Green Bay will host Kansas City at Lambeau Field in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football.
This is the 23rd consecutive season (1993-2015) that Green Bay is appearing on Monday Night Football, the second-longest streak in the league behind only Denver’s 24-year span (1992-2015). It is the Packers’ lone MNF appearance this season.
The Packers are 14-8-1 at home on MNF, including 4-1 under Head Coach Mike McCarthy.
Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has a 4-1 record as the starter at home on MNF, completing 92 of 130 passes for 1,045 yards, 11 touchdowns, two interceptions and a passer rating of 116.3.
Of the 10 regular-season matchups between Green Bay and Kansas City, only one took place on MNF, a 23-16 victory by the Chiefs on Nov. 8, 1993, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Monday will be the Chiefs’ fourth trip to Lambeau Field during the regular season and first since 2003.
It is the first time since 2008 that the Packers play their first two home games in primetime.
Green Bay has won eight of its last 10 games against AFC opponents with Rodgers as the starter, including five of the last six.
Rodgers has thrown 11 touchdowns and two interceptions in the last five matchups against the AFC.
Green Bay has faced former Packers assistant coach Andy Reid nine times (including playoffs) since he has become a head coach in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, 1999-2012) but this will be the first time since he became the head coach for Kansas City (2013-present). Reid was 5-4 against the Packers as the head coach of the Eagles, but Green Bay has won the last three matchups.
Seven of the previous nine games the Packers have played against teams that have been led by Reid have been decided by seven points or less, including four by three or fewer points.
Monday will be one of two games the Packers play this season against a franchise they faced in the Super Bowl. Green Bay and Kansas City met in Super Bowl I, and later this season the Packers will play the Oakland Raiders, who they faced in Super Bowl II.
The Packers and Chiefs have played 10 times during the regular season, and although Green Bay has only beaten Kansas City twice, one of the two victories came under the guidance of McCarthy (33-22 at Kansas City, 2007).
Monday will be just the second time (Week 3, 1990) the two teams have met in the month of September.
Green Bay will go on the road to play the San Francisco 49ers next week before returning home for two games before the bye.
WITH THE CALL
ESPN is in its 10th season as host of the most successful series in sports television history, Monday Night Football. Play-by-play man Mike Tirico is joined by analyst Jon Gruden for the 46th season of MNF broadcasts, with Lisa Salters reporting from the sidelines.
The contest also will air as a simulcast locally on WBAY (ABC, Ch. 2) in Green Bay and WISN (ABC, Ch. 12) in Milwaukee.
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.
Westwood One Sports will air the game across the country. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Boomer Esiason (analyst) will call the action, with Hub Arkush reporting from the sidelines and Jim Gray hosting the pregame and halftime shows.
The broadcast is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio (WTMJ feed).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Green Bay is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2011 (13-0) and for the third time under Head Coach Mike McCarthy (2007, 4-0).
Including the postseason, the Packers have won 10 consecutive home games, the third-longest streak of the McCarthy era. (13, 2010-11 / 11, 2012-13).
A win would give Green Bay its fourth victory in the last five games against AFC teams.
The Packers’ offensive line has only given up two sacks in the first two games of the season (tied for fifth fewest in the NFL). It is the fewest a Green Bay offensive line has allowed in the first two games since 2008 (one).
Green Bay has registered a sack in 38 consecutive regular-season games, a franchise record and the longest current streak in the league.
If QB Aaron Rodgers throws for 300-plus yards, it will be the 41st 300-yard passing game of his career during the regular season.
Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in each of the first three games of the season once in his career (2011, first 12 games).
Dating back to 2014, Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 15 of the last 18 regular-season games, including the last four. The Packers are 14-1 in those games.
Rodgers last threw an interception at home on Dec. 12, 2012, vs. Minnesota.
The last time Rodgers threw multiple interceptions at home was Oct. 24, 2010, vs. Minnesota.
Rodgers has recorded a passer rating of 100-plus in 13 of the last 18 regular-season games.
WR Randall Cobb needs one reception to extend his streak of consecutive regular-season games with a reception to 43.
Cobb registered the 11th 100-yard receiving game of his career, and first of this season, last week against Seattle (116 yards on eight catches). He looks to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games for the fourth time in his career (2012, 2013, 2014).
WR James Jones has registered three touchdown receptions so far this season.
Dating back to last season (with Oakland in 2014), Jones has registered a touchdown reception in four of the last five games. He has totaled five touchdown receptions over that span.
If Jones records a receiving touchdown, it will be the fourth time in his career he has registered one or more touchdown receptions in three consecutive games (2011, twice in 2012).
LB Julius Peppers leads the Packers with 2.5 sacks this season. Dating back to last regular and postseason, he has seven sacks in the last six games.
Peppers has registered three-plus sacks in the first three games he has played in a season twice in his career (three in 2002 / four in 2006).
K Mason Crosby (273) is five field-goal attempts short of surpassing Ryan Longwell (277) for the most in team history. Last week, Crosby (1,057) passed Longwell (1,054) for the franchise career scoring record.
WR Ty Montgomery ranks No. 2 in the NFL in kickoff return average this season (31.3). 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. Chiefs:
Regular season, all-time: 2-7-1
All-time, postseason: 1-0
All-time, at Green Bay: 0-3-1
Streaks: The Chiefs have won six of the last seven regular-season games.
Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 18, 2011; Chiefs won, 19-14, Arrowhead Stadium
Mike McCarthy: 103-55-1, .650 (incl. 7-6 postseason); 10th NFL season
Andy Reid: 161-116-1, .581 (incl. 10-10 postseason); 17th NFL season (3rd with KC)
Head to Head: McCarthy 3-1
vs. Opponent: McCarthy 1-1 vs. Chiefs; Reid 5-4 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 .661 winning percentage during the regular season (96-49-1) 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.
ANDY REID…Is in his third year as the Chiefs’ 13th head coach.
Led the Chiefs to back-to-back winning seasons (11-5 in 2013, 9-7 in 2014) for the first time since the 2005-06 seasons.
Led Kansas City to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season after inheriting a team that went 2-14 in 2012.
Spent 14 seasons (1999-2012) as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he compiled the best win total (140) and playoff-victory total (10) in franchise history.
During his time in Philadelphia, he was named NFL Coach of the Year three times, captured six division titles and earned five trips to the NFC Championship Game and one to the Super Bowl.
Prior to becoming the head coach in Philadelphia, he spent seven seasons (1992-98) on Green Bay’s coaching staff.
Also coached on the collegiate level at Brigham Young (1982), San Francisco State (1983-85), Northern Arizona (1986), Texas-El Paso (1987-88) and Missouri (1989-91).
THE PACKERS-CHIEFS SERIES
The first meeting between the teams came in January 1967 when the NFL champion Packers met the AFL champion Chiefs in the first-ever Super Bowl, won by the Packers, 35-10.
Kansas City has had the upper hand in the series ever since. The Chiefs have the highest winning percentage against the Packers (7-2-1, .750) among NFL teams.
When the Packers visited Kansas City in 2007, it was their first trip since 1996, and they broke a five-game losing streak to the Chiefs by winning 33-22.
This matchup will mark the fourth time the teams will meet at Lambeau Field, with the Packers seeking their first-ever regular season win vs. the Chiefs at home.
Packers HC Mike McCarthy began his NFL coaching career in Kansas City, first as quality control/offensive assistant (1993-94) and later as QBs coach (1995-98)…Packers assoc. HC/offense Tom Clements served as the QBs coach in Kansas City (2000) and also played QB for the Chiefs in 1980...Chiefs GM John Dorsey served as Green Bay’s dir. of college scouting from 2000-11 and as dir. of football operations in 2012...He also played for the Packers from 1984-88 and worked in scouting from 1991-98...Chiefs HC Andy Reid was on Green Bay’s coaching staff from 1992-98, serving as the TEs/asst. OL coach from 1992-96 and the QBs coach from 1997-98...Reid oversaw TEs while assisting Packers strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Lovat’s father, OL coach Tom Lovat…Chiefs OC Doug Pederson is a former Packers QB who backed up Brett Favre from 1996-98 and 2001-04...Chiefs asst. secondary coach Al Harris played CB for the Packers for seven seasons (2003-09)...Chiefs strength and conditioning coach Barry Rubin spent 11 seasons (1995-2005) on Green Bay’s coaching staff...Chiefs LB Frank Zombo signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and played in 25 games with the Packers from 2010-12...Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...Chiefs dir. of football operations Chris Ballard played for the University of Wisconsin…Chiefs player personnel asst. Dan Zegers graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., and worked for the Packers as an equipment asst. (2004-12) and scouting asst. during the NFL Draft (2008-13)…Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook coached DBs for the Chiefs in 1999 and Packers asst. OL coach Mike Solari was the DL coach from 1997-05 and OC from 2006-07 with the Chiefs…Chiefs QB Alex Smith played under McCarthy when he was the OC in San Francisco and while Solari was the OL coach in 2005…Chiefs spread game analyst/special projects Brad Childress coached on the staff at the University of Wisconsin from 1991-98…Packers VP of football administration/player finance Russ Ball began his NFL career with the Chiefs and went on to work 10 seasons there (1989-98), the first eight as an asst. strength and conditioning coach and the final two in football operations...Ball played C at Central Missouri St. when Chiefs DBs coach Emmitt Thomas was on the staff there...Thomas was Green Bay’s DC in 1999, when McCarthy was the QBs coach for the Packers...Thomas also coached in Atlanta with Packers secondary/CBs coach Joe Whitt Jr. and served as the DC while Ball and Packers dir. of research and development Mike Eayrs worked for the Vikings in 2000...Thomas also worked on the same staff as Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac for the Eagles from 1995-98...Packers asst. director of pro personnel Tim Terry (1999) and dir. of player development Rob Davis (1996) went to training camp as players with the Chiefs...Packers dir. of college scouting Brian Gutekunst worked for the Chiefs as a scouting assistant in 1998...Chiefs northeast area scout Matt Donahoe was a summer scouting intern for the Packers in 2012…Chiefs asst. HC/WRs David Culley worked alongside Zook at the Steelers from 1996-98…Chiefs DC Bob Sutton coached alongside Packers RBs coach Sam Gash at the Jets from 2005-06…Chiefs RBs coach Eric Bieniemy coached at Colorado while Packers T David Bakhtiari played there from 2011-12...Bieniemy played with Packers west regional scout Sam Seale at the Chargers in 1991...Bieniemy also played with Terry at the Bengals in 1997…Chiefs DL coach Tommy Brasher served in the same position with the Buccaneers while Packers assoc. HC/LBs Winston Moss played in 1990...Brasher and Moss met again with the Seahawks from 1995-98…Chiefs dir. of pro scouting Will Lewis worked for the Packers as a pro scout (1997) and as asst. director of pro personnel (1998-99)…Packers TEs coach Jerry Fontenot and Chiefs OL coach Andy Heck played on the OL together in Chicago from 1994-96...Heck also played for the Bears with Packers OC Edgar Bennett in 1998 and he played with Trgovac at the Redskins in 2000…Packers DT B.J. Raji played at Boston College with Chiefs college scouting coordinator Ryan Poles and area scout Trey Koziol...Other college connections include: Packers CB Sam Shields and Chiefs DL Allen Bailey (Miami); and Packers LS Brett Goode and Chiefs RB Knile Davis (Arkansas).
LAST MEETING, REGULAR SEASON
Dec. 18, 2011, at Arrowhead Stadium; Chiefs won, 19-14
QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 17 of 35 pass attempts for 235 yards and one TD (80.1 passer rating), including three rushes for 32 yards and one TD.
QB Kyle Orton passed for 299 yards on 23-of-31 passing (104.1 passer rating).
RB Jackie Battle scored the only offensive TD of the game for the Chiefs as he rushed for 37 yards on 10 attempts (3.7 avg.)
K Ryan Succop provided the rest of the scoring for Kansas City as he hit four field goals from 19, 32, 46 and 20 yards out.
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