Packers-Titans Preseason Week 4 Dope Sheet

The Green Bay Packers play their final preseason contest of 2007 on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Tennessee against the Titans, an annual preseason foe since 2002. The Packers aim to finish the preseason 3-1, which would be their best mark since 2002. - Gameday | Download The Dope Sheet

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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:*

PRESEASON WRAPS UP IN TENNESSEE

-The Green Bay Packers play their final preseason contest of 2007 in Tennessee against the Titans, an annual preseason foe since 2002.

-The Packers aim to finish the preseason 3-1, which would be their best mark since '02. That year, the Packers used the momentum of a 3-1 preseason to catapult them to a 12-4 regular season mark and NFC North crown.

-Last Thursday, Green Bay fell to another AFC South opponent, Jacksonville, 21-13, at Lambeau Field.

-Starters are expected to play just a few series Thursday in Nashville, with the regular season opener against Philadelphia just 10 days away.

-Following the game, the Packers will have just one day to asses the roster before the final preseason roster reduction - to 53 players - on Saturday, Sept. 1, by 5:00 p.m. CDT.

-The Titans come off a 28-17 road victory over Buffalo Friday night. Quarterback Vince Young passed for a touchdown and ran for another as Tennessee improved to 2-1.

PACKERS WRAP UP CAMP THIS WEEK

-Just one more practice open to the public remains as the Packers put the finishing touches on their 62nd training camp.

-Practice Tuesday will be on Clarke Hinkle Field. Practice is subject to change should weather force the team to move practice indoors.

-All practices after Tuesday are closed to the public for the remainder of the season.

PREPERATIONS FOR PHILADELPHIA BEGIN

-Soon after the final whistle in Tennessee, the Packers will turn their attention to the Philadelphia Eagles. The season kicks off Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field at 12 noon.

-McCarthy will give the team both Friday and Saturday off as the team makes its final roster decisions.

-The Packers will hit the practice field Sunday and Monday. Tuesday - the regularly scheduled day off for players during the season - the team will not practice.

-The Packers have played the Eagles five times the past four seasons, including the last four in Philadelphia. The season opener marks the first time Philadelphia will play in Lambeau Field since Nov. 10, 2003.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:

Packers vs. Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers:

All-time regular season: 4-5-0

All-time preseason: 3-4-0

All-time postseason: 0-0

All-time, in Tennessee: 0-1-0

Streaks: The Titans have won three of the last four preseason meetings between the clubs.

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

Last meeting, regular season, in Tennessee: Dec. 16, 2001; Titans won, 26-20

Last meeting, preseason: Sept. 1, 2006, at Lambeau Field; Titans won, 35-21

COACHES CAPSULES

Mike McCarthy: 8-8-0, .500; second NFL season

Jeff Fisher: 110-97-0, .531; 13th NFL season, 13th with Titans/Oilers

Head to Head: Never met in regular season

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

MIKE McCARTHY...Begins 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.

-Led the Packers to an 8-8 finish and near playoff berth, losing a tiebreaker with the New York Giants, who also finished 8-8.

-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.

JEFF FISHER...Begins 13th year as the 15th head coach in Houston/Tennessee franchise history.

-Holds the franchise record for wins by a head coach (110).

-One of six active coaches with 100 career wins (Belichick, Dungy, Gibbs, Holmgren and Shanahan the others).

-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, four playoff appearances, two division titles, two AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl berth (XXXIV).

-Was a defensive coach with three organizations (Philadelphia, L.A. Rams, San Francisco) before joining the Oilers as defensive coordinator in 1994. Became interim head coach 10 games into the '94 season.

-Lined up in the secondary at USC with Dennis Smith, Joey Browner and Ronnie Lott, then played five NFL seasons for the Chicago Bears.

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. Brett Favre threw for three touchdowns, all to Antonio Freeman, who posted seven catches for 186 yards.

{sportsad300}NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson played 10 years (1975-84) as a linebacker 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)...Titans defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil entered the NFL as a fourth-round choice of the Packers in the 1988 draft; Cecil played in Green Bay's secondary from 1988-92...Titans assistant special teams coach Marty Galbraith coached at the University of Pittsburgh with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy in 1991...Green Bay wide receivers 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 the state; all three played collegiately at the University of Tennessee...Titans P Craig Hentrich played for the Packers from 1994-97...Titans WR Jonathan Orr played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin...LBs Rob Reynolds (Titans) and A.J. Hawk started alongside one another at Ohio State in 2003, when Reynolds was a senior and Hawk a sophomore...Titans fullback Casey Cramer is a Middleton, Wis., native...Green Bay's equipment manager, Red Batty, worked in a similar capacity for the Oilers for 13 years (1981-93) before joining the Packers...Packers internet coordinator Jeff Harding is a former Titans intern...Tennessee's PR department includes a pair of former Packers interns, Dwight Spradlin and Gary Glenn.

INDIVIDUALLY VS. TENNESSEE

QB Brett Favre has faced the Oilers/Titans four times in his career (W-L 2-2), compiling 77 completions on 134 attempts (.575) for 945 yards and eight touchdowns...Wide receiver Donald Driver has made 12 receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown in two games against the Titans...Tight end Bubba Franks caught two touchdown passes in the 2004 meeting at Lambeau Field...Also in that game, defensive tackle Corey Williams made a career-high seven tackles.

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 Field, 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 (5 catches, 150 yards) and Javon Walker (8-159) each topped 150 receiving yards.

LAST MEETING, PRESEASON

-Sept. 1, 2006, at Lambeau Field; Titans won 35-21

-On the first offensive snap, Brett Favre threw a short pass to Greg Jennings, who raced downfield for an 89-yard gain. Ahman Green followed with a 3-yard touchdown plunge on the next play. Favre and Green did not play the rest of the game.

-Tennessee answered with the game's next four touchdowns to take a 28-7 lead.

-The Packers added late touchdowns on a 2-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Ruvell Martin, and a 13-yard run by Noah Herron, but Tennessee held on for a 35-21 victory.

-Rookie quarterback Vince Young, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, made his only start of the preseason. Young went on to become the Titans' starting quarterback in Week 4 and earn consensus Rookie of the Year honors.

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