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Packers to host Vikings in NFC North tilt in Week 12

Posted Nov 19, 2013

Packers-Vikings Week 12 Dope Sheet


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

MINNESOTA (2-8) AT GREEN BAY (5-5)
Sunday, Nov. 24 - Lambeau Field - 12 p.m. CST

packers to HOST VIKINGS IN NFC NORTH TILT IN WEEK 12

  • The Packers will kick off a stretch of two NFC North games in five days when they host the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field this Sunday.
  • Green Bay will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when it faces Minnesota. The Packers are currently third in the NFC North at 5-5, a game behind the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears, who are both 6-4.
  • This will be the third home game for Green Bay in the last four weeks. The Packers will travel to Detroit for a Thanksgiving contest in Week 13, the fourth meeting between the clubs on Thanksgiving over the last seven seasons (2007, 2009, 2011). Green Bay has won the game leading into its Thanksgiving contest each of the last four times it has played on the holiday (2003, 2007, 2009, 2011).
  • Through 106 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 56-49-1 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.
  • Fans can bet on a back-and-forth contest when the border rivals meet. In fact, 16 of the last 22 regular-season meetings between the clubs have been decided by seven points or less.
  • Including Green Bay’s win against Minnesota in last year’s playoffs, the Packers have won seven of the last eight games between the teams. Green Bay has won four straight against the Vikings at Lambeau Field.
  • The Packers have scored 30-plus points in five of their last six regular-season games against Minnesota, averaging 35.0 points per game over that span. That included a 44-point outing at Minnesota earlier this season in Week 8, the most points ever scored by Green Bay at the Metrodome, and a 45-point effort at Lambeau Field in 2011.
  • Since Head Coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers have swept the season series with Minnesota in four out of seven years (2006-2007, 2010-2011). Green Bay has an 11-4 record (.733) against the Vikings in the regular season under McCarthy.
  • Over the last 19 seasons (1994-2012), the Packers (nine) and the Vikings (five) have accounted for 14 NFC Central/North championships.
  • Green Bay enters Sunday’s game having won 14 of its last 16 regular-season games against NFC North foes. The Packers’ .875 winning percentage in divisional contests over that span ranks No. 2 in the NFL behind only New England (.882, 15-2).
  • The Packers have won 10 of their last 11 and 17 of their last 19 regular-season games at Lambeau Field against NFC North opponents.
  • Since 2006, Green Bay has a 34-11 (.756) regular-season record in NFC North contests (No. 2 in the NFL) and a 19-4 mark (.826) at home (No. 2).
  • The Packers have won 10 of their last 12 regular-season games at home and 23 of their last 26 at Lambeau Field.

 
WITH THE CALL

  • FOX Sports, now in its 20th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
  • Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and color analyst John Lynch will have the call from the broadcast booth with Erin Andrews reporting from the sidelines.
  • Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 50-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo is in its 15th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 42 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 SiriusXM Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) 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. Vikings:
  • All-time regular season: 55-48-1
  • All-time, postseason: 1-1
  • All-time, at Lambeau Field: 21-17-1
  • Streaks: The Packers have won seven of the last eight meetings.
  • Last meeting, at Green Bay, regular season: Dec. 2, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 23-14

 
COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 85-47, .644, (incl. 6-4 postseason); 8th NFL season
  • Leslie Frazier: 18-31-0, .367, (incl. 0-1 postseason); 4th NFL season (interim coach in 2010)
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 5-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 12-4 vs. Vikings; Frazier 1-5 vs. Packers


MIKE McCARTHY
…Is in his eighth 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 five of his seven seasons at the helm, and the team’s five postseason berths over the past six seasons are the most by an NFC team.
  • Led Green Bay to 47 regular-season victories from 2009-12, the second most in the NFL over that span and the second most in franchise history over a four-year period.
  • His .644 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
  • 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 his fourth 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 eight playoff teams and been a part of six division championships in his 14 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 107th overall meeting between the border rivals.
  • The Packers own a 56-49-1 advantage over the Vikings (including playoffs) in the all-time series. 
  • Green Bay’s five-game winning streak that was snapped in the 2012 finale was the longest by the club since a five-game streak against Minnesota from 2006-08. Prior to that, the longest streak for either team was Green Bay’s five-game winning streak 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 19 seasons (1994-2012), these teams have accounted for 14 NFC Central/North division championships.

 
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Vikings WR Greg Jennings was drafted by Green Bay in the second round in 2006 and played for the Packers for seven seasons (2006-12)...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals in 2004 when Vikings head coach Leslie 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 assistant there…Packers assistant offensive line coach Joel Hilgenberg’s uncle, Wally, played linebacker for the Vikings for 12 seasons (1968-79)...Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer’s father, Chuck, was an assistant coach for the Packers from 1984-85...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Vikings linebackers coach Fred Pagac coached on the staff together at Ohio State in the early 1980s...Vikings assistant defensive line coach Diron Reynolds’ brother, Jamal, was selected in the first round by the Packers in 2001…Vikings RB Toby Gerhart’s brother, Garth, is a center on the Packers’ practice squad...Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt was Vikings QB Josh Freeman’s position coach for two seasons (2010-11) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...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 offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy in Philadelphia and when Johnson played tight end for the Eagles...Former college teammates include Freeman and Packers WR Jordy Nelson (Kansas State), Packers LB Clay Matthews and LB Nick Perry and Vikings DE Everson Griffen, FB Rhett Ellison and T Matt Kalil (Southern California),  and Packers RB Johnathan Franklin and DE Datone Jones and Vikings G Jeff Baca and P Jeff Locke (UCLA)…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 REGULAR-SEASON MEETING, IN GREEN BAY

  • Dec. 2, 2012, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 23-14.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 35 passes for 286 yards and a TD with one interception and helped the offense rack up 435 total yards on the afternoon.
  • WR Randall Cobb (6-62) and TE Jermichael Finley (6-60) led Green Bay’s offense and WR James Jones caught a 32-yard TD pass in the first quarter. RB James Starks’ 22-yard TD run late in the third quarter gave the Packers a 20-14 lead.
  • S Morgan Burnett posted a career-high two interceptions, twice picking off Vikings QB Christian Ponder deep in Green Bay territory to halt potential scoring drives for Minnesota.
  • RB Adrian Peterson led Minnesota with 210 rushing yards on 21 attempts (10.0 avg.), the most rushing yards by an opposing player in Lambeau Field history.

 
stat of the week

  • In Green Bay’s loss at the N.Y. Giants on Sunday, the Packers did not allow a single sack, their first time doing so since Week 4 last season vs. New Orleans.
  • The Packers gave up just one sack in Week 10 vs. Philadelphia, bringing their two-week total to one sack. That is the fewest over a two-game span by Green Bay since it allowed no sacks in Weeks 2-3 of 2010.
  • After allowing 10 sacks in their first three games this season, which was tied for the sixth most in the league through Week 3, the Packers have allowed just 13 sacks over their last seven games. Their average of 1.86 sacks per game over that span ranks No. 5 in the NFL.
  • With 23 sacks allowed this season, the Packers are tied for No. 9 in the NFL in the category. It is the fewest sacks allowed by Green Bay through 10 games since it allowed 20 in the first 10 games in 2010.

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

 
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