Packers take on the visiting Broncos

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The Green Bay Packers will host the Denver Broncos on Sunday at 12 p.m. CDT.

  • The Packers are 5-0-1 all-time against the Broncos at home.
  • Green Bay has won three of the last four regular-season games against Denver.
  • It is the Broncos’ first visit to Lambeau Field since 2011, a 49-23 victory for the Packers.
  • The Packers have scored 30-plus points in all five home wins over Denver.
  • The Packers look to win their first two home games of the season for the sixth time in the last seven years.
  • This is the the third time in the last five years (Kansas City in 2015 and Cincinnati in 2017) that the Packers have hosted an AFC team in Week 3.
  • Green Bay is in the middle of a three-game stretch of home contests, marking the first time the Packers have played three straight at home in September since 1990 (Weeks 1-3). It is three home games in 12 days for the Packers, only the second time in team history (2016) that the team has had three home contests over a 12-day period.
  • Green Bay is also in the midst of a strecth of five home games in six weeks.
  • This is the third straight year that the Packers have three home games in the month of September.
  • This Sunday, the Packers will wear a re-creation of the team’s uniform from 1937-48 for the fifth time (San Diego, Week 5 in 2015 / Dallas, Week 6 in 2016 / Baltimore, Week 11 in 2017 / Buffalo, Week 4 in 2018). It is navy blue and gold, and includes a gold yoke across the shoulders with faded gold pants and high navy socks. Green Bay is 9-5 when wearing a third jersey, including wins in eight of the last 11.

AGAINST THE AFC

  • Dating back to 2009, Green Bay has finished with at least a .500 record against AFC teams each regular season.
  • Since 2009, the Packers are 25-15 against the AFC during the regular season with a winning percentage of .625 that is tied for No. 1 among NFC teams (Philadelphia Eagles) and tied for No. 4 in the NFL over that span.
  • Green Bay’s point differential of plus-217 versus AFC teams since 2009 is No. 2 in the NFC (New Orleans, plus-238).
  • The Packers were 3-1 last year against AFC teams.
  • Dating back to 2002, Green Bay has been matched up with AFC West teams in four seasons and has registered three-plus wins in each of those years (4-0 in 2007 and 3-1 in 2003, 2011, 2015).
  • Since 2002, the Packers are 13-3 against the AFC West with a .813 winning percentage that leads the NFL over that span. Green Bay’s 13 wins against the AFC West since 2002 are the most among NFC teams.
  • Green Bay has won seven consecutive home games against teams from the AFC West, winning by 10-plus points in five of those contests. In each of those seven games, the Packers scored 27-plus points, including scoring 38-plus points four times.

WITH THE CALL

FOX Sports, now in its 26th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.

  • Play-by-play man Chris Myers joins analyst Daryl Johnston and sideline reporter Laura Okmin.
  • 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).
  • Sports USA Radio will air the game on radio across the country with Josh Appel (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst) calling the action.
  • The telecast is also available on DirecTV channel 710.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs. Broncos:

  • All-time, regular season: 6-6-1
  • All-time, Postseason: 0-1
  • All-time, at Lambeau Field: 4-0
  • Streaks: The Packers have won three of the previous four meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 1, 2015; Broncos won, 29-10, Sports Authority Field at Mile High

COACHES CAPSULES

Matt LaFleur: 2-0-0, 1.000; 1st NFL season

Vic Fangio: 0-2-0, .000; 1st NFL season

Head to Head: 0-0

vs. Opponent: 0-0

MATT LaFLEUR…In his first season as the Packers’ 15th head coach.

Entering 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.

VIC FANGIO…Is in his first year as the Broncos’ 17th head coach.

Fangio has spent the last 20 of 24 seasons as a defensive coordinator at the NFL or college level.

Most recently, Fangio’s defense with the Chicago Bears led the NFL in numerous categories including scoring defense (17.7 ppg), rushing defense (80.0 ypg) and takeaways (35) in 2018.

Fangio served as defensive coordinator for San Francisco from 2011-14 where the 49ers won two NFC West titles and advanced to Super Bowl XLVII. While in San Francisco, Fangio’s unit boasted the league’s top run defense (92.0 ypg) and tied for the third-most takeaways in the league from 2011-14.

Fangio spent four seasons each with expansion teams Carolina (1995-98) and Houston (2002-05) as defensive coordinator, as well as Indianapolis in between the two (1999-01).

THE PACKERS-BRONCOS SERIES

  • The Packers first met the Broncos in 1971, Denver's 12th year of existence as an NFL franchise. A Week 2 showdown, Green Bay defeated Denver, 34-13, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
  • Green Bay is undefeated in the series in games played in Wisconsin (5-0-1) and won its first in the series outside of its home state in 2007. In the Packers’ first appearance at Mile High (and first trip to the city since 1999), the Packers won for the first time in the regular season in six tries against the Broncos in Denver.
  • Four-time Super Bowl loser Denver recorded its first-ever win in the NFL’s title game with a dramatic 31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII in one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history, pitting Brett Favre vs. John Elway.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Gizzi entered the NFL as an UDFA with the Broncos in 1998…Gizzi also played collegiately at Air Force...Packers T/G Billy Turner played three seasons with Denver (2016-18) before signing with Green Bay in the offseason…Broncos TE Troy Fumagalli played collegiately at Wisconsin…Broncos wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni held the same position with the University of Wisconsin in 2012…Green Bay players with connections to Colorado include: T David Bakhtiari (Univ. of Colorado), Mason Crosby (Univ. of Colorado), JK Scott (Mullen HS)…Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith and Broncos QB Joe Flacco were teammates in Baltimore (2015-18)... Packers S Adrian Amos, Broncos CB De’Vante Bausby (2016) and CB Bryce Callahan were teammates in Chicago (2015-16)...Turner and Broncos T Ja’Wuan James were teammates in Miami (2014-16)...Packers wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted held the same title at Colorado State (2012-18) prior to joining the Green Bay staff…Packers national scout Sam Seale was a four-year letterman at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, where he was elected to the Western State College Hall of Fame in 2002…Packers defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery played for the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League…Broncos asst. strength and conditioning coach Mike Eubanks played at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire…Amos played for Broncos head coach Vic Fangio when he was the defensive coordinator for Chicago (2015-18). Additionally, Broncos defensive coordinator Ed Donatell was Amos’ position coach (2015-18) and outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley (2017-18) held the same position when Amos played for the Bears…Donatell was the defensive coordinator for Green Bay from 2000-03…Fangio also coached Packers defensive backs coach Jason Simmons when he played for Houston (2002-05)…Broncos linebackers coach Reggie Herring was also the linebackers coach for the Texans during Simmons’ playing career in Houston…Packers head coach Matt LaFleur worked with Broncos offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello (Atlanta, 2015), tight ends coach Wade Harman (Atlanta, 2015-16) and defensive line coach Bill Kollar (Houston, 2008-09)…Harman was also on the Baltimore coaching staff with Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (2002-08)…Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and Broncos assistant special teams coach Chris Gould were both on the Syracuse coaching staff in 2012… Scangarello coached at U.C. Davis where Hackett when Hackett was a freshman in 1999...Broncos QB Brandon Allen was on the L.A. Rams’ roster in 2017 where LaFleur was the offensive coordinator...Packers special teams coodinator Shawn Mennenga and Broncos defensive assistant Chris Beake spent two seasons together on the Cleveland coaching staff (2011-12)...Broncos T.C. McCartney spent the 2014 season an offensive assistant on Pettine’s staff in Cleveland 2014. Additionally, McCartney worked with Mennenga on the Cleveland staff...Broncos assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Lomando was on the Jacksonville staff when Packers TE Marcedes Lewis was on the roster (2009-11)…Packers senior advisor to football operations Ted Thompson and Broncos offensive line coach Mike Munchak played together with the Houston Oilers for three seasons (1982-84)…Packers vice president of communications Jason Wahlers began his NFL career as a PR intern with the Broncos in 2001-02...Former college teammates include: Packers CB Josh Jackson, Broncos TE Noah Fant and ILB Josey Jewell (Iowa); Packers S DL Tyler Lancaster, DL Dean Lowry, FB Danny Vitale and Broncos ILB Joseph Jones (Northwestern); Packers C Corey Linsley and Broncos TE Jeff Heuerman (Ohio State); Amos and Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton (Penn State); Packers LB Ty Summers and Broncos G/C Austin Schlottmann (TCU); Packers DL Kenny Clark and Broncos OL Jake Brendel (UCLA); Packers CB Kevin King and Broncos ILB Keishawn Bierria (Washington).

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