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.
Here are some highlights from the Preseason Week 3 Dope Sheet:
The Packers play their first preseason road game, and first of three consecutive road trips, including the Sept. 13 season opener...It's a matchup of the NFL's most established quarterback, Brett Favre, and one of its most exciting emerging stars, Byron Leftwich...Both teams' starters could see their most preseason action.
LOCAL TELEVISION: The Packers network, with Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Bill Maas (color), Jessie Garcia (sideline), Ross Schneiderman (producer) and Suzanne Smith (director). WFRV-TV's Larry McCarren, the team's radio analyst, joins the telecast for pregame, halftime and postgame segments. With the aid of a CBS crew, Green Bay's WFRV-TV and Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV will originate the telecast (due to WTMJ's coverage of the Olympics, sister station PAX55 will air the game)...Other members of the network: WKOW, Madison; WAOW, Wausau/Rhinelander; WXOW, La Crosse; WQOW, Eau Claire; WYOW, Eagle River; and WJMN, Marquette, Mich. ...Satellite coordinates: 1A-5 (the former Telstar 5), Transponder 16, audio 6.2 - 6.8.
LOCAL RADIO: Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 62-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and McCarren (color).
LAST MEETING: Monday night, Dec. 3, 2001, at Jacksonville; Green Bay won, 28-21.
- Brett Favre threw for three TDs and ran for the game-winning score with 1:30 left - his first rushing TD in 51 games (and last entering '04).
- Favre's season-high 362 passing yards helped rally the Packers from a 21-7 deficit in the final 18 minutes.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Jaguars:
All-time regular season: 2-0-0
Last meeting: Dec. 3, 2001, ALLTEL Stadium (Packers won, 28-21)
Last meeting, regular season, Green Bay:
(first meeting is Dec. 19, 2004)
Last meeting, preseason: (first meeting)
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio played four seasons (1992-95) for the Minnesota Vikings. In that span, Del Rio's Vikings were 6-2 against the Packers, and 4-0 in Minnesota.
The Packers have played the Jaguars twice overall, both times in Jacksonville (1995, 2001). Green Bay played the Jags' fourth franchise game, Sept. 24, 1995, a 24-14 Packers win. The victory gave 3-1 Green Bay sole possession of first place in the NFC Central for the first time in 17 years. In 2001, Favre's late touchdown run gave Green Bay a 28-21 win.
Other notable connections…The late Mark Hatley helped to scout Del Rio for the Saints, before New Orleans drafted the future Pro Bowl linebacker in 1985…Jaguars CB Juran Boldin played three games for the Packers in 1998…G Marco Rivera and Jacksonville TE Kyle Brady played together at Penn State…Jaguars FB Marc Edwards and QB Doug Pederson were Browns teammates in 2000…DE Aaron Kampman and Jags C Brad Meester are products of fertile Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School…DT Larry Smith played four seasons for the Jaguars…Special teams coordinator John Bonamego was on the Jags' staff from 1999-2002.
Mike Sherman: 45-24-0, .652, fifth NFL season, fifth with Packers
Jack Del Rio: 5-11-0, .313, second NFL season, second with Jaguars
SHERMAN...enters his fifth year as Packers head coach, and fourth as executive vice president and general manager. Sherman also:
- Is tied for the league's second-best record among active coaches.
- Since the merger, only three have posted a better regular-season record over their first four years as an NFL coach.
DEL RIO...is the second head coach in Jacksonville history. He also:
- Went 5-11 in his first season, but six of the losses were by a touchdown or less, and his defense ranked sixth in the NFL.
- Spent six seasons as an assistant before earning his current post, including 2002 as Carolina's defensive coordinator. He won a Super Bowl as a Baltimore assistant in 2000.
- Played 11 seasons with the Saints, Chiefs, Cowboys and Vikings.
- Is the NFL's second-youngest head coach, behind Jon Gruden.
STOUT AGAINST THE RUN: The Packers' defense in two games is allowing just 2.8 yards per carry and 69.0 rushing yards per game. The numbers are lower for the first-team unit.
- The Packers have 13 combined tackles for loss in two games.
- Over the full 2003 regular season, Jacksonville's defense led the NFL in average per carry (3.2 yards) and Tennessee, Green Bay's opponent in the Sept. 3 preseason finale, led the league allowing 80.9 ground yards per game.
FROM PRESEASON TO SEASON: In 2004 the Packers will play a preseason opponent that also appears on their regular-season schedule for the 18th and 19th time during the Brett Favre era (1992-2004).
- Green Bay during the preseason travels to Jacksonville (Friday) and Tennessee (Sept. 3), then during the regular season hosts each team, Jacksonville (Dec. 19) and Tennessee (Oct. 11).
- Previous instances (reg. season result): Kansas City 2003 (L), Cleveland 2001 (W); N.Y. Jets 2000 (L), Miami 2000 (L), Denver 1999 (L), Miami 1997 (W), New England 1997 (W), Buffalo 1997 (W), New Orleans 1995 (W), Pittsburgh 1995 (W), L.A. Rams 1994 (W), Miami 1994 (L), New England 1994 (L), L.A. Raiders 1993 (W), Kansas City 1993 (L), New Orleans 1993 (W) and L.A. Rams 1992 (W).
- In their 17 previous "repeat" games, Favre and the Packers are 10-7.