GREEN BAY (4-3) VS. INDIANAPOLIS (3-5)
Sunday, Nov. 6 l Lambeau Field l 3:25 p.m. CST
The Green Bay Packers return home to host the Indianapolis Colts at Lambeau Field.
- Sunday will be the Colts’ first trip to Green Bay since 2008.
- Five of the last seven matchups between Green Bay and Indianapolis have been decided by seven or fewer points.
- The Packers have won three consecutive home games against Indianapolis.
- The Colts last won at Lambeau Field in 1988.
- The overall series between the Packers and Colts is tied at 21-21-1, including one postseason contest. The combined point differential in the series is 25 points in favor of the Colts.
- It will be the fifth time in the last six matchups that the Packers will host the Colts in the month of November.
- One or both of the teams have scored 30-plus points in four of the last five games against each other.
- Sunday will be the second AFC opponent Green Bay has faced this season, previously defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-23, in Week 1.
- Green Bay is above .500 through the first seven games of the season for the 10th consecutive season (4-3, 6-1, 5-2, 5-2, 4-3, 7-0, 4-3, 4-3, 4-3, 6-1) according to pro-football-reference.com.
- The Packers are 52-25 in the first seven games of a season under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Green Bay’s .675 winning percentage in the first seven games of the season ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2006, trailing only the New England Patriots (61-16, .792).
- Green Bay has scored 23 or more points in four of the last five games.
- Green Bay has registered 23 or more first downs in each of the last four contests.
- The Packers have possessed the ball for more than 30 minutes in each of the last four games (36:38, 30:10, 39:36, 31:17). Overall, Green Bay ranks sixth in the NFL in average time of possession this season (31:33).
- Two of the Packers’ three losses this season have been on the road by a combined four points.
- Sunday will be the Packers’ last home game until Dec. 4, when the Houston Texans come to town.
- After Sunday, Green Bay will play three road games in a row for the first time since 2012 and only the third time in the last 19 seasons (also 1998).
- Two of the three road games are scheduled to be played in primetime (Sunday night at Washington and Monday night at Philadelphia).
- Next week, the Packers travel to Nashville to play the Tennessee Titans. It will be Green Bay’s third regular-season visit to Tennessee. The previous two regular-season matchups at the Titans were decided by six and three points.
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WITH THE CALL
CBS will broadcast the game to a regional audience with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms handling the call from the broadcast booth and Tracy Wolfson 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 22nd season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 18th season of broadcasts together.
- Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 713.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers at Colts:
- All-time, Regular season: 20-21-1
- All-time, Postseason: 1-0
- All-time, in Green Bay: 8-3-0
- Streaks: The Packers and Colts have alternated wins in the past six regular-season contests.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 7, 2012; Colts won, 30-27, Lucas Oil Stadium
Mike McCarthy: 116-65-1, .640 (incl. 8-7 postseason); 11th NFL season
Chuck Pagano: 47-31-0, .603 (incl. 3-3 postseason); 5th NFL season
Head to Head: Pagano 1-0
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Colts; Pagano 1-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 11th 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 seventh 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 eight playoff appearances in the last nine years (2007, 2009-15).
- Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that time; Packers finished first overall in scoring in 2014.
- His .650 winning percentage during the regular season (105-56-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL head coaches (min. 50 games).
- Had 104 regular-season wins in his first 10 seasons as a head coach, ranking No. 3 in NFL history.
CHUCK PAGANO…Is in his fifth year as the Colts’ 15th head coach.
- Is in his fifth season as head coach; only Tony Dungy (seven, 2002-08) has started more seasons as the Colts’ head coach since relocation.
- In 2014, coached the Colts to a playoff upset of Denver to appear in his first AFC Championship as a head coach (second overall).
- One of five current NFL head coaches to not have a losing season in his first four full seasons of head coaching.
- Was the defensive coordinator for Baltimore in 2011 when the Ravens had the No. 3-ranked overall and scoring defense, which resulted in an AFC title game berth.
- As a secondary coach (2008-10) and defensive coordinator (2011), oversaw Ravens All-Pro S Ed Reed as he posted 23 interceptions and three TDs.
THE PACKERS-COLTS SERIES
- The teams have only played seven games since the Colts relocated to Indianapolis in 1984 (Colts have won five of eight).
- Starting in 1953, the clubs were division opponents and played twice each season up until the 1967 season when the NFL was realigned in preparation for the NFL-AFL merger.
- In the 1965 season, the Colts and Packers met in the NFL playoffs after a tie in the Western Conference standings. Green Bay came back from a 10-point deficit to win 13-10 in overtime en route to the club’s ninth NFL title.
- Chuck Pagano has registered a victory against Green Bay (2012), but has not been present to coach the Colts in a game against the Packers.
Packers T Jason Spriggs went to school at Indiana from 2012-15 and was raised in Elkhart, Ind. ...Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Lovat played baseball at Butler University, starting three seasons at shortstop and second base...Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was the offensive coordinator in San Francisco during Indianapolis RB Frank Gore’s rookie season (2005)...Colts QB Scott Tolzien played for the Packers from 2013-15 and at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-10, winning the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2010...Colts OLB Erik Walden played in 40 games with 26 starts for Green Bay from 2010-12...Colts assistant head coach/offensive line coach Joe Philbin was a coach with the Packers from 2003-11, including five years as offensive coordinator (2007-11)...McCarthy also coached with Colts defensive line coach Gary Emanuel and tight ends coach Jim Hostler in 2005 with the 49ers...Hostler coached in New Orleans with McCarthy (2001-02), Packers associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss (2001-02) and special teams coordinator Ron Zook (2001)...Green Bay associate head coach/offense Tom Clements coached in Kansas City with Hostler in 2000...Colts quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer coached with McCarthy while with the Chiefs in 1998 and Packers defensive line Coach Mike Trgovac during the 2001 season in Washington...Colts CB Vontae Davis was named Freshman All-America in the first of his three seasons (2006-08) at Illinois when Zook was head coach...Zook also coached Indianapolis RB Josh Ferguson in 2011 as the head man for the Fighting Illini...Colts assistant offensive line coach Joe Gilbert was on Zook’s staff at Illinois from 2009-11...Schottenheimer played quarterback at Florida in 1995 when Zook was associate head coach/special teams coordinator...Gilbert was Maine’s offensive coordinator when Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans held the same position from 1996-99...Green Bay S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix played at Alabama with Colts C Ryan Kelly from 2012-13...Packers wide receivers coach Luke Getsy coached Colts WR Devin Street at Pittsburgh in 2010...Green Bay defensive front assistant Jerry Montgomery coached under Philbin at Iowa in 2002...Packers WR Ty Montgomery and Colts QB Andrew Luck played the 2011 season together at Stanford en route to a Fiesta Bowl appearance...Montgomery also played with Indianapolis DT David Parry (2011-14) at Stanford...From 2012-14 at Stanford, Parry was teammates with Packers LB Blake Martinez and T Kyle Murphy...Green Bay DT Letroy Guion and Colts CB Patrick Robinson were Florida State teammates from 2006-07...Green Bay TE Jared Cook and Colts DE Kendall Langford were Rams teammates for two seasons (2013-14)...Packers LB Julius Peppers was at North Carolina in 1999 when Indianapolis assistant strength & conditioning coach Richard Howell was a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels...Packers CB LaDarius Gunter and Colts WR Phillip Dorsett were teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.).
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LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Oct. 7, 2012, Lucas Oil Stadium, Colts won, 30-27
- QB Aaron Rodgers completed 20 of 32 passes (62.5 percent) for 235 yards and three TDs (103.0 passer rating).
- WR Randall Cobb had team highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (82) and added a TD on a 31-yard strike from Rodgers.
- QB Andrew Luck connected with WR Reggie Wayne (13 rec., 212 yards and a TD) for the go-ahead score on a 4-yard touchdown pass with less than 40 seconds remaining.