Packers face first road test at Washington

The Packers go on the road to face the Redskins

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The Green Bay Packers go on the road to face the Redskins, marking Green Bay's first September visit to Washington. It is the first time since 2012 that Green Bay's road opener has come in Week 3.

  • Including the postseason, it is the third game between the two in the last four seasons, with all three taking place at Washington.
  • The Packers have won five of the last seven regular-season contests between the two clubs.
  • Green Bay is 18-14-1 (.563) against Washington during the regular season.
  • While the Redskins have won the past two regular-season home games against the Packers, Green Bay won the 2015 NFC Wild Card contest at Washington, 35-18.
  • Including the postseason, the Packers and Redskins have combined for 50-plus points in each of the last three matchups, with the winning team scoring 35-plus points.
  • It is the fifth time Green Bay and Washington have played in the month of September (1933, 1950, 2001, 2013), but this will be the first time the Packers are the road team.
  • Green Bay holds a 3-0-1 record in September against Washington.
  • Including the postseason, the Packers are 2-2 against the Redskins with Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback. He has thrown a total of 10 TDs and one interception against Washington while finishing with a passer rating above 90.0 three times (146.0, 115.0, 93.5).
  • Green Bay is opening the season with three NFC opponents for the first time since 2012.
  • If the Packers win on Sunday, they will open up without a loss through the first three games of the season for the 22nd time since 1919 and just the eighth time since 1970. Out of the previous 21 times, Green Bay held a record of 2-0-1 after three games just four times (1967, 1943, 1932, 1920).
  • Green Bay will return to Lambeau Field to play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 12 p.m. CDT.

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AGAINST THE NFC EAST

  • Including the postseason, Green Bay has won four consecutive games against NFC East teams and 10 of the last 12.
  • Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 20-11 against teams from the NFC East in the regular and postseason, a .645 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in the NFC and No. 3 in the NFL since 2006 (San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, 10-2, .833 pct.; New England Patriots, 10-5, .667 pct.).
  • Including the postseason, QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown 52 TDs, 10 INTs and ranks No. 3 among active QBs with a passer rating of 103.9 against NFC East teams since 2008 (min. 300 pass att.)

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. In Week 1, they surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers.
  • Compass Media Networks will air the game on radio across the country. Chris Carrino (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the action with Jon Rothstein handling the pregame, halftime and postgame duties.
  • The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
  • DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 714.

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. 23) 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. 23)

  • 21-24: 27 players
  • 25-28: 14 players
  • 29-32: 8 players
  • 33-plus: 4 players

BY EXPERIENCE

  • 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. Redskins:

  • All-time, Regular season: 18-14-1
  • All-time, Postseason: 2-1
  • All-time, in Washington: 5-9
  • Streaks: The Packers have won six of the past eight meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 20, 2016, FedExField, Washington won, 42-24

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 132-78-2, .627 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th
  • NFL season
  • Jay Gruden: 29-37-1, .440 (incl. 0-1 postseason); 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 1-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-2 vs. Redskins; Gruden 1-1 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.

JAY GRUDEN…Is in his fifth year as the Redskins' 29th head coach.

  • Led Washington to an 8-7-1 record in 2016, giving the club consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 20 years. Gruden's offenses also set franchise records in numerous categories, including net passing yards (4,758) and total net yards (6,545).
  • In 2015, guided the Redskins to an NFC East Championship, posting a 9-7 record. Gruden became the sixth coach in team history to lead Washington to a playoff berth within the first two years at the helm.
  • As Bengals offensive coordinator, coached QB Andy Dalton to a 30-18 record as the Bengals' starting QB from 2011-13, the fifth-most wins for a QB in the NFL over that span.
  • Coached under his brother, Jon, in Tampa Bay, winning Super Bowl XXXVII as an offensive assistant for the Buccaneers.

THE PACKERS-REDSKINS SERIES

  • The Packers first met the Redskins (then Boston Braves) in 1932, five days after Franklin D. Roosevelt won his first presidential election.
  • The clubs met memorably in the 1936 NFL championship game. That year, Redskins owner George Preston Marshall, upset with his fans' lack of support, was moving his team to Washington and didn't want to host the championship in Boston. The NFL moved the game to New York's Polo Grounds, where Green Bay claimed its fourth world championship, 21-6.
  • The teams played in the highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history on Oct. 17, 1983, at Lambeau Field, a contest that featured 11 TDs and six FGs in the 48-47 Green Bay win.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers president & CEO Mark Murphy played eight seasons (1977-84) with the Redskins, serving as co-captain from 1980-84, playing on the Super Bowl XVII championship team and earning All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 1983...Green Bay executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball spent the 2001 season as director of football administration for Washington...Packers LB Oren Burks is from Lorton, Va. ...Green Bay S Raven Greene is from Virginia Beach, Va., and played collegiately at James Madison...Packers T/G Alex Light is a Salem, Va. native, and played at the University of Richmond...Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook coached at Virginia Tech in 1987...Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line Bill Callahan coached the Wisconsin Badgers' offensive line from 1990-94...Callahan, Washington offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica coached alongside Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine with the N.Y. Jets...Packers DL Muhammad Wilkerson also played for the Jets during that period...Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy, Zook and quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti all coached for Kansas City during Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky's time playing for the Chiefs...Cignetti, Packers offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler, Manusky and Redskins defensive line coach Jim Tomsula coached together in San Francisco in 2007...Additionally, Hostler and Manusky served on the same coaching staff in Indianapolis in 2015...Green Bay associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss played for the Los Angeles Raiders with Redskins running backs coach Randy Jordan in 1993...Washington RB Adrian Peterson teamed with Packers CB Tramon Williams for part of the 2017 season with the Arizona Cardinals...Green Bay TE Jimmy Graham played alongside Redskins WR Paul Richardson Jr. in Seattle for three seasons (2015-17)...Packers TE Marcedes Lewis played with Washington DL Ziggy Hood in Jacksonville in 2014...Green Bay TE Lance Kendricks was teammates with Redskins WR Brian Quick on the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams from 2012-16...Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans (2012-15) was on the Rams' coaching staff for four seasons while Quick was with the team...Green Bay QB DeShone Kizer was teammates with Washington DL Caleb Brantley in Cleveland in 2017...Packers T/G Byron Bell played with Redskins CB Josh Norman in Carolina for three seasons (2012-14)...Bell also teamed with Washington LB Zach Brown in 2015 on the Tennessee Titans...Pettine, Green Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio and defensive quality control coach Ryan Downard coached alongside Redskins passing game coordinator Kevin O'Connell in Cleveland for one year (2015)...Williams also played for the Browns in 2015...Cavanaugh coached at the University of Pittsburgh with Angelichio (2006-08) and Packers defensive assistant Scott McCurley (2005)...Zook coached special teams at Florida for two seasons (1994-95) while Washington wide recievers coach Ike Hilliard played for the Gators...Lewis played alongside Redskins assistant offensive line coach Phil Rauscher at UCLA for two seasons (2004-05)...Green Bay defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery coached at Oklahoma for one season (2014) while Washington RB Samaje Perine played for the Sooners...Redskins G Brandon Scherff was coached at Iowa by Packers wide receivers coach David Raih (2011-12)...Former college teammates include: Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Redskins DL Jonathan Allen and LB Ryan Anderson (Alabama), Packers P JK Scott, Allen, Anderson, Redskins LB Shaun Dion Hamilton and DL Daron Payne (Alabama), Packers LT David Bakhtiari and Richardson Jr. (Colorado), Packers G Lucas Patrick and Redskins WR Jamison Crowder (Duke), Packers LB Antonio Morrison, Redskins TE Jordan Reed and CB Quinton Dunbar (Florida), Packers DL Mike Daniels and Scherff (Iowa), Packers CB Jaire Alexander, Redskins T Geron Christian Sr. and LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (Louisville), Packers DL Kenny Clark and Redskins CB Fabian Moreau (UCLA).

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