The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field to face an NFC North foe, the Detroit Lions, in a primetime matchup.
- Both teams enter Week 6 as the only two teams in the division with one loss and two of just five in the NFC (San Francisco, 4-0 / New Orleans and Seattle, 4-1).
- Including a 1994 playoff victory, the Packers are 25-3 against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin since 1992.
- Green Bay has a 27-11 overall mark against Detroit since 2000, a .711 winning percentage that is tied for No. 1 among NFL teams (Minnesota Vikings) that have played the Lions 10-plus times over that span, according to pro-football-reference.com.
- The Packers have a 16-3 home record (.842) against Detroit since 2000.
- QB Aaron Rodgers has led Green Bay to seven wins in nine starts at home against Detroit, throwing 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions and a passer rating of 109.4 in those games.
- Rodgers has registered a passer rating of 100-plus in six of nine home games versus the Lions.
- Green Bay has started the season with at least four wins in its first five games for the third time in the last five years (4-1 in 2017, 5-0 in 2015) and the seventh time since 2000 (5-0 in 2011, 4-1 in 2007, 2002 and 2001).
- If the Packers win, it will be their first 3-0 start in NFC North games since 2012.
- Out of the 17 teams that have played multiple division games this season, Green Bay is one of four teams with multiple wins against division opponents (New England, 3-0 / Dallas and Seattle, 2-0).
GREEN BAY ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
- It is the 27th consecutive season (1993-2019) that Green Bay is appearing on Monday Night Football, the second-longest streak in the NFL behind the Denver Broncos (28, 1992-2019).
- The Packers are 32-32-1 in the regular season on MNF.
- Green Bay has won four of its last five games on MNF.
- The Packers’ .800 winning percentage (4-1) on MNF since 2014 is No. 3 in the NFL over that span (Pittsburgh, 7-0, 1.000; Atlanta, 5-1, .833).
- It is the sixth time in the last seven seasons the Packers have played at Lambeau Field on MNF.
- Green Bay has won six of its last eight home games on MNF.
- It is the second time in three seasons and the fourth time overall (2017, 1972, 1971) that Green Bay and Detroit will face off on MNF, with the series tied at 1-1-1.
- The Packers have scored 27-plus points in four of the last five MNF games they have played (33, 17, 27, 38, 43).
- Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards and a passer rating of 100-plus in four consecutive MNF games. According to The Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest streak in MNF history. In those four games (Packers are 4-0), Rodgers has completed 103 of 156 passes (66.0 percent) for 1,398 yards (349.5 per game), 12 TDs and no INTs for a 120.1 passer rating.
WITH THE CALL
- ESPN is in its 14th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Joe Tessitore is joined by analyst Booger McFarland for the 50th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters 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), two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) and three-time Packers Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro John Kuhn (sideline) will call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 25th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 21st season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- Westwood One Sports will air the game on radio across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and James Lofton (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Lions:
- All-time, regular season: 98-72-7
- All-time, postseason: 2-0
- All-time, at Lambeau Field: 33-13-3
- Streaks: The Lions have won the last four meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 30, 2018; Lions won 31-0, Lambeau Field
Matt LaFleur: 4-1, .800; 1st NFL season
Matt Patricia: 8-11-1, .425; 2nd NFL season
Head to Head: 0-0
vs. Opponent: Patricia 2-0 vs. Packers
MATT LAFLEUR…In his first season as the Packers’ 15th head coach.
- In his 11th season in the NFL, having served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (Los Angeles Rams, 2017; Tennessee Titans, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington Redskins, 2010-13; Atlanta Falcons, 2015-16), and an offensive assistat for two seasons (Houston Texans, 2008-09).
- Guided the Titans’ offense in 2018 to a No. 7 league ranking in rushing (126.4 ypg) as Tennessee registered 11 games with 100-plus rushing yards, tied for No. 2 in the NFL.
- Helped the Rams lead the league in scoring with an average of 29.9 points per game in 2017, more than doubling their average from 2016 (14.0 ppg).
- Tutored QB Matt Ryan, who led the league in passer rating (117.1) in 2016 on his way to being named NFL Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press.
- Coached rookie QB Robert Griffin III with the Redskins in 2012, who became the first QB in team history to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
MATT PATRICIA…Is in his second year as the Lions’ 27th head coach.
- His first season as head coach featured an improvement in the running game, highlighted by rookie RB Kerryon Johnson, who produced two 100-yard rushing performances and three touchdowns.
- Served on the New England Patriots’ coaching staff from 2004-17, including six years (2012-17) as defensive coordinator.
- Helped lead the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships (XXXIX, XLIX, LI), six AFC championships and 13 AFC East division titles.
- From 2012-17, led a Patriots defense that ranked third in points allowed (19.2), fourth in games allowing 20 points or fewer (53) and second in games allowing 17 points or fewer (47).
THE PACKERS-LIONS SERIES
- The Week 17 victory in 2016 gave the Packers their 100th win (including playoffs) against the Lions franchise. Green Bay’s 100 victories against Detroit are the club’s most against any one opponent.
- Green Bay won 29 of the first 38 matchups in the series before the Lions reeled off 11 straight wins over a six-year span (1949-54).
- The Packers are 39-17 overall and 22-3 at Lambeau Field against Detroit since the start of the 1992 season.
- The teams have met twice in the postseason, with the first playoff matchup in the Wild Card round of the 1993 season. That game saw QB Brett Favre find WR Sterling Sharpe for a game-winning 40-yard score with less than a minute to go, marking the first playoff win for the Packers in more than 10 years.
Packers head coach Matt LaFleur is from Mount Pleasant, Mich., and played quarterback at Saginaw Valley State (2000-02). LaFleur later became an offensive assistant at his alma mater (2003), and then a graduate assistant at Central Michigan (2004-05) and quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Northern Michigan (2006)...Rashan Gary played three years at Michigan (2016-18)...Packers offensive line coach Adam Stenavich played collegiately at Michigan (2002-05), and later was a strength and conditioning intern (2011) and a graduate assistant (2012-13) for the Wolverines...Packers quarterbacks coach Luke Getsy was the wide receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2013...Packers offensive quality control coach Kevin Koger played at Michigan (2008-11) and later became a graduate assistant for the Wolverines (2013-14)...Packers chief of staff Darryl Franklin spent three years as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan University. Additionally, Franklin was a player personnel intern with the Lions in 2008...Green Bay TE Robert Tonyan signed with Detroit as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and spent his first offseason with the Lions...Lions DT Mike Daniels was drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Green Bay and played the previous seven seasons for the Packers…Detroit T Rick Wagner is from West Allis, Wis., and was a team captain for the Wisconsin Badgers, starting 37 games during his college career…Lions G Beau Benzschawel is from Grafton, Wis., and made 49 consecutive starts for the Wisconsin Badgers…Lions offensive coordinator Darren Bevell spent six seasons on the Green Bay coaching staff, serving as offensive assistant/quality control coach (2000-01), offensive assistant (2002) and quarterbacks coach (2003-05)…Bevell played quarterback at Wisconsin, where he set 19 school records, and helped lead the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl victory…Lions special teams coordinator John Bonamego served in the same role in Green Bay for three seasons (2003-05)…Lions head equipment manager Tim O’Neil spent six seasons as an equipment assistant in Green Bay (1995-2000)…Lions national scout Mark Olson is from Hudson, Wis., and attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls…Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery served in the same role at Michigan from 2011-12...Green Bay running backs coach Ben Sirmans coached at Michigan State for two seasons (2005-06)...Detroit defensive backs coach Brian Stewart coached in Houston while Packers secondary coach Jason Simmons played for the Texans (2002-03)...Lions DT Damon Harrison signed as a rookie free agent with the N.Y. Jets in 2012 when Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and outside linebackers coach Mike Smith were on the staff…Harrison, Lions LB Devon Kennard, DE Romeo Okwara RB Paul Perkins and Packers LB B.J. Goodson played together for two seasons with the N.Y. Giants (2016-17)…Detroit wide receivers coach Robert Prince and strength and power coordinator Josh Schuler worked on the Colorado coaching staff while Packers T David Bakhtiari was playing for the Buffaloes...Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Lions head coach assistant/research and analysis Evan Rothstein worked together on the Syracuse staff for two seasons (2010-11)…Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer and Lions area scout Roman Phifer were teammates on the New England Patriots (2001-02)…Lions tight ends coach Chris White was the running backs/special teams coordinator when Packers CB Josh Jackson played for the Hawkeyes…Lions offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was Packers G/T Billy Turner’s position coach for the 2017 season in Denver…Green Bay QB Tim Boyle was a freshman at Connecticut when Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was the head coach...McKissic signed as a rookie free agent with Atlanta when LaFleur was the quarterbacks coach…Packers S Adrian Amos played with Lions LB Christian Jones (2015-18) in Chicago…Former college teammates include: Scott, Brown, Williams and Lions DL Da’Shawn Hand (Alabama) and Lions DT A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama), Packers DL Montravius Adams and Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (Auburn); Packers CB Josh Jackson and Lions TE T.J. Hockenson (Iowa); Packers S Darnell Savage and Lions RB Ty Johnson (Maryland); Packers C Corey Linsley and Lions T Taylor Decker (Ohio State), Packers S Adrian Amos and Lions TE Jesse James (Penn State); Packers DL Kenny Clark and Lions RB Paul Perkins (UCLA); Packers CB Kevin King and Lions WR Marvin Hall (Washington).