*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. This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Vikings Week 7 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here. *
Here are some highlights from thePackers-Vikings Week 7 Dope Sheet:
GREEN BAY (6-0) AT MINNESOTA (1-5)
Sunday, Oct. 23 - Mall of America Field - 3:15 p.m. CDT
GREEN BAY HEADS TO MINNESOTA TO FACE VIKINGS
- The Packers go on the road to face the division-rival Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in the 100th regular-season meeting between the teams.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won 12 straight games, which is tied for the longest winning streak in team history (1961-62).
- Green Bay has won eight straight regular-season games, the second eight-game winning streak of Head Coach Mike McCarthy's tenure (2006-07).
- The Packers are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since 1965 and only the seventh time in franchise history.
- The six previous 6-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1944, 1962, 1965) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
- Green Bay is the seventh defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 6-0 (1986 Chicago Bears, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1998 Denver Broncos, 2000 St. Louis Rams, 2004 New England Patriots and 2007 Indianapolis Colts).
- With Detroit losing their first game of the season on Sunday, Green Bay is the lone remaining undefeated team. The last time the Packers were the last remaining undefeated team was in 1965.
- This will be the second straight season that Green Bay and Minnesota have squared off in the seventh week of the season. Last year, the Packers hosted the Vikings at Lambeau Field in Week 7, a 28-24 Green Bay win. That was the start of what is now an eight-game home winning streak for the Packers.
- The Packers swept the season series against Minnesota last season, the first time they had done so since 2007. Under McCarthy, Green Bay has swept the season series against the Vikings on three occasions (2006, 2007, 2010).
- Green Bay is off to its second 3-0 start on the road in the past 39 seasons. Both of them have come under the guidance of McCarthy, as the Packers also got off to a 3-0 start away from Lambeau Field in 2007.
- Including playoffs, the Packers have won six straight road contests and eight of their last 11.
- Green Bay enters Sunday's game with 699 overall wins in franchise history. With a victory, the Packers would become only the second NFL team to record 700 overall wins (Chicago, 724).
- The Packers have their bye in Week 8. Since 1994, Green Bay is 12-5 (.706) in the game heading into the bye.
SUCCESS IN THE DIVISION
- Sunday's game will mark the Packers' second contest against an NFC North foe this season, with Green Bay already posting a win at Chicago in Week 3.
- The Packers have a 22-9 (.710) regular-season record against NFC North opponents under McCarthy, a divisional record that ranks first among NFC teams over that period and tied for No. 3 in the NFL behind only San Diego (25-7, .781) and New England (25-8, .758).
- That includes a 10-6 mark (.625) against NFC North teams on the road.
- Green Bay posted a 4-2 record in the NFC North in 2010, the fifth straight season under McCarthy that the Packers won at least four contests in their division. The Packers and New England were the only teams in the NFL to post four-plus wins in their division each year from 2006-10.
WITH THE CALL
- FOX Sports, now in its 18th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game to a regional audience.
- Play-by-play man Thom Brennaman and color analyst Troy Aikman will have the call from the broadcast booth with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee's WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since 1929, heads up the 52-station Packers Radio Network, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) calling the action. The duo enters its 13th season of broadcasts together across the Packers Radio Network, which covers 43 markets in five states.
- Westwood One radio will air the game across the country. Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Mark Malone (analyst) will call the action. Scott Graham hosts pregame and halftime shows.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (Channel 92, WTMJ feed) as part of the network's NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game in HD on Channel 714.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Vikings:
- All-time regular season: 51-47-1
- All-time, postseason: 0-1
- All-time, in Minnesota: 24-25-0
- Streaks: The Packers have won the last two meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 21, 2010, at Mall of America Field; Packers won, 31-3
- Mike McCarthy: 59-34-0, .634, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
- Leslie Frazier: 4-8-0, .333; 2nd NFL season (interim coach in 2010)
- Head to Head: Never met
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 7-3 vs. Vikings; Frazier 0-0 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers' 14th head coach.
- Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
- His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England's Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin (5-2).
- One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans' Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons.
- * *Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first headcoaching 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 Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.
LESLIE FRAZIER…Is in second year as the Vikings' eighth head coach (served as the interim coach for the final six games in 2010).
- Served as Minnesota's defensive coordinator for four seasons (2007-10) and led the Vikings to top-10 finishes in total defense each season from 2008-10.
- Coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2003-04) and Indianapolis Colts (2005-06) before coming to Minnesota. In 12 seasons as NFL coach, has suffered a losing season only twice.
- Has coached on seven playoffs teams in 12 NFL seasons and been a part of six division championships.
- Played defensive back for the Chicago Bears (1981-86) and was a member of Chicago's Super Bowl XX team.
THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES
- This marks the 101st overall meeting between the border rivals.
- **Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (51-48-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series.
- * *The Packers' five-game winning streak that was snapped in 2008 was the longest streak for either team since the Packers won five straight from 1983-85.
- The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi's Packers won nine of the first 10.
- Over the last 17 seasons (1994-2010), these teams have accounted for 12 NFC Central/North division championships.
Vikings K Ryan Longwell is Green Bay's all-time leading scorer, having racked up 1,054 points in nine seasons with the Packers (1997-2005)...While running Seattle's drafts, Packers GM Ted Thompson selected Vikings G Steve Hutchinson in the first round in 2001; Hutchinson and Packers CB Charles Woodson were teammates on Michigan's 1997 national championship team...Packers NT Howard Green spent 2007 training camp with Minnesota...Vikings DBs coach Joe Woods held the same post at Western Michigan when Packers WR Greg Jennings played there...Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers and Vikings defensive coordinator Fred Pagac coached on the staff together at Ohio State in the early 1980s...Pagac coached in Oakland when Woodson played for the Raiders…Packers running backs coach Jerry Fontenot played for the Bengals in 2004 when Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was on Cincinnati's staff...Fontenot was a teammate of Vikings special assistant to the head coach/linebackers Mike Singletary with the Bears…Singletary coached with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on the San Francisco staff in 2005…Vikings TE coach Jimmie Johnson played for Kansas City for one season (1994) when McCarthy was an offensive asst. there...Vikings asst. defensive line coach Diron Reynolds' brother, Jamal, was selected in the first round by the Packers in 2001…Vikings asst. defensive backs coach Matt Sheldon coached on the University of Wisconsin staff from 1997-99…Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin coached at Iowa when Vikings LB Chad Greenway played for the Hawkeyes…Packers offensive quality control coach Joel Hilgenberg and Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar were teammates with the New Orleans Saints…Dunbar was also Green's position coach at LSU…Former college teammates include Packers C Scott Wells and T Chad Clifton and Vikings G Anthony Herrera (Tennessee), Packers DE Jarius Wynn and Vikings CB Asher Allen (Georgia), Packers LB Clay Matthews and Vikings DE Everson Griffen (USC), Packers CB Pat Lee and Vikings WR Devin Aromashodu (Auburn), Packers T Bryan Bulaga and Vikings DT Christian Ballard (Iowa), Packers G Josh Sitton and Vikings T Pat Brown (Central Florida), Packers TE Jermichael Finley and Vikings CB Cedric Griffin and DE Brian Robison (Texas), Packers DE Ryan Pickett and Vikings CB Antonie Winfield and WR Michael Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers LB A.J. Hawk and Jenkins (Ohio State), Packers RB Ryan Grant and Vikings C John Sullivan (Notre Dame), Packers TE D.J. Williams and G/T Ray Dominguez and Vikings T DeMarcus Love (Arkansas), and Packers S M.D. Jennings and Vikings S Tyrell Johnson (Arkansas State)…Green Bay director of research and development Mike Eayrs (similar capacity, 1985-99) previously worked for the Vikings, as did Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball (1999-2000), VP of sales and marketing Tim Connolly (1998-99), and communications manager Tom Fanning (1999-2007).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
- Nov. 21, 2010, at Mall of America Field; Packers won, 31-3
- QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 22-of-31 passes for 301 yards and four TDs, the first four-TD game of his career in the regular season. Rodgers' 141.3 passer rating was the second highest of his career behind only his 155.4 effort at Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009.
- Three of Rodgers' TD passes went to WR Greg Jennings, who posted seven receptions for 152 yards (21.7 avg.) to go along with his careerhigh three scores. Jennings joined Antonio Freeman and Javon Walker as the only players in club history to have at least seven catches, 150 receiving yards and three TDs in the same game.
- CB Tramon Williams had a key interception of QB Brett Favre late in the first half to halt a long Vikings drive, and Rodgers led a Green Bay drive that was capped off with a TD pass to WR James Jones to give the Packers a 17-3 halftime lead. The defense limited Favre to just 208 yards on 17-of-38 passing.
- The three points allowed by the Packers matched the franchise record for the fewest given up at Minnesota, tying the mark set by Green Bay on Nov. 14, 1971, in the Packers' 3-0 loss at Metropolitan Stadium.
- Green Bay committed just one penalty in the game, the fewest by the Packers in 28 games at the Metrodome and the fewest by an opponent at Minnesota since San Diego posted the same number on Nov. 28, 1999.
*This is an abbreviated version of the Packers-Vikings Week 7 Dope Sheet. To read the full version, download the PDF by clicking here. *