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Packers-Vikings Week 13 Dope Sheet

Posted Nov 27, 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-Vikings Week 13 Dope Sheet:

MINNESOTA (6-5) AT GREEN BAY (7-4)
Sunday, Dec. 2 - Lambeau Field - Noon CST

PACKERS HOST VIKINGS IN NFC NORTH MATCHUP

  • The Packers return home to play at Lambeau Field for the first time in nearly a month when they welcome the division-rival Minnesota Vikings to town this Sunday.
  • It kicks off a stretch of three straight NFC North games for Green Bay, the first time the Packers have had three consecutive divisional contests on the schedule since 2006 (Weeks 15-17). Four of Green Bay’s final five games are against divisional foes.
  • The Packers have won a franchise-record nine consecutive games against NFC North opponents. It is the second-longest current divisional winning streak in the NFL behind only Baltimore’s 12-game winning streak against AFC North teams.
  • This is Green Bay’s first meeting with Minnesota this season, the latest that the first game has come between the teams in the history of the series (since 1961).
  • The teams will also face off in Minnesota in the season finale. It marks the first time in the series that both season meetings will come in December.
  • Sunday will mark the first time the teams have squared off in a noon kickoff at Lambeau Field since 2007. Three of the last four meetings in Green Bay (2008, 2010-11) have been prime-time matchups.
  • The Packers have won 17 of their last 18 regular-season games (.944) at Lambeau Field and 23 of their last 25 (.920) at home.
  • Green Bay has won 24 of its last 29 regular-season games overall (.828), the best record in the league over that span.
  • The Packers’ are coming off a 38-10 loss to the N.Y. Giants this past Sunday night, one that ended Green Bay’s five-game winning streak.
  • Green Bay currently sits at No. 2 in the NFC North with its 7-4 mark, one game behind Chicago (8-3) and one game ahead of Minnesota (6-5).

 
AN EVENLY MATCHED SERIES

  • Through 102 meetings, which includes one postseason game, the Packers hold a 53-48-1 advantage over the Vikings in the all-time series.
  • Fans can bet on a back-and-forth contest when the teams meet. In fact, 15 of the last 19 regular-season meetings have been decided by seven points or less, the lone exceptions being the Packers’ 34-0 win at Lambeau Field in 2007, Minnesota’s 38-26 win at Green Bay in 2009, Green Bay’s 31-3 win at Minnesota in 2010 and the Packers’ 45-7 victory at Lambeau last season.
  • The Packers have swept the season series in four of six seasons under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2006-07, 2010-11).
  • Green Bay has won four straight against the Vikings, its longest streak since a five-game winning streak vs. Minnesota from 2006-08.
  • Green Bay’s 38-point win (45-7) over Minnesota last season in Week 10 was the largest margin of victory by either team in the history of the series.

 
WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 19th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Joe Buck and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver 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 (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.
  • Sports USA radio will air the game across the country. Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will call the action.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 91) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 705.

 
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Vikings:
  • All-time regular season: 53-47-1
  • All-time, postseason: 0-1
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 19-17-1
  • Streaks: The Packers have won the last four meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 14, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-7

 
COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 75-40-0, .652, (incl. 5-3 postseason); 7th NFL season
  • Leslie Frazier: 12-21-0, .364; 3rd NFL season (interim coach in 2010)
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 2-0
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 9-3 vs. Vikings; Frazier 0-2 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 .652 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).

 
LESLIE FRAZIER
…Is in third year as the Vikings’ eighth head coach (served as the interim coach for the final six games in 2010).

  • Served as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator for four seasons (2007-10) and led the Vikings to top-10 finishes in total defense each season from 2008-10.
  • Coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04) and Indianapolis Colts (2005-06) before coming to Minnesota. In 12 seasons as NFL coach, has suffered a losing season only twice.
  • Has coached on seven playoff teams and been a part of six division championships in his first 13 seasons as an NFL coach.
  • Played defensive back for the Chicago Bears (1981-86) and was a member of Chicago’s Super Bowl XX team.

 
THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES

  • This marks the 103rd overall meeting between the border rivals.
  • Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (53-48-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series. 
  • The Packers’ five-game winning streak that was snapped in 2008 was the longest streak for either team since the Packers won five straight from 1983-85.
  • The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi’s Packers won nine of the first 10.
  • Over the last 18 seasons (1994-2011), these teams have accounted for 13 NFC Central/North division championships.

 
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers LB Robert Francois entered the league as a non-drafted free agent with the Vikings in 2009…Packers C Jeff Saturday played for the Colts with Vikings G Charlie Johnson and when Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and defensive coordinator Alan Williams were on the staff in Indianapolis…Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals in 2004 when Frazier was on Cincinnati’s staff...Fontenot was a teammate of Vikings special assistant to the head coach/linebackers Mike Singletary with the Bears…Singletary coached with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo on the San Francisco staff in 2005…Vikings tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson played for Kansas City for one season (1994) when McCarthy was an offensive asst. there…Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s uncle, Wally, played linebacker for the Vikings for for 12 seasons (1968-79)...Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, was an assistant coach for the Packers from 1984-85...Vikings defensive backs coach Joe Woods held the same post at Western Michigan when Packers WR Greg Jennings played there...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac coached on the staff together at Ohio State in the early 1980s...Pagac coached in Oakland when Packers DB Charles Woodson played for the Raiders…Vikings asst. defensive line coach Diron Reynolds’ brother, Jamal, was selected in the first round by the Packers in 2001…Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt played for the Bills when Vikings running backs coach James Saxon was on Buffalo’s staff…Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson coached on the staff together in Carolina...Trgovac was on the staff with Vikings strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy in Philadelphia and when Johnson played tight end for the Eagles...Former college teammates include Packers LB Clay Matthews and Vikings DE Everson Griffen, FB Rhett Ellison and T Matt Kalil (Southern California), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Vikings DE Brian Robison (Texas), Packers DE Ryan Pickett and Vikings CB Antonie Winfield and WR Michael Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers TE D.J. Williams and Vikings WR Jarius Wright (Arkansas), Packers DE Mike Daniels and LB Dezman Moses and Vikings DT Christian Ballard and TE Allen Reisner (Iowa), and Packers LB Terrell Manning and Vikings LB Audie Cole (North Carolina State)…Packers area scout Lee Gissendaner went to training camp with the Vikings in 1996 and spent parts of that season on Minnesota’s practice squad...Green Bay director of research and development Mike Eayrs (similar capacity, 1985-99) previously worked for the Vikings, as did Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball (1999-2000) and VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly (1998-99).

 
LAST MEETING, IN GREEN BAY

  • Nov. 14, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 45-7.
  • The Packers’ 38-point win in the Monday Night Football contest was the largest margin of victory by either club in the history of the series.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 250 yards and four TDs on 23-of-30 passing (76.7 percent) for a 140.3 passer rating. It marked his third straight game with a 140-plus rating as he joined Kurt Warner as the only QBs in NFL history to accomplish that feat in a single season.
  • WR Randall Cobb kicked off the scoring with an 80-yard punt return for a TD early in the first quarter. With the score, he became the first rookie in team history to post a kickoff return and a punt return for a TD in the same season.
  • LB Clay Matthews led the defense with two sacks and CB Tramon Williams registered an interception as Green Bay limited the Vikings to 14 first downs and 266 total net yards on the night.

 
STAT OF THE WEEK

  • QB Aaron Rodgers’ first career start and victory came vs. Minnesota on Sept. 8, 2008, and he has had a high level of productivity against the Vikings ever since.
  • In eight career starts vs. Minnesota, Rodgers has a combined 116.5 passer rating. He has completed 175 of 251 passes (69.7 percent) for 2,172 yards and 19 TDs with just three INTs.
  • Rodgers has been particularly efficient in the last three games against the Vikings, connecting on 69 of 91 passes (75.8 percent) for 886 yards and 11 TDs with zero INTs for a 145.4 passer rating.
  • He posted a passer rating of 140.0 or better in each of those three contests, becoming the first NFL quarterback since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to register a 140-plus passer rating in three consecutive games against the same opponent (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • Rodgers has a career passer rating of 110.1 in divisional games, the best by a QB in league history since the NFL went to a divisional format in 1967. He has completed 543 of 779 passes (69.7 percent) for 6,496 yards, 53 TDs and 14 INTs in NFC North contests.


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