Dope Sheet: Packers return home to play Washington

The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Washington Football Team this Sunday.

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In the middle of four road contests over a five-game stretch, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to take on the Washington Football Team this Sunday.

  • The Packers have won five straight games at Lambeau Field against Washington.
  • Overall, Green Bay has won three of the last five matchups between the two teams, including a 20-15 win at home in 2019.
  • Green Bay will visit the Arizona Cardinals on a Thursday night in Week 8 to finish an October slate in which the Packers play five games for the first time since 2010.
  • The Packers have started the season with a 5-1 record for the third consecutive season. Since 2019, Green Bay has a combined record of 15-3 in the first six games of the season, a .833 winning percentage that is the best in the NFL over that span (stathead.com).
  • It is the first time the Packers have won at least five of their first six games in three straight seasons since 1961-63 (5-1, 6-0, 5-1).
  • Green Bay is the only team in the league to get off to a 5-1 start in each of the last three seasons. The last NFL team to start three straight seasons with at least five wins in the first six games was the Denver Broncos in 2013-15 (6-0 in 2013, 5-1 in 2014, 6-0 in 2015).
  • Green Bay and Baltimore are the only teams in the league to have a winning streak of five-plus games in each of the last three seasons (2019-21).

OWNING OCTOBER

  • Green Bay is one of five NFL teams to be undefeated in October this season (3-0).
  • Under Head Coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers are 9-1 in the month of October, a .900 winning percentage that ranks No. 2 in the NFL since 2019 (Baltimore, 9-0, 1.00).
  • Green Bay is 4-0 at home in the month of October under LaFleur, one of three NFL teams to be undefeated at home in October since 2019 (Baltimore and Indianapolis, 4-0). The Packers are 5-1 on the road in October since 2019, an .833 winning percentage that ranks No. 4 in the league over that span. 
  • The Packers have a plus-60 point differential in October since 2019, tied for No. 8 in the NFL (Kansas City).
  • Dating back to 2008, Green Bay is 37-13 in the month of October, a .740 winning percentage that ranks No. 3 in the NFL over that span.
  • Dating back to 2019, QB Aaron Rodgers ranks in the top 10 in the NFL in the month of October (min. 100 pass att.) in passer rating (111.0, No. 2), TD passes (24, No. 3), yards per atttempt (8.34, No. 6), 25-plus yards completions (26, T-No. 3), completions (224, No. 7), TD/INT percentage (6.00, No. 3) and interceptions (four, T-No. 10) according to Stats Pass.
  • Among quarterbacks with 600-plus pass attempts, Rodgers has the top passer rating in October (108.4) in NFL history.
  • RB Aaron Jones has posted 10 total TDs in the month of October since 2019, tied for No. 2 in the NFL over that span.

WITH THE CALL

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

  • Play-by-play man Joe Davis joins analyst Greg Olsen and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 708.
  • ESPN Radio will be broadcasting to a national audience with Marc Kestecher (play-by-play) and Max Starks (analyst) on the call and Dan Graziano reporting from the sidelines.
  • 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 vs. Washington: 

Regular season, all-time: 19-15-1

  • All-time, Postseason: 2-1
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 8-2-1
  • Streaks: The Packers have won five straight meetings at Lambeau Field. 
  • Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 8, 2019, Lambeau Field, Packers won, 20-15

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Matt LaFleur: 31-7-0, .816; (2-2 postseason); 3rd NFL season
  • Ron Rivera: 85-76-1, .528 (3-5 postseason); 12th NFL season
  • Head to Head: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Rivera
  • vs. Opponent: LaFleur 1-0 vs. Washington; Rivera 2-3 vs. Packers (as coach of Carolina Panthers)

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).

RON RIVERA…In his 25th season coaching in the NFL and his second as Washington's head coach in 2021. 

  • In his first season, led Washington to an NFC East title with a 7-9 record all while being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment for it during the season. 
  • Prior to Washington, served as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers for nine seasons (2011-19), where he led the team to three straight divisional titles (2013-15) and an appearance in Super Bowl 50. Was also recognized twice as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2013 and in 2015.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers president & CEO Mark Murphy played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Washington Football Team, serving as co-captain from 1980-84, playing on the Super Bowl XVII championship team and earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 1983...Green Bay executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball spent the 2001 season as director of football administration for Washington...Packers head coach Matt LaFleur (2010-13) served as the Washington quarterbacks coach…Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti (2000-10; 2014-18) spent time on the Washington coaching staff in several roles...Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry served in the same role for Washington from 2015-16…Packers defensive backs/passing game coordinator Jerry Gray spent four seasons (2006-09) as the secondary coach for the Washington Football Team…Packers DL Preston Smith played four seasons for the Washington Football Team (2015-18)…Washington senior offensive assistant Jim Hostler spent one season (2018) with Green Bay as the passing game coordinator…Gray coached defensive backs for the Minnesota Vikings (2014-19), where he coached on the same staff with Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner, who was Minnesota's quarterbacks coach (2014-16)…Washington linebackers coach Steve Russ is from Stetsonville, Wis. …Washington assistant defensive backs/nickel coach Brent Vieselmeyer is from Wauwatosa, Wis. …Washington special teams coordinator Nate Kaczor was the assistant special teams coordinator in Jacksonville when Packers TE Marcedes Lewis was on the team (2008-11)…Packers chief of staff Darryl Franklin spent seven seasons in Washington's player personnel department (2012-18)…Packers S Adrian Amos played for the Chicago Bears from 2015-18, where he was teammates with Washington T Charles Leno Jr. (2014-20)…Packers T Dennis Kelly played for the Tennessee Titans (2016-20), where he was teammates with Washington WR Adam Humphries (2019-20)….Washington practice squad G Beau Benzschawel is from Grafton, Wis., and played at the University of Wisconsin…Packers with connections to the Washington D.C. area include: S Adrian Amos (Baltimore), LB Oren Burks (Lorton, Va.), S Darnell Savage (Salisbury, Md., University of Maryland).

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