GREEN BAY (0-0) AT TENNESSEE (0-0)
Saturday, Aug. 9 - LP Field - 7 p.m. CDT
Saturday, Aug. 9 - LP Field - 7 p.m. CDT
The Green Bay Packers' 2014 season officially kicks off Saturday night when they travel to take on the Tennessee Titans at LP Field, the first time the Packers have played the Titans in the preseason since 2009. * It marks the ninth time since 2002 that the Packers and Titans have played in the preseason but the first time it won't be in the final week. From 2002-09, Green Bay and Tennessee played each other in Week 4 of the preseason every year. * Green Bay's nine games against Tennessee during the preseason are the most the Packers have played against any team in the NFL dating back to 2000. It will bypass the eight preseason games Green Bay has played against the Cleveland Browns. The Packers' third-most common preseason opponent during that span is the Kansas City Chiefs, who Green Bay will play later this preseason for the sixth time. * This preseason the Packers will play the Titans and Chiefs for the fifth time each under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, marking the most times a McCarthy coached team has faced any club during the preseason. * The teams have met eight times during the preseason since the club moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997. The Packers are 2-6 vs. Tennessee in the preseason. * Overall, Green Bay is 3-7 against the Houston/Tennessee franchise in the preseason, with the first meeting coming on Aug. 19, 1972, in Houston. Of the 10 preseason matchups, one took place in Houston, one in Milwaukee, four in Green Bay, and this year's game will be the fifth in Tennessee, where the Packers are 1-3. * The last time Green Bay and Tennessee played was in the regular season on Dec. 23, 2012, at Lambeau Field, with the Packers racking up 460 yards of total offense and six different players scoring at least one touchdown in a 55-7 win. * The Packers are opening the preseason on the road for the third time in the last four seasons (at San Diego in 2012 and at Cleveland in 2011). * This is the ninth time in the last 10 years that Green Bay's first preseason opponent is an AFC team. The only exception came in 2013, when the Packers played the Arizona Cardinals. It also marks the ninth time in the last 10 preseasons that Green Bay's preseason slate has consisted of at least three teams from the AFC. * Green Bay's next preseason contest comes a week from Saturday when it travels to St. Louis to face the Rams on Aug. 16 at 3 p.m. It will be only the second time the Packers have played the Rams in St. Louis during the preseason (2013).
WITH THE CALL
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his ninth year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
KEN WHISENHUNT…Is in his first year as the 17th coach in franchise history.
THE PACKERS-TITANS SERIES
Packers GM Ted Thompson played linebacker for 10 seasons (1975-84) for the Houston Oilers…Thompson was a teammate of Titans asst. secondary coach Steve Brown with the Oilers…Brown also played with Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith, who was selected by the Houston Oilers with the No. 3 overall pick in 1987 and played three seasons for the club…Packers equipment manager Red Batty spent 13 seasons (1981-93) in the same position with the Houston Oilers…Packers area scout Lee Gissendaner was selected by the Houston Oilers in the sixth round of 1994 NFL Draft…Titans offensive line coach Bob Bostad, a Pardeeville, Wis. native, served in the same position at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1990-91 after playing linebacker at UWSP, and coached at the University of Wisconsin from 2006-11…From 2001-03, Titans running backs coach Sylvester Croom served in the same position for the Packers…Packers WR Randall Cobb was born in Maryville, Tenn., and attended Alcoa High…Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers was teammates on the Bears with Titans C/G Chris Spencer from 2011-12...Packers QB Matt Flynn and Titans RB Leon Washington both played for the Seahawks in 2012...Packers QB Scott Tolzien was teammates with Titans TE Delanie Walker on the 49ers in 2011-12...Titans linebackers coach Lou Spanos served as a defensive assistant for the Steelers from 1994-2009, and he was joined by Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers (1992-94), offensive coordinator Tom Clements (2001-03), secondary/safeties coach Darren Perry (played 1992-98/coached 2003-06), defensive/special teams assistant Jason Simmons (played 1998-2001) and Packers FB John Kuhn (2005-06), as well as Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt (2001-06), tight ends coach Mike Mularkey (1996-2003), defensive coordinator Ray Horton (2004-10) and WR Nate Washington (2005-08)…Clements served in the same position for the Bills and Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt was a volunteer offensive quality control coach while Mularkey was the head coach…Highsmith, Horton and Titans assistant offensive line coach Mike Sullivan were teammates on the Cowboys…Sullivan and Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall coached the offensive line together for the Browns from 2007-08…Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson and Packers running backs coach Sam Gash were teammates on the Patriots and were on the Lions' coaching staff together…Gash was on the New York Jets' coaching staff with Titans offensive coordinator Jason Michael while Washington played for New York…Gash and Perry played at Penn State with Titans quarterbacks coach John McNulty…Packers RB Rajion Neal played for the University of Tennessee and was roommates with Titans WR Justin Hunter…Other former college teammates include Packers LB Clay Matthews and Titans DL Jurrell Casey (Southern California), Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Titans TE Craig Stevens (California), Packers RB Eddie Lacy, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, LB Adrian Hubbard and Titans G Chance Warmack (Alabama), Packers CB Sam Shields and Titans LB Colin McCarthy (Miami), Packers DE Datone Jones and Titans LB Akeem Ayers (UCLA), Packers S Morgan Burnett and Titans LB/DE Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech), and Packers T Bryan Bulaga and DT Mike Daniels and Titans RB Shonn Greene (Iowa).
LAST MEETING, PRESEASON
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