PACKERS HOST BROWNS IN HOME PRESEASON OPENER
- The Packers host the Cleveland Browns tonight at Lambeau Field in the team’s home preseason opener. This marks the fourth straight year (2009-12) that the teams have squared off in the preseason.
- It marks the 24th preseason meeting in the all-time series between Cleveland and Green Bay. The Browns registered a 27-17 victory over the Packers last year in Cleveland in the preseason opener and hold a 13-10-0 advantage in the all-time preseason series.
- Including tonight’s meeting, the two clubs have played each other in eight of the past 13 preseasons.
- This will mark the first time since 2005 (vs. San Diego) that the Packers have opened their home preseason slate on a Thursday night.
- The two franchises have produced some of the greatest teams and players the league has ever seen. The Packers rank second among all teams with players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 21, while the Browns are sixth with 16. Green Bay has 13 NFL championships, while Cleveland has four.
- The series includes one postseason meeting, the 1965 NFL Championship played in Green Bay and won by the Packers, 23-12. Green Bay holds a 10-7-0 edge in the all-time regular-season series.
- Green Bay lost to the Chargers at San Diego, 21-13, in its preseason opener last Thursday night. The Packers will travel to Cincinnati a week from tonight to take on the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium, Green Bay’s first trip to Cincinnati in the preseason since 2006.
MIDWEST SHRINE GAME
- One of the NFL’s longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 63rd installment tonight at Lambeau Field.
- Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost.
- To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for disabled children.
- Green Bay is 32-27-3 all-time in the series. This will mark the third time in the past four years (also 2009 and 2010) that the Packers have faced the Browns in the Shrine Game.
- The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee’s State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
- In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason in County Stadium from 1959-73.
- The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first ‘Gold package’ game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the ‘Gold package’ this season are the contests against Chicago (Sept. 13) and Arizona (Nov. 4).
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SAVE THE DATE
Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
- Thursday, Aug. 23 – Preseason game at Cincinnati Bengals, 6 p.m., Paul Brown Stadium
- Monday, Aug. 27 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m. (CDT)
- Tuesday, Aug. 28 – Final practice open to public, 11 a.m., Nitschke Field
- Thursday, Aug. 30 – Preseason game vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 6 p.m., Lambeau Field (Bishop’s Charities Game)
- Friday, Aug. 31 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 8 p.m. (CDT)
- Saturday, Sept. 1 – After 11 a.m. (CDT), clubs may establish a practice squad of eight players
- Sunday, Sept. 9 – Regular-season opener vs. San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m. (CDT)
- As per team tradition, the Packers select game captains each week.
- Tonight’s captains will be T
Bryan Bulaga(offense), DT B.J. Raji(defense) and LS Brett Goode(special teams).
WEARING THE STRIPES
- Tonight’s officiating crew includes referee Ken Roan (86), umpire David Chisham (19), head linesman Kevin Akin (2), line judge Eric Hoffman (50), field judge Brian Burkhart (15), side judge Dwayne Strozier (111) and back judge Mike Varner (124).