Packers-Broncos Preseason Week 3 Dope Sheet

Green Bay travels to the mile-high city for a preseason contest against the Denver Broncos Friday night, its third preseason game in 12 days. The Packers come into the exhibition contest with plenty to prove. The team struggled in all three phases against the 49ers Saturday night, a 34-6 defeat, and have just three practices this week to get things turned around. - Packers-Broncos Game Center Download The Dope Sheet (PDF)


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**GREEN BAY (0-2) at DENVER (1-1)

Friday, Aug. 22 | INVESCO Field at Mile High | 8 p.m. CDT**


-Green Bay travels to the mile-high city for a preseason contest against the Denver Broncos Friday night, its third preseason game in 12 days.

-The Packers come into their third exhibition contest with plenty to prove. The team struggled in all three phases against the 49ers Saturday night, a 34-6 defeat, and have just three practices this week to get things turned around.

-The Packers now stand at 0-2 for the first time in the preseason since 1993. But, it's also worth noting that preseason records do not stand for much. The Indianapolis Colts have lost 14 of their last 17 preseason contests, yet have rebounded after a slow start to win the AFC South title each time, as well as Super Bowl XLI.

-As is customary around the NFL, projected regular-season starters are expected to see their most action of the preseason in Week 3.

-Both units have seen multiple starters miss time due to injury this preseason, but will look to establish some momentum heading into the season opener Sept. 8.

-Green Bay will look to recapture some magic at INVESCO Field, the site of one of its most thrilling victories last season. In a Monday night contest last October, the Packers won on the first play from scrimmage in overtime - an 82-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. For the first time in 10 tries, Green Bay beat the Broncos in Denver (1-5 regular season, 0-4 preseason).

-This will be the first preseason meeting between the clubs since 2001. Denver holds a 6-2-0 advantage in the preseason series.

-The Broncos defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 23-13, in Denver Saturday night. Denver lost its preseason opener at Houston, 19-16.


-The Green Bay Packers Broadcast Partners will air the game in HD over a nine-station network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Northeastern Minnesota, with CBS network production, personnel and the latest network-quality technology.

-The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS's Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster Rich Gannon (analyst).

-WTMJ's Jessie Garcia serves as the sideline reporter and WFRV's Larry McCarren joins the crew for pre-game segments. In addition to WFRV-TV (Green Bay) and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), the games are televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; WJMN/CBS, Marquette, Mich.; and KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.

-Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 56-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enter their 10th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 47 markets in six states.


-The Packers played Saturday night without four key starters - Jennings and Ryan Grant on offense and Ryan Pickett and A.J. Hawk on defense.

-Also, the team was without a number of key backups, as eight other players did not dress. While it was an improvement over the first preseason game (seven starters out), the team must get back to practicing and playing at full strength.

-Of the four starters missing in action Saturday night, Grant and Jennings are the most likely to see action Friday in Denver. Grant has been bothered by a hamstring injury, while Jennings has been troubled by a knee injury. Jennings (12 TDs) and Grant (8) finished Nos. 1 and 2 last season in touchdowns for Green Bay last season, so their importance to the first-unit offense is obvious.

-Hawk suffered a chest injury against the Bengals in the preseason opener, while Pickett has spent all of camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list with a hamstring issue. Their status for Friday will be determined closer to game time.

-A number of other players on the Green Bay roster would be welcome additions back on the field, especially for the defense. LB Desmond Bishop (Achilles) and S Charlie Peprah (hamstring) have missed both preseason games, while the offense could be bolstered by the return of TE Tory Humphrey (Achilles), WR Ruvell Martin (slight concussion) and RB DeShawn Wynn (ankle).



Green Bay Packers vs. Denver Broncos:

All-time regular season: 5-5-1

All-time, in Denver: 1-5-0

All-time, postseason: 0-1

All-time, preseason: 2-6-0

Streaks: Packers have won four of the last five regular-season meetings

Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 29, 2007, INVESCO Field; Packers won, 19-13 (OT)

Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 20, 2001, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 22-7


Mike McCarthy: 22-12-0, .647 (incl. 1-1 postseason); third NFL season

Mike Shanahan: 146-95-0, .606 (incl. 8-5 postseason; 16th NFL season (14th Broncos)

Head to Head: McCarthy 1-0

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Broncos; Shanahan 2-3 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Is in third 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.

-Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.

-Became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

-Tied franchise record for most victories by a coach in his first two seasons (21).

MIKE SHANAHAN...Is in 14th year as the Broncos' 11th head coach.

-Has guided the Broncos to two World Championships, seven trips to the postseason and nine winning seasons in his tenure.

-Has the most victories (146) of any NFL head coach since the start of the 1995 season.

-Including a three-year stint as offensive coordinator in San Francisco (1992-94), has seen his offense finish No. 1 in the NFL four times, second twice and third twice over the past 16 years.

-Previously served as head coach for the Oakland Raiders (1988-89) and as an assistant with the Broncos (1984-87, 1989-91).


-The Packers first met the Broncos in 1971, Denver's 12th year of existence as an NFL franchise. A Week 2 showdown, Green Bay defeated Denver, 34-13, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

-Green Bay is undefeated in the series in games played in Wisconsin (4-0-1) and finally won its first in the series outside of its home state last year. In the Packers' first appearance at INVESCO Field at Mile High (and first trip to the city since 1999), the Packers won for the first time in 10 tries against the Broncos in Denver (now 1-5 regular season, 0-4 preseason).

-Four-time Super Bowl loser Denver recorded its first-ever win in the NFL's title game with a dramatic 31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII in what many call the greatest quarterback match-up in Super Bowl history, pitting Brett Favre vs. John Elway.

-The two teams met in the preseason four straight years from 1998-2001, splitting the four meetings (two in Denver, one in Green Bay, one in Madison, Wis.), but have not met in the preseason since.


Packers cornerbacks coach Lionel Washington spent two of his 15 NFL seasons playing cornerback for the Broncos (1995-96)...Three current Denver assistants previously coached in Green Bay: Bob Slowik, Joe Baker and Charlie Jackson...Slowik spent five seasons in Green Bay (2000-04), his final season as defensive coordinator...Baker was a secondary/safeties coach for the Packers in 2005, and Jackson served as quality control/defensive assistant in Green Bay that same season...Baker also spent five seasons on the New Orleans coaching staff (2000-04) along with McCarthy, assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss, tight ends coach Ben McAdoo, offensive quality control coach Ty Knott and wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson...Broncos QB coach Jeremy Bates is the son of former Green Bay and Denver defensive coordinator Jim Bates...Broncos special teams coordinator Scott O'Brien coached with McCarthy at the University of Pittsburgh (1989-90)...Packers assistant special teams coach Shawn Slocum spent several seasons with Broncos defensive line coach Bill Johnson on the Texas A&M coaching staff (1992-97)...Packers DE Aaron Kampman and Broncos C Casey Wiegmann both hail from Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Iowa, which was destroyed by a tornado this past offseason...Packers WR Greg Jennings was drafted in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2006 NFL Draft, nine selections before the Broncos drafted his teammate at Western Michigan, TE Tony Scheffler...Packers K Mason Crosby spent four years at the University of Colorado (2003-06)...Packers G Jason Spitz, QB Brian Brohm and T Breno Giacomini were teammates at the University of Louisville with Broncos DL Elvis Dumervil...2007 draft picks DeShawn Wynn (Green Bay) and Jarvis Moss (Denver) led Florida to the BCS National Championship in 2006...Broncos S Marquand Manuel played for the Packers in 2006, DE Kenny Peterson was in Green Bay from 2003-05, and DE Larry Birdine was with the Packers during training camp in 2007...Broncos WR Glenn Martinez and Packers WR Ruvell Martin were college teammates at Saginaw Valley State.


In last season's meeting, DE Aaron Kampman tied a career-high with three sacks, while WR Greg Jennings caught a career-long 82-yard pass to win the game in overtime, giving him a career-best 141 receiving yards in the game...WR James Jones also set a career-best with 107 receiving yards, including a career-long 79-yard TD catch...RB Ryan Grant recorded the first 100-yard game of his career that night, gaining 104 yards on 22 carries off the bench and becoming the starting running back for the remainder of the season.


Oct. 29, 2007, at INVESCO Field; Packers won, 19-13 (OT).

-In a Monday night showdown, the Packers won the game on the first snap of overtime as Brett Favre hooked up with Greg Jennings for an 82-yard TD pass.

-James Jones also had a long TD reception, hauling in a 79-yarder from Favre to tie the score at 7 late in the first quarter.

-Replacing DeShawn Wynn (shoulder injury) in the second quarter, Ryan Grant rushed 22 times for 104 yards for the first of his five 100-yard games in the regular season.

-The game went to overtime with a frantic finish to the fourth quarter, as Broncos QB Jay Cutler tried a quarterback draw from the Green Bay 4-yard line in the waning seconds with no timeouts left. Ryan Pickett tackled Cutler for no gain, forcing Denver to rush its field-goal unit onto the field, and Jason Elam booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game at 13.

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