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GameDay: New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (FOX)

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. est September 30th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman (analyst), with Pam Oliver on the sidelines for FOX.
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

 

QB AARON RODGERS completed 27 of 35 (77.1 pct.) for 312 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 132.1 rating in last meeting. Packers are 22-0 when Rodgers starts & has 115+ rating

RB CEDRIC BENSON rushed for 2 TDs in last game vs. NO (12/5/10 with Cin.). Had rush TD last week

In career, WR JORDY NELSON has 21 rec. TDs & avg. 32.1 yards per TD. WR GREG JENNINGS aims for 4th in row vs. NO with TD.

WR-PR-KR RANDALL COBB is only player in NFL with 100+ KR (117), 100+ PR (108), 90+ rec. (96) & 40+ rush (48) yards. Had 108-yard KR-TD (tied for longest in NFL history) & 32-yard rec. TD in last year’s meeting. Leads NFC with 15.4 PR avg. & is only NFC player with PR-TD (75 yards).

TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY ties for 5th among TEs with 15 rec…Pass defense leads NFL allowing 125.3 yds. per game. Total defense is 2nd in NFC & 3rd in NFL allowing 261 yards per game.

Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS leads NFL with 15 INTs.

Since joining GB in 2006, DB CHARLES WOODSON has 38 INTs (2nd in NFL) & 9 INT-TDs (1st in NFL).

LB CLAY MATTHEWS leads NFL with 6 sacks.

Rookie LB NICK PERRY had 1st career sack last week.

From the Dope Sheet:

 

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. New Orleans Saints:
  • All-time regular season: 15-7-0
  • All-time, home: 9-2-0
  • Streaks: The Saints have won three of the last five meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season, in Green Bay: Sept. 8, 2011, Packers won, 42-34

PACKERS HOST SAINTS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT SEASON

 

  • Green Bay returns home this Sunday to host the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field, the fifth time the clubs have met in the past eight seasons.
  • This will be the second straight year that the Packers and Saints have squared off at Lambeau Field in the month of September. Last season, in a meeting of the two most recent Super Bowl winners, Green Bay topped New Orleans, 42-34, in a Thursday night contest that kicked off the NFL season.
  • This fifth meeting in eight seasons comes after the clubs played only once over a nine-year span (1996-2004).
  • The Packers hold a 15-7 edge against the Saints in the all-time series, including a 9-2 mark vs. New Orleans at home.
  • Sunday’s matchup features the only two teams in the league to finish in the top 10 in total offense each of the past six seasons (2006-11).
  • The Packers (35.0) and Saints (34.2) finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the league, respectively, in scoring last season. It was the first time in NFL history that two teams each scored 525-plus points in the same season.
  • In the last four meetings between the two clubs (2005, 2006, 2008, 2011), the teams combined to score a total of 272 points, an average of 68 points per game. That included a 52-point outing by Green Bay in ’05 and a 51-point showing by New Orleans in ’08.
  • Including playoff games, both teams have identical 41-16 records (.719) since 2009, tied for No. 1 in the league over that span.
  • The Packers have won 18 of their last 21 regular-season games (.857) entering Sunday’s contest, the best record in the league over that span.
  • This Sunday’s game vs. the Saints is Green Bay’s lone home contest over a five-week stretch (Weeks 3-7). The Packers won’t play at home again until they host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 28 (Week 8).
  • Following Sunday’s contest against New Orleans, Green Bay will go on the road for its next three games, the first time it has played three straight road contests since 1998 (Weeks 10-12).

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Sept. 8, 2011, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 42-34.
  • Green Bay’s 42 points were the second most in a season opener in franchise history behind only the 53 points scored in the 1919 season opener (Sept. 14, 53-0, vs. Menominee North End A.C.).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 312 yards and three TDs on 27-of-35 passing and became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw three TD passes in the first quarter of a season opener, joining Buffalo’s Jack Kemp (Sept. 13, 1964).
  • WR Randall Cobb tied an NFL record with his 108-yard kickoff return for a TD in the third quarter, matching the mark set by New England’s Ellis Hobbs vs. the N.Y. Jets on Sept. 9, 2007.
  • With the Saints on Green Bay's 1-yard line, LB Clay Matthews and S Morgan Burnett led a swarm of Packers defenders that stopped Saints RB Mark Ingram short of the goal line on the final play of the game.
  • With the victory, Mike McCarthy became the first head coach in franchise history to win five consecutive season openers.
Official Injury Report:
Bryan Bulaga T Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Sean Richardson S Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Davon House CB Shoulder Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
James Starks RB Toe Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jerel Worthy DE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Jamari Lattimore LB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Tom Crabtree TE Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Greg Jennings WR Groin Limited Participation in Practice Probable


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