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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

A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Game Centers.

Here are some highlights from the Week 5 Dope Sheet:


-Refusing to give up after an 0-4 start - and three straight losses by a combined six points - the gutsy Packers bid for their first win.

-The Packers, still only a couple games out of first, play another non-divisional opponent. Only two of the team's first nine are against division foes in a clouded NFC North race.

-Green Bay hosts New Orleans for the first time since 1989, ending one of the NFL's longest droughts between same-conference opponents. The Saints make only their second trip to Lambeau Field.

-Hoping to get back on track, the Packers look for their first home victory. Counting only their first two home games, the Packers are just 1-5 (.167) since 2003. In home games 3-8 since 2003, Green Bay is 8-4 (.667).

-The Packers meet former cornerback Mike McKenzie for the first time since trading him to New Orleans one year ago this week. The Saints meet Grady Jackson for the first time since Green Bay claimed him on waivers from New Orleans in 2003.

TELEVISION: FOX Sports, now in its 12th season as a network television partner, will air the contest to a regional audience. Veteran play-by-play man Kenny Albert calls the action with color commentator Brian Baldinger in the booth. Producer Barry Landis' crew, including director Michael Frank, is in the truck.

PACKERS RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 62-station Packers Radio Network, with versatile Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color). Spanning five states, the network covers 50 markets in the upper Midwest. The broadcast also is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on


Packers vs. New Orleans Saints:

All-time regular season: 13-5-0

(no postseason meetings)

All-time, Lambeau Field: 1-0-0

Streaks: Packers have won three of last four

Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 15, 2002, Superdome; Saints won, 35-20

Last meeting, Wisconsin: Sept. 17, 1989, Lambeau Field; Packers won, 35-34


Mike Sherman: 55-35-0, .611, sixth NFL season, sixth with Packers

Jim Haslett: 45-41-0, .523, sixth NFL season, sixth with Saints

Head to Head: Haslett 1-0 vs. Sherman

vs. Opponent: Sherman 0-1 vs. Saints; Haslett 1-0 vs. Packers

MIKE SHERMAN...Is in his sixth year as the Packers' 13th head coach.

-Is no stranger to adversity, having overcome several hurdles each of the past three seasons to win a trio of NFC North titles. Adversity is again in the Packers' path this season.

-Since the 1993 collective bargaining agreement, teams have made 84 coaching changes and only Sherman's tenure has produced winning records in each of its first five seasons.

-Over their first five regular seasons as an NFL coach, since 1970 only Chuck Knox, George Seifert, Joe Gibbs and Mike Ditka produced better records than Sherman (53-27, .663).

-In 2004, his team became only the ninth in NFL history to reach the playoffs after a 1-4 start.

-Has led the Packers to three straight division titles and four consecutive playoff appearances.

-Is 6-0 against teams in the Super Bowl the previous season.

JIM HASLETT...Named the Saints' 13th head coach in February, 2000.

-In 2000, earned NFL coach of the year honors, won a division title and led New Orleans to its first-ever playoff victory.

-In 2004, guided the Saints to four consecutive victories to conclude the season, keeping the club in playoff contention into the final weekend.

-Joined the Saints after a three-year stint as defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99). Previously coached with the Saints (1995-96) and Los Angeles Raiders (1993-94).

-Four-time All-American defensive end at Indiana (Penn.) University from 1975-78, and was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

-A second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, he was voted as Associated Press defensive rookie of the year (1979) and as an All-Pro in 1981. Played nine NFL seasons (Buffalo 1979-1986, N.Y. Jets 1987).

THE SAINTS-PACKERS SERIES: These teams, ironically members of the same conference, meet for only the second time in the last 10 seasons (1996-2005). Green Bay's trip to New Orleans in 2002, a 35-20 Saints win, marked the teams' first game since 1995.

-New Orleans makes just its second all-time visit to Lambeau Field. The team's only previous trip to Green Bay was in 1989.

-That Sept. 17, 1989, contest marked one of the most exciting games in Packers history. Down 24-7 at half, the Packers rebounded to beat New Orleans, 35-34.

-The Packers' last three meetings with New Orleans (1993, 1995 and 2002) were at the Louisiana Superdome.

-These clubs launched their series in 1968, when former Vince Lombardi assistants Phil Bengtson (Packers) and Tom Fears (Saints) met in Milwaukee. The Packers, one year after winning Super Bowl I, defeated the second-year Saints, 27-7. Fears, who coached Super Bowl I hero Max McGee with the Packers from 1962-65, was New Orleans' first head coach.

Notable connections...Ron Wolf drafted quarterback Aaron Brooks in the fourth round of the 1999 draft; Brooks spent his rookie season as the Packers' No. 3 quarterback, before Wolf dealt him to the Saints prior to the 2000 campaign with TE Lamont Hall for LB K.D. Williams and a third-round pick in the '01 draft (later traded to 49ers)...Packers secondary/safeties coach Joe Baker held various coaching positions in the Saints' defensive backfield from 2000-04...Grady Jackson played one and-a-half seasons in New Orleans (2002-03) until the Packers claimed him on waivers midway through 2003...Mike McKenzie, also drafted by Wolf in in 1999, played with the Packers until his trade to New Orleans one year ago this week...Saints running backs coach Johnny Roland had two previous one-year stints as a Packers assistant, in 1974 and 2004...Jermane Mayberry and Al Harris were teammates at Texas A&M-Kingsville...Mike Sherman was offensive line coach at Tulane from 1983-84...Saints offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard and Packers defensive coordinator Jim Bates were together on Bill Belichick's Cleveland staff in 1993 and '95...New Orleans defensive coordinator Rick Venturi also was on that staff in '95...Saints RB Aaron Stecker, a Green Bay native, is a product of Ashwaubenon High School, blocks from Lambeau Field...Will Smith and Kenny Peterson (Ohio State), Az-Zahir Hakim and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (San Diego State), Colby Bockwoldt and Brady Poppinga (BYU) and James Allen and Nick Barnett (Oregon State) also were college teammates.

LAST MEETING (AP): Sept. 15, 2002, Louisiana Superdome; Saints won, 35-20.

-Aaron Brooks threw two touchdown passes, and the relentless New Orleans defense held off his mentor, Brett Favre.

-Brooks, who spent the 1999 season as Green Bay's third-string quarterback, was 16-of-28 for 217 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints jumped out to an early lead.

-Green Bay gained 357 yards in total offense, but converted just 22 percent of its third-down attempts (2 of 9) compared to 70 percent for the Saints, who also had 357 yards total.

-Favre, who was 9-0 in the Superdome coming in, including preseason games, a Super Bowl win and two college victories, was on the run all game. He was 29 of 44 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He was sacked once and broke his string of 158 straight passes without an interception when Darrin Smith grabbed one in the first quarter. He also had two intentional grounding calls against him.

-The Packers on that sack lost starting tackle Mark Tauscher for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

-The Saints stretched their lead to 21-3 on a 34-yard touchdown from Brooks to Donte Stallworth with 2:03 left in the first half.

-Favre cut the Saints' lead to 28-17 with 31 seconds left in the third quarter on a 26-yard scoring pass to Donald Driver.

-But Deuce McAllister clinched the victory for New Orleans with a 2-yard touchdown run that made it 35-20 at the 2-minute warning. McAllister, who that season replaced Ricky Williams, rushed for 123 yards on 21 carries.

LAST MEETING, LAMBEAU FIELD: Sept. 17, 1989; Packers won, 35-34.

-Down 24-7 at halftime of a Week 2 contest, the Packers staged an electrifying second-half comeback. Green Bay scored the tying touchdown with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining when Don Majkowski hit Sterling Sharpe on a 3-yard pass. Rookie Chris Jacke's ensuing extra point was the difference.

-The key play on the climactic drive, was a 23-yard pass from Majkowski to rookie Jeff Query, converting a critical fourth-and-17.

-Behind Majkowski, who passed for 354 yards and led the team to 490 yards of total offense, the Packers launched a season-long pattern of come-from-behind wins.

-After spotting New Orleans the game's first three touchdowns, Green Bay erased a 21-point Saints lead, the second-largest deficit the Packers have ever overcome to win. On Sept. 12, 1982, in Milwaukee, the Packers climbed out of a 23-point hole to beat the Los Angeles Rams, 35-23.

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