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GameDay: Raiders vs. Packers

OAKLAND AT GREEN BAY (Sunday, CBS)

WHEN: 4:15 p.m. est Dec. 11th
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

The Green Bay Packers, who defeated the New York Giants 38-35, won the NFC North division and are the second defending Super Bowl champion (1998 Denver) to start the following season 12-0. The Packers have won 18 consecutive games (including the playoffs), tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history.

“We’re 12-0 but we need to get to 13-0,” says Green Bay head coach MIKE MC CARTHY. “We have other goals in front of us. When you play in this league, you better line up and get ready and have a good week of preparation to make sure you are on point.”

The Raiders are tied with Denver for the AFC West lead and look to become the first team to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions. Oakland has won three of its past four games and is 4-2 on the road this season.

“It’s the NFL, so I think everybody is going to give you their best shot every week,” says Packers quarterback AARON RODGERS, who is one of three quarterbacks – Pro Football Hall of Famer JOHNNY UNITAS (1959) and PEYTON MANNING (2004) – to throw multiple touchdown passes in each of a team’s first 12 games. “Being undefeated and the defending champions, there might be an extra motivation at times. We’re looking forward to each challenge.”

Green Bay improved to 12-0 last week with a 38-35 win at the New York Giants when MASON CROSBY kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired. It marked only the third time in NFL history that a team maintained a perfect record at least 10 games into a season by scoring the winning points in the final minute of the fourth quarter. In 1934, the Chicago Bears improved to 10-0 with a 10-9 win over the Giants on a 24-yard field goal with 50 seconds to play. In 2007, New England moved to 12-0 with a 27-24 victory at Baltimore on an eight-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds remaining.

RAIDERS:

Club is 2-0 against NFC North this season (wins against Min. & Chi.) and are 4-2 on road this season

QB CARSON PALMER is 15-11 as starter vs. NFC & has 47 TDs vs. 26 INTs & 91.6 passer rating. Palmer is 2-0 vs. Packers & has completed 37 of 57 passes (64.9 pct.) for 422 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 100.2 rating.

Club has 14 rush TDs in ’11, 2nd-most in AFC (Hou. 15)

RB MICHAEL BUSH is averaging 94.7 rush yards per game in past 3 on road (284 total). Has career-best 686 rush yards in ’11.

FB MARCEL REECE is averaging 14.1 yards per catch in ’11 (17 catches, 240 receiving yards)

WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY has career-best in catches (38) & receiving yards (542) in ’11. WR CHAZ SCHILENShad season-best 89 rec. yards last week

CB STANFORD ROUTT has 2 INTs in past 3 games

LB KAMERION WIMBLEY has 6 sacks in past 5 games

DT DESMOND BRYANT has 4 sacks in past 3 road games

PACKERS:

Can join 1998 Den. as only defending SB champs to start following season 13-0. Have won 18 in row (incl. playoffs), tied for 2nd longest streak in NFL history

QB AARON RODGERS is 1st player in NFL history to post 100+ rating in 12 games in row. Has 2+ TD passes in 1st 12 games of season, 3rd player to accomplish feat (HOFer JOHNNY UNITAS, 1959 & PEYTON MANNING, 2004). Has 37 pass TDs & needs 3 to pass BRETT FAVRE (39) for team’s single-season record

RB RYAN GRANT rushed for 156 yards & TD in only meeting

In only game vs. Oak., WR GREG JENNINGS had 2 catches for 100 yards (50 avg.) & TD (80 yards). Since start of 2007 (incl. playoffs), has 51 rec. TDs, 3rd most in NFL. WR JORDY NELSON has 4 catches for 50+ yards, tied for NFL lead. WR JAMES JONES aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with TD

CB CHARLES WOODSON was 1st round pick (No. 4) by Oak. in 1998.

S CHARLIE PEPRAH aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with INT. Has 3 INTs (1 TD) in past 2 vs. AFC. In past 5 vs. AFC, CB TRAMON WILLIAMS has 3 INTs, 2 FRs & FF.

LB CLAY MATTHEWS had INT-TD last week & aims for 3rd in row with INT.

From the Dope Sheet:

  • The Packers have won 10 straight contests at Lambeau Field and 16 of their last 17 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 16-1 (.941) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with New England (16-1).
  • The Packers are off to their first 5-0 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 the league that are unbeaten at home this season (Baltimore, New Orleans).
  • Green Bay is averaging 39.0 points per game at home this season, No. 2 in the NFL behind only New Orleans (39.8). The Packers’ franchise record is 38.0 ppg at home in 1942.

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Oakland Raiders:
  • All-time regular season: 5-5-0
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0 (Super Bowl II, Miami)
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 3-3-0
  • Streaks: The Packers have won five straight.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 9, 2007, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 38-7

THE PACKERS-RAIDERS SERIES

  • These clubs first squared off in Miami’s Orange Bowl for the league’s second Super Bowl title in January 1968. Behind four Don Chandler field goals and another MVP performance from quarterback Bart Starr, the Packers won their second consecutive Super Bowl title in Vince Lombardi’s final game as head coach for Green Bay. In his nine-year reign as Green Bay’s coach, Lombardi won six Western Conference championships, five NFL titles and two Super Bowls.
  • Between 1972-87, the Raiders won all five games between the two clubs. Also during that era, the Raiders on three Super Bowl titles.
  • The Packers won their first game against the Raiders since Super Bowl II in 1990 against the Raiders in Los Angeles. The club had moved from Oakland to Los Angeles after the 1981 season and would return to the Bay Area after the 1994 season.
  • Green Bay ended an 11-year postseason drought by defeating the Raiders, 28-0, on Dec. 26, 1993, at Lambeau Field.

LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON

  • Dec. 9, 2007, at Lambeau Field Packers won, 38-7
  • The Packers ended their two-year absence from the postseason by clinching the NFC North title with the win over the Raiders.
  • RB Ryan Grant rushed for a career-high 156 yards and a TD on 29 carries (5.4 avg.) and WR Greg Jennings caught two passes for 100 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard TD catch from QB Brett Favre in the third quarter.
  • CB Will Blackmon posted a pair of touchdowns on special teams, scoring on a 57-yard punt return in the second quarter and recovering a Tim Dwight fumbled punt in the end zone in the third quarter.
  • Green Bay’s defense limited Oakland to just 10 first downs and 233 total net yards on the afternoon, with CB Al Harris and S Atari Bigby each posting interceptions off of QB Josh McCown.

Friday's Official Injury Report:

OAKLAND RAIDERS
Status Report
OUT QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot)
QUESTIONABLE DT John Henderson (knee)
PROBABLE TE Kevin Boss (hip), S Michael Huff (ankle), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), CB Chris Johnson (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot), WR Chaz Schilens (foot)
Thursday QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot)
Friday QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (foot)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Kevin Boss (hip), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
Thursday DT John Henderson (knee), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
Friday DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Michael Huff (ankle)
Thursday TE Kevin Boss (hip), S Michael Huff (ankle)
Friday TE Kevin Boss (hip), S Michael Huff (ankle)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Status Report
OUT LB Desmond Bishop (calf), T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee), LB Vic So'oto (back), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
QUESTIONABLE LB A.J. Hawk (calf)
PROBABLE CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Thursday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Friday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), G Josh Sitton (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), LB A.J. Hawk (calf), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Thursday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Friday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
Friday LB A.J. Hawk (calf)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
Friday CB Charles Woodson (concussion)
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Fan friendly comments only: off Comments (3) This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.

Brettt's FaV'ra's picture

What happened to Mike Neal and Davon House? They are no longer in the injury report, so i assume they are on the roster and just on the bench?

packeraaron's picture

Neal has been playing. House is healthy but inactive.

Brettt's FaV'ra's picture

Nice, this is good news.

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