The Green Bay Packers will go on the road to play the Baltimore Ravens at 6:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, Aug. 15.
- It marks only the second preseason meeting between the two teams.
- The only other preseason game between the two took place in Baltimore in 1996, a 17-15 victory by the Packers.
- Green Bay looks to start the preseason 2-0 for the fourth consecutive year.
- Last week, the Packers defeated the Houston Texans, 28-26, at Lambeau Field.
- Head Coach Matt LaFleur became the seventh head coach in franchise history to win his first game as head coach of the Packers, joining Curly Lambeau, Phil Bengston, Bart Starr, Mike Holmgren, Ray Rhodes and Mike Sherman.
- The 28 points put up by Green Bay were the third most by the team in the debut of a new Packers head coach behind 37 put up under Sherman in 2000 and 34 scored under Bengston in 1968.
- Overall, Green Bay has won the first preseason game it has played for five straight years.
- Green Bay has scored 20-plus points in seven of its last nine preseason contests.
- The Packers have won eight consecutive preseason home games and 10 of the last 11 preseason contests played at Lambeau Field.
- Next week, the Packers travel north of the border to take on the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. CDT.
- It will mark the third time that the Packers have played a preseason game outside the United States. On Aug. 16, 1997, Green Bay defeated the Buffalo Bills, 35-3, in Toronto, Canada and on Aug. 1, 1998, the Packers beat the Kansas City Cheifs, 27-24, in overtime in Tokyo, Japan.
WITH THE CALL
Preseason games are televised over the 17-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, the Quad Cities, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo in Iowa, Peoria in Illinois, St. Louis in Missouri, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-byplay) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver James Lofton (analyst), with former Green Bay fullback John Kuhn and Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporters. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show.
- In addition to flagship station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee the game will be televised over WGBA/NBC, Green Bay, Wis.; WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; WHBF/CBS, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Citites); KCCI/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; WMDB/CBS, Peoria, Ill.; KTVI/FOX, St. Louis, Mo.; KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, S.D.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska and KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska.
- 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) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) 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 DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
Packers vs. Ravens:
- All-time, regular season: 4-2-0
- All-time, in Green Bay: 3-1-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won two out of the last three regular season matchups.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 19, 2017, at Lambeau Field; Ravens won, 23-0
- Matt LaFleur: 0-0-0, .000; 1st NFL season
- John Harbaugh: 114-78, .594, (incl. 10-6 postseason); 12th NFL season
- Head to Head: 0-0
- vs. Opponent: Harbaugh 0-2 vs. Packers
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 assistant 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.
JOHN HARBAUGH…Is in his 12th year as the Ravens’ third head coach.
- Has guided the Ravens to a playoff berth in seven of his 11 seasons with the club, including a win in Super Bowl XLVII.
- The Ravens have recorded the NFL’s fifth-most total victories (114) since Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2008.
- Holds the second-best playoff winning percentage among active head coaches (.675).
- Spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (1998-2007). Also coached collegiately at Western Michigan (1984-86), Pittsburgh (1987), Morehead State (1988), Cincinnati (1989-96) and Indiana (1997).
THE PACKERS-RAVENS SERIES
- This Packers and Ravens have squared off in the regular season only six times, most recently in a Week 11 victory for Baltimore in 2017.
- The Packers won a pair of October clashes at Lambeau Field in 1998 and 2001 as well as a MNF contest at Lambeau in December 2009 and a 2013 Week 6 matchup at M&T Bank Stadium. In addition to their most recent victory, the Ravens won a MNF matchup in Week 15 of 2005.
- As the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, these franchises first met in 1953 and played 15 times, including the 1965 NFL Championship at Lambeau Field, RB Jim Brown’s last game. Once the team moved to Baltimore before the 1996 season, the NFL kept the Browns’ records and history in a trust until the Cleveland franchise could return as an expansion team in 1999. Officially, the Baltimore Ravens launched their franchise history in 1996.
Packers LB Za’Darius Smith played four seasons in Baltimore (2015-18) before joining the Packers in 2019…Packers S Adrian Amos is a Baltimore native and attended Calvert Hall College High School, where he earned Baltimore City Defensive Player of the Year honors…Packers S Darnell Savage was born in Salsbury, Maryland and played collegiately at Maryland...Packers RB Aaron Jones and his twin brother, Ravens ILB Alvin Jones, played together at Texas-El Paso…Packers T Billy Turner spent part of 2016 with the Ravens...Ravens QB Joe Callahan spent two seasons with the Packers (2016-17)...Ravens DB/LB Anthony Levine Sr. signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010...Packers head coach Matt LaFleur coached Ravens QB Robert Griffin III during Griffin’s first two seasons with the Washington Redskins (2012-2013)...Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine served in various roles such as a coaching/video assistant, quality control coach, defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach while with the Ravens (2002-2008)…Pettine also worked alongside Ravens special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, assistant special teams coach Randy Brown, and senior assistant/ running backs coach Craig Ver Steeg for the 2008 season in Baltimore…Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti coached current Ravens special teams coach Chris Horton while with the Washington Redskins…Packers outside lineackers coach Mike Smith was drafted by Baltimore in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft...Smith coached alongside Ravens assistant head coach/pass coordinator/wide receivers coach David Culley in 2016 with the Kansas City Chiefs...Packers vice president of marketing and fan engagement Gabrielle Dow spent eight years with the Ravens as vice president of marketing...Packers director-football operations Milt Hendrickson spent 14 seasons (2005-18) in the Ravens’ personnel department, serving in various pro and college scouting roles...Packers TE Marcedes Lewis played with Ravens assistant offensive line coach Richard Angulo for two seasons (2007-08) in Jacksonville… Former college teammates include: Packers CB Tony Brown, P JK Scott, Ravens CB Anthony Averett, CB Cyrus Jones, CB Marlon Humphrey, OLB Tim Williams and C Bradley Bozeman (Alabama); Packers WR Trevor Davis, DL James Looney and Ravens G Patrick Mekari (California); Packers T David Bakhtiari and Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (Colorado); Packers G Lucas Patrick and Ravens G Matt Skura (Duke); Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Ravens T Marshal Yanda (Iowa); Packers CB Jaire Alexander, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson and WR Jaylen Smith (Louisville); Packers DL Fadol Brown and WR Quincy Adeboyejo (Mississippi); Packers WR J’Mon Moore and Ravens LB Shane Ray (Missouri); Packers QB DeShone Kizer and Ravens OT Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame); Packers LB Curtis Bolton, Ravens WR Marquise Brown, G Ben Powers and T Orlando Brown Jr. (Oklahoma); Packers DL Kingsley Keke, TE Jace Sternberger, Ravens DE Daylon Mack and ILB Otaro Alaka (Texas A&M); Amos also played with Ravens LB Pernell McPhee for three seasons (2015-17) while with the Chicago Bears…Packers CB Tramon Williams played the 2017 season with Ravens DB Justin Bethel while with the Arizona Cardinals…Packers T Billy Turner played with Ray for three seasons (2016-18) with the Denver Broncos.