Dope Sheet: Packers finish regular season in Detroit

Week 18 marks the fourth time in the last six years that the Packers will end the regular season at Ford Field. 

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WR Davante Adams

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will face off in Week 18, marking the fourth time in the last six years that the Packers will end the regular season at Ford Field. 

  • Green Bay has won two of the last three regular-season finales at Detroit and is 3-3 overall in road games against the Lions to close out the regular season.
  • The Packers have won two in a row at Detroit.
  • Green Bay leads the regular-season series, 103-72-7 (.585), and have won both postseason contests the two clubs have played.
  • Green Bay's 103 regular-season wins over the Lions are the most it has against any team.
  • Green Bay has a 32-11 overall mark against Detroit since 2000, a .744 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 among NFL teams that have played the Lions more than 10 times over that span, according to Stathead.com.
  • The Packers swept the season series in 2020 for the second straight year and for the 10th time in the last 17 seasons.

AGAINST THE LIONS

  • QB Aaron Rodgers has started 23 games against Detroit and has helped guide the Packers to a 18-5 record in those contests. 
  • Rodgers has thrown 50 TDs compared to just eight INTs against Detroit (108.1 passer rating). Rodgers is No. 2 in the NFL in TD passes against the Lions (Brett Favre, 58).
  • Rodgers' passer rating of 108.1 is No. 1 in the NFL (min. 300 pass att.) against Detroit.
  • Rodgers has posted a 100-plus passer rating in 15 games against the Lions in his career, including in each of the last three contests (107.6, 133.6, 145.6). His 130-plus passer rating in the last two games against Detroit is tied for the longest streak by an NFL QB vs. Detroit.
  • WR Davante Adams has seven receiving TDs in 12 games played against the Lions. 
  • Adams has registered seven-plus receptions (seven, eight) and 100-plus receiving yards (115, 121) in each of the last two contests against Detroit.
  • RB Aaron Jones recorded a rushing TD and three receiving TDs in Week 2 vs. Detroit, giving him four TDs in a game for the second time in his career (four rushing TDs at Dallas in 2019). He became the eighth NFL RB since 1950 with a rushing TD and three-plus receiving TDs in a game. Jones was the first player with tree receiving TDs and a rush TD in a single game against Detroit.
  • In the last three games against the Lions, Jones has totaled 426 yards from scrimmage and seven TDs (three rushing and four receiving).
  • Jones' top two career rushing-yardage games have both come against NFC North foes (168 vs. Detroit in Week 2 in 2020, 154 at Minnesota in Week 16 in 2019).

WITH THE CALL

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

  • Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst Greg Olsen and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
  • 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 Lions:

  • Regular season, all-time: 103-72-7
  • All-time, Postseason: 2-0
  • All-time, at Detroit: 42-45-3 (12-7 at Ford Field) 
  • Streaks: The Packers have won the last five meetings, all under Matt LaFleur.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 20, 2021, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 35-17

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 39-9-0, .813; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Dan Campbell: 7-20-1, 268; 2nd NFL Season 
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Campbell
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 5-0 vs. Lions; Campbell 0-1 vs. Packers

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).
  • Has a regular-season record of 39-9 (.813), giving him the most wins by a head coach in his first three NFL seasons (George Seifert, 38 from 1989-91).  
  • Also became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins since 2019 are tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history behind only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with Chicago from 1985-87 (Elias).
  • Is now 22-2 (.917) at Lambeau Field in the regular season as he set the mark for the most wins by a head coach in NFL annals in his first three seasons at home.
  • 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.
  •  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). 

DAN CAMPBELL…Is in his first year as the Lions' 28th head coach. 

  • Is the fifth former Lions player to be named full-time head coach for the team and the first since Joe Schmidt, who played for Detroit from 1953-65 and served as head coach from 1967-72. 
  • Brings 22 years of NFL experience to the Lions, including 11 years as a coach and 11 as a player. Most recently served as the assistant head coach/tight ends coach for the New Orleans Saints from 2016–2020.
  • In 2015, became the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach following organizational changes, where he took over a 1-3 team that had lost three consecutive contests and immediately helped the team win its first two games under his leadership. The Dolphins finished 5-7 under Campbell that season. 
  • A third-round selection by the Giants in the 1999 NFL Draft, the former tight end appeared in 114 total career games (76 starts) and caught 91 passes for 934 yards and 11 touchdowns.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is from Mount Pleasant, Mich., and played quarterback at Saginaw Valley State (2000-02). LaFleur later became an offensive assistant at his alma mater (2003), and then a graduate assistant at Central Michigan (2004-05) and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Northern Michigan (2006)...Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry held the same role with the Lions for two seasons (2007-08)…Barry also played for the University of Michigan from 1989-90…Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich played collegiately at Michigan (2002-05) and later was a strength and conditioning intern (2011) and a graduate assistant (2012-13) for the Wolverines...Packers LB Rashan Gary (2016-18) and G Jon Runyan (2016-19) both played at the University of Michigan...Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy was the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2013...Packers coaching assistant Ruvell Martin played collegiately with LaFleur at Saginaw Valley State (2000-03) and attended high school in Muskegon, Mich. ...Lions senior defensive assistant Dom Capers served as the Packers' defensive coordinator from 2009-17…Lions senior personnel executive John Dorsey spent 21 years as an executive with the Green Bay Packers and also played for the Packers from 1984-88…Lions quarterbacks coach Mark Brunell was selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft and spent the first two seasons of his career (1993-94) in Green Bay…Lions RB Jamaal Williams spent the first four seasons of his career with Green Bay (2017-20)…Lions QB Tim Boyle spent three years as a backup with Green Bay (2018-20)…Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown and Lions WR Amon-ra St. Brown are brothers…Barry served as the Los Angeles Rams assistant head coach/linebackers coach (2017-20), where he coached Lions QB Jared Goff and DE Michael Brockers…Packers S Adrian Amos played for the Chicago Bears (2015-18), where he played alongside Lions DL Nick Williams (2018)…Packers T Dennis Kelly (2016-20) played for the Tennessee Titans, where he overlapped with Lions WR Kalif Raymond (2018-20)...Packers P Corey Bojorquez played for the Buffalo Bills (2018-20), where he played with Lions S Dean Marlowe (2017-20)…Packers chief of staff Darryl Franklin spent three years as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University. Additionally, Franklin was a player personnel intern with the Lions in 2008...Lions WR Quintez Cephus played for Wisconsin from 2016-19...Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery served in the same role at Michigan from 2011-12...Green Bay running backs coach Ben Sirmans coached at Michigan State for two seasons (2005-06)...Packers assistant defensive backs coach Ryan Downard played safety at Eastern Michigan from 2007-10...Packers defensive backs coach Jerry Gray coached on the same staff as Lions offensive line coach Hank Fraley for the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16…Lions head equipment manager Tim O'Neil spent six seasons as an equipment assistant in Green Bay (1995-2000).

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