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Packers-Jaguars Week 8 Dope Sheet

Posted Oct 23, 2012


Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.

Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com. This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

Here are some highlights from the Packers-Jaguars Week 8 Dope Sheet:

JACKSONVILLE (1-5) AT GREEN BAY (4-3)
Sunday, Oct. 28 - Lambeau Field - Noon CDT

PACKERS RETURN HOME TO HOST JAGUARS

  • Following three straight games and nearly a month away from Lambeau Field, the Packers return home to host the Jaguars this Sunday for the second time ever, with 2004 being the lone other meeting between the clubs.
  • Sunday’s contest is Green Bay’s first noon kickoff at Lambeau Field this season, one of four noon games at home on the schedule (final two subject to flexible scheduling).
  • The Packers closed out their three-game road trip, the first time they had played three consecutive regular-season contests away from home since 1998, with a 30-20 win over St. Louis on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. It was the Rams’ first loss at home this season.
  • This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Green Bay and Jacksonville, with the clubs splitting the first four games. The teams last squared off  on Dec. 14, 2008, in Jacksonville, a game the Jaguars won, 20-16.
  • For the Packers, this is the third game in four weeks against a team from the AFC South (Indianapolis in Week 5 and Houston in Week 6). Green Bay hosts the other AFC South club, Tennessee, in Week 15.
  • Green Bay enters Sunday’s contest having won four of its last six regular-season games against teams from the AFC.
  • The Packers have won 21 of their last 25 regular-season games overall (.840), the best record in the league over that span.
  • It marks the third 21-4 stretch of Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure (also Oct. 24, 2010-Dec. 25, 2011; Oct. 31, 2010-Jan. 1, 2012). The Packers’ best 25-game stretch prior to McCarthy’s hiring in 2006 was a 22-3 mark from Nov. 24, 1996-Sept. 27, 1998.
  • Green Bay stays home to host the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday. This upComing two-game home stretch marks the Packers’ only contests at Lambeau Field over an eight-week period (Weeks 5-12). Green Bay closes out its season with three of five games at home.


HOME COOKING

  • The Packers enter Sunday’s game with the Jaguars having won 15 of their last 16 and 21 of their last 23 games at home in the regular season.
  • Green Bay’s .913 winning percentage (21-2) at home since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 2 in the league over that span behind only Baltimore’s .917 mark (22-2).
  • With their loss to San Francisco in the 2012 season opener, the Packers’ 13-game regular-season home winning streak came to an end. It is tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history (25 games, 1995-98; 20 games, 1929-32; 14 games, 1923-26).
  • Green Bay’s 21-3 mark at home from 2009-11 was the best by the club over a three-year span since it posted the same mark from 2000-02.
  • The Packers have averaged 31.7 points per game at home since 2009, No. 1 in the league over that span. Green Bay has posted 30-plus points in 13 of 27 home games since ’09 and eight 40-point games.
  • The defense has done its part as well at home since 2009, generating 69 turnovers at Lambeau Field. With Green Bay’s offense posting only 29 giveaways over that span, the Packers have a plus-40 turnover ratio at home, No. 1 in the league since ’09.


WITH THE CALL

  • The Packers make their first of two scheduled appearances this season on CBS. The network will air the contest to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Greg Gumbel and color analyst Dan Dierdorf will have the call from the broadcast booth.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 92) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 709.


THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Jaguars:
  • All-time regular season: 2-2
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 0-1
  • Streaks: The Jaguars have won two straight.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 14, 2008, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jaguars won, 20-16.
  • Last meeting, regular season, in Green Bay: Dec. 19, 2004, at Lambeau Field, Jaguars won, 28-25.


COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 72-39-0, .649, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Mike Mularkey: 15-23-0, .395; 3rd NFL season
  • Head to Head: Never met
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-1 vs. Jaguars; Mularkey 0-0 vs. Packers


MIKE McCARTHY
…Is in seventh 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 four of his six seasons as the helm, and the team’s four postseason berths over the past five seasons are the most by an NFC team.
  • His .649 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each season from 2006-11.
  • 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 MULARKEY
…Is in first year as the Jaguars’ fourth head coach.

  • Is in his 28th season in the NFL, having played nine seasons as a tight end (Minnesota, 1983-88; Pittsburgh, 1989-91).
  • Served as the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-11. Was named 2010 Coordinator of the Year by Sporting News.
  • Posted a record of 14-18 in two seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), including a 9-7 mark in 2004.
  • Before being named head coach in Buffalo, spent eight seasons with the Steelers as tight ends coach (1996-2000) and offensive coordinator (2001-03).
  • Began his coaching career at Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.) in 1993 before entering the NFL as quality control coach and then tight ends coach for Tampa Bay (1994-95).


THE PACKERS-JAGUARS SERIES

  • This will be the fifth meeting between the teams, with three of the four prior games in Jacksonville. The last three meetings between the clubs came in the month of December.
  • Green Bay won the first two meetings (1995, 2001), both in Jacksonville, with the Jaguars winning the last two.
  • In the only prior meeting in Green Bay (2004), the Packers lost their home finale to the Jaguars but went on to win their final two games to win the NFC North title.


NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers LS Brett Goode entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Jaguars in 2007 and spent the ’07 training camp and 2008 offseason with Jacksonville…Packers G Josh Sitton was born in Jacksonville…Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers held the same position with the Jaguars from 1999-2000…Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett is a Jacksonville native and was a first-team all-state running back at Robert E. Lee High in Jacksonville…Packers vice president of sales and marketing Tim Connolly spent seven years with the Jaguars (2003-10), serving the final six years as senior vice president for business development…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements held the same position with the Bills from 2004-05 when Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey was Buffalo’s head coach…Clements and Mularkey also coached on the Steelers’ staff together prior to that…Capers and Mularkey coached together on the Dolphins’ staff from 2006-07…Packers area scout Jon-Eric Sullivan’s father, Jerry, is Jacksonville’s wide receivers coach…Sullivan coached on the San Francisco staff in 2005 with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo…Jaguars T Herb Taylor was with the Packers at the end of the 2011 season and during the 2012 offseason…Jaguars G/C Jason Spitz, who is on injured reserve, was drafted by the Packers in the third round in 2006 and played five seasons (2006-10) in Green Bay…Jaguars G Drew Nowak, also on injured reserve, attended De Pere (Wis.) High…Jaguars special teams coordinator John Bonamego held the same position with the Packers from 2003-05…Jaguars offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski’s father, Zeke, played quarterback for the Packers for seven seasons (1963-68, 1971) and coached on the staff in Green Bay for nine seasons (1969-70, 1975-81)…Bratkowski coached on the staff in Cincinnati with Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry and when Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals…Fontenot was a teammate of Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck and strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski with the Chicago Bears…Jaguars running backs coach Sylvester Croom held the same position with the Packers from 2001-03…Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner coached linebackers in Green Bay from 2003-05…Jaguars assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mel Tucker played defensive back at the University of Wisconsin from 1992-95…Packers coaching administrator Jason Simmons played in the defensive backfield for the Houston Texans with Jaguars assistant secondary coach Marlon McCree from 2003-04; Capers was Houston’s head coach at that time…Jaguars secondary coach Tony Oden coached on Capers’ staff in Houston from 2004-05…Jaguars assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer played for the Jaguars in 2000 when Capers was the team’s defensive coordinator…Jaguars assistant offensive line coach Ron Prince was the head coach at Kansas State for Packers WR Jordy Nelson’s final two seasons at the school…Former college teammates include Packers WR James Jones and Jaguars DB Dwight Lowery (San Jose State), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Jaguars CB Aaron Ross (Texas), and Packers CB Tramon Williams and Jaguars K Josh Scobee (Louisiana Tech).


LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Dec. 14, 2008, at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium; Jaguars won, 20-16.
  • WR James Jones led the Packers with four catches for 132 yards (33.0 avg.), the second-best yardage output in his career.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 278 yards and a TD on 20-of-32 passing.
  • Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew scored on a 2-yard run with just under two minutes remaining to give Jacksonville the victory.


STAT OF THE WEEK

  • When QB Aaron Rodgers found WR Randall Cobb on a 5-yard scoring strike in the third quarter at St. Louis on Sunday, it marked the 150th career TD pass of Rodgers’ career.
  • With just 42 career interceptions, Rodgers set an NFL record for the fewest interceptions by a quarterback at the time of his 150th career TD pass, easily besting the previous mark set by Dolphins QB Dan Marino (69 INTs at the time of his 150th career TD pass).
  • Rodgers’ 150th career TD pass came in his 76th NFL game as he became only the second QB in NFL history (Marino, 62 games), to throw 150 TD passes in 80 games or less, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • Rodgers’ three TD passes against the Rams on Sunday gave him 16 over his last four games, the most over a four-game span in franchise history. The previous mark of 14 was held by Rodgers (twice in 2011) and QB Brett Favre (1995).
  • Rodgers’ three-TD/zero-INT effort on Sunday gave him nine TD passes and no INTs over the last two games (six TDs at Houston in Week 6). He is the first NFL signal-caller to throw for nine or more TDs with zero INTs over a two-game span since Patriots QB Tom Brady did so in 2007.
  • Rodgers connected on 30 of 37 passes at St. Louis, an 81.8 completion percentage that set a single-game franchise record among quarterbacks with 35-plus attempts.


BIG-PLAY WAYS

  • WR Jordy Nelson has posted five TD catches (tied for No. 4 in the NFL), 40 catches (tied for No. 8) and 532 receiving yards (No. 11) this season, carrying over his production from a career-best campaign in 2011.
  • Nelson led the team with 15 TD receptions in 2011, a total that also ranked No. 3 in the NFL. His TD total ranked No. 3 in franchise history behind only Sterling Sharpe (18 in 1994) and Don Hutson (17 in 1942).
  • A look at where Nelson ranks in the NFL in touchdown catches and receiving yards since 2011: 


Player, Receiving TDs

1. Rob Gronkowski, NE, 22
2. Jordy Nelson, GB, 20

3. Calvin Johnson, DET, 17


Player, Receiving Yards

1. Calvin Johnson, DET, 2,273
2. Wes Welker, NE, 2,257
3. Victor Cruz, NYG, 2,163
4. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, 1,870
5. Steve Smith, CAR, 1,865
6. Roddy White, ATL, 1,849
7. Jordy Nelson, GB, 1,795

  • Nelson matched his career high with three TD catches at Houston in Week 6, his second three-TD catch game over a span of seven-regular-season games (also Week 17 in 2011).
  • Nelson became the first NFL player to register two three-TD grab games over a seven-game span since Washington WR Santana Moss (2005-06). The last Packer to accomplish the feat was WR Sterling Sharpe in 1994.
  • Since Week 16 last season, Nelson has caught 10 TD passes, No. 1 in the league over that span:


Player, Receiving TDs

1. Jordy Nelson, GB, 10

2t. James Jones, GB, 9
2t. Victor Cruz, NYG, 9
4. Marques Colston, NO, 8
5t. Three players, 7

  • Nelson caught at least one TD pass in every home game in 2011, becoming the first NFL player to catch at least one TD pass in all eight home games in a season.
  • Nelson leads the league in TD catches and ranks No. 2 in receiving yards at home since 2011:


Player, Receiving TDs (Home)

1. Jordy Nelson, GB, 14

2. Rob Gronkowski, NE, 12
3t. Three players, 9


Player, Receiving Yards (Home)

1. Victor Cruz, NYG, 1,176
2. Jordy Nelson, GB, 1,057

3. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI, 1,037

  • Coming off one of the finest seasons by a quarterback in NFL history, QB Aaron Rodgers once again finds himself leading the league or near the top in several categories this season through Week 7:


Quarterback, Passer Rating

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB, 109.6

2. Peyton Manning, DEN, 105.0
3. Robert Griffin III, WAS, 101.8


Quarterback, Passing TDs

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB, 19

2. Drew Brees, NO, 18
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF, 15

  • Since taking over as the starter in 2008 (69 starts), QB Aaron Rodgers has posted more 100-plus passer rating games (min. 15 attempts) than any other quarterback in the league:


Quarterback, 100-rating games (Since ’08)

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB, 42

2. Drew Brees, NO, 38
3. Philip Rivers, SD, 35
4. Tom Brady, NE, 34
5. Tony Romo, DAL, 27

TAKING HIS PLACE AMONG THE GAME’S BEST

  • Rodgers surpassed the 1,500-attempt plateau for his career in 2010, the benchmark to qualify for passer rating in the NFL record book.
  • Rodgers has completed 1,564 of 2,375 passes (65.9 percent) in his career for 19,345 yards and 151 touchdowns with 42 interceptions for a 104.7 passer rating in the regular season, No. 1 in NFL history:


Quarterback, Career Passer Rating

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB, 104.7

2. Steve Young, TB/SF, 96.8
3. Tom Brady, NE, 96.4
4. Tony Romo, DAL, 95.9
5. Peyton Manning, IND/DEN, 95.2


This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here.

 
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