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Packers-Texans Week 6 Dope Sheet

Posted Oct 9, 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-Texans Week 6 Dope Sheet:

GREEN BAY (2-3) AT HOUSTON (5-0)
Sunday, Oct. 14 - Reliant Stadium -7:20 p.m. CDT

PACKERS PAY RARE VISIT TO HOUSTON TO FACE TEXANS

  • Green Bay travels to Houston for the first time since 2004 to take on the undefeated Texans in the Packers’ second game of a three-game road trip.
  • It will be the first time the Packers have faced an undefeated team with five or more wins since they played the 7-0 Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Nov. 2, 2008. Houston and Atlanta are the only remaining undefeated teams this season.
  • This marks only the second visit to Reliant Stadium for the Packers, with the first meeting also played on a Sunday night. That game (Nov. 21, 2004) ended with a 46-yard Ryan Longwell field goal as time expired to give Green Bay a 16-13 win.
  • The Packers are 4-0 all-time in the city of Houston, with three of those victories coming against the Oilers.
  • The only other meeting between the Packers and Texans also ended with a field goal as time expired. Kris Brown’s 40-yarder at Lambeau Field on Dec. 7, 2008, gave Houston the 24-21 victory.
  • Green Bay fell to 2-3 this season with a 30-27 loss to Indianapolis on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Packers have won 19 of their last 23 regular-season games (.826), the best record in the league over that span.
  • The Texans improved to 5-0 with a 23-17 win at the N.Y. Jets on Monday night. Houston enters Sunday’s game tied for No. 3 in the league in points scored (29.8 ppg) and ranked No. 4 in points allowed (14.6 ppg).
  • Following Sunday’s contest at Houston, Green Bay will close out its three-game road swing at St. Louis next Sunday. It is the first time the Packers have played three straight road contests since 1998 (Weeks 10-12).
  • Ironically, Houston (Weeks 12-14) is the only other team in the league with three consecutive road games on the 2012 schedule.
  • Including playoffs, Green Bay is 10-3 (.769) away from Lambeau Field over its last 13 games. The Packers have won seven of their last 10 regular-season road contests.

 
UNDER THE LIGHTS

  • This week’s contest at Houston is one of three scheduled Sunday night contests for the Packers this season, with games at the N.Y. Giants in Week 12 and vs. Detroit in Week 14 (both subject to flex scheduling).
  • The Packers have won five of their last six games played on Sunday night, with the lone loss over that span coming at New England (31-27) in Week 15 of the 2010 season.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 6-3 (.667) in Sunday night contests.
  • Green Bay is 18-5 all-time in Sunday night contests, a .783 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in NFL history, ahead of Miami (15-7, .682) and Kansas City (10-5, .667).
  • Since 2009, Green Bay is 9-4 overall (.692) in prime-time games.

 
WITH THE CALL

  • NBC Sports 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 1929, heads up the 53-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) calling the action. The duo enters its 14th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 44 markets in six states.
  • Dial Global Sports radio will air the game across the country. Dave Sims (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
  • Univision Radio will broadcast the game in Spanish to a national audience, with Raul Striker Jr. (play-by-play) and Joaquin Duro (color) calling the action.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 92, WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.

 
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Houston Texans:
  • All-time regular season: 1-1
  • All-time, in Houston: 1-0
  • Streaks: The teams have split the only two meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 7, 2008, at Lambeau Field, Texans won, 24-21

 
COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 70-39-0, .648, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Gary Kubiak: 53-50-0, .515, (incl. 1-1 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Kubiak 1-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-1 vs. Texans; Kubiak 1-0 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 .642 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 5 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).

 
GARY KUBIAK
…Is in seventh year as Texans’ second head coach.

  • In 2011, led the Texans to a franchise-best 10-6 record, their first division title, their first playoff appearance and first postseason victory.
  • His tenure has produced the top five scoring, total offense and passing marks in franchise history from 2007-11.
  • Prior to joining the Texans, spent 20 of the previous 23 years with the Broncos, including 11 years (1995-2005) as Denver’s offensive coordinator, helping guide the team to back-to-back world titles in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.
  • Starred at quarterback for Texas A&M (1979-82), earning All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior. Played for the Broncos for nine seasons (1983-91) as John Elway’s backup. Appeared in 119 career games and was a part of three teams that reached the Super Bowl.

 
THE PACKERS-TEXANS SERIES

  • This will be just the third meeting between the clubs since the Texans entered the NFL as an expansion club in 2002.
  • The first meeting also came in a nationally televised Sunday night contest at Reliant Stadium in Houston, one the Packers won 16-13, on a 46-yard field goal by Ryan Longwell as time expired.
  • Houston native Donald Driver led the Packers with 10 catches for 148 yards (14.8 avg.) and QB Brett Favre threw for 383 yards.
  • The last meeting came at Lambeau Field on Dec. 7, 2008, a 24-21 Texans win that ended with a 40-yard field goal from Kris Brown as time expired.

 
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers was the first head coach in Texans franchise history, leading the club for four seasons (2002-05) after being hired in January 2001, more than a year before Houston’s inaugural season…CB Tramon Williams entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Texans in May 2006 before being released by the club at the end of the 2006 preseason…Packers WR Donald Driver is a Houston native and attended Milby High…Packers general manager Ted Thompson was born in Atlanta, Texas, played at Southern Methodist, and played in the city of Houston for 10 seasons (1975-84) with the Oilers…Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was on the Oilers’ staff from 1976-80 and was Thompson’s position coach in ’76…Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt played QB for the Bills when Phillips was Buffalo’s head coach from 1998-2000…Packers RB Cedric Benson played at the University of Texas and attended Robert E. Lee High in Midland, Texas…Packers TE Jermichael Finley also played at Texas and Diboll (Texas) High…Packers K Mason Crosby was born in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Georgetown (Texas) High…Packers QB Graham Harrell played at Texas Tech and attended Ennis (Texas) High, finishing his high school career as the state’s all-time leading passer with 12,532 yards and 167 TDs…Packers T Marshall Newhouse was born in Dallas, attended Lake Highlands High there, and played at Texas Christian…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum is from Bryan, Texas, played at Texas A&M, and coached at the school in three different stints (1989, 1991-93, 2000-02)…Slocum coached at Texas A&M with Texans head coach Gary Kubiak in 1992-93…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot twice earned honorable mention All-American honors (1986-87) as an offensive lineman at Texas A&M…Texans DE J.J. Watt played at the University of Wisconsin and attended Pewaukee (Wis.) High…Texans TEs Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham also played at Wisconsin…Texans G Brandon Brooks is from Milwaukee and attended Riverside University High in the city…Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached on Kansas City’s staff when Texans assistant defensive backs coach Perry Carter played for the Chiefs in 1995…Carter was also a teammate of Packers DB Charles Woodson with the Oakland Raiders in 1998…McCarthy was a volunteer assistant at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 when Texans wide receivers coach Larry Kirksey was on the Panthers’ staff…Capers and Texans special teams coordinator Joe Marciano coached together with the USFL’s Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars, the New Orleans Saints, and with the Texans when Marciano coached on Capers’ staff…Former college teammates include Packers LB Clay Matthews and Texans LB Brian Cushing (Southern California), Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Texans RB Justin Forsett (California), Packers LB Frank Zombo and Watt (Central Michigan), Packers CB Sam Shields and Texans CB Brandon Harris (Miami), Packers S Morgan Burnett and Texans T Andrew Gardner (Georgia Tech), Packers S M.D. Jennings and Texans T Derek Newton (Arkansas State), Packers TE Ryan Taylor and Texans QB T.J. Yates (North Carolina), Packers RB Brandon Saine and Texans WR DeVier Posey (Ohio State), and Packers TE Tom Crabtree and Texans G Brandon Brooks (Miami of Ohio).

 
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Dec. 7, 2008, at Lambeau Field; Texans won, 24-21.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers led the way with 295 yards and two TDs on 19-of-30 passing, with RB Ryan Grant chipping in 104 rushing yards and a score on 19 carries (5.5 avg.).
  • CB Tramon Williams recorded an interception for Green Bay and LB Desmond Bishop posted 12 tackles, his first career sack and two forced fumbles in his first career start.
  • After Green Bay P Jeremy Kapinos pinned the Texans at their own 3-yard line with 1:49 remaining, QB Matt Schaub led Houston on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a 40-yard Kris Brown field goal as time expired.

 
STAT OF THE WEEK

  • At Indianapolis this past Sunday, WR James Jones caught two TD passes for the second straight week.
  • The two TD catches matched Jones’ career high (Week 4 vs. New Orleans, last season in Week 16 vs. Chicago), with all three of his two-TD catch games coming over the past seven regular-season contests.
  • Jones is the only player in the NFL with three two-TD catch games over the past seven regular-season contests, and his seven TD catches over that span are tied for No. 1 in the league  with Saints WR Marques Colston, Giants WR Victor Cruz and Falcons WR Julio Jones.
  • Jones is the second Packer since 2011 to accomplish that feat, with WR Jordy Nelson also recording three two-TD catch games in the final seven games last season.
  • With five TD grabs this season, Jones is tied with Cruz for the league lead through Week 5.
  • Jones is the first Packer to have five or more TD catches in the first five games of a season since WR Javon Walker registered five TD grabs in the opening five games of the 2004 season.
  • Jones now has five-plus TD catches each of the past four seasons (2009-12), the lone Packer to do so over that span. His 22 receiving TDs since ’09 rank No. 2 on the team behind only Greg Jennings (26).


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

 
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