*Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.
Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com.
A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.*
THIS WEEK'S NOTABLE STORYLINES:
-The Packers attempt to overcome a tough loss in snowy Seattle, where Green Bay led for nearly 42 minutes, including a fourth-quarter advantage. After arriving after 6 a.m. CST this morning, the Packers as planned will push their Wednesday schedule back a few hours to adjust during the short week.
-Eric Mangini, one of the youngest head coaches to ever face the Packers, brings his club to Green Bay, its first appearance at Lambeau since Opening Day 2000.
-The Jets are 7-2 all-time against Green Bay. The only other club with a better record vs. the Packers is Kansas City (6-1-1).
NATIONAL TELEVISION: Green Bay makes its final 2006 appearance on CBS Sports, which will air the contest to much of the country as the kickoff game in the network's national doubleheader. In Wisconsin's two largest markets, CBS affiliates WFRV (Ch. 5) in Green Bay and WDJT (Ch. 58) in Milwaukee will carry the game. Veteran play-by-play man Jim Nantz teams up with former Super Bowl winning QB Phil Simms, the color analyst. Lance Barrow is the producer and Mike Arnold the director.
-The contest also is available to DIRECTV(r) NFL?Sunday Ticket subscribers on Channel 708 and Channel 720 in high definition.
PACKERS RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 57-station Packers Radio Network, with versatile Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color). Spanning six states, the 57-station network covers 47 markets throughout the upper Midwest.
-The broadcast also is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on packers.com and NFL.com.
-Those with SIRIUS Satellite Radio can listen to live play-by-play as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive. The Green Bay broadcast is available on Channel 119.
NOTE OF THE WEEK: Kabeer-Gbaja Biamila had the Packers' only sack in Monday night's game, forcing a Matt Hasselbeck fumble in which rookie Abdul Hodge, making his first NFL start, returned 29 yards for a touchdown.
-The sack gave "KGB" 161/2 in his 16 career games on Monday Night Football. Since the NFL began keeping track of sacks for defensive players in 1982, he is the only player who has averaged at least one sack per game on Monday night (min: 10 games played on MNF), according to Elias Sports Bureau.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. New York Jets:
All-time regular season: 2-7-0
All-time, in Wisconsin: 2-3-0 (1-2-0 at Lambeau Field)
Streaks: The Jets have won the last two meetings and seven of the last eight
Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 29, 2002, at Meadowlands; Jets won, 42-17
Last meeting, regular season, Lambeau Field: Sept. 3, 2000; Jets won, 20-16
Mike McCarthy: 4-7-0, .364, first NFL season
Eric Mangini: 6-5-0, .545, first NFL season
Head to Head: (first meeting)
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-0 vs. Jets; Mangini 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY...Is in his first year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
-Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant - all under head coaches with defensive backgrounds.
-One of those previous 13 years was with the Packers, as quarterbacks coach in 1999.
-Had not been a head coach at any level, having begun his coaching career as a college assistant at Fort Hays State (1987-88) and the University of Pittsburgh (1989-92) before breaking into the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Chiefs in 1993.
ERIC MANGINI...Is in his first year as the Jets' 14th head coach.
-A former Jets assistant coach under Bill Parcells from 1997-99, Mangini rejoined the Jets after six seasons (2000-05) with the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick, for whom he served five years as defensive backs coach and one as defensive coordinator.
-In first five seasons with Patriots, tutored a secondary that earned five Pro Bowl selections.
-Broke into the NFL as an assistant on Belichick's Cleveland Browns staff in 1995.
-A nose tackle for Wesleyan (Conn.), served as head coach and defensive coordinator for the Kew Colts, a semi-pro professional football team in Melbourne, Australia, while completing his college degree.
THE JETS-PACKERS SERIES: Since winning the first game between the two teams on Sept. 17, 1973, in Milwaukee by a score of 23-7, the Packers have lost seven of their last eight meetings with the Jets.
-That first meeting marked the most points the Packers have scored in a single game in this series.
-Green Bay's only other win came on Nov. 13, 1994, a 17-10 triumph at Lambeau Field.
NOTABLE CONNECTIONS...Jets linebackers coach Jim Herrmann was Charles Woodson's defensive coordinator his senior year at Michigan in 1997...Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is the nephew of Packers defensive backs coach Kurt Schottenheimer. The two coached together on the Washington Redskins staff in 2001...Rookie linebackers A.J. Hawk of the Packers and Anthony Schlegel of the Jets played alongside one another at Ohio State. Hawk was a first-round draft pick and Schlegel was taken in the third round. Another OSU teammate, Jets C Nick Mangold, was also a first-round pick. Jets K Mike Nugent, a second-year player, was also a college teammate with the Buckeyes...Packers T Chad Clifton and Jets DE Shaun Ellis were college teammates at Tennessee and were drafted by their respective teams in 2000, Clifton in the second round and Ellis in the first round.
INDIVIDUALLY VS. N.Y. JETS...Brett Favre is 1-2 in his career vs. the Jets, and his 73.4 passer rating and 52.6 completion percentage are his second-lowest marks against any AFC opponent (Denver).
LAST MEETING: Dec. 29, 2002, at Meadowlands; Jets won 42-17.
-With a chance to secure home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs, the Packers fell to the Jets, who clinched the AFC East title and left Green Bay with just a first-round home playoff game.
-The Packers had gotten the break they needed on the same field the previous day, when the N.Y. Giants upset the Philadelphia Eagles, 10-7 in overtime, but Philadelphia held the No. 1 seed after Green Bay lost to the Jets.
-New York won for the eighth time in its previous 11 games, behind four TD passes from Chad Pennington (17 of 24, 196 yards).
-Brett Favre's 14-yard bullet for a TD to Terry Glenn with 5 seconds left in the first half pulled Green Bay within 14-10, but the game wasn't close in the second half as the Jets scored four more touchdowns.
LAST MEETING, LAMBEAU FIELD: Sept. 3, 2000; Jets won, 20-16.
-In Mike Sherman's first game as Green Bay head coach, Jets safety Victor Green intercepted a Favre pass deep in New York territory with a minute left in the game to prevent a Packers comeback.
-In a back-and-forth game that saw neither team lead by more than one score, Ryan Longwell's 42-yard field goal with just over eight minutes left gave Green Bay a 16-13 lead, but the Jets responded with a 61-yard pass from Vinny Testaverde to Dedric Ward, setting up a 3-yard TD catch by Curtis Martin for the winning points.
-Martin had 30 carries for 110 yards and Ward had five catches for 104 yards.