The Green Bay Packers stay at home to take on the Minnesota Vikings, marking the first time since 2012 that the Packers play two home games to open the season.
- It marks just the third time (2003, 2008) since the NFC North was formed in 2002 that Green Bay has played division opponents in both of the first two games.
- Including playoffs, Green Bay has a 9-3-1 mark (.731) against the Vikings at Lambeau Field under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
- The Packers have scored 23-plus points in 10 of the last 12 home games vs. Minnesota.
- It is the first matchup between the two teams in September at Lambeau Field since 2008.
- Green Bay has won four of the last five home September contests against the Vikings.
- Of the past 31 regular-season meetings between the teams, 20 of those games have been decided by seven points or less.
- Through 115 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 60-53-2 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.
- With the win over the Chicago Bears last week, Green Bay has won six straight home openers (2013-18).
- The Packers look to win their first two home games of the season for the sixth straight year.
- Green Bay will get its first road test of the season next week, traveling to take on the Washington Redskins at 12 p.m. CDT on Sunday, Sept. 23.
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WITH THE CALL
FOX Sports, now in its 25th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.
- Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Pam Oliver.
- Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in four states. 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 24th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 20th season of broadcasts together. Last week, they surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 314.
- Sports USA Radio will air the game on radio across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst) will call the action.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER
The Packers have a 53-man roster that is composed of 25 offensive players, 25 defensive players and three specialists.
- Of the 53 players on Green Bay's roster, 30 of them (56.6 percent) were draft picks of the Packers. Green Bay has nine players that were drafted in the first round, including seven that were selected by the Packers.
- Green Bay has 38 players on the roster that were draft picks (71.7 percent), including 22 players that were selected in the first three rounds (41.5 percent).
- Over a third of the players (19 of 53, 35.8 percent) on Green Bay's roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player.
- Of the 53 players on the roster, 41 of them (77.4 percent) are 28 years old or younger (as of Sept. 16) and 27 players (50.9 percent) are 24 years old or younger.
- The Packers have 11 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl, with seven of those players being draft picks of Green Bay (Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers).
- Of the 53 players on the roster, 39 began their pro careers with the Packers (73.6 percent).
- Over half the roster consists of rookie or first-year players (33 of 53, 62.3 percent).
GREEN BAY'S ROSTER ...
BY AGE (as of Sept. 16)
- 21-24: 27 players
- 25-28: 14 players
- 29-32: 8 players
- 33-plus: 4 players
- R-1: 15 players
- 2-3: 17 players
- 4-5: 5 players
- 6-9: 11 players
- 10-plus: 5 players
BY DRAFT ROUND
- 1st: 9 players
- 2nd/3rd round: 13 players
- 4th/5th round: 12 players
- 6th/7th round: 4 players
- Undrafted: 15 players
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT
Packers vs. Vikings
- All-time, Regular season: 59-52-2
- All-time, Postseason: 1-1
- All-time, in Lambeau Field: 23-19-2
- Streaks: The Packers are 11-5-1 in their last 17 meetings with the Vikings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 23, 2017, Lambeau Field, Vikings won, 16-0
- Mike McCarthy: 132-78-1, .628 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th NFL season
- Mike Zimmer: 41-27-0, .603 (incl. 1-2 postseason); 5th NFL season
- Head to Head: 4-4
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 16-8-1 vs. Vikings; Zimmer 4-4 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY ... Is in his 13th year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
- Led Green Bay to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance in 2016, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. Has led the team to nine playoff appearances in the last 11 years (2007, 2009-16).
- Ranks second in franchise history in total victories, trailing only Curly Lambeau.
- Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that span; Packers led the league in scoring in 2014.
- Reached the 100-win plateau faster than any active NFL head coach, needing just 155 games.
- Joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
MIKE ZIMMER ... Is in his fifth year as the Vikings' 9th head coach.
- Led Minnesota to a record-setting 2017 campaign that saw the Vikings go 13-3, win the NFC North title and advance to the NFC Championship Game.
- After inheriting the No. 31 defense in the league in 2014, guided the Minnesota defense to the top ranking in both yards allowed and points allowed in 2017.
- The 2017 division title marked Zimmer's second in four years after piloting the Vikings to an 11-5 record and an NFC North crown in 2015.
- A longtime defensive coordinator prior to taking the Minnesota job, coached four (2009, 2011-13) top-10 defensive units in Cincinnati and three (2001, 2003, 2005) in Dallas.
THE PACKERS - VIKINGS SERIES
- The Packers began the series with six straight wins before Minnesota rattled off 22 victories in 32 contests from 1964-79.
- Green Bay started a run of its own in 1979 that saw 16 wins over 21 games and lasted until 1990.
- Since 2000, the Packers are 23-14-1 (.618) versus the Vikings.
- In the two Wild Card playoff contests between the franchises, Green Bay and Minnesota have each scored 41 total points and won a game by 14 points.
Packers wide receivers coach David Raih grew up in Edina, Minn. ...Vikings CB Trae Waynes is from Kenosha, Wis. ...Green Bay DL Muhammad Wilkerson and Minnesota DT Sheldon Richardson played together on the defensive line of the New York Jets for four seasons (2013-16)...Packers T/G Byron Bell played alongside Vikings T Mike Remmers on the Carolina Panthers' offensive line for one season (2014)...Green Bay LB Antonio Morrison played with Minnesota DT David Parry for one year (2016) in Indianapolis...Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler and assistant special teams coach Maurice Drayton also coached for the Colts during this time...Philbin coached with Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards in Miami for two seasons (2012-13)...Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer was Atlanta's defensive coordinator in 2007 when Packers defense – pass game coordinator Joe Whitt was the Falcons' assistant defensive backs coach...Packers personnel executive Lee Gissendaner spent some time on the Vikings practice squad in 1996...Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine coached with Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on the New York Jets' staff in 2009 and again in Cleveland in 2015...Packers CB Tramon Williams, tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, defensive quality control coach Ryan Downard and Minnesota assistant strength and conditioning coach Derrick Keyes were with the Browns at this time also... Angelichio and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti coached at the University of Pittsburgh while Vikings co-offensive line coach Andrew Janocko played for the Panthers. All three went on to coach together at Rutgers in 2011. Angelichio and Janocko then coached together again for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13...Cignetti and Packers defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham coached in New York for two seasons (2016-17) while Minnesota C Brett Jones played for the Giants...Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu coached in Jacksonville for four years (2006-09) during Green Bay TE Marcedes Lewis' time with the Jaguars...Lewis spent two seasons (2004-05) with Minnesota assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken at UCLA...Polamalu was Southern California's offensive coordinator during Packers LB Nick Perry's time playing for the Trojans. Additionally, Polamalu coached at UCLA while Green Bay DL Kenny Clark played for the Bruins...Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans and Minnesota assistant quarterbacks coach Drew Petzing coached together at Boston College from 2010-11...Vikings T Riley Reiff played for Iowa while Raih was a graduate assistant for the Hawkeyes...Minnesota wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell coached at Ohio State for one season (2010) during Green Bay C Corey Linsley's time playing for the Buckeyes...Former college teammates include: Packers DL Montravius Adams, S Jermaine Whitehead and Vikings K Daniel Carlson (Auburn), Packers WR Trevor Davis and Vikings LB Devante Downs (California), Packers G Justin McCray and Vikings RB Latavius Murray (Central Florida), Packers T Bryan Bulaga, DL Mike Daniels and Reiff (Iowa), Packers CB Josh Jackson and Vikings DT Jaleel Johnson (Iowa), Packers DL Dean Lowry and Vikings QB Trevor Siemian (Northwestern), Linsley and Vikings C Pat Elflein (Ohio State), Packers LBs Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Vikings DE Everson Griffen (Southern California), Packers LB Blake Martinez, RB Ty Montgomery and Vikings DT David Parry (Stanford), Clark and Vikings LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks (UCLA), Packers LB Oren Burks and Vikings DE Stephen Weatherly (Vanderbilt).
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