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- The Green Bay Packers will play their first home game in almost a month when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
- The Packers have won 24 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game. The streak spans nine Lions head coaches: Wayne Fontes (1992-96), Bobby Ross (1997-99), Gary Moeller (2000), Marty Mornhinweg (2001-02), Steve Mariucci (2003-04), Dick Jauron (2005), Rod Marinelli (2006-08), Jim Schwartz (2009-13) and Jim Caldwell (2014-present).
- The 24 straight regular-season wins in Wisconsin ranks No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.
- The rivalry actually kicked off in 1930 at City Stadium in Green Bay, a 47-13 Packers win. Two seasons later, the teams began a yearly series. Sunday marks meeting No. 172 in the all-time series (including playoffs).
- The Packers lead the regular-season series 95-67-7 (.586) and have won both postseason contests the two have played. Green Bay’s 95 wins over the Lions are the most the Packers have against any team.
- Green Bay has a 15-3 mark (.833) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, which is tied with Pittsburgh (15-3 vs. Cleveland) for the second-best winning percentage by a team vs. a divisional foe since 2006 (New England, 17-2 vs. Buffalo).
- Of the 15 wins over Detroit, nine have been decided by 10 points or more, including four by more than 20 points.
- The Packers have won 16 of the last 19 against Detroit and 24 of the last 29 in the series.
- QB Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to 10 wins in 12 games against the Lions, completing 229 of 336 passes for 2,947 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions with passer rating of 111.0.
- Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating nine times against Detroit, including a rating of 139.6 in the Week 17 win over the Lions last season at Lambeau Field.
- Sunday will be the first of four consecutive games against division opponents, including two against the Lions. All four games will take place in the span of 19 days.
- It is the first time Green Bay has played four straight games against division opponents in a single season since 2000 (Weeks 14-17).
- The Packers have won their last six NFC North games.
- This week will be the fourth time the Packers have played at noon CST this season and it is the second-to-last time they are scheduled to play at noon CST (Week 17 vs. Minnesota).
- Green Bay has won 13 of its last 16 games in the regular season, including eight of the last 10.
- Green Bay returns to the road in Week 11 to take on the Minnesota Vikings.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 22nd season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins color commentator Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
- 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.
- ESPN Radio will air the game across the country. Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Mark Dominik (analyst) will call the action and Ian Fitzsimmons will report from the sidelines.
- 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 709.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- The Packers have won six consecutive games against division opponents. If Green Bay wins this week, it will be the second-longest winning streak against NFC North teams under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (12 regular season games, 2011-12).
- Green Bay is looking to improve to 5-1 against NFC teams this season.
- The Packers are 13-4 against NFC teams since the start of last season. Green Bay’s .765 winning percentage is No. 1 among NFC teams over that span, and the 13 regular season wins are second only to the Seattle Seahawks (14-5).
- Under McCarthy, the Packers are 77-35-1 against NFC opponents during the regular season. Green Bay’s 77 wins are seven more than any other team over that span (New Orleans, 70-45).
- Since 2006, the Packers are 44-11-1 versus NFC teams at Lambeau Field during the regular season, including wins in each of the last nine games.
- Green Bay has won three of four home games this season by 10 or more points (10 vs. Seattle and Kansas City / 14 vs. St. Louis).
- The Packers defense has 15 sacks and six interceptions in four home games this season. Green Bay’s 15 sacks at home are tied for No. 3 in the NFL this season.
- Green Bay has forced one or more turnovers in every game this season. If they force one on Sunday, it would be the sixth time in the last nine seasons that the Packers forced at least one turnover in each of the first nine games of the season.
- QB Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes for the 16th time during the regular season in his career last week at Carolina. If he records four again this week, it would be just the second time he has thrown four or more touchdowns in back-to-back games (Games 8-9 in 2011).
- If Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 43rd 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
- With Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 34-6 against NFC teams at home during the regular season.
- For his career, Rodgers has thrown 87 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a has a passer rating of 114.0 against NFC North teams during the regular season.
- Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 19 of the last 24 regular-season games, including eight of the last 10. The Packers are 17-2 in those games.
- Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 57 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
- WR Randall Cobb needs one catch to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 49, which would tie Max McGee (49, 1959-1963) for eighth place in franchise history.
- Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in seven of the last 11 games. He has totaled eight touchdown receptions over that span.
- Jones has tied his career high (2013) with eight receptions of 25-plus yards this season.
- LB Clay Matthews has 13 career games with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).
- LB Julius Peppers leads the team with 5.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has 10 sacks in the last 12 games.
- Peppers has recorded a sack in five games this season, which is tied for No. 5 in the NFL (HOU J.J. Watt and NE Chandler Jones) behind DET Ezekiel Ansah, DEN DeMarcus Ware, CIN Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap (six each).
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Lions:
- Regular season, all-time: 95-67-7
- All-time, at Green Bay: 58-24-4
- Streaks: The Packers have won 16 of the last 19 meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 28, 2014, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 30-20
- Mike McCarthy: 107-57-1, .648, (incl. 7-6 postseason); 10th NFL season
- Jim Caldwell: 40-37, .520, (incl. 2-3 postseason); 5th NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 15-3 vs. Lions; Caldwell 1-1 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 (100-51-1) 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.
JIM CALDWELL…Is in his second year as the Lions’ 26th head coach.
- In his first season at the helm, he led the Lions to an 11-5 record and a birth in the NFC Wild Card Round vs. Dallas.
- Prior to joining the Lions, Caldwell spent 2012-13 as the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He originally joined the Ravens as the quarterbacks coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator with three weeks left to play in the 2012 season. He went on to help Baltimore win the AFC North and Super Bowl XLVII.
- From 2002-11, Caldwell coached for the Indianapolis Colts, including three years as the head coach (2009-11).
- While in Indianapolis, the Colts had nine consecutive playoff appearances, which included six AFC South titles, two AFC Championships and one Super Bowl title.
- Caldwell began his NFL coaching career as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks coach in 2001.
THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES
- No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932, when the Packers first met the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans. Including a pair of playoff clashes in the early 1990s, this week marks Game No. 172 in the all-time series.
- Green Bay has scored more points (3,578 in the regular season) against the Lions than any other franchise.
- The Packers have won 24 straight games against Detroit in Wisconsin, including a ’94 playoff game, No. 1 among NFL streaks at one team’s home.
Packers LB Nick Perry is a Detroit native and prepped at both Mackenzie High School and Martin Luther King High School...Packers G T.J. Lang attended Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Mich., and played at Eastern Michigan...Packers WR Jeff Janis is from Tawas City, Mich., and is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns at Saginaw Valley State...Packers RBs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff from 2007-12...Lions DT C.J. Wilson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft and went on play for Green Bay from 2010-13...Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac was a three-year starter (1978-80) at middle guard on the defensive line for the University of Michigan, where he played in three Rose Bowls...Trgovac also began his coaching career at Michigan as a graduate assistant from 1984-85...In 1985, Lions LBs coach Bill Sheridan joined Trgovac as a graduate assistant at Michigan...Packers off. quality control coach Luke Getsy worked as the WRs coach at Western Michigan in 2013...Packers LB Andy Mulumba played at Eastern Michigan...Packers LB Jake Ryan played at Michigan...Packers def. front asst. Jerry Montgomery coached the DL at Michigan from 2011-12...Packers HC Mike McCarthy was Kansas City’s QBs coach while Detroit’s senior coaching asst. Gunther Cunningham was DC for the Chiefs…Cunningham was on the staff of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) in 1981 when Packers assoc. HC/offense Tom Clements played QB for Hamilton, and Cunningham was also on the Raiders staff when Packers assoc. HC/LBs Winston Moss played for them...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball worked in Kansas City with Cunningham and in New Orleans with Lions DBs/CBs coach Tony Oden...Cunningham coached for the Chiefs while Clements was the QBs coach (2000), Packers asst. OL coach Mike Solari was the OL coach and OC (1997-2007) and while Packers special teams coord. Ron Zook coached DBs (1999)...From 1978-79, Packers DC Dom Capers and Cunningham were on the defensive coaching staff together at the University of California...Lions special teams coord. Joe Marciano coached with Capers for the Baltimore Stars (1983-85), New Orleans Saints (1986-91), and Houston Texans (2002-13)...Packers OL coach James Campen played in New Orleans and asst. special teams coach Jason Simmons played for Houston while Marciano was on both staffs...Solari and Lions WRs coach Robert Prince both coached for the Seahawks from 2008-09...Lions HC Jim Caldwell and Lions DC Teryl Austin coached at Penn State while Gash and Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry played for the Nittany Lions...In 2003-04, Austin was the DBs coach in Seattle while Packers EVP/GM/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of Football Operations for the Seahawks...Packers DT Letroy Guion played for the Vikings while Lions DBs/safeties coach Alan Williams was the DC...Former college teammates include Lang and Lions DE Jason Jones (Eastern Michigan), Packers T Bryan Bulaga, DT Mike Daniels and DB Micah Hyde and Lions T Riley Reiff (Iowa), Packers WR Randall Cobb and Lions G Larry Warford (Kentucky), and Packers G Josh Sitton and Lions K Matt Prater (Central Florida).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Dec. 28, 2014, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 30-20.
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards and two TDs (139.6 passer rating), including one score on the ground as the Packers clinched their fourth straight NFC North title.
- QB Matthew Stafford threw for 217 yards and three TDs on 20 of 41 passing (89.2 passer rating).
- WRs Calvin Johnson and Randall Cobb produced two TDs each.