Packers-Titans Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet

Green Bay welcomes the Tennessee Titans to Lambeau Field Thursday night for the preseason finale. It will mark the seventh consecutive season the two clubs have met in the final exhibition game. - More | Tickets Available | Gameday Info. Reminder: Game Time Changed To 6:00 PM CDT

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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.

Here are some highlights from the Packers-Titans Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet:*

**TENNESSEE (2-1) at GREEN BAY (1-2)

Thursday, Aug. 28 | Lambeau Field | 6 p.m. CDT**

PACKERS WRAP UP PRESEASON WITH FAMILIAR FOE

-Green Bay welcomes the Tennessee Titans to Lambeau Field Thursday night for the preseason finale. It will mark the seventh consecutive season the two clubs have met in the final exhibition game.

-The Packers will be playing their fourth game in 18 days thanks to a disjointed preseason schedule. The team will get some good rest - 10 days - before it opens against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football Sept. 8.

-Green Bay comes into its final preseason game after notching its first win of the exhibition slate, a 27-24 win at Denver Friday night. Led by an efficient performance from QB Aaron Rodgers, the first-team offense scored on four of five possessions. A late touchdown in the fourth quarter sealed the victory.

-The Titans travel to Green Bay after recording their first preseason loss to Atlanta. The team previously had defeated St. Louis and Oakland.

-As has been custom with this game the past two seasons, the Titans are expected to play their starters a bit longer than the Packers. Head Coach Mike McCarthy traditionally has played his starters for a series or two in the final preseason game, whereas Titans coach Jeff Fisher has played his starters into the third quarter.

-Regardless of which players are on the field, don't expect the teams to show too much schematically from either side of the ball: the Packers will travel to Nashville to face the Titans in a Week 9 matchup Nov. 2.

-Thursday night will be the ninth preseason game between Green Bay and the Houston/Tennessee franchise. Since the teams began playing in the final preseason game (2002-present), Tennessee holds a 4-2 advantage.

MIDWEST SHRINE GAME

-One of the NFL's longest team traditions, the Upper Midwest Shrine Game kicks off its 59th installment Thursday night.

-Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners' Hospitals for Children.

-The Shriners' facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost.

-To date, the series has raised more than $3.1 million for the Midwest Shrine's burn centers and hospitals for crippled children.

-Green Bay is 30-25-3 all-time in the series. Green Bay and Tennessee met in the 2002 game.

-The series has called three separate stadiums home: Milwaukee's State Fair Park (1950-51), Milwaukee County Stadium (1952-82, 1984-94) and Lambeau Field (1983, 1995-present).

-In his first season leading the Packers, Vince Lombardi made an agreement with George Halas to play in the Shrine game annually. Green Bay and Chicago played each preseason in County Stadium from 1959-73.

-The Packers annually designate the Shrine game as the first 'Gold package' game for season-ticket holders primarily from the Milwaukee area. The team created the three-game package after moving all of its home games to Green Bay in 1995. Also in the 'Gold package' this season are the contests against Dallas (Sept. 21) and Chicago (Nov. 16).

WITH THE CALL

-The Packers Television Network, which includes all Green Bay Packers broadcast partners, will air the game in HD over a nine-station network throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Northeastern Minnesota. With veteran network production, personnel and state-of-the-art technology, Packers preseason games will be broadcast in HD for the first time.

-The CBS Sports broadcasting team of Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Rich Gannon (analyst) will call the action.

-WTMJ's Jessie Garcia serves as the sideline reporter and WFRV's Larry McCarren joins the crew for pre-game segments. In addition to WFRV-TV (Green Bay) and WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee), the Packers Television Network includes WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire; WYOW/ABC, Eagle River, Wis.; WJMN/CBS, Marquette, Mich.; and KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth, Minn.

-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 duo enter their 10th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 47 markets in six states.

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THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers:

All-time regular season:4-5-0

All-time, in Green Bay: 1-4-0

All-time, preseason: 3-5-0

Streaks: The Titans have won the last two regular-season meetings and four of the last five preseason games between the clubs.

Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 11, 2004, Lambeau Field; Titans won, 48-27

Last meeting, preseason: Aug. 30, 2007, at LP Field; Titans won, 30-14

COACHES CAPSULES

Mike McCarthy: 22-12-0, .647 (incl. 1-1 postseason); third NFL season

Jeff Fisher: 120-104-0, .538 (incl. 5-5 postseason); 14th NFL season

Head to Head: Never met

vs. Opponent: McCarthy 0-0 vs. Titans; Fisher 2-1 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY...Is in third 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.

-Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.

-Became the first Packers coach since Vince Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

-Tied franchise record for most victories by a coach in his first two seasons (21).

JEFF FISHER...Is in 14th year as the 15th head coach in Hou./Ten. history.

-Holds the franchise record for wins by a head coach (120).

-Has taken his team to the playoffs five times in the past nine years. The postseason trips have produced two AFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIV).

-Presided over the most successful five-year period (1999-2003) in his club's 46-year history, posting 56 regular-season and five postseason victories, including two division titles.

THE PACKERS-TITANS SERIES

-Green Bay played its first ever dome game, a 23-10 win on Nov. 20, 1972, when the franchises first met 35 years ago at the Houston Astrodome.

-Since, the clubs have met only eight other times.

-The teams have split the last four meetings, all during the Brett Favre era, with the Packers getting victories at home in 1998 and at Houston in 1992.

-The Packers are just 1-2 vs. the Titans since the franchise moved from Houston to Tennessee in 1997.

-The teams' first meeting after the move, at Lambeau Field on Dec. 20,1998, was a memorable contest. A 30-22 Packers win in snowy, 29-degree conditions, the game marked Reggie White's final Lambeau Field performance in a Packers uniform. Favre threw for three touchdowns, all to Antonio Freeman, who posted seven catches for 186 yards.

{sportsad300}NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers GM Ted Thompson played 10 years (1975-84) as a LB for the Houston Oilers...Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt spent eight years working at 1265 Lombardi Ave., as Chief Financial Officer (1991-93) and Vice President of Administration (1994-98); Reinfeldt is a Wisconsin native (Baraboo) and was a four-year starter at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...Thompson and Reinfeldt are close friends, as the two were teammates in Houston (1976-83) and co-workers in Green Bay (1992-98)...Titans DB coach Chuck Cecil entered the NFL as a fourth-round choice of the Packers in the 1988 draft and played in Green Bay's secondary from 1988-92...Titans assistant special teams coach Marty Galbraith coached at the University of Pittsburgh with McCarthy in 1991...Green Bay WR coach Jimmy Robinson launched his coaching career as an assistant with the USFL's Memphis Showboats in 1984, when the franchise's roster included DE Reggie White...T Chad Clifton (Martin, Tenn.), C Scott Wells (Brentwood, Tenn.) and DT Justin Harrell (Martin, Tenn.) are all natives of Tennessee and played collegiately at the University of Tennessee...Titans P Craig Hentrich played for the Packers from 1994-97...Titans LB Kurt Campbell was originally a seventh-round draft pick of the Packers in 2005, and QB Ingle Martin was a fifth-round pick in 2006...Titans QB Paul Thompson spent time in training camp with the Packers in 2007.

INDIVIDUALLY VS. BRONCOS

WR Donald Driver has 12 receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown in two games against the Titans.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

Oct. 11, 2004, at Lambeau Field; Titans won, 48-27.

-On Monday Night Football, the Titans came into Green Bay and scored more points than any visitor ever at Lambeau, handing the Packers at the time their first four-game losing streak since 1991 and first 0-3 start at home since 1988.

-Titans RB Chris Brown rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, from 37 and 29 yards out on the first two series.

-Tennessee scored on five of its first six possessions, and Steve McNair threw two second-half TD passes to put the game out of reach.

-Brett Favre, playing after the death of his 24-year-old brother-in-law, was 24-of-44 for 338 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Donald Driver (10 catches, 150 yards) and Javon Walker (8-159) each topped 150 receiving yards.

LAST MEETING, PRESEASON

Aug. 30, 2007, at LP Field; Titans won, 30-14.

-Green Bay RB Noah Herron caught a 6-yard TD pass for the game's first points, and then injured his knee on the ensuing kickoff, ending his season.

-Tennessee native and recent draft choice from UT Justin Harrell returned a fumble 18 yards for a touchdown in the opening moments of the third quarter to tie the score at 14.

-Chris Davis returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to give the Titans a two-score lead.

-Titans QB Vince Young finished 11-of-16 for 96 yards and a TD. He also had an 8-yard rushing touchdown.

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A LAST CHANCE TO IMPRESS

-With nearly every player back from a year ago, and a talented bunch of newcomers added to the mix, Packers training camp 2008 has been the most competitive in recent memory.

-General Manager Ted Thompson knows all about training camp battles. Signed as a non-drafted free agent linebacker by the Houston Oilers, Thompson annually held off younger competition brought in by Bum Phillips during his 10-year career.

-McCarthy has acknowledged just how deep the '08 roster is: "There's competition throughout our whole football team. We'll make sure every position is ready to go with more depth than we've ever had here as a football team."

-Nothing attracts attention and headlines during training camp like the fight for playing time and roster spots, and the game versus Tennessee will be the final factor as the final roster cut looms.

-Starters should only play a series of two Thursday, lending plenty of time for players fighting to make the roster. Here's a look at the roster as it stands, position by position. The first number indicates the number of players at that position entering camp, while the number in parentheses represents how many players from that position made the opening-day roster in 2007.

Quarterback - 3 (2)

Running back - 8 (6)

Tight end - 4 (2)

Wide receiver - 9 (5)

Offensive line - 13 (9)

Defensive line - 13 (11)

Linebacker - 9 (5)

Cornerback - 8 (6)

Safety - 5 (4)

Specialists - 3 (3)

THE CLOSEST BATTLES: RUNNING BACK

-One of the most watched positions as the final cut approaches will be running back. Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson form a solid 1-2 punch at the position, but just who will back them up remains to be seen.

-Veterans Noah Herron and Vernand Morency have experience in the system and have had solid summers. Both have experience as third-down backs (Herron in 2006, Morency in '07) and will look to claim the role this season. Rookie free agent Kregg Lumpkin (Georgia) has impressed as the team's leading rusher this preseason. The team kept four running backs last season, so each of the three will try to impress against Tennessee. Herron and Morency have experience on special teams units in the past, which certainly gives them an edge.

A CROWD AT LINEBACKER

-While wide receiver has stood out as a major strength on offense, the defensive side of the ball looks to be stacked at linebacker. Nick Barnett and A.J. Hawk lead the unit, but lots of reps are up for grabs on the outside and in a backup role.

-Few players on the football field can match the intensity of outside linebacker Brady Poppinga, who started at SAM linebacker for Green Bay the past two seasons. A defensive end at BYU, he has natural pass-rush instincts and has taken some occasional reps at defensive end during camp. However, the team did sign Brandon Chillar from St. Louis, who comes in advertised as a top cover man. Look for defensive coordinator Bob Sanders to try out some experiments - such as Poppinga as a situational defensive end or the 2-4-5 formation - during the final preseason game. Regardless of who starts in the base defense, count on both playing key roles on special teams.

-An equally intense battle has emerged among the backup linebackers. Desmond Bishop and Abdul Hodge have both looked excellent in the middle. Bishop missed the first two preseason games, but came out strong in his debut at Denver. His return to form is imperative if he wants to hold off the charge from Hodge, who missed all of last season with knee tendinitis. Now rested, Hodge is beginning to show the form that made him an All-Big Ten performer and third-round selection in 2006. Both could make the final roster as they have been core members of the special teams units.

-Tracy White, who plays on the outside, is a valuable special teams performer. The team kept five linebackers last season, but Thompson admitted that could change this year with all the talent at the position.

-"We have normally in the past at all the places, including here, gone with six linebackers," Thompson said. "For instance, the last couple years we've maybe been at five, starting out. So we just kind of see how it works itself out."

DEFENSIVE BACKFIELD

-The third cornerback on an NFL team gets enough reps to be considered a "12th" defensive starter. Jarrett Bush held that job at the beginning of '07 before Tramon Williams came on strong at the end of the season. Williams appears to have the inside track on the job. Will Blackmon proved to be an impact player on special teams, but coaches are monitoring his reps in the defensive backfield in the hopes that he will be injury-free this coming season. He has been a fixture in sub-packages on defense. Where does second-round pick Pat Lee fit in? With solid performances in his first live action, both on special teams and at corner, he certainly can't be counted out of the nickel competition just yet. With a bevy of talent at wide receiver, this group has been tested early and often in practice.

-Another battle to watch comes in at free safety. Nick Collins is entrenched as a three-year starter, but all second-year player Aaron Rouse does is make plays. Rouse had an interception in both the Family Night scrimmage and against Cincinnati and has been the Packers' leading tackler in the preseason. He is an intriguing player because of his size (6-4, 223), but Collins' experience in the system, plus his abilities as a reliable cover man and sure tackler in run support, give him the edge.

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