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- The Green Bay Packers will take on the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on Sunday. It will be the first noon kickoff for Green Bay since Week 1 of the season and one of only three scheduled at home this season.
- The Packers are 4-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for just the fourth time in the last 49 years.
- It is the third 4-0 start under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (4-0, 2007). The Packers are one of three NFC teams (Atlanta, Carolina) still undefeated this season and one of six in the NFL (Cincinnati, Denver, New England).
- Green Bay has won each of the last four regular-season games against the Rams, outscoring St. Louis, 123-54, combined in those contests.
- Dating back to 1970, this will be the 32nd meeting between the Packers and Rams, the most among teams Green Bay has not been in a division with (including playoffs).
- The series against the Rams started in 1937 and is the eighth oldest for the Packers (Arizona, 1921 / Chicago, 1921 / Detroit, 1930 / New York Giants, 1928 / Washington, 1932 / Philadelphia, 1933 / Pittsburgh, 1933).
- Sunday’s game will be a matchup of two teams that get after the quarterback, Green Bay (12.98%) ranks No. 1 in the NFL this season in sacks/pass attempt and St. Louis (11.81%) ranks No. 4.
- Green Bay has won 11 straight home games (including playoffs), the longest active home winning streak in the NFL.
- It is tied for the second-longest home winning streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Green Bay has scored 383 points over its last 10 regular-season home games, the highest total in team history over a span of 10 home games. Only the Rams in 1999 and 2000 (403) and the Denver Broncos spanning 2012 and 2013 (399) won 10 consecutive home games while scoring as many points as the Packers.
- The Packers have rushed for 120-plus yards in each game this season, their first time doing so in each of the first four contests since 1971.
- This week is the first time since the end of the 2010 season (Week 17) that the Packers are ranked in the top 10 in both offense (10th) and defense (eighth).
- Green Bay has scored in the first quarter in 20 straight regular-season games, the longest current streak in the league.
- QB Aaron Rodgers has registered a 100-plus quarterback rating and 15-plus attempts in 10 straight regular-season home contests, tying Kurt Warner (1999-2000) for the NFL record.
- Dating back to 2012, Rodgers has thrown 486 passes at home in the regular season without an interception and 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception, both NFL records (including playoffs, 580 attempts and 48 touchdown passes).
- Rodgers’ streak of 43 consecutive touchdown passes at home without an interception is twice as long as any other streak of touchdown passes without an interception in home games in NFL history.
WITH THE CALL
- CBS will broadcast the game to a regional audience with play-by-play man Ian Eagle and analyst Dan Fouts handling the call from the broadcast booth and Evan Washburn reporting from the sidelines.
- Milwaukee’s WTMJ (620 AM), airing Green Bay games since November 1929, heads up the Packers Radio Network that is made up of 50 stations in five states. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (color) call the action. McCarren first joined the team’s broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 21st season calling Packers’ games. McCarren has four times been voted Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 17th season of broadcasts together.
- Sports USA Radio will air the game across the country. Larry Kahn (play-by-play) and John Robinson (analyst) will call the action, with Troy West reporting from the sidelines.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed) as part of the network’s NFL Sunday Drive.
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on channel 710.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Green Bay is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the second time under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers have started 5-0 three times since 1945 (10-0 in 1962 and 6-0 in 1965).
- If the Packers win, it will be the third consecutive season they have won their first three home games.
- Green Bay is looking for its fifth consecutive win against St. Louis.
- In Week 4, the Packers limited the 49ers to just one rushing first down, the second time they have held an opponent to only one rushing first down in the last six regular-season games (Week 16 at Tampa Bay).
- In the last three weeks, the Packers defense has held the opponent’s starting running back, Marshawn Lynch (41 yards on 15 carries), Jamaal Charles (49 yards on 11 carries) and Carlos Hyde (20 yards on eight carries), to less than 50 yards rushing each.
- If QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 42nd 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers (11) joined Peyton Manning (16 in 2013) and Don Meredith (14 in 1966) as the only QBs in NFL history to throw 11-plus touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first four games of the season.
- Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 17 of the last 20 regular-season games, including the last six. The Packers are 16-1 in those games.
- Rodgers has thrown 191 consecutive passes without an interception, the fourth-longest streak in team history
- Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has thrown 49 touchdowns and five interceptions.
- Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 14 of the last 20 regular-season games.
- Rodgers is 427 passing yards away from 30,000 for his career.
- WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 45.
- Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), WR James Jones has registered a touchdown reception in five of the last seven games. He has totaled six touchdown receptions over that span.
- Jones is tied for No. 1 in the NFL with six receptions of 25-plus yards this season. His career high for 25-yard receptions in a season is eight in 2013. Jones has also recorded seven in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- LB Clay Matthews recorded two sacks in the win over Kansas City in Week 3. It was his 13th career game with two or more sacks. He is one shy of tying Tim Harris (14, 1986-90) for No. 3 in team history (Reggie White, 16; Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 15).
- Since Week 8 of last season, Matthews has recorded at least one sack in nine of the last 13 games. His 12.5 sacks are tied (STL Robert Quinn) for No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only HOU J.J. Watt (19.5) and KC Justin Houston (18).
- LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 3.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last season (including playoffs), Peppers has eight sacks in the last eight games.
- On Sunday, Peppers passed LB Rickey Jackson for No. 14 in NFL history with 129 sacks.
- Over the last three games, LB Jayrone Elliott has recorded two sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
- CB Sam Shields recorded an interception in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career (Weeks 3-4).
- LB Nick Perry matched his career high with two sacks against the 49ers. It is his third straight season (2013-15) with a two-sack game. Perry joins Matthews as the only Packers to have a two-sack game in each of the last three seasons.
- K Mason Crosby (276) is two field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. In Week 2, Crosby (1,070) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.
- WR Ty Montgomery is No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.5). In Week 1, he recorded a kick return of 46 yards, the longest kick return by a Packer since a 70-yarder by S Micah Hyde vs. Pittsburgh on 12/22/13.
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:
Packers vs. Rams:
- Regular season, all-time: 44-45-2
- All-time, postseason: 1-1
- All-time, at Lambeau Field: 28-19-0 (incl. Packers’ 1967 Western Conference Championship victory)
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last four regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 21, 2012; Packers won, 30-20, Edward Jones Dome
- Mike McCarthy: 105-55-1, .655, (incl. 7-6 postseason); 10th NFL season
- Jeff Fisher: 169-155-1, .520, (incl. 5-6 postseason); 21st NFL season
- Head to Head: 1-1
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 4-1 vs. Rams; Fisher 3-2 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 10th year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- 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.
- Led the Packers to their sixth consecutive playoff appearance last season, joining New England as the only two NFL teams to do so over that span. Has also led the team to seven playoff appearances in the last eight years (2007, 2009-14).
- Has guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring each of the past eight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat; Packers finished first overall in scoring in 2014.
- His .666 winning percentage during the regular season (98-49-1) ranks No. 3 among active NFL coaches (min. 50 games).
- Was named Packers head coach on Jan. 12, 2006, his first head-coaching job after 13 years as an NFL assistant.
JEFF FISHER…Is in his fourth year as the Rams’ 26th head coach.
- Ranks third among active NFL coaches and is 14th all-time in career regular-season wins with 164.
- Spent 16 full seasons (1995-2010) as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, and also served as head coach in 1994 for the final six games.
- Guided the Titans to six playoff appearances, three division titles, two AFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
- Previously coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (defensive backs, 1986-88), the Los Angeles Rams (defensive coordinator, 1989-91) and San Francisco 49ers (defensive backs, 1992-93).
- Played with the Chicago Bears (1981-85) as a defensive back and return specialist, earning a Super Bowl ring.
THE PACKERS-RAMS SERIES
- These clubs first met in 1937, when the NFL launched its long relationship with the city of Cleveland. The franchises met every year from 1937-71 except 1943, when the Rams didn’t field a team.
- Beginning in 1946, when the Rams moved from Cleveland to Los Angeles, these foes consistently played their Wisconsin games early in the year (before cold weather set in) and their warm West Coast games late in the year.
- The clubs have met twice in the postseason, with the Packers topping the Rams, 28-7, in the 1967 Western Conference Championship in Milwaukee. The Rams beat the Packers, 45-17, in St. Louis, in a 2001 Divisional playoff contest.