GameDay: Packers vs. Chiefs

All the news, notes and other relevant info Packers fans need for today's game against the Kansas City Chiefs


WHEN: 1:00 p.m. est Dec. 18th
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium
TV:  Kenny Albert (play-by-play) &  (analyst) Daryl Johnson for FOX
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog


Can become only defending SB champ to start following season 14-0. Have won 19 in row (incl. playoffs), 2nd longest streak in NFL history

QB AARON RODGERS has 2+ TD passes in 13 games in row, tied for NFL record. Has 39 pass TDs & needs 1 to top BRETT FAVRE (39) for club single-season record. Leads NFL with 123.3 rating

Incl. playoffs, RB JAMES STARKS has played in 19 games & GB is 18-1 (.947). RB RYAN GRANT rushed for 85 yards & 2 TDs last week

WR JORDY NELSON had 37-yard TD last week. Has career-highs in catches (51), yards (957) & TDs (10). 5 of his rec. TDs have been 35+ yards. WR DONALD DRIVER has 9,972 rec. yards & needs 28 to become 1st Packer with 10,000. WR JAMES JONES has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC

CB CHARLES WOODSON had 46-yard INT-TD in last meeting. In career vs. KC, has 6 INTs (2 TDs). Had INT last week.

S CHARLIE PEPRAH has 3 INTs (1 TD) in past 3 vs. AFC. In past 6 vs. AFC


LB ERIK WALDEN had 5-yard FR-TD last week. LB A.J. HAWK had INT in last meeting. LB ROB FRANCOIS has INT in 2 of past 3


Club has won 7 of past 8 vs. NFC

QB TYLER PALKO aims for 3rd straight game with TD

RB THOMAS JONES (10,450) needs 158 rush yards to surpass JAMAL LEWIS (10,607) for 21st-most rush yards in NFL history. For career, Jones averages 5 yards per carry vs. GB (142 att., 706 yards).

RB DEXTER MC CLUSTER averages 5.8 yards per carry vs. NFC in ’11

WR DWAYNE BOWE (937) needs 63 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season & 3rd of career. In WC game vs. GB on 1/10/10 (w/ Cardinals), WR STEVE BREASTON posted 7 catches for 125 yards (17.9 avg.) with TD. WR JERHEME URBAN posted 1st TD catch of season last week

LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads team with 112 tackles. LB TAMBA HALI (9) needs 1 sack to join MIKE BELL, NEIL SMITH & HOFer DERRICK THOMAS as only players with double-digit sacks in back-to-back seasons in Chiefs history. Rookie LB JUSTIN HOUSTON (3rd round, No. 70 overall) has 4 sacks in past 2

PR-CB JAVIER ARENAS leads AFC & ranks 3rd in NFL with 13.3 PR avg.

From the Dope Sheet:


  • Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs:
  • All-time regular season: 2-6-1
  • All-time, postseason: 1-0
  • All-time, in Kansas City: 2-3-0
  • Streaks: The Chiefs had a five-game winning streak snapped in the team’s last meeting, a 2007 Packers win.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 4, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium; Packers won, 33-22


  • Green Bay travels to Kansas City this Sunday for the Packers’ final regular-season road game this season, the latest they have ever visited the Chiefs.
  • The Packers can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win on Sunday. The last time Green Bay was the top seed in the conference was 1996.
  • Green Bay will be looking to become just the sixth NFL team to post a perfect 8-0 road record in a season.
  • The Packers are off to a 13-0 start for the first time in franchise history. They are just the eighth team in NFL history to begin the season with 13 consecutive victories. Green Bay will be aiming to become just the fourth team in NFL history to start a season 14-0 (1972 Miami Dolphins, 2007 New England Patriots, 2009 Indianapolis Colts).
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won 19 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history (12-game streak in 1961-62). It is the second-longest winning streak in NFL history, including the postseason, behind only the 2003-04 New England Patriots (21 games).
  • The Packers’ streak of 15 straight wins in the regular season (2010-11) is a franchise record, topping the previous mark of 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62. Green Bay has also set a single-season franchise record with 13 straight regular-season wins, topping the previous mark of 10 in 1929 and 1962.
  • For Head Coach Mike McCarthy, this will be a matchup against the team where his NFL coaching career started. McCarthy spent six seasons on the Chiefs’ staff (1993-98), the first two as an offensive asst./quality control coach and the final four as the QBs coach. Sunday will be the second time McCarthy has coached against Kansas City in the regular season.
  • The two clubs famously met in the first-ever Super Bowl, a 35-10 Green Bay victory in Los Angeles. This marks just the second meeting between the teams in Kansas City over the past 15 seasons. Green Bay last visited the Chiefs in 2007, a 33-22 Packers win.


  • Mike McCarthy: 66-34-0, .660, (incl. 5-2 postseason); 6th NFL season
  • Romeo Crennel (interim coach): 24-40-0, .375, 5th NFL season
  • Head to Head: Never met
  • vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-0 vs. Chiefs; Crennel 1-0 vs. Packers

MIKE McCARTHY…Is in sixth year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.

  • Having led Green Bay to the playoffs three of his five seasons with the team, he joined Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl title with a win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.
  • His .714 winning percentage (5-2) in the postseason is tied for first among active NFL head coaches, matching the mark of New England’s Bill Belichick (15-6) and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin (5-2).
  • One of only two coaches, along with New Orleans’ Sean Payton, to have his offense ranked in the top 10 in total yardage each of the last five seasons (2006-10).
  • Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
  • Honored as the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year and NFL Alumni Coach of the Year.
  • Became the first Packers coach since Lombardi to lead the team to a championship game in his second season.

ROMEO CRENNEL…Named Kansas City’s interim coach on Monday.

  • Served as the Chiefs’ defensive coordinator from 2010-11. Was the head coach in Cleveland for four seasons (2005-08), where he led the Browns to a 10-6 record in 2007, the team’s best record since an 11-5 mark in 1994.
  • Was the defensive coordinator in New England for four seasons (2001-04), where he helped the Patriots win three Super Bowl titles. Was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America following the 2003 season.
  • Served as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach in Cleveland in 2000 and as the defensive line coach for three seasons with the N.Y. Jets (1997-99) and four seasons with New England (1993-96).
  • Began his NFL coaching career with a 12-year stint with the N.Y. Giants (1981-92), where he was a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams.


  • The Packers are off to their first 7-0 start on the road in franchise history, besting the 5-0 starts away from home in 1929, 1936, 1941 and 2007.
  • Green Bay has set a franchise record with the seven road victories, topping the previous single-season mark of six road wins in 2004 and 2007.
  • Including playoffs, Green Bay has won 10 consecutive road games, the longest current streak in the NFL, and 12 of its last 15. The .800 road winning percentage over that span ranks No. 1 in the league.
  • The Packers’ 10-game winning streak away from Lambeau Field is a franchise record, besting the nine-game road winning streak in 1966-67. Green Bay is the only team in the NFL that is undefeated on the road this season.
  • The Packers will be looking to tie the franchise record for the most consecutive regular-season road wins at eight, a streak that Green Bay also posted in 1941-42 and 1966-67.

Friday's Official Injury Report:

Status Report
OUT LB Desmond Bishop (calf), T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), WR Greg Jennings (knee), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE RB Brandon Saine (concussion), G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
PROBABLE LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back)
Practice Report
Wednesday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Thursday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Friday T Chad Clifton (hamstring, back), WR Greg Jennings (knee)
Wednesday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), RB Brandon Saine (concussion), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Thursday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), RB Brandon Saine (concussion), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Friday LB Desmond Bishop (calf), DE Ryan Pickett (concussion), RB Brandon Saine (concussion)
Wednesday G Josh Sitton (knee)
Thursday G Josh Sitton (knee)
Friday G Josh Sitton (knee), RB James Starks (knee, ankle)
Wednesday LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back)
Thursday LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back)
Friday LB A.J. Hawk (calf), LB Vic So'oto (back)
Status Report
DOUBTFUL S Jon McGraw (ankle)
PROBABLE CB Javier Arenas (illness), WR Jon Baldwin (illness), QB Kyle Orton (right finger)
Practice Report
Wednesday S Jon McGraw (ankle)
Thursday CB Javier Arenas (illness), WR Jon Baldwin (illness), S Jon McGraw (ankle)
Wednesday QB Kyle Orton (right finger)
Thursday QB Kyle Orton (right finger)
Friday S Jon McGraw (ankle)
Friday CB Javier Arenas (illness), WR Jon Baldwin (illness), QB Kyle Orton (right finger)
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