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GameDay: Buccaneers vs Packers

TAMPA BAY AT GREEN BAY (Sunday, FOX)

WHEN: 1:00 p.m. est Nov. 20th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV:  Joe Buck (play-by-play) & Troy Aikman (analyst) for FOX
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

PACKERS:

Have won 15 in row (incl. playoffs), longest streak in team history

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has thrown for 2,869 yards and leads the league with 28 touchdown passes and a 130.7 passer rating. He is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns in the first nine games of season.

Rodgers has posted a passer rating of at least 100 in nine consecutive games, tied for the longest such streak in a single season in NFL history (PEYTON MANNING, 2004). With a passer rating of at least 100 this weekend when the Packers host Tampa Bay, Rodgers would become the first player ever to record a 100+ passer rating in 10 consecutive games in a single season.

Rodgers also has a passer rating of at least 140 in three consecutive games, tying the longest single-season streak for such games (minimum 10 attempts) held by Pro Football Hall of Famer ROGER STAUBACH (1971) and KURT WARNER (1999). With a 140+ passer rating against the Buccaneers today, Rodgers would become the first player in NFL history with four consecutive games of at least a 140 passer rating (minimum 10 attempts).

Incl. playoffs, RB JAMES STARKS has played in 16 games & GB is 15-1

Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), WR GREG JENNINGS has 49 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. Has TD in 7 of 9. WR JAMES JONES has TD catch in 4 of past 6. WR JORDY NELSON had career-high 2 TDs last week.

PR-KR-WR RANDALL COBB had 80-yard PR-TD last week & is 1st GB rookie with KR & PR-TDs

CB CHARLES WOODSON had 62-yard INT-TD in 9/28/08 meeting. Since joining GB in 2006, has 9 INT-TDs, most in NFL. Has INT-TD in every season with GB. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with INT.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS had 2 sacks last week.

BUCCANEERS: QB JOSH FREEMAN made 1st career start vs. GB & recorded 1st win (11/8/09). Passed for 205 yards & 3 TDs vs. GB. Bucs are 15-3 in Freeman’s starts when he has 80+ rating.

When RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT has 18+ carries, team is 7-1. In those 8, has rushed for 834 yards (104.3 per game) & 5 TDs.

WR PRESTON PARKER had TD catch last week. Ranks 3rd in NFC with 16 catches on 3rd down.

TE KELLEN WINSLOW has catch in 85 games in row. Had 4 catches for 57 yards & TD in last meeting.

In last game vs. GB, LB GENO HAYES blocked punt & CB RONDE BARBER returned it 31 yards for TD. Barber has started 192 consecutive games, most by CB in NFL history. Is only player in NFL annals with 25+ sacks (27) & 40+ INTs (42).

DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN ties for 3rd among NFC rookies with 3 sacks.

S TANARD JACKSON had 35-yard INT-TD in last meeting.

CB AQIB TALIB had INT in last meeting.

Have 6 INTs in 2 games vs. GB QB Rodgers & held him to 54.6 rating.

From the Dope Sheet:

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Buccaneers:
  • All-time regular season: 29-21-1
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 18-17-1
  • Streaks: The Buccaneers have won the last three meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 8, 2009, at Raymond James Stadium; Buccaneers won, 38-28

THE PACKERS-BUCCANEERS SERIES

  • Sunday marks the 53rd overall meeting between these former NFC Central rivals. They launched the series in 1977, when the expansion Bucs moved to the Packers’ division after an inaugural 1976 campaign in the AFC West.
  • Including a 1997 playoff victory, the Packers hold a 30-21-1 advantage. But since the Bucs shifted to the NFC South before the 2002 season, Tampa has won four of the last five.
  • From the second meeting in 1992 through the first meeting in 1998, the Packers won 12 of 13 contests. The Bucs’ lone win in that stretch came in overtime (Dec. 10, 1995).
  • The teams have played at least once every year except 1976, 1982, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2010 since Tampa Bay entered the league in 1976.

HOME COOKING

  • For the first time this season, the Packers will have back-to-back games in front of the home crowd at Lambeau Field. Green Bay will also wrap up the regular season with consecutive home contests vs. Chicago on Christmas Day and Detroit on New Year’s Day.
  • The Packers have won nine straight contests at Lambeau Field and 15 of their last 16 at home. It is the longest regular-season home winning streak by Green Bay since an 11-game streak from 2001-02 and the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.
  • Green Bay’s 15-1 (.938) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 ranks No. 1 in the NFL over that span.
  • The Packers are off to their first 4-0 start at home since 2002. That season, Green Bay went on to post a perfect 8-0 mark at Lambeau Field.
  • The Packers are one of only three teams in league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, New Orleans).
  • Green Bay has averaged a league-high 40.0 points per game at home this season. The franchise record is 38.0 ppg in 1942.

LAST MEETING IN GREEN BAY, REGULAR SEASON

  • Sept 25, 2005, at Lambeau Field; Buccaneers won, 17-16
  • Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams rushed for 158 yards on 37 carries (4.3 avg.) as Tampa Bay snapped a 13-game road losing streak to the Packers. It was the Buccaneers’ first victory at Lambeau Field since Sept. 10, 1999.
  • Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway caught two TD passes and CB Will Allen picked off Packers QB Brett Favre twice on the afternoon.
  • Allen’s second INT came with five minutes left when CB Juran Bolden tipped the ball away from WR Robert Ferguson at the Tampa Bay 5. The Bucs ran out the clock as Williams rushed six times for 46 yards.
  • Ferguson led the Packers with four receptions for 68 yards (17.0 avg.), including a 37-yard TD catch in the first quarter. Favre threw for 195 yards and two TDs on 14-of-24 passing, but was intercepted three times on the afternoon.

Friday Injury Report:

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Status Report
QUESTIONABLE S Tanard Jackson (hamstring), LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
PROBABLE DE Michael Bennett (groin), QB Josh Freeman (right thumb), DE Albert Haynesworth (knee), DT Frank Okam (calf), T Donald Penn (foot)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Albert Haynesworth (knee), S Tanard Jackson (hamstring), DT Frank Okam (calf), LB Dekoda Watson (groin), TE Kellen Winslow (not injury related)
Thursday S Tanard Jackson (hamstring), LB Dekoda Watson (groin), TE Kellen Winslow (not injury related)
Friday C Jeff Faine (illness), DE Albert Haynesworth (knee), LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday DE Michael Bennett (groin)
Thursday T Donald Penn (foot)
Friday S Tanard Jackson (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Josh Freeman (right thumb)
Thursday DE Michael Bennett (groin), QB Josh Freeman (right thumb), DE Albert Haynesworth (knee), DT Frank Okam (calf)
Friday DE Michael Bennett (groin), QB Josh Freeman (right thumb), DT Frank Okam (calf), T Donald Penn (foot)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Status Report
OUT T Chad Clifton (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE DE Mike Neal (knee)
PROBABLE S Morgan Burnett (hand), RB Ryan Grant (knee), LB Clay Matthews (ankle), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (hamstring)
Thursday T Chad Clifton (hamstring)
Friday T Chad Clifton (hamstring)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Desmond Bishop (not injury related), RB Ryan Grant (knee), G T.J. Lang (not injury related), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
Thursday LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
Friday LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Clay Matthews (ankle), DE Mike Neal (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Thursday LB Clay Matthews (ankle), DE Mike Neal (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Friday LB Clay Matthews (ankle), DE Mike Neal (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Morgan Burnett (hand)
Thursday S Morgan Burnett (hand), RB Ryan Grant (knee)
Friday S Morgan Burnett (hand), RB Ryan Grant (knee)
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