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Dope Sheet: Packers face Bengals in preseason debut

The Packers and Bengals will practice against each other on Wednesday before facing off on Friday night

RB Aaron Jones
RB Aaron Jones

The Packers will open the preseason taking on the Bengals in Cincinnati.

  • The Packers and Bengals will practice against each other on Wednesday before facing off on Friday night. 
  • It will mark the second straight year that Green Bay starts the preseason on the road. 
  • It will be the first preseason meeting between the Packers and Bengals since 2012, a 27-13 Green Bay win at Cincinnati.
  • The two teams last met in 2021 when the Packers won, 25-22, in overtime in the regular season at the Bengals.


Flagshipped by Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Packers preseason games are televised over a 22-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and northeastern Minnesota, Peoria in Illinois, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, Davenport and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, St. Louis in Missouri, Bismarck, Fargo and Minot in North Dakota, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska.

  • The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS's Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside former Green Bay fullback John Kuhn (analyst) with Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show. Packers preseason games are also broadcast on Telemundo Wisconsin.
  • In addition to flagship station WTMJ-TV and WGBA-TV, the games are televised over WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau, Wis.; KQDS/FOX, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis.; WLUC-NBC/FOX UP, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; WMBD/CBS, Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.; KCCI/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa; WHBF/CBS, Davenport, Iowa; KWWL/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KTVI/FOX, St. Louis, Mo.; KETV/ABC, Omaha, Neb.; KNDB/BEK, Bismarck, N.D.; KRDK/BEK, Fargo, N.D.; KNDM/BEK, Minot, N.D.; KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, S.D.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska; KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska and WYTU/Telemundo Wisconsin. For a map of the affiliates, please go to
  • All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 51 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and North and South Dakota. 97.3 The Game – WRNW-Milwaukee begins its second season as the flagship station of the Packers Radio Network. For a map and full listing of radio affiliates, go to 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 29th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 25th 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.


Important dates to remember (all times CT):

  • Saturday, Aug. 19 – First home preseason game, presented by Cenex, vs. New England Patriots, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 26 – Second home preseason game, presented by Cenex, vs. Seattle Seahawks, 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 29 – Roster reduction to a maximum of 53 players by 3 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 30 – Upon receipt of the personnel notice, clubs may establish a practice squad of 16 players
  • Sunday, Sept. 10 – Regular-season opener at Chicago Bears, Soldier Field, 3:25 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 24 – Home opener vs. New Orleans Saints, Lambeau Field, 12 p.m.


Packers at Bengals:

  • All-time, regular season: 7-7
  • All-time, preseason: 5-11-1
  • All-time, at Cincinnati (regular season): 2-4
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won the last two regular-season matchups (2017, 2021) and both have been overtime victories
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 10, 2021, Paul Brown Stadium, Packers won, 25-22 (OT)


  • Matt LaFleur: 47-19-0, .712; (2-3 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Zac Taylor: 33-38-1, .465; (5-2 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Taylor
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Bengals; Taylor 0-1 vs. Packers

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

  • Enters his 15th 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 Redskins, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
  • In his first four seasons leading the Packers, has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, his 47 wins are the second most in league history by a head coach in his first four seasons in the NFL, trailing only George Seifert (52 in 1989-92). Green Bay's 47-19 regular-season record since 2019 ranks No. 3 in the NFL and No. 1 in the NFC.
  • Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed Seifert (38) for the most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history, trailing only Andy Reid's 40 wins with Kansas City from 2020-22 and Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears from 1985-87 (Elias).
  • Guided the Packers to a 27-6 record (.818) in the regular season from 2019-22 at Lambeau Field, the top home mark in the NFL since 2019. His .750 win percentage (18-6 record) against NFC North opponents in his first four seasons also ranks as the best in the history of the NFC North/Central (min. 10 games).
  • 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).

ZAC TAYLOR…In his fifth season as the Bengals' 10th head coach.

  • Is in his 11th year as an NFL coach and his fifth season as head coach of the Bengals after spending time with the L.A. Rams (2017-18) and Miami Dolphins (2012-15). 
  • Through four seasons with the Bengals, has led the team to back-to-back AFC North titles (2021-22), two consecutive AFC Championship games (2021-22) and an appearance in Super Bowl LVI in 2021.
  • Became one of only 13 head coaches in NFL history to win five of their first six career postseason games after defeating Baltimore and Buffalo in the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs, respectively, in 2022.


  • Green Bay has won the last two regular-season matchups with Cincinnati, both in overtime, bringing the regular-season series record to 7-7.
  • The series between the Packers and Bengals began at Lambeau Field in 1971 where Green Bay faced legendary Cincinnati head coach Paul Brown. The Packers earned a 20-17 victory on a field goal from Lou Michaels to secure the inaugural game between the two squads.
  • One of the most notable games between the Packers and Bengals was in 1992 when QB Brett Favre replaced an injured Don Majkowski in the first quarter and led Green Bay to a come-from-behind 24-23 victory that included a 35-yard TD pass to Kitrick Taylor with only 13 seconds left in the game.


Packers head coach Matt LaFleur, defensive coordinator Joe Barry and Bengals head coach Zac Taylor coached together for the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 when LaFleur was the offensive coordinator, Barry was an assistant head coach/linebackers and Taylor was the assistant wide receivers coach...Packers players and staff from Ohio: QB Sean Clifford (Cincinnati), C/G Josh Myers (Miamisburg), CB Carrington Valentine (Cincinnati), defensive backs coach Ryan Downard (Lima), strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Gizzi (Cleveland), defensive quality control coach Justin Hood (Youngstown)...Packers TE Josiah Deguara (2015-19), LB Eric Wilson (2013-16) and P Pat O'Donnell (2009-12) played collegiately at the University of Cincinnati...Bengals G Max Scharping is from Green Bay, Wis., and attended Southwest High School...Bengals head of strength and conditioning Joey Boese was a defensive back at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1998-2001)...Taylor was the offensive coordinator/QBs coach for the Bearcats for one season while Deguara and Wilson were both players (2016)...Myers played college football at Ohio State (2018-20)...Hood played collegiately at Ashland University (2004-07)...Packers coaches who have coached in Ohio: LaFleur (Ashland, 2007), WR/passing game coordinator Jason Vrable (Marietta College, 2007), Downard (Toledo, 2013; Bowling Green 2016-17)...Taylor's wife, Sarah, is the daughter of former Packers head coach Mike Sherman (2000-05)...Bengals senior defensive assistant Mark Duffner spent three seasons as the Packers' linebackers coach (2003-05), coaching under Sherman...LaFleur was an offensive assistant on the Texans staff when Bengals tight ends coach James Casey played for Houston in 2009...Packers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia and Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan were on the same coaching staff for the Oakland Raiders in 2018...Bisaccia also served on the Cowboys' staff with Bengals assistant offensive line/run game coordinator Frank Pollack from 2013-17...Bengals linebackers coach James Bettcher was the defensive coordinator for Arizona when Packers S Rudy Ford was with the team in 2017...Bettcher went on to hold the same position for the Giants while Packers CB Corey Ballentine was with the team in 2019...Packers QB Jordan Love was a redshirt freshman at Utah State in 2017 when Bengals assistant quarterbacks coach Brad Kragthorpe was on the coaching staff.

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