GREEN BAY (2-1) VS. KANSAS CITY (1-2)
Thursday, Aug. 28 - Lambeau Field - 6 p.m. CDT
Packers take on Chiefs in preseason finale
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- It marks the fifth consecutive year that the Packers and Chiefs have faced each other in the final week of the preseason.
- It will be Kansas City’s third trip to Lambeau Field in the last four preseasons, with Green Bay winning both previous contests. The Chiefs last won a preseason game at Lambeau Field in 1978, while Kansas City’s last regular-season victory at Green Bay came in an overtime matchup in 2003.
- This will be the 16th preseason meeting between the two clubs (7-7-1).
- Following the contest vs. Kansas City this Thursday, the Packers will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4. It is the first time the Packers have faced the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 1.
BISHOP’S CHARITIES GAME
- Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).
- The series enjoys its 54th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million.
- For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game-program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994.
- The Packers are 28-24-1 all-time in the series. The Chiefs will be the Packers’ opponent in the game for the third time in the last four years and for the sixth time overall (1978-79, 1992, 2011-12)
- Green Bay has won four of the last five games in the series, including a 24-3 victory over Kansas City in 2012. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series.
WITH THE CALL
- Flagshipped by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over the 14-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska and Honolulu in Hawaii.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst), with Rod Burks of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. An informative half-hour pregame show prior to the game, hosted by Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV, will feature former Packers tackle Mark Tauscher.
- In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), three preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KLJB-TV/FOX and KGCW/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL-TV, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- In its third season, in conjunction with the Packers TV Network, Telemundo Wisconsin (WYTU-TV in Milwaukee and on Charter Cable elsewhere in Wisconsin) will broadcast three preseason games with Kevin Holden (play-by-play) and Epigmenio (Epi) Guerrero (analyst) calling the action.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 20th season calling Packers’ games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 16th season of broadcasts together.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
- Packers vs. Chiefs:
- Regular season, all-time: 2-7-1
- Preseason, all-time: 7-7-1
- Postseason, all-time: 1-0
- Streaks: The Chiefs have won six of the last seven regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 18, 2011, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 19-14
- Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 29, 2013, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 30-8
- Mike McCarthy: 88-50-1, .637, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Andy Reid: 151-108-1, .583 (incl. 10-10 postseason); 16th NFL season (2nd with Chiefs)
- Head to Head: McCarthy 3-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Chiefs; Reid 5-4 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth 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.
- Led the Packers to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to six playoff appearances in the last seven years (2007, 2009-13).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past seven seasons (2007-13), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat.
- His .637 winning percentage (including playoffs) ranks No. 4 among active NFL coaches (min. 60 games) entering the 2014 season.
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
ANDY REID…Is in his second year as the Chiefs’ 13th head coach.
- Led Kansas City to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season after inheriting a team that went 2-14 in 2012.
- Spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he compiled the best win total (140) and playoff-victory total (10) in franchise history.
- During his time in Philadelphia, he was named NFL Coach of the Year three times, captured six division titles and earned five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one to the Super Bowl.
- Prior to becoming the head coach in Philadelphia, he spent seven seasons (1992-98) on Green Bay’s coaching staff.
- Also coached on the collegiate level at Brigham Young (1982), San Francisco State (1983-85), Northern Arizona (1986), Texas-El Paso (1987-88) and Missouri (1989-91).
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
- The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967 when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
- Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. The Chiefs have the second-highest winning percentage against the Packers (7-2-1, .750) among NFL teams. Only the Dolphins (10-3-0, .769) have a better regular-season record against Green Bay.
- When the Packers visited Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip to that city since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as quarterbacks coach (1995-98)…Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements served as the quarterbacks coach in Kansas City (2000) and also played quarterback for the Chiefs in 1980...Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith’s son, Alonzo, plays LB for Kansas City...Chiefs general manager John Dorsey served as Green Bay’s director of college scouting from 2000-11 and as director-football operations in 2012. He also played for the Packers from 1984-88 and worked in scouting from 1991-98...Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was on Green Bay’s coaching staff from 1992-98, serving as the tight ends/asst. offensive line coach from 1992-96 and the quarterbacks coach from 1997-98...Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson is a former Packers QB who backed up Brett Favre from 1996-98 and 2001-04...Chiefs assistant secondary coach Al Harris played CB for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09)...Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay’s coaching staff...Chiefs LB Frank Zombo signed with Green Bay as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and played in 25 games with the Packers from 2010-12...Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford was with the Packers during 2006 training camp and the 2008 offseason…Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...Chiefs spread game analyst/special projects Brad Childress coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-98...Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations...Ball played center at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there...Thomas was Green Bay’s defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was the QB coach for the Packers...Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers secondary-cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr. ...Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard played for the University of Wisconsin…Chiefs director of pro scouting Will Lewis worked for the Packers as a pro scout (1997) and as assistant director of pro personnel (1998-99)…Chiefs QB Alex Smith played for the 49ers in 2005 when McCarthy was San Francisco’s offensive coordinator...Packers tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot and Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck played on the offensive line together in Chicago from 1994-96...Packers assistant director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and director of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs...Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998...Chiefs national scout Matt Donahoe was a summer scouting intern for the Packers in 2012…Chiefs player personnel assistant Dan Zegers graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and worked for the Packers as an equipment assistant (2004-12) and scouting assistant during the NFL Draft (2008-13)…Packers WR Jordy Nelson played at Kansas State and is a native of Manhattan, Kan. …Packers DT B.J. Raji played at Boston College with Chiefs college scouting coordinator Ryan Poles and area scout Trey Koziol.
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 29, 2013, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won 30-8
- CB Tramon Williams registered an interception on the Chiefs’ first offensive play. The ensuing possession resulted in a field goal.
- QB Vince Young started and played the majority of the game for the Packers, completing 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards and a passer rating of 61.0. He also recorded three rushes for 12 yards.
- RB Johnathan Franklin led the Packers in carries (8) and yards (23).
Packers Beat raiders in Preseason Home Opener
- Green Bay recorded a 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field. It was the Packers’ second consecutive victory to improve them to 2-1 this preseason. The win guarentees Green Bay at least a .500 record in the preseason for the sixth time under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- For the third straight game, the Packers took their opening drive for a touchdown, going 73 yards in seven plays.
- A big part of the drive was RB Eddie Lacy, who recorded 36 yards on six carries (6.0 avg.), including a 1-yard touchdown. Lacy has played in two drives this preseason and both have resulted in touchdowns. In those two drives Lacy recorded 61 rushing yards on 11 carries (5.5 avg.) with one touchdown and two receptions for 22 yards (11.0 avg.).
- QB Aaron Rodgers played the majority of the first half, leading Green Bay to three touchdowns on six drives. After guiding the Packers to scores on both drives last week, Rodgers has led Green Bay to four touchdowns and one field goal on the eight drives he has played in this preseason.
- Rodgers finished with a passer rating of 101.9, completing 9 of 20 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He has registered a 100.0-plus passer rating in both games he has played in this year and in four of the last five preseason games he has participated in.
- QB Matt Flynn played the final two drives of the first half and two to open the second half, leading Green Bay to one field goal to make it 25-7 late in the third quarter.
- QB Scott Tolzien finished out the game and led the Packers to one touchdown, a 15-yard pass to WR Alex Gillett that put Green Bay up 31-7 early in the fourth quarter. Tolzien finished the game with a team-high 133.5 passer rating by completing 8 of 11 passes for 107 yards and the touchdown. Tolzien has attempted (38) and completed (26) the most passes for the Packers this preseason while recording a 104.9 passer rating and a team-high 338 yards. His 68.4 completion percentage also leads Green Bay.
- The Packers’ rushing attack eclipsed 100 yards for the third consecutive game with 115 yards on 37 attempts (3.1 avg.). RB DuJuan Harris led the way with a game-high 56 yards on 12 carries (4.7 avg.). He leads Green Bay this preseason in rushing yards (106) and carries (26) and is second (4.1 avg.) behind Lacy (5.5 avg.) in yards per carry among Packers who have 10-plus attempts this preseason.
- Harris’ 42 receiving yards on two receptions also led Green Bay against Oakland, while TE Jake Stoneburner led the Packers in receptions with three for 29 yards. In all, 12 different Packers had at least one reception.
- Gillett was joined in the receiving touchdown department by WR Jordy Nelson and TE Andrew Quarless, who both caught touchdowns from Rodgers.
- The Packers defense put together a strong showing, holding Raiders starting QB Matt Schaub to 110 yards on 27 pass attempts with a passer rating of 59.2. Green Bay also limited Oakland to seven points in the first three quarters.
- Green Bay held the Raiders to 77 rushing yards on 17 carries and 234 net passing yards on 44 attempts.
- LB/DE Julius Peppers recorded three solo tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and one quarterback hit in 22 defensive snaps.
- LB Jayrone Elliott registered one sack, giving him four in the last two games.
- The Packers defense also forced two turnovers. The first came with just over a minute to go in the first half when LB Nick Perry forced a fumble on a sack of Schaub that was recovered by LB/DE Mike Neal and returned to the Oakland 39-yard line. The second came early in the third quarter when S Sean Richardson forced RB Kory Sheets to fumble and it was recovered by S Chris Banjo at the Green Bay 43-yard line.
save the date
- Important dates to remember (all times CDT):
- Tuesday, Aug. 26 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 75 players by 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, Aug. 27 – Final practice open to public, 10:30 a.m., Nitschke Field