField; Redskins won, 16-13 (OT).
- K Graham Gano’s 45-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining in the game tied the contest at 13 and his 33-yarder midway through overtime gave the Redskins the win.
- The Packers had a chance to win the game in regulation, but K Mason Crosby’s 53-yard attempt with one second left hit the left upright.
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 27 of 46 passes for 293 yards and a TD with one INT and RB Brandon Jackson rushed for 115 yards on 10 carries (11.5 avg.), highlighted by a 71-yarder.
- Redskins QB Donovan McNabb threw for 357 yards and a TD on 26-of-49 passing and WR Santana Moss led Washington with 118 yards receiving on seven grabs (16.9 avg.).
- The Packers have won 20 of their last 21 and 26 of their last 28 games at Lambeau Field in the regular season.
- Green Bay’s .929 winning percentage (26-2) at home since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span:
- The Packers have averaged 31.8 points per game at home since 2009, No. 2 in the league over that span. Green Bay has posted 30-plus points in 15 of 32 home games since ’09 and nine 40-point games.
- The defense has done its part as well at home since 2009, generating 78 turnovers at Lambeau Field. With Green Bay’s offense posting only 33 giveaways over that span, the Packers have a plus-45 turnover ratio at home, No. 1 in the league since ’09.
- With the 78 takeaways at home since 2009, the Packers rank No. 1 in the league in that category:
- Green Bay has generated at least two takeaways in 23 of 32 home games since 2009. The Packers have a 22-1 mark (.956) in those games. The Packers have posted two takeaways at Lambeau Field in each of their last four regular-season contests.
- The Packers’ win over Tennessee last year in Week 16 gave the team its third straight season with at least seven wins at home. It marks the second-longest streak in franchise history behind only a span of five straight seasons (1994-98) with seven or more victories at home.
- A look at the most home victories over a three-season span in franchise history:
- The Packers rank No. 1 in the NFL with their 22 home victories since 2010:
- Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, Green Bay has been one of the most successful teams in the league early in the season.
- Over the past four-plus seasons, the Packers are tied for the fifth-best mark in the league in September:
- Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have a 16-9 (.640) mark in the month of September. That winning percentage ranks No. 5 in the NFL over that span:
stat of the week
When RB Eddie Lacy got the start on Sunday afternoon in San Francisco, he became just the third Green Bay rookie to start at running back in a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- The only other rookies to start at RB in Week 1 for the Packers since 1970 were John Brockington (1971) and Brandon Jackson (2007).
- Lacy posted an even more rare feat when he scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the first Packer to record a rushing touchdown in his first career game since RB Ralph Earhart did so on a 72-yard run against the Boston Yanks on Sept. 17, 1948.
- The last Green Bay player at any position to register a rushing TD in his first career game was QB Mark Brunell, who scored on a 5-yard run at Minnesota on Oct. 20, 1994.
- Lacy finished the game with 41 rushing yards on 14 carries (2.9 avg.) and added a 31-yard reception. The last Packer to have at least 40 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards in his first career game was Jackson (40 rushing/35 receiving vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 9, 2007).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON SUNDAY
- In his last four regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 99 of 151 passes (65.6 percent) for 1,331 yards and 13 TDs with one INT for a 119.4 passer rating.
- Rodgers has not had a two-INT game in 40 straight regular-season starts, the longest streak in NFL history since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
- WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in three of his last four regular-season games, posting 23 receptions for 387 yards (16.8 avg.) and two TDs over that span.
- WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 21.7-yard receiving average over his last two regular-season games, catching 10 passes for 217 yards and two TDs. He has caught a TD pass in three of his last four games.
- Nelson has caught 14 TD passes at home since 2011, which is tied for No. 2 in the league over that span behind only Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (16).
- TE Jermichael Finley needs 54 receiving yards to move past Ron Kramer (2,594) for No. 2 among tight ends in franchise history.
- Finley has caught at least five passes in four consecutive regular-season games, the longest streak in franchise history by a tight end. He has posted 259 receiving yards and a TD on 23 grabs (11.3 avg.) in those four contests.
- P Tim Masthay needs to place one punt inside the 20-yard line to move into sole possession of third place in team history (since 1976) for most punts inside the 20. He has 79 for his career, which is tied with David Beverly, and trails Craig Hentrich (104) and Josh Bidwell (85).
- Green Bay has forced two turnovers in each of its last four regular-season home games.
- The Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in six of their last seven regular-season games at Lambeau Field.
- Green Bay has scored at least 22 points in 16 consecutive regular-season games at home, the longest current streak in the league and the longest by the Packers in franchise history (see page 5 for more).
- By starting in the season opener at San Francisco this past Sunday, David Bakhtiari became just the fourth Green Bay rookie to start at left tackle in Week 1 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 and the first to do so since 1985.
- A look at the four Green Bay rookies who have started at LT in the season opener since the 1970 merger:
- Bakhtiari was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round (109th overall) out of the University of Colorado. Of the four players to start at LT in Week 1 for the Packers since the merger, he is the only one not to be drafted in the first two rounds. Ruettgers (No. 7 overall) and Koncar (No. 23 overall) were first-round picks and Bain was a second-round selection (No. 47 overall).
- Bakhtiari was the only rookie in the league to start at left tackle in Week 1 this season.
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