Dope Sheet: Packers and Chiefs meet in Kansas City

Green Bay plays their fourth road contest over a five-game stretch when they go to Kansas City to play the Chiefs

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S Darnell Savage

The Green Bay Packers play their fourth road contest over a five-game stretch when they go to Kansas City to play the Chiefs.

  • It is the second game at Arrowhead Stadium in the last three seasons for Green Bay, with the Packers winning, 31-24, in 2019.
  • It marks the 13th regular-season game between the Packers and Chiefs.
  • Green Bay has won three of the last four games against the Chiefs, including two of the last three at Kansas City.

THE FIRST EIGHT

  • At 7-1 (.875), the Packers are tied with the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams for the best record in the NFL this season.
  • Dating back to 1970, this is the sixth time Green Bay has started a season 7-1 or better (1996, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2019).
  • The Packers are on a seven-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the NFL and the longest for Green Bay since 2011 (13).
  • It is the first time since 1963 (eight) that the Packers lost its season opener and then won seven-plus straight games.
  • This marks the second time under Head Coach Matt LaFleur that Green Bay has started the season 7-1 (2019). 
  • The Packers are the only team in the NFL to win at least seven of its first eight games twice over the last three seasons.
  • Dating back to 1940, it is just the second time the Packers have won at least seven of their first eight games two times in the span of three seasons (8-0 in 1962 and 7-1 in 1963) according to Stathead.com. Over that span, it is also just the third time Green Bay has won at least six of the first eight contests (7-1, 6-2, 7-1) in three consecutive seasons (6-2 in 1961, 8-0 in 1962, 7-1 in 1963 / 7-1 in 1996, 6-2 in 1997, 6-2 in 1998).

WITH THE CALL

FOX Sports, now in its 28th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game. 

  • Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman with Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sidelines. 
  • Compass Media Networks will air the game on radio across the country. Bill Rosinski (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call 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 49 stations in four states. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to www.packers.com. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team's broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 26th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 23rd season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago. Both McCarren and Larrivee are members of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers at Kansas City:

  •   Regular season, all-time: 4-7-1
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, in Kansas City: 3-4
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won three of the last four dating back to 2007. 
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 27, 2019, Arrowhead Stadium, Packers won, 31-24

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 33-7-0, .825; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Andy Reid: 225-134-1, .626; 23rd NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Reid
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Kansas City; Reid 5-4 vs. Packers (including 1-1 in postseason and his Philadelphia coaching tenure) 

MATT LaFLEUR…In his third season as the Packers' 15th head coach.

  • In his 13th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Football Team, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • In his first two seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. For the second consecutive season in 2020, led Green Bay to a 13-3 record and captured the NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the first time since 2011. It was just the second time in team history that the Packers had won 13-plus games in back-to- back seasons (13-3 in 1996 and 1997).
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, was the sixth head coach since 1970 to lead his team to the conference championship game in both of his first two seasons as a head coach, joining Jim Harbaugh (2011-12), Rex Ryan (2009-10), Barry Switzer (1994-95), George Seifert (1989-90) and Don McCafferty (1970-71). 
  • Became just the second NFL head coach since the league went to a divisional format in 1967 to win 13-plus games and a division title in both of his first two seasons, joining Seifert (1989-90).
  • In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).

Andy Reid…In his ninth season as head coach, being hired by Kansas City on January 7, 2013.

  • His 242 NFL wins as head coach (including playoffs) rank fifth all-time and trailing only Bill Belichick among active coaches.
  • Led Kansas City to its first Super Bowl victory in 50 years and his first as a head coach when the Chiefs defeated San Francisco, 31-20, after the 2019 season.
  • Guided Kansas City to its greatest single-season turnaround in club history in 2013 with an 11-5 record, a nine-win swing from 2012, in his first year with the team.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant for one season (1998)...Packers executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball, a native of Moberly, Mo., worked for the Chiefs for 10 seasons (1989-98), the final two in football operations. Ball also played center at Central Missouri and later served as head strength and conditioning coach for the Missouri Tigers from 1982-89 and earned his master's degree from Missouri in 1990…Chiefs head coach Andy Reid served as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach for five seasons and quarterbacks coach for two seasons in Green Bay under head coach Mike Holmgren. Reid and the Packers appeared in back-to-back Super Bowls during his tenure, winning Super Bowl XXXI….Packers outside linebackers coach Mike Smith spent three seasons (2016-18) on Reid's staff in Kansas City…Smith was on the Texas Tech coaching staff when Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes played for the Red Raiders...Chiefs outside linebackers coach Ken Flajole spent one season with the Packers (1998) as a defensive assistant/quality control coach…Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's father, Paul, was the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs from 1993-97...Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay's coaching staff…Kansas City director of pro personnel Tim Terry spent 13 seasons in the Packers' pro personnel department, serving as a pro personnel assistant from 2005-07 and then as assistant director of pro personnel (2008-16)…Packers national scout Sam Seale's son, Ricky Seale, is an NFS scout for the Chiefs...Packers assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus held the same role with the Chicago Bears (2007-09), where he coached with Chiefs assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Dave Toub, who was coaching special teams for the Bears (2004-12)…Chiefs practice squad DB Josh Jackson originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2018...Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck held the same title with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where Packers TE Marcedes Lewis was on the roster…Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer (1999) and assistant special teams coach Rayna Stewart (1998) played with Chiefs defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Sam Madison in Miami. Ruegamer and Madison also played together with the N.Y. Giants, where they won Super Bowl XLII…Chiefs defensive backs coach Dave Merritt was on the Giants' coaching staff during Ruegamer and Madison's tenure…Chiefs assistant strength and conditioning coach/director of sport science Ryan Reynolds held the same position at UCLA when Packers DL Kenny Clark was on the Bruins' roster...Packers DL Dean Lowry and DL Tyler Lancaster played at Northwestern when Chiefs pass game analyst/assistant quarterbacks coach David Girardi was a defensive graduate assistant...Chiefs college and pro scout Jason Lamb was a pro personnel intern with the Packers in 2013...Chiefs national football scout Cassidy Kaminski was born in Green Bay and served as the wide receivers/quality control coach at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., from 2014-16.

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