GREEN BAY (5-2) AT NEW ORLEANS (2-4)
Sunday, Oct. 26 - Mercedes-Benz Superdome - 7:30 p.m. CDT
PACKERS TAKE ON THE SAINTS IN PRIMETIME
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- The Green Bay Packers travel to New Orleans to play the Saints in the Packers’ final game before the bye week. It will be Green Bay’s first visit to New Orleans since 2008 and the second in the last 12 seasons.
- It will be the Packers’ fifth road game of the season. Green Bay has won each of its last two road games (at Chicago and at Miami).
- The Packers are currently on a four-game winning streak. Green Bay has posted at least one winning streak of four or more games each of the past six seasons (2009-14), the only NFL team to accomplish that feat over that span.
- The Packers are 16-7 all-time against the Saints, including winning the last two matchups.
- Sunday will mark the third meeting between the two teams in primetime. They split the two previous matchups (2008 at New Orleans / 2011 at Green Bay) with both teams winning at home. In each contest the winning team scored more than 40 points.
- Green Bay last won in New Orleans in 1995 (34-23). The Packers are 6-5 all-time on the road against the Saints.
- In the three games since 2008, Green Bay and New Orleans have combined for 70.3 points per game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau it is the second-highest points per game scored between opposing teams that have played each other at least three times since 2008 behind Giants-Saints (75.7 in three games).
- Dating back to 2006, each team has scored at least 27 points in each of the four games.
- In the four games since 2006, the Packers have Saints have combined for more than 750 total yards in each game (895 / 876 / 759 / 765).
- Out of Green Bay’s 16 wins against the Saints, nine have come by 10-plus points, including five by at least 20 points.
- Green Bay has finished in the top 10 in total offense in seven of the last eight seasons while New Orleans has finished in the top 10 in all eight seasons (2006-13).
- The Packers have scored 20 or more points 20 times against the Saints and at least 30 nine times.
- In the last five meetings between the two clubs (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012), the teams combined to score a total of 327 points, an average of 65.4 points per game. That included a 52-point outing by Green Bay in ’05 and a 51-point showing by New Orleans in ’08.
- Dating back to 2006, the Packers’ point differential of plus-560 against NFC teams during the regular season is the second most in the league (New Orleans, plus-568).
- The Packers are in Game No. 2 of a six-game stretch that includes four contests against teams that made the playoffs last season. Of those four teams (Carolina, New Orleans, Philadelphia, New England), three won their division in 2013 and all won at least 10 games.
WITH THE CALL
- NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Al Michaels joins color commentator Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
- 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 20th season calling Packers’ games. McCarren, who is in his 26th year in Green Bay television, 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 16th season of broadcasts together.
- Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Chris Doering reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts 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 708.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers at Saints:
- All-time regular season: 16-7
- All-time, road: 6-5
- Streaks: The Packers have won both of the last two meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season, in New Orleans: Nov. 24, 2008, Saints won, 51-29
- Mike McCarthy: 93-52-1, .640, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Sean Payton: 81-47, .633, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
- Head to Head: Payton, 2-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-2 vs. Saints; Payton 2-1 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth 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 fifth 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 six playoff appearances in the last seven years (2007, 2009-13).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past seven seasons (2007-13), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
- His .648 winning percentage during the regular season (87-47-1) ranks No. 5 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.
SEAN PAYTON…Is in his eighth year as the Saints’ 14th head coach.
- Has led New Orleans to five playoff appearances, three NFC South titles, two NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl title in his first seven seasons as head coach.
- Leads an offense that has ranked among the top 10 in the NFL each season he has been there, including ranking No. 1 in the league four times.
- Before joining New Orleans he coached for the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05, serving as the assistant head coach/quarterbacks the first two years and the assistant head coach/passing game coordinator in his last year.
- Began his coaching career in the NFL as the quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997-98 and then coached for the New York Giants from 1999-2002, serving as the offensive coordinator his last three seasons.
- Coached collegiately at San Diego State (1988-89, 1992-93), Indiana State (1990-91), Miami of Ohio (1994-95) and Illinois (1996).
THE PACKERS-SAINTS SERIES
- These teams meet for the sixth time in 10 seasons after having met only once in the previous nine years.
- These clubs launched their series in 1968, when former Vince Lombardi assistants Phil Bengston (Packers) and Tom Fears (Saints) met in Milwaukee. The Packers, one year after winning Super Bowl II, defeated the second-year Saints, 29-7. Fears, who coached Super Bowl I hero Max McGee with the Packers from 1962-65, was New Orleans’ first head coach.
- Green Bay’s 52-3 victory in 2005 was the most lopsided in the series history, eclipsing the Packers’ 35-7 victory in New Orleans on Dec. 13, 1981.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy served as the Saints offensive coordinator from 2000-04...Other members of the Packers staff who coached in New Orleans include defensive coordinator Dom Capers (1986-91), offensive coordinator Tom Clements (1997-99), assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss (2000-05), assistant special teams coach Ron Zook (2000-01)…Packers offensive line coach James Campen played two seasons in New Orleans (1987-88) after playing collegiately at Tulane…Tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot was born in Lafayette, La., and played center for the Saints for seven seasons (1997-2003)...Packers safeties - secondary coach Darren Perry played for the Saints in 2000, the final year of his nine-year playing career...Packers running backs coach Sam Gash played for the Saints in 2004...Packers CB Tramon Williams attended Assumption High School in Napoleonville, La., and played at Louisiana Tech…Packers RB Eddie Lacy was born in Gretna, La. and went to high school at Helen Cox High School in Harvey, La. but after his family was displaced due to Hurricane Katrina he finished at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, La. ...Packers QB Matt Flynn led Louisiana State University to the 2007 BCS National Championship...Packers vice president of football administration/player finance Russ Ball spent six seasons (2002-07) with the Saints, the final two as vice president of football administration and the first four as senior football administrator...Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst assisted the offensive line of the Saints during training camp in the summer of 1995...Saints RB Mark Ingram’s father, Mark Sr., played WR for the Packers in 1995...Saints WR Nick Toon is from Middleton, Wis. and played at the University of Wisconsin with Packers QB Scott Tolzien...Saints TE Tom Crabtree played for the Packers from 2010-12...Saints offensive assistant/offensive line Frank Smith was born in Milwaukee…Saints assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt coached defensive backs for the Packers in 1999...Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached at Texas A&M with Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson…Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael coached together on the staff in Washington in 2001...Trgovac was on the same staff in Philadelphia as Saints head coach Sean Payton and Vitt in 1997-98...From 2003-05, Payton coached in Dallas while Packers area scout John Wojciechowski served in the similar role for the Cowboys...Vitt coached for the Los Angeles Rams while Saints wide receviers coach Henry Ellard and Packers West regional scout Sam Seale played for the Rams in 1993...Vitt coached for the Chiefs along with Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements in 2000...Perry coached with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Oakland in 2007-08...Zook was on the same staff at Ohio State with Ryan in 1988...Packers CB Sam Shields played at the University of Miami (Fla.) while Saints secondary coach Wesley McGriff served in the same position...In 2011, McGriff coach defensive backs at Vanderbilt while Packers CB Casey Hayward and S Sean Richardson were seniors...Packers LB Julius Peppers was teammates with Saints K Shayne Graham in Carolina in 2002...Graham was teammates with Fontenot in Cincinnati in 2004...Capers coached in New England in 2008 while Saints TE Benjamin Watson played for the Patriots...Packers RB Eddie Lacy was teammates at Alabama with Saints RB Mark Ingram, S Vinnie Sunseri and NT Brandon Deaderick...Sunseri was also their with Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix...Other former college teammates include Shields and Saints TE Jimmy Graham (Miami), Packers DT Letroy Guion and Saints NT Brodrick Bunkley and CB Patrick Robinson (Florida State), and Packers K Mason Crosby and LB Brad Jones and Saints LS Justin Drescher (Colorado).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Sept. 30, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-27.
- The Packers trailed by six points in the fourth quarter when QB Aaron Rodgers connected with WR Jordy Nelson for an 11-yard touchdown to put Green Bay up 28-27.
- On the ensuing possession, the Saints drove 39 yards in 12 plays to set up a 48-yard field goal attempt by K Garrett Hartley that sailed wide left. The Packers ran the remaining 2:49 off the clock to secure the victory.
- Both Rodgers (41) and Saints QB Drew Brees (54) threw the ball over 40 times and surpassed 300 yards passing on the day, while Rodgers threw for four touchdowns compared to three for Brees.
- Nelson led the Packers with eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown while WR Marques Colston registered nine receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown to lead New Orleans.
stat of the week
- QB Aaron Rodgers posted his sixth consecutive zero-interception game in the Week 7 win over Carolina, tying Bart Starr’s franchise record (min. 15 attempts a game) set in 1964.
- He brought his streak of consecutive attempts without an interception to 192, a career high and the second-best mark in franchise annals (Starr, 294, 1964-65). His only interception this season came in the third quarter at Seattle in Week 1.
- Rodgers joined Patriots QB Tom Brady (2007) as the only players in NFL history to register four straight three-touchdown/zero-interception games in a single season.
- With 18 touchdown passes and one interception this season, Rodgers became the first player in league history to throw for 18-plus touchdowns and one or zero interceptions in the first seven games of a season.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- A win would make McCarthy 88-47-1 during the regular season as the Packers’ head coach.
- The Packers are looking for their fifth consecutive win. It would tie for the third-longest winning streak during a single season under McCarthy (2009-5 / 2012-5 / 2007-6 / 2011-13).
- The Packers’ defense is looking to hold the opposing starting quarterback to a passer rating below 85.0 for the seventh game in a row (CAR-Cam Newton, 72.6 / MIA-Ryan Tannehill, 81.5 / MIN-Christian Ponder, 45.8 / CHI-Jay Cutler, 82.5 / DET-Matthew Stafford, 61.6 / NYJ-Geno Smith, 64.1).
- If Green Bay wins, it would give them six wins in the first eight games of the season for the third time in the last eight years (2011-8 / 2007-7).
- The Packers are looking for their first three-game road winning streak since 2012 (Weeks 6-7, 11).
- Over the last four games, Green Bay’s offense has scored on 22 of 43 drives, including four of the first five to begin the game last week.
- Green Bay’s defense has recorded nine interceptions in the last five weeks, the second most in the NFL over that span (NYG, 11).
- The Packers have recorded a league-high 201 interception return yards this season.
- Green Bay has registered over 120 rushing yards in each of the last three games.
- The Packers are looking for their third consecutive win over the Saints but only their first win at New Orleans since 1995.
- QB Aaron Rodgers has registered four games with a 100-plus passer rating this season and 55 in his career.
- Rodgers looks to record the 34th 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
- If Rodgers throws for at least three touchdowns, it would tie for the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in his career (2011-5).
- WR Jordy Nelson is two touchdown receptions short of passing WR Billy Howton (43) for eighth place in franchise history.
- Nelson is two receptions shy of passing Ahman Green (350) for the eighth most in team history.
- Nelson is 121 receiving yards shy of surpassing Carroll Dale (5,422) for 10th place in franchise history.
- Nelson has recorded at least nine receptions in four games this season. If Nelson registers one more game with at least nine receptions, it will be the most in a single season in franchise history.
- Nelson has a touchdown catch in a career-best four straight games. The last Packer to have a touchdown reception in five straight games was WR Greg Jennings in 2007.
- Nelson has registered at least one reception in the last 27 regular-season games he has played in. It is the second-longest streak of his career during the regular season (35 games, 2010 - 2012).
- Since the start of the 2013 regular season, Nelson has nine games with at least seven receptions, including four games this season. It is tied for the fourth-most games with seven-plus receptions in the league over that time span (WAS Pierre Garcon, 12 / NE Julian Edelman, 11 / PIT Antonio Brown, 11 / HOU Andre Johnson, 9 / DAL Dez Bryant, 9 / DEN Demaryius Thomas, 9).
- WR Randall Cobb has recorded at least one reception in 31 consecutive regular-season games.
- Cobb has caught at least one touchdown in six of seven games this season. He has 10 receiving touchdowns in his last eight regular-season games, dating back to last season.
- Dating back to last season, RB Eddie Lacy has at least one rushing touchdown in 12 of the last 18 regular-season games.
- Lacy has recorded four rushing touchdowns in the last four games.
- LB Julius Peppers is the only player in the NFL with at least a sack (three), an interception (one), a forced fumble (one), a fumble recovery (two) and a defensive touchdown (one) this season.
- Peppers is the only player in NFL history with 10 interceptions and at least 100 sacks in his career.
- Peppers has played in 103 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak among NFL linebackers (NO Curtis Lofton, 102).
- LB Clay Matthews (51.5) is three sacks shy of passing DE Aaron Kampman (54.0) for No. 4 on the team’s career sacks list.
- Matthews needs one more interception to join Peppers as two of five active NFL players with at least six interceptions and 40 sacks (BAL-Terrell Suggs / TEN-Shaun Phillips / PIT-James Harrison).
- CB Casey Hayward looks to tie his career high by recording an interception for the third straight game (Weeks 5-7, 2012).
- Cobb needs either a punt return for a touchdown or a kickoff return for a touchdown to take sole possession of second place in Packers history for combined returns for touchdowns (Travis Williams, 6). Cobb, who has three returns for touchdowns, currently is tied with six other players.
- K Mason Crosby has played in 119 consecutive games, the longest active streak among kickers.
- Crosby looks to extend his consecutive-games-scoring streak to 120 regular-season games. It is the second-longest streak in franchise history (Ryan Longwell, 144).