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GameDay: Packers vs. Vikings

GREEN BAY AT MINNESSOTA (Sunday, FOX)

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. est Oct. 16th
WHERE: Mall of America Field
TV:  Thom Brennaman (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 12 in row (incl. playoffs), tied for longest streak in team annals (1961-62).

QB AARON RODGERS has 100+ rating in 9 of past 10 (incl. playoffs). Is 1st player in NFL history to start season with 6 games in row with 110+ rating. His 6 110+ rating games tie him with HOFer STEVE YOUNG as only players since 1970 with 6+ such games in 3 consecutive seasons. In last game vs. Min., passed for 301 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 141.3 rating.

Incl. playoffs, RB JAMES STARKS has played in 13 games & GB is 12-1.

In last meeting, WR GREG JENNINGS had 7 catches for 152 yards & career-high 3 TDs. Aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with TD & has 5 TDs in past 3 meetings. Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 46 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. WR JAMES JONES aims for 4th game in row w/ TD catch. Had TD catch in last mtg.

Rookie WR-KR RANDALL COBB leads NFC with 32.5 KR avg.

CB CHARLES WOODSON has 11 INT-TDs, tied for 2nd most in NFL history. Has club record with 10 def. TDs (9 INT, 1 FR). Has INT-TD in all 6 years with GB. CB TRAMON WILLIAMS had INT in last meeting.

In past 2 at Min., LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 42-yard FR-TD, FF & sack.

VIKINGS:

Rookie QB CHRISTIAN PONDER made NFL debut last week, passing for 99 yards.

RB ADRIAN PETERSON has rush TD in 5 of past 6 meetings. Has rushed for 807 yards (100.9 per game) in 8 career games vs. GB. In 25 career division games, has rushed for 2,522 yards (100.9 per game) & 25 TDs.

WR-KR PERCY HARVIN has 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 3 meetings.

DE JARED ALLEN had 9.5 sacks, INT & FF in past 5 vs. GB. Since entering NFL in ’04, has NFL-best 92.5 sacks. Has 19.5 sacks in past 15 games, incl. 8 in past 4. DE BRIAN ROBISON aims for 3rd in row at home with 2+ sacks. Has 4 sacks in past 2 at home.

From the Dope Sheet:

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

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.

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.

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 WRJames 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.

Official Injury Report:

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Status Report

OUT

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

DOUBTFUL

CB Sam Shields (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE

DE Ryan Pickett (concussion)

PROBABLE

S Morgan Burnett (hand), T Ray Dominguez (not injury related), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), T Marshall Newhouse (not injury related), TE Andrew Quarless (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Thursday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

Friday

T Chad Clifton (knee, hamstring), DE Mike Neal (knee), LB Frank Zombo (knee)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), CB Sam Shields (concussion), G Josh Sitton (knee)

Thursday

LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), CB Sam Shields (concussion)

Friday

T Ray Dominguez (not injury related), LB Jamari Lattimore (shoulder), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), T Marshall Newhouse (not injury related), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), CB Sam Shields (concussion), G Josh Sitton (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)

Thursday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), LB Clay Matthews (quadricep), G Josh Sitton (knee), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)

Friday

S Morgan Burnett (hand), CB Charles Woodson (foot, knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

TE Andrew Quarless (knee)

Thursday

TE Andrew Quarless (knee)

Friday

TE Andrew Quarless (knee)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Status Report

DOUBTFUL

S Jamarca Sanford (concussion), C John Sullivan (concussion), CB Antoine Winfield (neck)

PROBABLE

WR Percy Harvin (ribs), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), G Steve Hutchinson (knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring)

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

WR Percy Harvin (ribs), T Phil Loadholt (knee), S Jamarca Sanford (concussion), C John Sullivan (concussion), QB Joe Webb (not injury related)

Thursday

S Jamarca Sanford (concussion), C John Sullivan (concussion)

Friday

S Jamarca Sanford (concussion), C John Sullivan (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB E.J. Henderson (knee), LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring), CB Antoine Winfield (neck)

Thursday

WR Percy Harvin (ribs), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring), CB Antoine Winfield (neck)

Friday

WR Percy Harvin (ribs), T Phil Loadholt (knee), LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring), CB Antoine Winfield (neck)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

G Steve Hutchinson (knee)

Thursday

G Steve Hutchinson (knee)

Friday

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