Packers-Jaguars Preseason Week 3 Dope Sheet

Packers fans around the country will get their first look at the 2007 team as Green Bay hosts Jacksonville in a nationally televised game on FOX. Customary for Week 3 around the NFL, projected regular-season starters are expected to see their most action of the preseason. - Packers-Jaguars Gameday Download Dope Sheet | Get Tickets!

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*Two years after he co-founded the Packers with Curly Lambeau, George Calhoun began writing a piece called The Dope Sheet, which served as the official press release and game program from 1921-24.

Honoring Calhoun, the first publicity director, the Packers are running this weekly feature as their release, which is being made available to fans exclusively on Packers.com.

A complete edition of the Dope Sheet will be available each week during the season in PDF format, located in the Packers.com Game Centers.

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GREEN BAY MAKES NATIONAL TELEVISION DEBUT

-Packers fans around the country will get their first look at the 2007 team as Green Bay hosts Jacksonville in a nationally televised game on FOX.

-Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston call the action in the booth with Tony Siragusa and Chris Myers serving as sideline reporters.

-The Packers are currently scheduled to make four appearances on national TV in 2007. The defending NFC champion Chicago Bears travel to Lambeau Field (Oct. 7) for a Sunday night contest on NBC, while the Packers travel to Mile High Stadium to take on Denver (Oct. 29) on ESPN Monday Night Football. The Packers also have back-to-back Thursday contests, starting with Thanksgiving Day in Detroit on FOX. On Nov. 29, Green Bay heads to Texas Stadium to take on Dallas on NFL Network.

BISHOP'S CHARITIES GAME

-The Bishop's Charities Game was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee).

-For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game's business-related tasks, including game program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 Northeastern Wisconsin counties. The Packers assumed many of those tasks in 1994.

-The series enjoys its 47th contest on Thursday and has raised approximately $3.25 million.

-The Packers are 24-21-1 all-time in the series and look to end a four-game losing streak in the annual contest.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE

-With two-a-days and dorm life behind them, the Packers now practice in a schedule that will more closely resemble the regular season. Four other practices open to the public remain.

-After a day off Sunday, the Packers will hit the practice field at 6:30 p.m. Monday, the last of nine night practice sessions during training camp. The team will be in full pads.

-Tuesday's practice begins at 10:45 a.m., with team and positional meetings both before and after practice. Wednesday's practice is closed in preparation for Jacksonville.

-The team will have both Friday and Saturday off following the game before returning to the practice field on Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

STARTERS SHOULD SEE PLENTY OF ACTION

-Customary for Week 3 around the NFL, projected regular-season starters are expected to see their most action of the preseason.

-Brett Favre and the No. 1 offense rebounded nicely against Seattle after a slow start to the preseason. The group saw four series of action in both games, but was limited to just 12 plays in Pittsburgh after failing to record a first down. Favre led the offense to scores on three successive drives Saturday as the group had 22 plays from scrimmage.

-The defense looked strong again, limiting Seattle to just three points. A standout performance from safety Atari Bigby - two sacks and a forced fumble - means he may push former high school teammate Marquand Manuel for time at strong safety with the starting unit.

INJURY REPORT

-No position has been hit harder by injuries than the backfield, which took yet another hit Saturday night against Seattle.

-Running back Vernand Morency, who is expected to compete for the starting job, has been sidelined after injuring his knee on the first day of training camp. Morency has yet to see any action in the preseason.

-In his absence, Brandon Jackson, a second-round pick from Nebraska, has been seeing reps with the first team, while veteran Noah Herron has continued his role from last season as a third-down back. In addition to Herron and Jackson, rookie Corey White has been the only other running back to carry the football.

-Second-year pro P.J. Pope was injured in the team's 'Family Night' scrimmage Aug. 4 and is expected to be out several weeks, while seventh-round selection DeShawn Wynn has missed both preseason games due to a quad injury sustained in practice.

-Fullback Brandon Miree, who entered camp as the No. 1 fullback on the depth chart, has been held out of both preseason games.

-Saturday, rookie fullback Ryan Powdrell went down with an MCL injury. Also injured Saturday during the game were wide receiver Shaun Bodiford, defensive end Michael Montgomery and tackle Orrin Thompson. McCarthy said each player sustained an MCL injury and would be out "at least a couple of weeks."

-In addition to Morency, Miree, Pope and Wynn, defensive end DeVon Hicks, tackle Tony Moll and guard Tony Palmer were held out of the game Saturday. Moll and Hicks each missed the Pittsburgh game as well.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars:

All-time regular season: 2-1-0

All-time preseason: 0-1-0

All-time postseason: 0-0

All-time, in Green Bay: 0-1-0

Streaks: The Packers won the first two meetings between the clubs.

Last meeting: Dec. 19, 2004, at Lambeau Field; Jaguars won, 28-25

Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 27, 2004, at Alltel Stadium; Jaguars won, 9-7

COACHES CAPSULES

Mike McCarthy: 8-8-0, .500; second NFL season

Jack Del Rio: 34-31-0, .523; fifth NFL season

Head to Head: First meeting

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-0 vs. Jaguars; Del Rio 1-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Begins second 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.

-Led the Packers to an 8-8 finish and near playoff berth, losing a tiebreaker with the New York Giants, who also finished 8-8.

-Spent six seasons as an offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints (2000-04) and San Francisco 49ers (2005).

-Began his coaching career as a college assistant at Fort Hays State (1987-88) and at the University of Pittsburgh (1989-92) before breaking into the NFL as a quality control assistant with the Chiefs in 1993.

JACK DEL RIO...Begins fifth year as the Jaguars' 2nd head coach.

-Named the second head coach in Jaguars' history on Jan. 17, 2003.

-Now in his 22nd year in the NFL and 11th in coaching.

-Led the Jaguars to a 34-31 record since taking over, including a 29-19 regular season mark over the past three seasons. The 29 wins ties for seventh-most regular season wins during that stretch.

-A former linebacker, played four seasons for the Minnesota Vikings (1992-95). During that span, Del Rio's Vikings were 6-2 against Green Bay (4-0 at Minnesota). In all, played 11 NFL seasons with the Vikings, Saints, Chiefs and Cowboys.

-Previously served as defensive coordinator in Carolina (2002) and linebackers coach in Baltimore (1999-2001).

THE PACKERS-JAGUARS SERIES

-Jacksonville and Green Bay will meet for the second time in the preseason, with the Jaguars edging the Packers, 9-7, on Aug. 27, 2004, in the first meeting at Alltel Stadium.

-The Packers and Jaguars have met only three times in the regular season since Jacksonville's inception in 1995. The Packers won the first two meetings in 1995 and 2001, while the Jaguars won the most recent contest in 2004.

-Neither team has been victorious at home during the series. Green Bay won the first two games in Jacksonville, 24-14, Sept. 24, 1995, and, 28-21, Dec. 3, 2001. The '95 victory gave Green Bay sole possession of first place in the NFC Central for the first time in 17 years.

-The Jaguars won in their only appearance in Lambeau Field, 28-25, Dec. 19, 2004.

{sportsad300}NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio coached with Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements in New Orleans from 1997-98...Jaguars quarterbacks coach Mike Shula (2000-02) coached alongside defensive coordinator Bob Sanders ('01-'04) and defensive tackles coach Robert Nunn ('00-02, '04) with the Miami Dolphins...Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner held the same position with the Packers in 2003-05...Green Bay running backs coach Edgar Bennett is a Jacksonville native and was an all-state running back at Robert E. Lee High School; also on that team at Robert E. Lee H.S. was LeRoy Butler, the former Pro Bowl safety who was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame this summer...Packers offensive quality control coach Ty Knott was the offensive assistant/quarterbacks coach in Jacksonville in the 2002 season...Jaguars assistant head coach/tight ends Mike Tice was formerly the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings (2002-05), compiling a 5-4 record against Green Bay...11 members of the Packers are Florida natives, but only offensive lineman Jason Spitz is from Jacksonville; Spitz attended The Bolles High School...Packers LB Tracy White played for the Jaguars in 2005 before signing with Green Bay, playing in 15 games and recording six special teams tackles...Jaguars TE Richard Angulo and S Nick Sorensen and Packers DT Ryan Pickett played together in St. Louis (Pickett in 2001-05; Angulo in '03; Sorensen in '01-02)...Playing with the New York Giants, CB Frank Walker (2003-06) lined up alongside Jaguars LB Nick Greisen ('02-05) and CB Terry Cousin ('04)...Speaking of Greisen, the sixth-year pro is a Sturgeon Bay, Wis., native - 50 miles northeast of Green Bay - and graduate of the University of Wisconsin...RB Brandon Miree and Jacksonville DE Reggie Hayward suited up with the Denver Broncos in the 2004 season...Jaguars C Brad Meester and Packers DE Aaron Kampman are both products of Aplington-Parkersburg (Iowa) High School.

INDIVIDUALLY VS. JACKSONVILLE

QB Brett Favre has faced the Jaguars three times in his career, compiling 74 completions on 112 attempts (.661) for 931 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions...Favre has passed for over 360 yards in the past two meetings (367, 362 respectively)...WR Donald Driver has grabbed five balls for 84 yards (16.8 avg.) and a touchdown in two games against the Jaguars...DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila recorded one sack in each of the two contests he played against Jacksonville...Of the 22 players who started against the Jaguars in 2004, only 10 (6 offense, 4 defense) still remain with the Packers.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

-Dec. 19, 2004, Lambeau Field; Jaguars won 28-25.

-A back-and-forth battle on frozen Lambeau Field (12º F) ended in a 28-25 Jacksonville victory.

-Brett Favre hit Antonio Chapman with a 6-yard touchdown throw and found Donald Driver for a 2-point conversion to pull Green Bay to 28-25 with 1:08 left.

-However, Nick Sorensen recovered the onside kick to close out the game.

-Favre, who played with tape on his wrist and thumb after jamming it into the ground in the second quarter, finished the game by completing 30 of 44 passes (.682) for 367 yards and two touchdowns

-Fred Taylor ran 22 times for 165 yards (7.5) and a third-quarter touchdown for the victors.

-Though the offense compiled 444 net yards, the Packers could not overcome five turnovers and 12 penalties.

LAST MEETING, PRESEASON

-August 27, 2004, Alltel Stadium; Jaguars won 9-7

-Robert Ferguson caught three passes for 83 yards and a 52-yard touchdown, but the Packers couldn't overcome three turnovers in a 9-7 setback.

-Favre finished 9 of 14 (.643) for 127 yards and a touchdown with a quarterback rating of 77.7

-Ahman Green rushed nine times for 39 yards (4.3 avg.)

-Jaguars RB Greg Jones finished with 79 yards on 18 carries (4.4 avg.) and the Jacksonville defense collected three interceptions

-Josh Scobee accounted for all of Jacksonville's points, connecting on field goals from 23, 32 and 43 yards.

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