Packers-Raiders Week 14 Dope Sheet

Green Bay welcomes Oakland to Lambeau Field this weekend for the first time since 1999. Prior to that 1999 meeting, the Raiders’ last trip to Wisconsin was in 1993, when LeRoy Butler spontaneously invented the ’Lambeau Leap’. The Packers come into the matchup winners of 14 of their last 16 games and stand in second place in the NFC by virtue of their 10-2 record. - Packers-Raiders Game Center


*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

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

Here are some highlights from the Packers-Raiders Week 14 Dope Sheet:*


OAKLAND (4-8) at GREEN BAY (10-2)

-Green Bay welcomes Oakland to Lambeau Field this weekend for the first time since 1999.

-Prior to that 1999 meeting, the Raiders' last trip to Wisconsin was in 1993, when LeRoy Butler spontaneously invented the 'Lambeau Leap'.

-The Packers come into the matchup winners of 14 of their last 16 games and stand in second place in the NFC by virtue of their 10-2 record.

-Green Bay looks to avoid consecutive losses for the first time in over one calendar year. The Packers last lost back-to-back games in Weeks 12-13 last year (Nov. 27 - Dec. 3).

-The Packers hope to continue their dominance over the AFC West. They have won five straight against the division and eight of their last 10, dating back to a 1996 victory over Denver.

-The first meeting between the two clubs came on the biggest of stages at Super Bowl II in Miami in January 1968. That day, the Packers won their second consecutive Super Bowl title in Vince Lombardi's final game as head coach for Green Bay.

-Lane Kiffin is believed to be the youngest coach ever to take an NFL team into Lambeau Field. Previously, the youngest coach in the modern era was the Los Angeles Rams' Harland Svare, who first brought his team to Lambeau Field at age 32 years, 10 months on Oct. 6, 1963 - incidentally a 42-10 win over Vince Lombardi. Kiffin enters the game Sunday at age 32 years, 7 months.

-Quarterback Brett Favre, 10 days after getting knocked out of the game at Dallas, looks to make his 250th consecutive start (270 including playoffs) Sunday. He will square off against one of his old NFC Central rivals, Oakland's Warren Sapp, in the next installment of a long and interesting history. Also looking to bounce back from injury is cornerback Charles Woodson, who missed the Dallas game with a toe injury. This would mark Woodson's first game against Oakland, the team with which he spent his first eight NFL seasons.


-CBS Sports will air the contest to much of the country as the kickoff game in the network's national doubleheader. Play-by-play man Kevin Harlan joins color commentator Rich Gannon in the broadcast booth. They will serve as familiar voices to Packers fans, as Harlan and Gannon have served as the Packers' preseason broadcast team the past two seasons.

-In Wisconsin's two largest markets, CBS affiliates WFRV (Ch. 5) in Green Bay and WDJT (Ch. 58) in Milwaukee will carry the game.

-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 network covers 47 markets in six states.

-For out-of-town listeners, the broadcast is available to NFL Field Pass subscribers on as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 130 WTMJ feed) as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive.

-DirecTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 711.


-With a win Sunday over Oakland, Green Bay clinches not only a postseason berth but its 18th division title in franchise history.

-Clinching against the Raiders wouldn't be new for Brett Favre and the Packers. They did so in 1993 against the Raiders at Lambeau Field, ending an 11-year playoff drought.

-A loss Sunday doesn't mean the Packers can't clinch via a loss - they'd just need some help. According to the NFL, the Packers clinch the NFC North with 1) Green Bay win or tie OR a 2) Detroit loss or tie.

-According to the league, Green Bay clinches a playoff berth with 1) Arizona loss or tie.

uIf Green Bay were to wrap up the division with three games remaining, it would mark earliest the club had clinched the division since 2002, when the Packers clinched the NFC North with four games remaining. The Dec. 1 victory over the Bears marked the earliest such occasion for the Packers since the NFL implemented division play in 1933.

-The previous franchise mark came in 1967, when the Packers beat the eventual second-place Bears Nov. 26 to capture the Central division crown with three games remaining.


-A defense that has collected 32 sacks through 12 games is headlined by the NFL's top sack duo.

-Defensive end Aaron Kampman, NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October, has posted 11 sacks, tied for second in the NFL. Fellow end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has tallied 9 1/2 sacks, tied for seventh.

-30 1/2 of those sacks have come courtesy of the defensive line, which forms one of the deepest rotations in all of football. Defensive tackle Corey Williams has already matched his career high, established last season, with seven sacks.


-Sunday's game matches the two hottest running backs in the NFL.

-Ryan Grant assumed running back duties in the second quarter against Denver and responded with his first 100-yard performance.

-A punishing runner whose 62-yard touchdown sprint in Dallas proved he possessed the necessary speed, Grant has totaled three 100-yard performances.

-Acquired in a trade with the New York Giants, Grant arrived in Green Bay just before Week 1 and made an early mark with his play on the special teams coverage units.

-He began to see more time at running back as he became acclimated with the playbook and was pressed into duty at Denver when DeShawn Wynn was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.

-Grant earned his first career start in Week 9 at Kansas City and has started every game since. A dual threat out of the backfield, the Notre Dame product also has caught 25 passes.

-Only one running back has totaled more yards since Week 8 than Grant. It just so happens to be Sunday's opponent, Oakland's Justin Fargas:

Justin Fargas, OAK - 591 yds

Ryan Grant, GB - 561 yds

Adrian Peterson, MIN - 527 yds

LaDainian Tomlinson, SD - 522 yds

Clinton Portis, WAS - 514 yds


Packers vs. Oakland Raiders:

All-time regular season: 4-5-0

All-time, postseason: 1-0 (Super Bowl II, at Miami)

All-time, in Green Bay: 2-3-0

Streaks: The Packers have won four consecutive meetings.

Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 22, 2003, at Oakland; Packers won, 41-7

Last meeting, regular season, at Green Bay: Sept. 12, 1999, at Lambeau Field; Packers won 28-24


Mike McCarthy: 18-10-0, .643; second NFL season

Lane Kiffin: 4-8-0, .333; first NFL season

Head to Head: Never met

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-0 vs. Raiders; Kiffin 0-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Is in 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.

-Won more games (16) in his first 25 contests than any other coach in franchise history.

-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.

LANE KIFFIN...Is in first year as the Raiders' 16th head coach.

-Named to his position in January 2007 at age 31, Kiffin became the youngest head coach in the history of the modern NFL.

-Coached previous six seasons (2001-06) at the University of Southern California, most recently serving as offensive coordinator.

-Won back-to-back national championships with the Trojans in 2003 and '04.

-Began his coaching career at Fresno State (1994-96) and then at Colorado State (1999) before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000 as defensive quality control coach.


-These two clubs first squared off in Miami's Orange Bowl for the league's second Super Bowl title in January 1968. Behind four Don Chandler field goals and another MVP?performance from quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers won their second consecutive Super Bowl title in Vince Lombardi's final game as head coach for Green Bay. In his nine-year reign as Packers coach, Lombardi won six Western Conference championships, five NFL titles and two Super Bowls, a record unprecedented in pro football history.

-Between 1972-87, the Raiders won all five games between the two clubs. Also during that era, the Raiders won three Super Bowl titles.

-The Packers won their first game against the Raiders since Super Bowl II in 1990 against the Raiders in Los Angeles. The club had moved from Oakland to Los Angeles after the 1981 season and would return to the Bay Area after the 1994 season.

-Green Bay ended an 11-year postseason drought by defeating the Raiders, 28-0, on Dec. 26, 1993, at Lambeau Field.

-The two clubs last squared off in one of the most memorable performances in the history of Monday Night Football. Playing one night after the death of his father, quarterback Brett Favre passed for 399 yards and four touchdowns, moving into second place in NFL history for career TD passes while leading the Packers to a 41-7 victory.


-Packers cornerback Charles Woodson spent the first eight seasons of his career (1998-2005) in Oakland and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection...Raiders special teams quality control assistant Curtis Fuller played two seasons (2003-04) with the Packers...Raiders defensive line coach Keith Millard also played one season (1992) in Green Bay...Raiders defensive backs coach Darren Perry finished his playing career as a defensive back in New Orleans in 2000, where Packers assistant head coach and linebackers coach Winston Moss served on the defensive staff...Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached Raiders G Robert Gallery when he served as offensive line coach (1999-2002) at Iowa...Packers tight end Donald Lee and Raiders RB Justin Griffith were teammates at Mississippi State...Raiders LB Ricky Brown and Packers CB Will Blackmon played on the same defense for four years at Boston College...Raiders S Hiram Eugene and Packers CB Tramon Williams played in the secondary together at Louisiana Tech...Packers LB A.J. Hawk played with Raiders DE Jay Richardson at Ohio State.


-Favre is 3-0 in his career against the Raiders...His 106.1 career passer rating against Oakland is the second-highest rating against any NFL opponent; only his passer rating against Indianapolis (115.7) ranks higher...His 154.9 rating against Oakland in 2003 remains a career high, while his 399 passing yards that night ranks second...His career totals against the Raiders include 922 passing yards and nine touchdowns...In the '03 contest, defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila registered three sacks while fellow end Aaron Kampman recorded a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.


Dec. 22, 2003, at Oakland; Packers won 41-7.

-With a series of long passes that somehow found his energized teammates, Favre decimated the Raiders' defense to the tune of four TD passes in the first half in one of the most memorable performances of his career.

-Playing one day after the death of his father, Favre passed for a career-high 311 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, quickly turning a crucial game for the Packers' playoff hopes into a blowout victory.

-An emotional Favre threw two first quarter scores, one each to Wesley Walls and Javon Walker, and found Walker again in the second quarter on a 43-yard heave. He found tight end David Martin for a 6-yard score just before halftime.

-Favre sat out the entire fourth quarter as the victory kept the Packers tied atop the NFC North with Minnesota. Favre passed Fran Tarkenton to take sole possession of second place on the NFL's all-time TD passes list.


Sept. 12, 1999, at Lambeau Field; Packers won 28-24.

-The Packers completed a late comeback to take the lead with 11 seconds to play and hand Ray Rhodes a victory in his Green Bay coaching debut.

-Favre's 4-yard pass to Bill Schroeder opened the scoring for Green Bay, though the Raiders held a 10-7 halftime advantage.

-After another scoring pass to Antonio Freeman, the Raiders took a commanding 24-14 lead into the fourth quarter.

-Favre first found Corey Bradford for an 8-yard TD pass and then rallied the Packers to the goal line in the final minute. His 1-yard TD pass to tight end Jeff Thomason, his fourth touchdown pass of the day, sealed the season-opening win for Green Bay.

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