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 in 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 in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.
Here are some highlights from the Week 15 Dope Sheet:
THREE RECORDS IN WORKS: Three very significant Packers franchise records could fall Sunday (noted in alphabetical order):
- Brett Favre could throw for a touchdown pass in a 23rd consecutive game, breaking Cecil Isbell's 61-year-old franchise record.
- Ahman Green (1,463) needs 12 yards to break the NFL's oldest single-season rushing record: Hall of Famer Jim Taylor's 1,474 total in 1962. Jim Brown's 1963 season (1,863) would become the league's longest-standing team mark.
- Ryan Longwell needs only six points to break the immortal Don Hutson's career Packers scoring record, 823 points.
NO ROGER MARIS ASTERISK FOR GREEN: Ahman Green figures to break Taylor's single-season record in 14 games, the same number of contests Taylor needed in 1962. In a conference call with Wisconsin media last Thursday, Taylor questioned Green's fumble ratio, saying that Vince Lombardi did not permit players to fumble. So, the Packers looked up the numbers:
- Over their careers in a Packers uniform (where they played the vast majority of their NFL games), Taylor actually fumbled (one fumble every 61.0 touches) more often than Green (one fumble every 63.2 touches).
- Even Green's idol, the late Walter Payton, fumbled more often. Payton over his Bears career fumbled 34 times in 2,173 touches (50.5).
- Lambeau Field (35) actually hosted a game during a December weekend that saw seven other stadiums with equal or colder kickoffs; the N.Y. Giants (27), New England (28), Pittsburgh (30), Philadelphia (30), Buffalo (30), Baltimore (34) and Cleveland (35) hosted games of 35 or below. Tennessee (42) wasn't much better.
- Four of the Packers' five takeaways Sunday came in opponent territory.
- Mike Sherman is now 12-2 at home vs. division opponents.
- Two of the Packers' scoring drives were only 1 yard. Previously, the team's shortest scoring drive was a 9-yard march, at Tampa Bay, Nov. 16.
Click here to download a PDF of the complete Week 15 Dope Sheet.