GREEN BAY (1-1) VS. OAKLAND (1-1)
Friday, Aug. 22 - Lambeau Field - 7 p.m. CDT
PACKERS TAKE ON RAIDERS IN PRESEASON HOME OPENER
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- The Packers and Raiders are meeting for the first time during the preseason since 2001, when Green Bay traveled to Oakland for the preseason finale.
- This will be the ninth time the Packers have played the Raiders during the preseason. It will be the third time in nine contests that the two clubs have met at Lambeau Field. Three contests have taken place in Oakland, and one each in Los Angeles, Canton and Milwaukee.
- Oakland has won each of the last two preseason games between the two, while the Packers have reeled off six straight victories against the Raiders during the regular season.
- Under head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have only played Oakland twice during the regular season, winning both contests by a combined score of 84-23.
- Green Bay has won its third game of the preseason five of the last six years.
- This is the first time since 2003 that the Packers have closed the preseason with two home games. That year, the Packers opened the preseason in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio, then played two road games before finishing with two games at Lambeau Field.
- Following the contest vs. Oakland this Friday, the Packers will host the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field on Thursday, Aug. 28, in the 54th annual Bishop’s Charities Game. It will be the fifth straight year that Green Bay has faced Kansas City to close out the preseason.
midwest shrine game
- One of the NFL’s longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 65th installment Friday night. It marks the third time the Packers have hosted the Raiders in the charity game (1981 and 1998). Green Bay is 32-29-3 all-time in the series.
- Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost. To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for crippled children.
- The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee’s State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).
- In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason at County Stadium from 1959-73.
- The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first ‘Gold package’ game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the ‘Gold package’ this season are the contests against Minnesota (Oct. 2) and Philadelphia (Nov. 16).
WITH THE CALL
- Friday night’s game will be televised to a national audience on CBS, with play-by-play man Jim Nantz and color analyst Phil Simms handling the call from the broadcast booth and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.
- In Wisconsin, CBS affiliates around the state, including WFRV (Ch. 5) in Green Bay and WDJT (Ch. 58) in Milwaukee, will carry the Friday night contest.
- 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. Raiders:
- Regular season, all-time: 6-5
- Preseason, all-time: 3-5
- Postseason, all-time: 1-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last six regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 11, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 46-16
- Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 31, 2001, at Network Associates Coliseum, Raiders won, 24-13
- Mike McCarthy: 88-50-1, .637, (incl. 6-5 postseason); 9th NFL season
- Dennis Allen: 8-24, .250; 3rd NFL season
- Head to Head: 0-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-0 vs. Raiders; Allen 0-0 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.
DENNIS ALLEN…Is in his third year as the Raiders’ 18th head coach.
- At age 41, Allen is the youngest current head coach in the NFL.
- Last season, the Raiders defense ranked sixth in the league in yards per rush (4.6). It was a 21-place improvement in the NFL rankings from 2012. Oakland also tied for second in the league with 15 different players getting to the quarterback.
- He has 18 years of coaching experience, including 10 as an NFL assistant.
- Before Allen came to Oakland, he was the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos in 2011, a team that won the AFC West.
- Previously coached with the New Orleans Saints (2006-10) and Atlanta Falcons (2002-05).
THE PACKERS-RAIDERS SERIES
- These clubs first met in Super Bowl II, a Packers 33-14 victory to make Green Bay back-to-back Super Bowl champions.
- The regular-season series started in 1972 and the Raiders won each of the first five matchups. The Packers’ first victory against the Raiders during the regular season came in 1990 and Green Bay has not lost to the Raiders since.
- In the last six regular-season victories, the Packers have outscored the Raiders 210-70, including scoring at least 35 points in each of the last three games (41, 38, 46).
Packers assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss played LB for the Raiders for four seasons (1991-94)…Packers West regional scout Sam Seale played for the Raiders for five seasons (1984-87, 1992)…Packers secondary-safeties coach Darren Perry coached defensive backs for the Raiders for two seasons (2007-08) before coming to Green Bay in ’09…Packers QB Matt Flynn played for the Raiders for part of the 2013 season…Raiders S Charles Woodson was selected to the Pro Bowl four times (2008-11) and named AP Defensive Player of the Year (2009) when he played for the Packers (2006-12)…Raiders WR James Jones was originally drafted by Green Bay in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Packers…Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie worked in the Green Bay personnel department from 1994-2011, including serving as the director of pro personnel from 1997-2007 and the director of football operations from 2008-11…Raiders linebackers coach Bob Sanders coached defensive ends (2005) and was the defensive coordinator (2006-08) for the Packers…Raiders director-college scouting Shaun Herock spent 19 years with the Packers, including 11 as the assistant director of college scouting…Raiders college scout Raleigh McKenzie played guard for the Packers from 1999-2000…Raiders DL C.J. Wilson played for the Packers from 2010-13 after orginally being drafted by Green Bay in the seventh round…Raiders S Brandian Ross spent the entire 2011 season and early September 2012 on the Packers’ practice squad…Players with connections to California include QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California), WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto, Fresno State), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), LB Carl Bradford (Norco), CB Jarrett Bush (Vacaville), C Garth Gerhart (Norco), CB Davon House (Palmdale), DE Datone Jones (Compton, UCLA), FB Ina Liaina (Oxnard, San Jose State), LB Clay Matthews (Aguora Hills, USC), LB Nick Perry (USC), QB Chase Rettig (San Clemente) and TE Richard Rodgers (University of California)…California natives on the coaching staff include offensive line coach James Campen (Sacramento), defensive quality control coach John Rushing (Merced) and defensive/special teams assistant Jason Simmons (Inglewood)…Seale’s son, Ricky, is a fifth-year senior running back at Stanford…Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached at San Jose State (1977) and the University of California (1978-79)…Raiders players with connections to Wisconsin include DE Shelby Harris (Milwaukee), LB Nick Roach (Milwaukee) and S Shelton Johnson (University of Wisconsin)…Roach was a teammate of Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers on the Bears from 2010-13…In 2005, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver were both on the 49ers coaching staff…McCarthy coached in Kansas City with Raiders senior offensive assistant Al Saunders…Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball and Saunders both worked for the Chiefs from 1989-98…Seale played for the Chargers while Saunders was the head coach (1988)…In 2006-07, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen coached for the Saints while Ball worked for New Orleans…Ball worked for Washington and Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac coached there in 2001 with Raiders assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano…Packers EVP/General Manager/Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson was the VP of football operations for the Seahawks while Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson played there in 2001-02…Packers running backs coach Sam Gash was on the Lions’ coaching staff with Robertson in 2012…Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson worked in the same roles on the Buccaneers coaching staff in 2010-11, and Raiders T Donald Penn played for the Bucs…Van Pelt coached in Buffalo while Sanders coached there (2009) and Raiders QB Trent Edwards played (2007-09)…Perry played for the Steelers while Capers and Raiders special teams coordinator Bobby April worked in the same positions for Pittsburgh…Capers was the head coach for the Carolina Panthers when Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo was a summer coaching intern in 1997…Packers QB Scott Tolzien and Raiders CBs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers were teammates on the 49ers from 2011-12…In 2007, Simmons was a teammate of Raiders QB Matt Schaub on the Texans…In 1993, Reggie McKenzie was a graduate assistant/defense at the University of Tennessee and Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall was the offensive line coach…Marshall coached at the University of California from 2009-10…Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum and Marshall coached at Texas A&M when Allen was a graduate assistant…Former college teammates include Matthews, Perry and Raiders TE David Ausberry and LB Kaluka Maiava (Southern California), Bakhtiari and Raiders TE Nick Kasa (Colorado), Adams and Raiders QB Derek Carr and K Kevin Goessling (Fresno State), Bush and Penn (Utah State), and Packers LB Nate Palmer and Harris (Illinois State).
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
- Aug. 31, 2001, at Network Associates Coliseum, Raiders won, 24-13
- QB Brett Favre played two series, completing 2 of 5 passes for 99
- yards, including an 87-yard touchdown to WR Corey Bradford.
- Starting at QB for the Raiders was Rich Gannon, who currently serves as the preseason analyst for the Packers TV Network.
- RB De’Mond Parker led the Packers in receptions (5 for 50 yards) and rushing yards (16 on seven attempts).
- QB Henry Burris played the entire second half for Green Bay, finishing with 170 yards on 13 of 24 passing for a passer rating of 76.7.
Packers DEFEAT RAMS IN PRESEASON GAME No. 2
- Green Bay finished the road portion of its preseason slate with a 21-7 victory at St. Louis on Saturday. It was the second consecutive year the Packers beat the Rams in the preseason.
- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers made his preseason debut, finishing 11 of 13 for 128 yards with one touchdown and a passer rating of 133.3. In the two possessions Rodgers played, the Packers offense scored a touchdown and a field goal to take a 10-0 lead. It was the third time Rodgers recorded a 100-plus passer rating in the last four preseason games he has played in. For the sixth consecutive year, Rodgers recorded a passer rating of at least 100.0 in the second preseason game (2009-151.6 / 2010-146.2 / 2011-126.0 / 2012-100.2 / 2013-113.2).
- Green Bay took the opening possession of the game 86 yards in 12 plays. The Packers used a mix of rushing, including five attempts for 25 yards by RB Eddie Lacy and one scramble for 14 yards by Rodgers, and passing, with Rodgers completing all seven attempts to three different receivers for 47 yards. The drive was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to WR Randall Cobb. Lacy, who made his preseason debut, totaled 47 yards on seven touches on the drive.
- The Packers’ second possession started at their own 7-yard line and after 12 plays and 80 net yards, K Mason Crosby hit a 31-yard field goal. For the second consecutive drive, Green Bay used a lot of no-huddle and Rodgers completed 5 of 7 passes for 81 yards, including a 22-yard completion to Cobb and a 35-yard pass to TE Andrew Quarless.
- QB Scott Tolzien came into the game after Rodgers and completed 10 of 15 passes for 107 yards and a passer rating of 87.4 in five possessions.
- QB Matt Flynn played three possessions and led Green Bay to two scores while attempting three passes, completing two for 44 yards. On his first series, he connected with rookie WR Jeff Janis for a 34-yard touchdown and then converted the two-point attempt by finding rookie WR Davante Adams to make it 18-7 late in the third quarter.
- After Rams K Greg Zuerlien missed a 55-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, rookie RB LaDarius Perkins accumulated 34 yards on one reception and three rushes to bring the Packers to the St. Louis 12-yard line. After a holding penalty and a sack by St. Louis DE Michael Sam, Green Bay settled for a 49-yard field goal by Crosby to make it 21-7.
- The Packers offense produced five plays over 20 yards (22, 25, 27, 34, 35), while the defense only surrendered two over 15 yards (26, 41).
- Green Bay’s offense outgained St. Louis 386 (125 rushing/261 passing) to 216 (78 rushing/138 passing) in total net yards, averaging 6.0 yards per play compared to 3.5 for the Rams.
- The Packers entered the red zone four times while only allowing St. Louis one trip inside the 20-yard line.
- Green Bay rookie LB Jayrone Elliott recorded three sacks for a combined loss of 22 yards and a forced fumble in the span of four plays. He also led the team with two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits.
- Besides Elliott, four other members of the Packers defense recorded one sack each (LB Sam Barrington, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LB Adrian Hubbard, DT Mike Pennel).
- Green Bay’s defense racked up 13 tackles for a loss and seven quarterback hits.
- RB DuJuan Harris led the Packers with 32 yards on seven attempts while TE Andrew Quarless recorded team highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (58). In all, 14 different Packers caught at least one pass.