The Green Bay Packers will take on the New York Jets in their final road game of the season.
It will be the third December game at the Jets in team history (1981, 2002).
The Packers have won two straight over the Jets, including their last road game, a 9-0 victory in 2010. It was Green Bay’s first victory at the Jets, having lost the previous four, and the last road shutout by the Packers.
Three of the last four games at the Jets have been decided by single digits, including one game that went to overtime.
This will be the fifth time Green Bay has played at MetLife Stadium and just the second time against the Jets. Overall, the Packers are 2-2 at the venue.
The Packers last played at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants in 2013.
With QB Aaron Rodgers as the starter, Green Bay is 2-1 at MetLife Stadium.
Dating back to 2008, Green Bay is 25-18 against AFC teams during the regular season, a .581 winning percentage that ranks No. 6 in the NFL and No. 3 among NFC teams over that span.
Six of the Packers’ eight losses this season have been by eight points or less, including three by three or fewer points.
The Packers are ending the regular season with two road games in the final three weeks for the seventh straight year.
In Week 17, Green Bay will close out the regular season against the Detroit Lions for the third straight year and the fourth time in the last five seasons.
AGAINST THE AFC EAST
- In the last seven contests against the AFC East, Green Bay is 5-2.
- The Packers are 2-1 against AFC East teams this season.
- Dating back to 2002, Green Bay is 11-8 against AFC East teams, a .579 winning percentage that ranks No. 7 in the NFL over that span.
- The Packers’ 11 wins against the AFC East since 2002 are tied for the most among NFC teams (New Orleans and Philadelphia), according to pro-football-reference.com.
- TE Jimmy Graham has totaled 10 receiving TDs in 11 games played against AFC East teams, including a TD in two of three games against the division this season. In four of the 11 contests, Graham has recorded two TDs.
- In three games against AFC East teams this season, WR Davante Adams has totaled 18 receptions for 178 yards (9.9 avg.) and three touchdowns.
- WR Randall Cobb has three receiving TDs in five games against AFC East teams and has registered five-plus receptions in each contest.
- LB Clay Matthews has played against AFC East teams 10 times and has totaled 7.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
- CB Tramon Williams has four interceptions and a forced fumble in 15 games played against AFC East teams, including two interceptions against the Jets.
FOX Sports, now in its 25th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.
- Play-by-play man Kenny Albert joins analyst Ronde Barber and sideline reporter Kristina Pink.
- 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 four states. 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 24th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 20th season of broadcasts together. In Week 1, they surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers.
- The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
- DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game on Channel 713.
Packers vs. Jets:
- Regular season, all-time: 4-8
- All-time, postseason: 0-0
- All-time, at New York: 1-4
- Streaks: The Packers have won the last two meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Sept. 14, 2014, at Lambeau Field, Packers won, 31-24.
Joe Philbin: 25-29, .463; 5th NFL season
Todd Bowles: 26-39, .400; 5th NFL season
Head to Head: 0-0
vs. Opponent: Philbin 3-4 vs. Jets; Bowles 0-0 vs. Packers
JOE PHILBIN…Is the Packers’ interim head coach.
- Is in his second stint with the Packers, having coached on Green Bay’s staff from 2003-11, including five seasons (2007-11) as offensive coordinator.
- Helped the Packers offense rank in the top 10 in the league in total yards and total points each year from 2007-11.
- In 2011, led a Green Bay offense that set single-season franchise records for total points (560), touchdowns (70), total yards (6,482) and net passing yards (4,924).
- As head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2012-15, helped Miami increase its win total in 2012 and 2013, one of only four teams in the NFL to improve its record in both of those seasons.
- Prior to joining the NFL ranks, coached on the collegiate level for 19 seasons.
- Has led the Jets to a 24-38 (.387) record during his tenure (2015-18) as head coach, including a 10-6 mark in his first season at the helm.
- From 2015-17, New York ranked fourth in the league in yards allowed per carry (3.79).
- In 2015, led the Jets to a six-game turnaround from the previous season, matching the second-best win improvement in the first season by a new Jets head coach.
- Prior to coming to New York, served as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals (2013-14), earning Assistant Coach of the Year recognition in 2014.
- Also has worked as an assistant in Cleveland (2001-04), Dallas (2005-07), Miami (2008-11) and Philadelphia (2012). Served as the Dolphins' interim head coach for three games in 2011, going 2-1.
The teams first met in 1973, in Milwaukee, a 23-7 Green Bay victory. Since then, the Jets have won eight of 11 matchups.
The only shutout in the series came the last time the teams met in New York, with Green Bay winning 9-0. It is the only time the Packers have beaten the Jets on the road.
There has been one overtime game in the series, a 19-16 Jets victory in New York in 1991. In all, six of the 12 meetings have been decided by seven points or less.
The Packers and Jets combined to win the first three Super Bowls in NFL history, with Green Bay winning the first two and the Jets winning Super Bowl III.
Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine served in the same role for the Jets from 2009-12...Green Bay offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler was the New York quarterbacks coach in 2003 and the wide receivers coach in 2004...Jets DL Mike Pennel began his career with the Packers, playing three seasons (2014-16) in Green Bay...Jets head coach Todd Bowles worked as a college scouting assistant for the Packers under general manager Ron Wolf from 1995-96...Jets outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene worked in the same role for Green Bay from 2009-13...New York defensive line coach Robert Nunn coached the Packers’ defensive tackles from 2005-08...Green Bay tight ends coach Brian Angelichio is from Ilion, N.Y. ...Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans hails from East Orange, N.J. ...Angelichio and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr. coached together at Rutgers in 2011...Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin coached with Jets defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers in Miami for three seasons (2012-14)...New York WR Rishard Matthews and LB Neville Hewitt played for the Dolphins during Philbin’s tenure as Miami’s head coach (2012-15)...Green Bay LB Antonio Morrison played with Jets DL Henry Anderson (2016-17), LB Tarell Basham (2017) and OL Jonotthan Harrison (2016) in Indianapolis while Philbin was the Colts’ assistant head coach/offensive line coach...Packers TE Jimmy Graham was teammates with New York WR Jermaine Kearse and LB Kevin Pierre- Louis in Seattle from 2015-16...Green Bay TE Marcedes Lewis played with Jets K Jason Myers (2015-17) and T Kelvin Beachum (2016) in Jacksonville...Packers TE Lance Kendricks was teammates with New York CB Trumaine Johnson in St. Louis/Los Angeles for the Rams from 2012-16...Jets defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson also coached for the Rams during this time... Green Bay CB Bashaud Breeland played with New York C Spencer Long in Washington from 2014-17...Pettine and Angelichio coached with Jets defensive quality control coach Tim Atkins in Cleveland from 2014-15 while New York RB Isaiah Crowell and CB Buster Skrine played for the Browns...Jets offensive line/run game coordinator Rick Dennison and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell coached for the Texans while Packers S Eddie Pleasant played for the team...Dorrell was the head coach at UCLA while Lewis played for the Bruins...Before coming to Green Bay in 1993, Packers director of sports medicine administration Pepper Burruss spent 16 seasons (1977-92) with the Jets as an assistant athletic trainer...Green Bay strength and conditioning assistant Grant Thorne worked for the Jets’ strength staff in 2010...Packers assistant director of pro scouting/salary cap analyst Chad Brinker signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2003 and played for New York that preseason…Former college teammates include: Breeland, Jets WR Charone Peake and TE Jordan Leggett (Clemson), Packers WR Randall Cobb and Jets LB Avery Williamson (Kentucky), Packers LB Blake Martinez and Anderson (Stanford),Packers RB Aaron Jones and Jets TE Eric Tomlinson (UTEP).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Sept. 14, 2014, at Lambeau Field, Packers won, 31-24.
Green Bay fell behind 21-3 early in the second quarter before rallying to outscore the Jets 28-3 en route to securing the come-from-behind victory.
- Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw an 80-yard game-winning TD to WR Jordy Nelson late in the third quarter. Nelson finished with a career-high 209 yards receiving, the most by a Packer since WR Don Beebe registered 220 yards receiving vs. San Francisco in 1996.
- Green Bay WR Randall Cobb tallied two receiving TDs, totaling five receptions for 39 yards.