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Dope Sheet: Packers take on the Patriots

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28 Sep 2022, 18:12 GMT+10

The Green Bay Packers (2-1) return to Lambeau Field to host the New England Patriots (1-2).

The Green Bay Packers (2-1) return to Lambeau Field to host the New England Patriots (1-2).

It is a matchup of the top teams in terms of regular-season winning percentage (New England, 164-64-0, .719 / Green Bay, 147-79-2, .649) in the NFL since 2008.The two teams have split the last two matchups (2014, 2018), with both teams winning at home.Two of the last three contests between the two teams have been decided by a combined nine points.New England holds a 6-5 advantage in the all-time regular-season series, while the Packers won the only postseason matchup, a 35-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXI.This is the earliest meeting in the series since 1994, when the two teams also played on Oct. 2.Under Head Coach Matt LaFleur, the Packers are 11-1 in the month of October, a .917 winning percentage that ranks No. 1 in the NFL since 2019.

WITH THE CALL

CBS will broadcast the game. Play-by-play man Jim Nantz joins analyst Tony Romo with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.

DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 715.Sports USA Radio will be broadcasting on radio to a national audience with Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and Mark Carrier (analyst) on the call.All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 49 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota. This year, the Packers transitioned to a new flagship station in Milwaukee, iHeartRadio Milwaukee's 97.3 The Game WRNW. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to packers.com/video/radio-network. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team's broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 28th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 24th season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.The Packers' radio broadcast is also available on a mobile device through the Packers app or packers.com for anyone that lives in the state of Wisconsin. If you live outside the state, you can stream the game broadcast from a desktop computer through packers.com. It is also available via subscription on Sirius Satellite Radio or NFL Plus (nfl.com/plus).

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers vs. Patriots:

Regular season, all-time: 5-6All-time, postseason: 1-0All-time, at home: 3-1Streaks: New England has won three of the last four matchups.Last meeting, regular season: Nov. 4, 2018, Gillette Stadium, Patriots won, 31-17

COACHES CAPSULES

Matt LaFleur: 43-14-0, .754; (2-3 postseason); 4th NFL seasonBill Belichick: 322-158-0, .671; (31-13 postseason); 23rd NFL seasonHead to Head: LaFleur 0-0 vs. Belichickvs. Opponent: LaFleur 0-0 vs. Patriots; Belichick 3-2 vs. Packers

MATT LaFLEUR...In his fourth season as the Packers' 15th head coach.

In his 14th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (L.A. Rams, 2017; Tennessee, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston, 2008-09).In his first three seasons leading the Packers, he has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. With a 13-4 record in 2021, he led the Packers to a third straight NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second consecutive season.Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed George Seifert (38) for the most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history, trailing only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears from 1985-87 (Elias).Guided the Packers to a 22-2 record (.917) in the regular season from 2019-21 at Lambeau Field, the top home mark in the NFL over that span and the best home winning percentage by a Packers head coach in his first three seasons. His 22 wins at home are also the most in NFL history by a coach in his first three seasons.In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).

BILL BELICHICK...In his 23rd season as the Patriots' 17th head coach.

Is in his 48th year as an NFL coach and his 23rd season as head coach of the Patriots. His 48 consecutive seasons as an NFL coach are the most in league history.Through 22 seasons with the Patriots, has led the team to six Super Bowl championships (the most by a coach in NFL history), nine conference titles, 17 division crowns and 30 playoff victories.Owns the most wins among all active coaches and ranks No. 3 all-time with 322 total victories. His winning percentage of .671 ranks second in NFL history among coaches with 150-plus wins behind only George Halas (.682).Led the Patriots to 19 consecutive winning seasons (2001-19), with Tom Landry (1970-85) the only other coach to register 10-plus straight winning seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).

THE PACKERS-PATRIOTS SERIES

This marks the 12th regular-season meeting between the two teams dating back to their first matchup in 1973.The clubs also met in Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans, which the Packers won, 35-21, bringing Green Bay its first Super Bowl title since winning Super Bowl II in 1967.Since Super Bowl XXXI, the teams have split the six meetings. The winning team has scored 26-plus points in each of those six games.Green Bay holds the record for most points scored in a game in the series with a 45-3 win in Milwaukee in 1988.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers RB AJ Dillon attended Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., and played at Boston College from 2017-19...Packers LB Isaiah McDuffie played at Boston College from 2017-20...Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer played on the offensive line for the Patriots for three seasons (2000-02)...Patriots DL Lawrence Guy Sr. was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 2011...Packers tight ends coach John Dunn was the offensive coordinator at the University of Connecticut in 2018...Packers inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti coached wide receivers and tight ends at Maine Maritime Academy in 1997...Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans played running back at the University of Maine from 1990-92 and was the running backs coach/recruiting coordinator for the school from 1996-99...Sirmans served as the running backs coach at Boston College from 2007-11...Sirmans coached running backs at Michigan State for two years (2005-06) while Patriots QB Brian Hoyer played for the Spartans...Hoyer was a teammate of Packers S Adrian Amos and P Pat O'Donnell with the Bears in 2016...Packers safeties coach Ryan Downard coached for the Browns while Hoyer played in Cleveland...Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Titans' offensive coordinator in 2018 when Patriots TE Jonnu Smith played for Tennessee...Packers director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer Bryan Engel spent time on New England's training staff as a seasonal assistant and training camp intern from 1995-1997...Packers strength and conditioning assistant Thadeus Jackson was an athletic training intern for the Patriots during the team's 2003 training camp...Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich served as the assistant offensive line coach for San Francisco in 2017 when Patriots T Trent Brown, Hoyer and WR Kendrick Bourne played for the 49ers...Packers S Dallin Leavitt and CB Keisean Nixon were teammates of Patriots WR Nelson Agholor, Brown and LB Raekwon McMillan with the Raiders...Packers CB Rasul Douglas played with Agholor and DB Jalen Mills in Philadelphia from 2017-19...College teammates include: Packers DL Jarran Reed, Patriots RB Damien Harris and LB Anfernee Jennings (Alabama); Packers S Rudy Ford and Patriots DB Jonathan Jones (Auburn); Packers LB Rashan Gary, Patriots OL Michael Onwenu, S Jabrill Peppers and LB Josh Uche (Michigan); Packers G Jon Runyan also played at Michigan with Uche for one season (2019); Packers C/G Josh Myers and Patriots CB Shaun Wade (Ohio State); Packers TE Marcedes Lewis and Patriots WR Matthew Slater (UCLA); Packers CB Rasul Douglas and Patriots OL Yodny Cajuste (West Virginia).

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