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GameDay: Packers vs San Diego

GREEN BAY AT SAN DIEGO (Sunday, FOX)

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. est Nov. 6th
WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium
TV:  Thom Brennaman (play-by-play) & Brian Billick (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

The Packers, who had a bye in Week 8, are the NFL’s lone unbeaten team and look to become the third defending Super Bowl champion (1990 San Francisco, 1998 Denver) to start the following season 8-0. Including the playoffs, Green Bay has won a franchise-record 13 consecutive games.

Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS leads the NFL with a 125.7 passer rating and is the first player in NFL history to start a season with seven consecutive games with a 110+ rating. He has passed for 2,372 yards and 20 touchdowns and is the only QB in NFL history with 2,300+ passing yards and 20+ TDs in a team’s first seven games of a season.

“He definitely gives us an edge,” says Green Bay wide receiver GREG JENNINGS of Rodgers. “He expects us to perform and we expect him to perform.”

San Diego returns home after a three-game road trip and the Chargers are 3-0 this season at Qualcomm Stadium. Quarterback PHILIP RIVERS is averaging 302.7 passing yards per game at home in 2011 and three of the team’s next four games are in San Diego. The Chargers enter Week 9 in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

“There are a bunch of us locked up at 4-3,” says Rivers. “It’s going to be an all-season deal and we’ve got to find a way.”

PACKERS:
Have won 13 in row (incl. playoffs), longest streak in team history
QB AARON RODGERS has 100+ ratingin 10 of past 11 (incl. playoffs). Is 1st player in NFL history to start season with 7 games in row with 110+ rating. Also ties for longest streak of 110+ rating games in single season (HOFer STEVE YOUNG, 1994). Rodgers has passed for 2,372 yards & 20 TDs to become 1st QB in NFL history with 2,300+ yards & 20+ TDs in 1st 7 games of season.
Incl. playoffs, RB JAMES STARKS has played in 14 games & GB is 13-1
WR GREG JENNINGS has 4 rec. TDs in past 3 vs. AFC (incl. SB). Had 57-yard TD in last game vs. SD. Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 47 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. WR JAMES JONES has TD catch in 3 of past 4.
TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY ties for 2nd among NFC TEs with 4 TDs.
Rookie WR-KR RANDALL COBB leads NFC with 30.5 KR avg
CB CHARLES WOODSON has 11 INT-TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL history. Holds club record with 10 def. TDs (9 INT, 1 FR). Has INT-TD in all 6 years with GB. Leads NFL with 5 INTs.
LB CLAY MATTHEWS aims for 3rd in row with sack. In past 4 Nov. games, has 3 sacks & 62-yard INT-TD…CHARGERS: Club aims for 9th consecutive win in Nov
Chargers are 27-8 (.771) at home under head coach NORV TURNER
QB PHILIP RIVERS is 15-7 (.750) as starter in Nov. In only meeting vs. GB (9/23/07), Rivers completed 27 of 36 passes (75 pct.) for 306 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT & 116.2 passer rating. For career, Rivers is 14-7 vs. NFC & has 38 TDs vs. 13 INTs & 98.7 passer rating. Aims for 60th win as starting QB (59-28, .678)
RB RYAN MATHEWS ranks 4th among NFL RBs with 30 rec. in ’11
TE ANTONIO GATES aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rec. yards vs. Packers (117, 113)
WR MALCOM FLOYD has reached 100+ receiving yards in 2 of past 3 games (100, 107). Floyd is averaging 21.1 yards per catch this season (19 rec., 401 yards)
S ERIC WEDDLE had career-high 2 INTs last week & has 5 INTs in past 5 games. Weddle is tied for NFL-best 5 INTs in ’11 (CHARLES WOODSON, 5).

PACKERS VISIT SAN DIEGO FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003

  • Green Bay comes out of its bye with a road contest against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday, the team’s first visit to San Diego since 2003 and only its sixth in franchise history.
  • The Packers have won five straight games in the series, including a 31-24 victory over the Chargers at Lambeau Field on Sept. 23, 2007, the last meeting between the two franchises.
  • Green Bay’s .889 overall winning percentage (8-1) in the series is its highest against any NFL opponent.
  • The Packers have a 5-0 record all-time at San Diego. Green Bay is one of only two teams in the league (Atlanta, 5-0) to have an undefeated record in San Diego (min. three games).
  • Green Bay has a 5-0 record against AFC West clubs under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the only division that the Packers have an unblemished mark against since 2006.
  • The Packers are off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 1962and only the fifth time in franchise history.
  • The four previous 7-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1962) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
  • Green Bay is only the fourth defending Super Bowl champion to start the following season 7-0 (1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1998 Denver Broncos and 2007 Indianapolis Colts).
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won 13 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history. That tops the previous mark of 12 games from 1961-62.
  • The Packers’ streak of nine consecutive wins in the regular season (2010-11) is tied for No. 3 in franchise annals behind only 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62.
  • This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during McCarthy’s tenure. Green Bay had an eight-game winning streak from 2006-07.
  • Under McCarthy, the Packers are 4-1 in the game following their bye. Green Bay has a 30-19 (.612) overall record after the bye since ’06.

THE PACKERS-CHARGERS SERIES

  • The two teams have met just nine times in the regular season in a series that dates back to 1970, the year of the AFL-NFL merger.
  • The Packers have won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings, including a 5-0 mark in San Diego. Green Bay’s only loss in the city came in Super Bowl XXXII to the Denver Broncos.
  • Chargers were the hosts for the Packers’ first-ever appearance on Monday Night Football, on Oct. 12, 1970. The Packers won, 22-20, on a 14-yard Dale Livingston field goal with 3:39 remaining.
  • Their second meeting, in Lambeau Field in 1974, was won by the Packers, 34-0, and became Dan Devine’s final victory in his four-year tenure as Green Bay head coach.
  • One of the more bizarre contests in Packers history was played in San Diego on Sept. 14, 1978. With a temperature of 102 degrees at kickoff (tied for the highest in Packers history), the teams combined for 18 sacks, including 10 by the Chargers. The Packers also created 11 turnovers - five interceptions (four by Willie Buchanon to tie a league record) and six fumble recoveries - in a 24-3 Green Bay victory.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Sept. 23, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 31-24
  • With the Packers trailing 21-17, WR Greg Jennings caught a 57-yard TD pass from QB Brett Favre with just over two minutes remaining to put Green Bay up for good. The TD pass was the 420th of Favre’s career, which tied Dan Marino for the all-time NFL record.
  • Favre threw three TD passes on the afternoon, along with 369 yards on 28-of-45 passing.
  • WR Donald Driver led the offense with 126 receiving yards on six catches (21.0 avg.), including a TD grab in the second quarter.

Official Friday Injury Report:

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Status Report

OUT

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee)

PROBABLE

S Morgan Burnett (hand), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), CB Sam Shields (concussion), G Josh Sitton (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee)

Thursday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee)

Friday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Thursday

LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Friday

LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), G Josh Sitton (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Sam Shields (concussion), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Thursday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Sam Shields (concussion), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Friday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Sam Shields (concussion), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Status Report

OUT

DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion)

DOUBTFUL

LB Shaun Phillips (foot)

QUESTIONABLE

LB Na'il Diggs (knee), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), RB Ryan Mathews (groin)

PROBABLE

RB Curtis Brinkley (concussion), TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), G Tyronne Green (hand), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Curtis Brinkley (concussion), DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion), LB Na'il Diggs (knee), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), G Tyronne Green (hand), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RB Ryan Mathews (groin), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)

Thursday

RB Curtis Brinkley (concussion), DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion), LB Na'il Diggs (knee), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), RB Ryan Mathews (groin), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)

Friday

DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion), LB Na'il Diggs (knee), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), RB Ryan Mathews (groin), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday

G Tyronne Green (hand)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)

Thursday

WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)

Friday

RB Curtis Brinkley (concussion), TE Antonio Gates (not injury related), G Tyronne Green (hand), WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring), RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring)


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