Dope Sheet: Packers and Steelers face off at Lambeau

The Green Bay Packers return home to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

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TE Robert Tonyan

The Green Bay Packers return home to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field.

  • It is the first visit for Pittsburgh to Lambeau Field since 2013.
  • Including Super Bowl XLV, six of the last seven games between the two teams have been decided by seven points or less.
  • Each team has scored 25-plus points in each of the last four matchups, including the Super Bowl.
  • It will be the earliest meeting between Green Bay and Pittsburgh since Sept. 27, 1992, a 17-3 win by the Packers at Lambeau.
  • Sunday will be QB Aaron Rodgers' first career start against the Steelers at Lambeau Field. It is the only team in the league he has not started against at home.
  • It is the first of two consecutive games against AFC North opponents as Green Bay travels to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 5 at 12 p.m. CDT. It will be the first of four road contests in five weeks for the Packers.
  • K Mason Crosby enters Week 4 with a streak of 22 consecutive FGs made, the second-longest streak in team history (Crosby, 23, 2010-11).

AGAINST THE AFC

  • The Packers are facing their first AFC opponent of the season after going 3-1 in 2020. Green Bay's .750 winning percentage against AFC opponents last season was tied for No. 4 overall and No. 1 among NFC teams (Seattle and Tampa Bay).
  • Under Head Coach Matt LaFleur, Green Bay is 6-2 against AFC opponents, a .750 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in the NFL from 2019-21 (stathead.com).
  • The Packers have scored over 30 points in five of their last seven games against AFC teams.
  • Green Bay ranks No. 8 in the NFL and No. 2 in the NFC in point differential (plus-63) against AFC opponents since 2019. 
  • Rodgers has registered a passer rating of 100-plus in eight of the last 10 games he has played against AFC teams, including in all four games last season (128.1, 110.7, 108.1, 132.4). 
  • In his last 10 games against the AFC, Rodgers has thrown 27 TDs and three interceptions, while recording five 300-yard games and two 400-yard games. The Packers are 8-2 in Rodgers' last 10 starts against AFC opponents.
  • In four games versus AFC teams last season, WR Davante Adams totaled 39 receptions for 510 yards (13.1 avg.) and seven TDs. Both were the most by an NFC player in 2020.
  • Dating back to 1970, Adams finished the 2020 regular season tied for No. 3 in single-season totals by an NFC player versus AFC opponents in receptions and receiving TDs (Stats Pass).
  • Over the last 12 games he has played against AFC teams, Adams has tallied 14 receiving TDs.
  • In 12 games played versus AFC opponents, RB Aaron Jones has recorded nine TDs (six rushing and three receiving) and averaged 5.3 yards per carry and 11.4 yards per reception.

WITH THE CALL

CBS will broadcast the game. Play-by-play man Jim Nantz joins analyst Tony Romo with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines. 

  • Compass Media Networks will air the game on radio across the country. Chris Carrino (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the action with Jon Rothstein hosting the pregame, halftime and postgame shows.
  • 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).
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 717.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers vs. Steelers:

  • Regular season, all-time: 18-16
  • All-time, Postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, at Home (regular season): 7-8
  • Streaks: Pittsburgh has won the last five regular-season meetings dating back to 1995, the Packers' last regular-season victory over Pittsburgh. 
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 26, 2017, Heinz Field, Steelers won, 31-28

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 28-7-0, .800; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Mike Tomlin: 146-80-1, 645; (8-8 postseason); 16th NFL season 
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 0-0 vs. Tomlin
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 0-0 vs. Steelers, Tomlin 3-0 vs. Packers (0-1 postseason) 

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).

MIKE TOMLIN…In his 15th year as the Steelers' 16th head coach. 

  • Became the youngest head coach in NFL history to both coach in and win a Super Bowl when he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII (36 years, 323 days). By winning the Super Bowl in only his second season as a head coach, he also became the fastest to win a Super Bowl title in Steelers history. 
  • Has led Pittsburgh to seven AFC North titles and has guided the Steelers to the playoffs nine times, including two trips to the Super Bowl (XLIII and XLV).
  • Has won at least five home games in each of his first 14 years, including seven out of eight regular-season home wins in 2020.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' linebackers coach from 2001-06, where he coached alongside Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin Steelers (2001-05), who was the defensive backs coach...The duo helped lead Tampa Bay to winning Super Bowl XXXVI…Barry and Tomlin were also joined by Steelers senior conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont, who was the Bucs' strength and conditioning coach from 2003-06…Packers head coach Matt LaFleur overlapped with several Steelers coaches while he was the quarterbacks coach with Washington (2010-13), including wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard (2012), assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan (2011-13) and special teams coach Danny Smith (2010-12)...Steelers brothers LB T.J. Watt and FB Derek Watt are from Pewaukee, Wis., and played at the University of Wisconsin…Steelers LB Joe Schobert is from Waukesha, Wis., and played at Wisconsin…Steelers DE Isaiahh Loudermilk also played at the University of Wisconsin…Packers co-director of player personnel John Wojciechowski spent two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a personnel assistant (1996-97)…Steelers offensive coordinator Matt Canada coached one season (2012) at the University of Wisconsin as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach…Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett's father, Paul, was the head coach at University of Pittsburgh (1989-92)...Packers college scout Joe Hueber was a recruiting assistant for the University of Pittsburgh for three seasons (2012-14)...Steelers running backs coach Eddie Faulkner also coached at Wisconsin for one season (2012), coaching the tight ends…Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm spent one season of his five-year NFL career with Green Bay in 2005…Green Bay quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy was born in Munhall, Pa., and later coached at the University of Pittsburgh (2010) and Indiana University of Pa. (2011-12)…Packers tight ends coach Justin Outten is from Doylestown, Pa., attending Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown…Packers wide receivers coach Jason Vrable is a native of South Park, Pa., and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports medicine in 2007 and completed a master's degree in sports management from Robert Morris University in 2009...Packers G Jon Runyan is from Philadelphia, Pa. …Packers S Adrian Amos played at Penn State (2011-14)…Former college teammates include: Packers C/G Josh Myers and Steelers QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State); Packers WR Amari Rodgers and Steelers WR Ray-Ray McCloud (Clemson); Packers T Yosh Nijman and Steelers S Terrell Edmunds (Virginia Tech); Packers DL Kingsley Keke and Steelers LB Buddy Johnson (Texas A&M); Packers LB Rashan Gary, G Jon Runyan and Steelers LB Devin Bush, Zach Gentry, and Chris Wormley (Michigan); Packers G/T Billy Turner and Steelers T Joe Haeg (North Dakota State).

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