- It is the third preseason matchup between the two teams in the past five years (2014, 2016).
- It is the first time Green Bay has played at Oakland in the preseason since 2001.
- The Packers are 5-5 against the Raiders in the preseason.
- Dating back to 2008, the Packers are 7-3 in the third preseason game they have played.
- The Packers have won a preseason road game each of the past 11 years (2007-17).
- If Green Bay wins on Friday, it will mark the fourth time in the last five years that the Packers have won three preseason games (2014, 2016-17).
- Green Bay has scored 20-plus points in five of its last six preseason contests.
- The Packers will finish the preseason with a road game against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Thursday, Aug. 30.
- Last week, Green Bay defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 51-34, at Lambeau Field. The Packers have won seven consecutive preseason home games and nine of the last 10 preseason games played at Lambeau Field.
- Green Bay opened the preseason with a 31-17 win over Tennessee at Lambeau Field, marking the fourth consecutive year the Packers won the first preseason game they played.
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WITH THE CALL
- Preseason games are televised over the 18-station Packers TV Network throughout the state of Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, northeastern Minnesota, Peoria in Illinois, the Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids-Waterloo and Des Moines in Iowa, Omaha in Nebraska, Sioux Falls in South Dakota and Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau in Alaska.
- The top-notch broadcast team includes CBS’s Kevin Harlan (play-byplay) alongside fellow CBS broadcaster James Lofton (analyst), with Lance Allan of WTMJ-TV serving as the sideline reporter. Allan will also host an informative half-hour pregame show.
- In addition to flagship stations WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, the game will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; WMBD/CBS, Peoria, Ill.; WHBFTV/ CBS, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KCCI-TV/CBS, Des Moines, Iowa; KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KDLT/NBC, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska amd KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska.
- 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. They will surpass Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the season opener against Chicago.
BREAKING DOWN THE ROSTER
- The Packers have a 90-man roster that is composed of 45 offensive players, 41 defensive players and four specialists.
- Of the 90 players on Green Bay’s roster, 43 of them (47.8 percent) were draft picks of the Packers. Green Bay has nine players that were drafted in the first round, including seven that were selected by the Packers.
- Green Bay has 42 players on the roster that began their careers as undrafted free agents.
- Over 50 percent of the players (52 of 90, 57.8 percent) on Green Bay’s roster entered the league as a sixth-round or seventh-round pick or as an undrafted player.
- Of the 90 players on the roster, 78 of them (86.7 percent) are 28 years old or younger (as of Aug. 24) and 49 players (54.4 percent) are 24 years old or younger.
- The Packers have 11 players that have made at least one Pro Bowl, with seven of those players being draft picks of Green Bay (Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Randall Cobb, Mike Daniels, Clay Matthews, Aaron Rodgers).
- Of the 90 players on the roster, 67 began their pro careers with the Packers (74.4 percent).
- Only 23 of the 90 players on the roster (25.6 percent) were selected in the first three rounds of the draft, with 18 being drafted by the Packers.
GREEN BAY’S ROSTER …
BY AGE (as of Aug. 16)
- 21-24: 49 players
- 25-28: 29 players
- 29-32: 8 players
- 33-plus: 4 players
- R-1: 36 players
- 2-3: 30 players
- 4-5: 8 players
- 6-9: 11 players
- 10-plus: 5 players
BY DRAFT ROUND
- 1st: 9 players
- 2nd/3rd: 14 players
- 4th/5th: 15 players
- 6th/7th: 10 players
- Undrafted: 42 players
THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT
- Packers vs. Raiders:
- All-time, Preseason: 5-5
- All-time, Regular season: 7-5
- All-time, Postseason: 1-0
- All-time, at Oakland: 2-1
- Streaks: The Packers have won each of the last seven regular-season meetings.
- Last meeting, regular season: Dec. 20, 2015, at Oakland Coliseum; Packers won, 30-20
- Mike McCarthy: 131-78-1, .626 (incl. 10-8 postseason); 13th NFL season
- Jon Gruden: 100-85, .541, (incl. 5-4 postseason); 12th NFL season
- Head to Head: Gruden 1-0
- vs. Opponent: McCarthy 3-0 vs. Raiders; Gruden 3-2 vs. Packers
MIKE McCARTHY…Is in his 13th year as the Packers’ 14th head coach.
- Led Green Bay to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance in 2016, tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. Has also led the team to nine playoff appearances in the last 11 years (2007, 2009-16).
- Ranks second in franchise history in total victories, trailing only Curly Lambeau.
- Guided the Packers to top-10 finishes in scoring in eight straight seasons (2007-14), joining the Patriots as the only other team to accomplish the feat over that span; Packers led the league in scoring in 2014.
- Reached the 100-win plateau faster than any active NFL head coach, needing just 155 games.
- 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.
JON GRUDEN…Is in his fifth season as the Raiders’ 12th head coach.
- Originally served as Oakland’s head coach from 1998-2001, leading the Raiders to back-to-back AFC West titles (2000-01) and an AFC Championship Game appearance in 2000.
- Led the Raiders to three top-seven finishes in total offense and two top-10 ranks in total defense from 1998-2001.
- Spent seven seasons (2002-08) as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finishing as the franchise’s winningest coach and leading the team to three division titles and its first Super Bowl title with a win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.
- Became the youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in 2002, setting franchise records with 12 regular-season wins and 15 total wins in the process.
- The Tampa Bay defense in 2002 became the first since the 1985 Chicago Bears to lead the league in total defense (252.8 avg.), fewest points allowed (12.3 avg.) and total interceptions (31) in the same season.
THE PACKERS-RAIDERS SERIES
- These clubs first met in Super Bowl II, a 33-14 Packers victory to make Green Bay back-to-back Super Bowl champions.
- The regular-season series started in 1972 with the Raiders winning each of the first five matchups. The Packers earned their first victory over the Raiders in 1990 and have not lost since.
- In this streak of seven consecutive regular-season victories, the Packers have outscored the Raiders, 240-90.
Packers associate head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss played linebacker for the Raiders for four seasons (1991-94)…Green Bay national scout Sam Seale played for Oakland for five seasons (1984-87, 1992)… Raiders WR Jordy Nelson was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played in Green Bay from 2008-17…Oakland TE Jared Cook played one season (2016) for the Packers…Raiders T Breno Giacomini was drafted by Green Bay in the fifth round in 2008 and appeared in one game for the Packers…Oakland CB Raysean Pringle spent the 2017 offseason with Green Bay after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent…Raiders head coach Jon Gruden spent three seasons on the Packers’ coaching staff, working as an offensive assistant (1992) and then as the wide receivers coach (1993-94)…Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie worked in the Green Bay personnel department from 1994-2011, serving as the director of pro personnel from 1997-2007 and the director of football operations from 2008-11…Raiders wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett spent the previous 17 seasons with the Packers in multiple roles, serving as the team’s offensive coordinator from 2015-17, wide receivers coach from 2011-14, running backs coach from 2005-10 and as the team’s director of player development from 2001-04. He also played running back for Green Bay for five years (1992-96)…Oakland defensive line coach Mike Trgovac held the same position for the Packers in 1999 and then again from 2009-17…Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herock spent 19 years with Green Bay, including 11 as the assistant director of college scouting…Oakland college scout Raleigh McKenzie played guard for the Packers from 1999-2000…Green Bay players with connections to California include: WR Davante Adams (Palo Alto, Fresno State), T David Bakhtiari (San Mateo), DL Kenny Clark (Rialto), WR Trevor Davis (Martinez), CB Davon House (Palmdale), QB Brett Hundley (UCLA), CB Kevin King (Oakland), TE Marcedes Lewis (Long Beach, UCLA), DL James Looney (University of California), LB Blake Martinez (Stanford), LB Clay Matthews (Aguora Hills, Southern California), WR Ty Montgomery (Stanford), T Kyle Murphy (San Clemente, Stanford), LB Nick Perry (Southern California), QB Aaron Rodgers (Chico, University of California), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Anaheim) and RB Jamaal Williams (Fontana)…California natives on the Packers’ coaching staff include: offense – run game coordinator/ offensive line coach James Campen (Sacramento), defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery (Los Angeles) and secondary coach Jason Simmons (Inglewood)…Raiders tight end Derek Carrier is from Edgerton, Wis. and played collegiately at Beloit (Wis.) College…Oakland CB Nick Nelson played for the Wisconsin Badgers for one season (2017)…Raiders tight ends coach Frank Smith and director of football research Dave Razzano are both from Milwaukee, Wis. …Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coached alongside Gruden at the University of Pittsburgh for one season (1991)…Green Bay special teams coordinator Ron Zook coached with Gruden for one year (1986) at the University of Tennessee…Packers quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti and running backs coach Ben Sirmans coached for the Rams in St. Louis while Cook was with the team (2013-15)…Cook also played alongside Packers TE Lance Kendricks for the Rams…Cignetti and Green Bay defense – run game coordinator/inside linebackers coach Patrick Graham were on staff in New York with the Giants while Raiders WR Dwayne Harris (2016-17) and CB Leon Hall (2016) were with the team…Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine (2013) and offense – pass game coordinator Jim Hostler (2014) coached in Buffalo while Oakland QB EJ Manuel and TE Lee Smith were with the Bills…Green Bay defense – pass game coordinator Joe Whitt Jr. coached at Louisville while Giacomini played for the Cardinals (2004-06)…Oakland offensive line coach Tom Cable served as the offensive coordinator at UCLA (2004-05) during Lewis’ career with the Bruins…Cable also coached in Seattle during Green Bay TE Jimmy Graham’s time with the Seahawks (2015-17)…Graham played with Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch (2015), DE Bruce Irvin (2015), assistant offensive line coach Lemuel Jeanpierre (2015) and OL Oday Aboushi (2017) in Seattle…Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson coached Lewis in Jacksonville in 2012 and served as the Jaguars offensive coordinator while House played for the team (2015-16)…Lewis also played with Oakland S Reggie Nelson for three years (2007-09) in Jacksonville…Raiders senior defensive assistant Jim O’Neil coached alongside Pettine in New York with the Jets (2009-12), Buffalo (2013) and Cleveland (2014-15)…Former college teammates include: Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Oakland WR Amari Cooper (Alabama), Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch and assistant special teams coach Byron Storer (California), Green Bay WR Davante Adams and Raiders QB Derek Carr (Fresno State), Packers S Kentrell Brice and Oakland DT Justin Ellis (Louisiana Tech), Packers LB Nick Perry and Oakland CB Shareece Wright (Southern California), Green Bay DL Muhammad Wilkerson and Raiders LB Tahir Whitehead, Packers TE Marcedes Lewis and Oakland quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, Green Bay DL Kenny Clark and Oakland T Kolton Miller (UCLA).
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