Packers face division foe Vikings on the road

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The Green Bay Packers play the last of four road games in a five-game stretch when they face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.

  • It is the sixth straight season that the teams have met in a prime-time game.
  • Green Bay has won five of the last eight games at Minnesota.
  • Of the past 32 regular-season meetings between the teams, 21 of those games have been decided by seven points or less, including a tie in the first meeting this season in Week 2.
  • They have split the season series two of the past three years.
  • The Packers have a 28-28 record in away games against the Vikings.
  • It is the fourth time since 2010 that Green Bay will play at Minnesota in November, with the Packers winning the previous three (2010, 2014, 2015).
  • Through 116 meetings, which includes two postseason contests (1-1), the Packers hold a 60-53-3 edge over the Vikings in the all-time series.
  • Green Bay has had five games decided by three points or less this season, with a record of 2-2-1 in those contests.
  • The Packers have scored 22-plus points in eight of 10 games played this season, tied for the fifth most in the NFL. Green Bay has scored 23-plus points in eight of their last nine road
  • games they have played in the month of November.
  • The Packers have played four prime-time games so far this season, defeating the Chicago Bears, 24-23, in Week 1 and the San Francisco 49ers, 33-30, in Week 6, and losing at the New England Patriots, 31-17, in Week 9 and at the Seattle Seahawks, 27-29, last week.

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RODGERS AND THE VIKINGS

  • Including the postseason, Green Bay is 12-7-1 against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, and has won or tied 12 of the last 16 contests.
  • In 20 games as the starter against the Vikings (including playoffs), Rodgers has completed 432 of 632 passes (68.4 percent) for 5,109 yards, 41 TDs and six INTs with a passer rating of 110.4. His passer rating is the second highest of any opposing starting quarterback (min. 100 att.) vs. Minnesota (Kurt Warner, 112.4), according to Sportradar.
  • Rodgers has recorded a 100-plus passer rating in 12 of his 20 starts against the Vikings, including the postseason.
  • Rodgers has recorded seven games with a passer rating of 130-plus against Minnesota, the most in NFL history against the Vikings.
  • In the last 11 games versus Minnesota (including playoffs), Rodgers has thrown 21 touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Rodgers is the only player to have four games with four-plus touchdown passes with zero interceptions against the Vikings. No other quarterback has more than two.

WITH THE CALL

NBC will broadcast the game to a national audience. Play-byplay man Al Michaels joins analyst Cris Collinsworth in the booth with Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.

  • 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. In Week 1, they surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
  • Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Jason Taylor (analyst) will call the action, with Scott Graham hosting the pregame and halftime shows.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs. Vikings:

  • Regular season, all-time: 59-52-3
  • All-time, Postseason: 1-1
  • All-time, in Minnesota 28-28
  • Streaks: The Vikings have won four of the last six matchups.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 16, 2018, Lambeau Field, Packers and Vikings tied, 29-29

COACHES CAPSULES

Mike McCarthy: 135-83-2, .618 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th NFL season

Mike Zimmer: 45-31-1, .591 (incl. 1-2 postseason); 5th NFL season

Head to Head: 4-4-1

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 16-8-2 vs. Vikings; Zimmer 4-4-1 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 13th year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.

  • Led Green Bay to its 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 top-10 defensive units in Cincinnati (2009, 2011-13) and three in Dallas (2001, 2003, 2005).

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 generated 16 wins over 21 games and lasted until 1990.
  • Since 2000, the Packers are 23-14-2 (.615) 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.
  • The 29-29 tie in the most recent game between these clubs was the eighth OT contest in the series. The Vikings hold a 4-1-3 advantage in OT games.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Green Bay assistant defensive line coach Jay Hayes coached on the Minnesota staff in 2002...Packers wide receivers coach David Raih grew up in Edina, Minn. ...Vikings CB Trae Waynes is from Kenosha, Wis. ...Green Bay TE Jimmy Graham played one season (2017) with Minnesota DT Sheldon Richardson in Seattle...Packers CB Bashaud Breeland teamed with Vikings QB Kirk Cousins (2014-17), G Tom Compton (2014-15) and WR Aldrick Robinson (2014) in Washington...Green Bay T/G Byron Bell played alongside Minnesota T Mike Remmers on the Carolina Panthers’ offensive line for one season (2014)...Bell was also teammates with Vikings K Dan Bailey for one year (2017) in Dallas... Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached with Minnesota defensive coordinator George Edwards in Miami for two seasons (2012-13)...Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was Atlanta’s defensive coordinator in 2007 when Green Bay defense – pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. was the Falcons’ assistant defensive backs coach...Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine coached with Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo on the New York Jets’ coaching staff in 2009 and again in Cleveland in 2015...Green Bay CB Tramon Williams, S Ibraheim Campbell, tight ends coach Brian Angelichio, defensive quality control coach Ryan Downard and Vikings assistant strength and conditioning coach Derrick Keyes were also with the Browns at this time...Angelichio and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. coached at the University of Pittsburgh while Minnesota 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 Vikings C Brett Jones played for the Giants...Minnesota 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 Vikings 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 T Bryan Bulaga, DL Mike Daniels and Reiff (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), Clark and Vikings LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks (UCLA), Packers LB Oren Burks and Vikings DE Stephen Weatherly (Vanderbilt).

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