Dope Sheet: Packers host Rams in prime time

The Green Bay Packers (5-8) will host the Los Angeles Rams (4-9) on Monday Night Football, marking the latest MNF contest ever at Lambeau Field.

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The Green Bay Packers (5-8) will host the Los Angeles Rams (4-9) on Monday Night Football, marking the latest MNF contest ever at Lambeau Field.

  • It will be the first time the Packers have hosted the defending Super Bowl champions since Oct. 14, 2001, vs. Baltimore.
  • It will be the first prime-time matchup between the teams since they met on MNF at Lambeau Field (Nov. 29, 2004). It was the only times the two teams met on MNF.
  • It will be the latest regular-season visit for the Rams to Lambeau Field since 1992, a 28-13 victory by Green Bay on Dec. 20.
  • Green Bay has won six of the last seven regular-season matchups with the Rams and 13 of the last 18.
  • Including the postseason, the Packers have won each of the last four home games against the Rams, outscoring them, 116-59.
  • During the regular season, the series between the Packers and Rams is 46-46-2 while Green Bay holds a 2-1 advantage in the postseason.
  • This will be the third time Head Coach Matt LaFleur will lead the Packers against the Rams, which he was the offensive coordinator for in 2017. Green Bay has beaten Los Angeles in the 2020 postseason and 2021 regular season, scoring 30-plus points in both contests.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers has started against the Rams seven times (including postseason) with the Packers winning six of those contests and scoring 24-plus points in all seven games.
  • Rodgers has thrown for 15 TDs, three INTs and a passer rating of 109.6 against the Rams.
  • Rodgers has posted a passer rating of 100-plus in five of the seven contests.
  • This will be the Packers' first home game in over a month, having last played at Lambeau Field against Tennessee on Nov. 17.
  • The Packers are coming off a victory at Chicago in Week 13 that gave Green Bay 787 victories, the most in the regular season in the history of the NFL. It is the first time since December 1921 (Buffalo All-Americans) that the Bears franchise (786) does not lead the NFL or have a share of the lead in all-time regular-season wins.
  • Under LaFleur, Green Bay is 14-1 (.933) at home in Week 10 or later, marking the best record in the NFL since 2019 (Kansas City, 11-1, .917).
  • Green Bay will end the regular season with three of its last four at home for the first time since 2011.
  • In Week 16, Green Bay will travel to Miami to play the Dolphins, marking the second straight year and the fourth time in franchise history that the Packers will play on Christmas. It will be the first time Green Bay will play on the road on the holiday.

WITH THE CALL

ESPN will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-by-play man Joe Buck joins analyst Troy Aikman in the booth with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.

  • Westwood One Sports will broadcast the game on radio to a national audience, with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) calling the action and Rich Eisen hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
  • 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).
  • You can also find the Packers radio broadcast on SiriusXM channels 83 or 225, and on the SXM App under the "NFL Play-by-Play" tab.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs Rams:

  • Regular season, all-time: 46-46-2
  • All-time, postseason: 2-1
  • All-time, at home (regular season): 29-19 (11-5 at Lambeau Field)
  • Streaks: Green Bay has won seven of the last eight meetings (including playoffs).
  • Last meeting, regular season:
  • Nov. 28, 2021, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 36-28

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 46-21-0, .687; (2-3 postseason); 4th NFL season
  • Sean McVay: 66-38-0, .635; (7-3 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 2-0 vs. McVay
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 2-0 vs. Rams; McVay 0-2 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).

SEAN McVAY…In his sixth season as the Rams' 23th head coach.

  • Became the youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl as he led the Rams to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI in 2022.
  • In 2018, led the Rams to 13 wins, tied for the second most in a season in team history, and an appearance in Super Bowl ??
  • Prior to joining Los Angeles, served as Washington's offensive coordinator (2014-16), tight ends coach (2011-13) and offensive assistant (2010). Also coached tight ends for the Florida Tuskers of the UFL (2009) and was a coaching assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008.

THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES

  • The two franchises first met in 1937 while the Rams were located in Cleveland. The teams would meet every year from 1937-71 with the exception of 1943, when the Rams didn't field a team.
  • Green Bay went 12-1-1 in the first 14 meetings between the teams from 1937-44.
  • The teams have met three times in the postseason, with the Packers winning the 1967 Western Conference Championship, 28-7, the Rams taking a 2001 Divisional playoff contest, 45-17, and the Packers winning a 2020 Divisional playoff contest, 32-18.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur served as the Rams' offensive coordinator in 2017…Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry served as the assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Rams from 2017-20…Packers LB Justin Hollins played for the Rams from 2020-22…Packers WR Sammy Watkins played for the Rams in 2017…Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans coached running backs for the Rams from 2012-15…Green Bay defensive backs coach Jerry Gray was selected by the Rams in the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft and played seven seasons (1985-91) for the team, earning four Pro Bowl selections…Packers players with connections to California include: T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), LB Krys Barnes (Bakersfield, UCLA), DL Kenny Clark (Rialto, UCLA), TE Josiah Deguara (Folsom), WR Romeo Doubs (Los Angeles), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), QB Jordan Love (Bakersfield), CB Keisean Nixon (Compton) and QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, California-Berkeley, Butte CC)…Packers defensive line/running game coordinator Jerry Montgomery was born in Los Angeles…Packers offensive quality control coach Ramsen Golpashin was born in Culver City, Calif., and coached four seasons (2018-21) at UCLA...Rams head coach Sean McVay coached for Washington from 2010-16 while Packers LB Preston Smith (2015-16), LaFleur (2010-13), Barry (2015-16), and Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti (2010, 2014-16) were with the organization…LaFleur coached with Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris in Washington and Atlanta…Morris coached on the staff in Tampa Bay with Barry and Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia…LaFleur also coached with Rams defensive assistant Lance Schulters with the Falcons…Rams senior offensive assistant Greg Olson coached with Barry and Bisaccia in Tampa Bay and with Bisaccia in Oakland/Las Vegas…Rams assistant head coach and tight ends coach Thomas Brown coached running backs at the University of Wisconsin in 2014…Rams G David Edwards (2015-18) and T Rob Havenstein (2010-14) both played at the University of Wisconsin…Former NFL teammates include: Packers DL Jarran Reed and Rams LB Bobby Wagner (Seahawks); Packers S Adrian Amos and P Pat O'Donnell and Rams LB Leonard Floyd (Bears); Packers TE Marcedes Lewis and Rams CB Jalen Ramsey (Jaguars)…Former college teammates include: Packers DL Jarran Reed and Rams DL A'Shawn Robinson (Alabama); Packers CB Shemar Jean-Charles and Rams DB Shaun Jolly (Appalachian State); Packers TE Josiah Deguara, LB Eric Wilson and Rams DL Marquise Copeland (Cincinnati); Packers DL T.J. Slaton, Rams WR Van Jefferson and WR Brandon Powell (Florida); Packers LB Quay Walker and DL Devonte Wyatt and Rams CB Derion Kendrick (Georgia); Packers G Jon Runyan and Rams DB David Long Jr. (Michigan); Packers LB Kingsley Enagbare and CB Keisean Nixon and Rams LB Ernest Jones (South Carolina); Packers S Innis Gaines and Rams LB Travin Howard (TCU); Packers LB Krys Barnes and Rams S Quentin Lake (UCLA).

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