Dope Sheet: Packers take on Cowboys at Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers (3-6) return from a three-game road stretch to play the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

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DL Dean Lowry

The Green Bay Packers (3-6) return from a three-game road stretch to play the Dallas Cowboys (6-2) at Lambeau Field this Sunday.

  • It will be the first time former Packers head coach Mike McCarthy returns to Lambeau Field and the first time Green Bay will play against its former coach.
  • Green Bay is 20-17 against the Cowboys (including postseason) and has won three in a row and eight of the last nine.
  • It is the first meeting between the two teams since 2019, a 34-24 Green Bay victory in Week 5 at Dallas.
  • The Packers have scored 34-plus points in five of those contests, including each of the last three. The Packers are the first team to score 34-plus points in three straight games against the Cowboys since the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001-02.
  • Including the postseason, it will be the eighth matchup between the two franchises in 10 years (2013-2022).
  • Green Bay is 11-5 at home against the Cowboys (including playoffs).
  • The two teams last played in Green Bay in 2016.
  • Out of the last 16 regular-season meetings between the two, 14 have been decided by 10-plus points. The two contests decided by single digits were a 35-31 win by the Packers in 2017 and a 37-36 Green Bay victory at Dallas in 2013.
  • Green Bay will play on Thursday in Week 11, hosting the Tennessee Titans. The Packers have won six of the last eight games they have played on Thursday night, including both of the last two.

WITH THE CALL

FOX Sports, now in its 29th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.

  • Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst Greg Olsen and sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 713.
  • All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 49 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota. This year, the Packers transitioned to a new flagship station in Milwaukee, iHeartRadio Milwaukee's 97.3 The Game WRNW. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to packers.com/video/radio-network. 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 28th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 24th 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.
  • The Packers' radio broadcast is also available on a mobile device through the Packers app or packers.com for anyone that lives in the state of Wisconsin. If you live outside the state, you can stream the game broadcast from a desktop computer through packers.com. It is also available via subscription on Sirius Satellite Radio or NFL Plus (nfl.com/plus).

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs Cowboys:

  • Regular season, all-time: 16-13
  • All-time, postseason: 4-4
  • All-time, at home (regular season): 9-5 (7-2 at Lambeau Field)
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won eight of the last nine matchups.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 6, 2019, AT&T Stadium, Packers won, 34-24

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 44-19-0, .698; (2-3 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Mike McCarthy: 159-103-2, .606; (10-9 postseason); 15th NFL Season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 0-0 vs. McCarthy
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Cowboys; McCarthy 0-0 vs. Packers

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

  • In his 14th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (L.A. Rams, 2017; Tennessee, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston, 2008-09).
  • With a 13-4 record in 2021, led the Packers to a third straight NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second consecutive season.
  • Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed George Seifert (38) for the most wins by a head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in NFL history, trailing only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears 1985-87.
  • Guided the Packers to a 22-2 record (.917) in the regular season at Lambeau Field in 2019-21, the top mark in the NFL over that span and the best home winning percentage by a Packers head coach in his first three seasons. His 22 wins at home were also the most in NFL history by a coach in his first three seasons.
  • 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).

MIKE McCARTHY…In his third season as the Cowboys' ninth head coach.

  • His teams have earned 10 playoff berths, won seven division titles, made four NFC title game appearances and won Super Bowl XLV.
  • Owns the fifth-most wins among active NFL coaches and has led his teams to 10-plus regular-season wins nine times in his career.
  • In his 13 seasons as head coach of the Packers (2006-18), helped Green Bay finish in the top 10 in total offense and scoring offense nine times and the top 10 in passing offense 10 times.
  • Led the Packers to 10 playoff wins, the most by a head coach in team history, and a team-record four consecutive division titles (2011-14).

THE PACKERS-COWBOYS SERIES

  • These clubs squared off in one of the most famous games in league history, the 1967 NFL Championship, dubbed the 'Ice Bowl.' Kickoff temperature was recorded as minus 13 with a minus 46 wind chill, the coldest game in league annals. Bart Starr's game-winning TD, a 1-yard dive with 13 seconds left, sealed Green Bay's third straight NFL title en route to its second consecutive Super Bowl title.
  • Green Bay won 10 of the first 15 in the series, in which Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi - former assistants on the same N.Y. Giants staff in the 1950s - turned it into one of the NFL's preeminent rivalries.
  • The teams met in the 2014 and 2016 NFC Divisional playoffs, with Green Bay coming out on top both times.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was the head coach for Green Bay from 2006-18, posting 135 wins with the Packers (No. 2 in team history), and also served as the team's quarterbacks coach in 1999…Packers WR Randall Cobb played for the Cowboys in 2019…Packers RB Aaron Jones played at the University of Texas-El Paso and attended Burges High in El Paso…Packers K Mason Crosby was born in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Georgetown (Texas) High School…Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich spent 2008 training camp as a player the Cowboys…Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia served as the special teams coordinator for Dallas from 2013-17 and also was the assistant head coach from 2015-17…Packers defensive backs/passing game coordinator Jerry Gray is from Lubbock, Texas, and played safety at Texas from 1981-84…Packers safeties coach Ryan Downard was a graduate assistant at Texas Tech in 2013…Packers special teams quality control coach Micheal Spurlock played for the Cowboys in 2013 and was a special teams assistant for Dallas in 2016…Packers defensive quality control coach Wendel Davis is from Sweeny, Texas, and coached at West Texas A&M (2010-12), Texas A&M-Commerce (2013-14) and Texas (2015)…Packers coaching assistant Quinshon Odom was a graduate assistant at Texas in 2021…Packers director of player personnel John Wojciechowski was the Northeast area scout for the Cowboys from 2003-11...Cowboys C Tyler Biadasz is from Amherst, Wis., and played at the University of Wisconsin…Cowboys TE Jake Ferguson attended Madison (Wis.) Memorial High School and played at the University of Wisconsin…Cowboys offensive line coach Joe Philbin coached on Green Bay's staff (2003-11, 2018) and served as the Packers' interim head coach for the final four games in 2018…Cowboys defensive backs coach Al Harris played cornerback for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09) and is in the Packers Hall of Fame…Cowboys assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko was a coaching administrator for the Packers in 2016 and the team's assistant offensive line coach in 2017-18…Cowboys assistant head coach Rob Davis spent 11 seasons (1997-2007) as the long snapper for Green Bay and served as the team's director of player development from 2008-16…Cowboys secondary/pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. coached on Green Bay's staff for 11 seasons (2008-18)…Cowboys linebackers coach Scott McCurley served as a coaching administrator for the Packers from 2006-08 and coached in a variety of roles on the defensive side of the ball for Green Bay from 2009-18…Cowboys assistant special teams coach Rayna Stewart held the same position with the Packers from 2019-21…Cowboys offensive assistant Scott Tolzien played QB at the University of Wisconsin and was with the Packers from 2013-16, appearing in six games with two starts…Cowboys quality control/analytics Ryan Feder worked in a similar role for the Packers from 2015-18…Packers head coach Matt LaFleur coached the quarterbacks for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015-16 when Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was Atlanta's head coach…LaFleur and Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry coached with Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel and running backs coach Skip Peete on the Los Angeles Rams' staff in 2017…Former college teammates include Packers LB Preston Smith and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Mississippi State); Prestott and Packers G Elgton Jenkins (Mississippi State); Packers DL Kenny Clark and Cowboys LB Anthony Barr (UCLA); Packers T Rasheed Walker and Cowboys LB Micah Parsons and G Connor McGovern (Penn State).

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