Packers finish preseason in Kansas City

Green Bay will finish up the preseason with a trip to play the Chiefs

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  • It is the first preseason matchup with the Chiefs since 2016, which was the end of a seven-year run where the two teams met in the preseason finale six times.
  • Green Bay is 4-4 when closing out the preseason against Kansas City and 8-8-1 overall when playing the Chiefs in the preseason.
  • Green Bay's last victory at Kansas City came during the 2007 regular season (33-22).
  • Green Bay has won five of the past seven preseason finales.
  • If Green Bay wins on Thursday, it will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the Packers have won three preseason games (2014, 2016-17).
  • Green Bay has scored 20-plus points in five of its last seven preseason contests.
  • Green Bay will open the regular season at home on Sunday Night Football against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 9.

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WITH THE CALL

Preseason games are televised over the 18-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, Peoria in Illinois, the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska.

  • The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS's Kevin Harlan (play-byplay) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster James Lofton (analyst), with Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show.
  • In addition to flagship stations WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; WMBD/CBS, Peoria, Ill.; WHBFTV/ CBS, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCCI-TV/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska amd KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska.
  • 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. They will surpass Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the season opener against Chicago.

BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER

The Packers have a 90-man roster that is composed of 45 offensive players, 41 defensive players and four specialists.

  • Of the 90 players on Green Bay's roster, 43 of them (47.8 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 41 players on the roster that began their careers as undrafted free agents.
  • Over 50 percent of the players (51 of 90, 56.7 percent) on Green Bay's roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player.
  • Of the 90 players on the roster, 78 of them (86.7 percent) are 28 years old or younger (as of Aug. 24) and 49 players (54.4 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 90 players on the roster, 66 began their pro careers with the Packers (73.3 percent).
  • Only 23 of the 90 players on the roster (25.6 percent) were selected in the first three rounds of the draft, with 18 being drafted by the Packers.

GREEN BAY'S ROSTER ...

BY AGE (as of Aug. 16)

  • 21-24: 49 players
  • 25-28: 29 players
  • 29-32: 8 players
  • 33-plus: 4 players

BY EXPERIENCE

  • R-1: 36 players
  • 2-3: 30 players
  • 4-5: 8 players
  • 6-9: 11 players
  • 10-plus: 5 players

BY DRAFT ROUND

  • 1st: 9 players
  • 2nd/3rd: 14 players
  • 4th/5th: 16 players
  • 6th/7th: 10 players
  • Undrafted: 41 players

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs. Chiefs:

  • All-time, Preseason: 8-8-1
  • All-time, Regular season: 3-7-1
  • All-time, Postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, at Kansas City: 2-4
  • Streaks: The Packers have won two of the last three regularseason meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 28, 2015; Packers won, 38-28, Lambeau Field

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 131-78-1, .626 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th NFL season
  • Andy Reid: 194-133-1, .593 (incl. 11-13 postseason); 20th NFL season
  • Head to Head: McCarthy 4-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 2-1 vs. Chiefs; Reid 5-5 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.

ANDY REID…Is in his sixth year as the Chiefs' 13th head coach

  • Led the Chiefs to the team's second consecutive AFC West title in 2017, the first time in franchise history the club had won back-to-back division titles.
  • Guided Kansas City to its greatest single-season turnaround in club history in 2013 with an 11-5 record, a nine-win swing from 2012, in his first year with the team.
  • Has earned playoff berths in four out of five seasons in Kansas City while tallying 53 wins, the highest combined win total for any Chiefs head coach in team annals in that time frame.
  • Spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he compiled the best win total (140) and playoff-victory total (10) in franchise history.
  • Also during his time with the Eagles: was named NFL Coach of the Year three times, captured six division titles, earned five trips to the NFC Championship Game and made one Super Bowl appearance (LII).

THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES

  • The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967, when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by Green Bay, 35-10.
  • Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since, winning seven of the last 11 matchups against the Packers.
  • The Packers ended a five-game losing streak in the series when they defeated the Chiefs, 33-22, at Arrowhead Stadium in 2007.
  • Green Bay's 38-28 victory over Kansas City in 2015 marked the Packers' first regular-season win vs. the Chiefs at home in series history.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as an offensive assistant/quality control coach (1993-94) and then as quarterbacks coach (1995-98)...Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant for one season (1998)...Packers executive vice president/director of football operations Russ Ball, a native of Moberly, Mo., worked for the Chiefs for 10 seasons (1989-98), the final two in football operations. Ball also played center at Central Missouri while Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there. Additionally, Ball served as head strength and conditioning coach for the Missouri Tigers from 1982-89 and earned his master's degree from Missouri in 1990...Green Bay special teams coordinator Ron Zook coached defensive backs for the Chiefs in 1999...Packers quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. worked on the same staff in Kansas City in 1999 as a quality control coach...Green Bay offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler served as an offensive assistant/quality control coach for the Chiefs in 2000...Kansas City LB Frank Zombo signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played in 25 regular-season games and two playoff games for Green Bay from 2010-12...Chiefs CB Makinton Dorleant signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and appeared in four games that season for Green Bay...Kansas City G Ethan Cooper spent part of the 2018 offseason with the Packers...Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was on Green Bay's coaching staff from 1992-98, serving as the tight ends/assistant offensive line coach from 1992-96 and the quarterbacks coach from 1997-98. Reid oversaw tight ends while assisting offensive line coach Tom Lovat, father of current Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Lovat…Kansas City secondary/cornerbacks coach Al Harris played CB for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09)...Thomas was Green Bay's defensive coordinator in 1999, when McCarthy was the quarterbacks coach for the Packers...Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers defense – pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. and served as the defensive coordinator in Minnesota while Ball worked for the Vikings in 2000...Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay's coaching staff...Kansas City director of pro personnel Tim Terry spent 13 seasons in the Packers' pro personnel department, serving as a pro personnel assistant from 2005-07 and then as assistant director of pro personnel (2008-16). Additionally, Terry played linebacker in Seattle (2000-03) during Green Bay senior advisor to football operations Ted Thompson's tenure as the Seahawks vice president of football operations...Chiefs national scout Robert Francois played linebacker for the Packers for four seasons (2010-13)...Green Bay WR J'Mon Moore played collegiately at Missouri (2014-17)...Packers LB Kendall Donnerson played at Southeast Missouri (2014-17)...Kansas City TE Demetrius Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...Chiefs G Kahlil McKenzie was born in Green Bay and played at Green Bay Southwest High School...Kansas City DB Eric Murray is a native of Milwaukee, Wis. ...Chiefs G Bryan Witzmann is from Houlton, Wis. ...Chiefs defensive quality control coach Jay Valai played safety for the Wisconsin Badgers (2007-10)...Kansas City pass game analyst/assistant quarterbacks coach Joe Bleymaier worked as an assistant coach at Wauwatosa (Wis.) East High School from 2006-07...Green Bay CB Tramon Williams played with Kansas City OL Cam Erving and T Mitchell Schwartz in Cleveland...Williams also played with Chiefs DT Xavier Williams in Arizona in 2017...Packers T/G Byron Bell played with Chiefs LB Anthony Hitchens and CB Orlando Scandrick in Dallas in 2017...Packers tight ends coach Brian Angelichio coached Chiefs TE Tim Wright in Tampa Bay in 2013...Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton coached with Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (2009-12) and Hostler (2003-04) in New York for the Jets...Packers DL Muhammad Wilkerson played for the Jets during Sutton's time in New York...Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy coached at UCLA for three seasons (2003-05) while Green Bay TE Marcedes Lewis played there. Bieniemy also coached at Colorado while Packers T David Bakhtiari played there from 2011-12...Additionally, Bieniemy played with Packers national scout Sam Seale in San Diego for the Chargers in 1991...Kansas City offensive line coach Andy Heck coached in Jacksonville during Lewis' time playing for the Jaguars from 2006-12...Green Bay offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached with Al Harris in Miami for one season (2012)...Former college teammates include: Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Chiefs LB Reggie Ragland (Alabama), Ragland and Green Bay P JK Scott (Alabama), Packers DL Montravius Adams, S Jermaine Whitehead and Kansas City LB Dee Ford (Auburn), Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams and Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen (BYU), Moore and Kansas City C Mitch Morse (Missouri), Packers DL Mike Daniels and Hitchens (Iowa).

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