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GameDay: Broncos vs. Packers

DENVER AT GREEN BAY (Sunday, CBS)

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. est Oct. 2nd
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV:  Jim Nantz (play-by-play) & Phil Simms (analyst) for CBS
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

BRONCOS: QB KYLE ORTON has 3-1 record as starter against Packers. Orton (46) needs 4 TD passes to reach 50 with Broncos. Orton has 14 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 94 passer rating vs. NFC since ’09.

RB WILLIS MC GAHEE had rush TD in last game against Packers (12/7/09 with Ravens). Had TD reception last week, 5th of career.

Since ’10, WR BRANDON LLOYD has 79 1st-down receptions, 3rd-highest total in NFL (RODDY WHITE 88, REGGIE WAYNE 83). Lloyd has 3 TD catches in past 3 against NFC opponents. Lloyd (95) needs 5 catches to reach 100 with Broncos. WR ERIC DECKER had career-high 7 catches last week. 11 of Decker’s 15 catches have been for 1st downs this season.

TE DANIEL FELLS averages 13.8 yards per catch (6 catches, 83 receiving yards).

Rookie LB VON MILLER (No. 2 overall) aims for 3rd consecutive game with sack.

S BRIAN DAWKINS has 2 INTs, 2 FFs & 1 FR in past 5 meetings against GB…LB WESLEY WOODYARD leads team with 28 tackles this season…

PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS is 12-1 (.923) in past 13 starts at home, completing 284 of 421 (67.5 pct.) for 3,609 yards with 29 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 109.1 rating. Leads NFL with 120.9 rating. Has won 9 starts in row (incl. playoffs) & has 100+ rating in 7 of those 9 (115.5 rating overall).

RB RYAN GRANT rushed for 104 yards in only game vs. Den. Has rush TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC.

TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY had career-high 3 TDs last week. WR GREG JENNINGS had 6 catches for 141 yards (23.5 avg.) & TD (82 yards) in last meeting. Had 9 catches for 119 yards in Week 3. Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 44 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. Incl. SB, has 3 rec. TDs in past 2 vs. AFC. WR JORDY NELSON has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 (incl. SB).

CB CHARLES WOODSON holds franchise record with 9 def. TDs (8 INT, 1 FR). Since start of 2006, his 8 INT-TDs are most in NFL.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 9 sacks in past 7 games vs. AFC.

S MORGAN BURNETT had career-high 2 INTs last week & has 3 INTs in past 2.

DE JARIUS WYNN had career-best 2 sacks last week.

From the Dope Sheet:

THE PACKERS-BRONCOS SERIES

  • The Packers first met the Broncos in 1971, Denver’s 12th year of existence as an NFL franchise. A Week 2 showdown, Green Bay defeated Denver, 34-13, at County Stadium in Milwaukee.
  • Green Bay is undefeated in the series in games played in Wisconsin (4-0-1) and won its first in the series outside of its home state in 2007. In the Packers’ first appearance at INVESCO Field at Mile High (and first trip to the city since 1999), the Packers won for the first time in the regular season in six tries against the Broncos in Denver.
  • Four-time Super Bowl loser Denver recorded its first-ever win in the NFL’s title game with a dramatic 31-24 victory over Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII in one of the greatest quarterback matchups in Super Bowl history, pitting Brett Favre vs. John Elway.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Oct. 29, 2007, at INVESCO Field; Packers won, 19-13 (OT).
  • In a Monday night showdown, the Packers won the game on the first snap of overtime as Brett Favre hooked up with Greg Jennings for an 82-yard TD pass.
  • James Jones also had a long TD reception, hauling in a 79-yarder from Favre to tie the score at 7 late in the first quarter.
  • Replacing DeShawn Wynn (shoulder injury) in the second quarter, Ryan Grant rushed 22 times for 104 yards for the first of his five 100-yard games in the regular season.
  • The game went to overtime with a frantic finish to the fourth quarter, as Broncos QB Jay Cutler tried a quarterback draw from the Green Bay 4-yard line in the waning seconds with no timeouts left. Ryan Pickett tackled Cutler for no gain, forcing Denver to rush its field-goal unit onto the field, and Jason Elam booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired to tie the game at 13.

COACHES CAPSULES

  • Mike McCarthy: 56-34-0, .622, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • John Fox: 79-76-0, .510 (incl. 5-3 postseason); 10th NFL season
  • Head to Head: 1-1
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Broncos; Fox 2-3 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 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 Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

JOHN FOX…Is in first year as the Broncos’ 14th head coach.

  • In 22 NFL seasons, he has appeared in two Super Bowls and three conference championship games as a head coach or coordinator.
  • Among active NFL head coaches, ranks third in the league with 79 overall wins since 2002.
  • During his nine-year tenure (2002-10) as head coach in Carolina, guided the Panthers to three 11-win campaigns, two NFC South Division titles and three playoff appearances.
  • Prior to taking over in Carolina, he served as the defensive coordinator for the N.Y. Giants (1997-2001), helping the Giants reach Super Bowl XXXV.
  • Also served as defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders (1994-95) and defensive backs coach for the San Diego Chargers (1992-93) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1989-91).

Injury Report:

DENVER BRONCOS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Eddie Royal (groin), WR Demaryius Thomas (finger), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Champ Bailey (hamstring), DE Elvis Dumervil (shoulder), DT Marcus Thomas (groin)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Knowshon Moreno (hamstring), LB D.J. Williams (elbow)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday S Nick Collins (neck), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (shoulder)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Bryan Bulaga (knee), RB Ryan Grant (kidney), LB Brad Jones (hamstring), CB Patrick Lee (back), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (knee), TE Jermichael Finley (ankle), DE Ryan Pickett (foot), CB Tramon Williams (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Vic So'oto (back)
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