The Oakland Raiders will face their third and final NFC North opponent of the preseason this week as they travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers on Friday, Aug. 22 at 5:00 p.m. PT. Friday’s contest will be the final road preseason game for the Silver and Black, and the game will be a national broadcast, airing on CBS. Oakland enters the game coming off a win last week at home against the Detroit Lions on a thrilling, last-minute touchdown. Green Bay will play at home for the first time this year, and will do so after a win on the road against the St. Louis Rams last week.
Last week’s game saw the Raiders win by the score of 27-26 in dramatic fashion, as QB
The Packers are coming off a strong victory in their final road contest of the preseason as they defeated St. Louis last Saturday, 21-7. QB Aaron Rodgers put forth an impressive performance in limited action, throwing for 128 yards on 11-of-13 passing and one touchdown. WR Randall Cobb added a touchdown reception, hauling in a 3-yard pass from Rodgers on the Packers’ first drive of the game.
Next week, both teams will finish up their preseason slate on Thursday, Aug. 28 as the Raiders will host the Seattle Seahawks, and the Packers will face the Kansas City Chiefs.
“There are still a lot of things we need to improve on. ... I was proud of the way… Guys, they just kept fighting. They kept competing. I think any time you’re able to get a win, I think it’s a positive for your football team. So there are a lot of things we’ve got to learn from, but it’s a lot better to do that after a win.” - Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen
Play-by-play: Jim Nantz
Color Analysts: Phil Simms
Sideline: Tracy Wolfson
Raiders Radio Network (31 stations)
Flagship: 95.7 The Game/98.5 KFOX
(Friday’s game will be on KFOX 98.5)
Play-by-play: Greg Papa
Color Analyst: Tom Flores
Sideline: Lincoln Kennedy
Overview: Head Coach Mike McCarthy, now in his ninth season as head coach, looks to lead the Green Bay Packers to the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year in 2014. McCarthy has posted an 82-45-1 (.646) career record in the regular season, and his 6-5 mark in the postseason includes a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. McCarthy’s Packers are winners of four NFC North Division titles since 2007, including the last three. In 2013, Green Bay finished 8-7-1 on their way to a Wild Card loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.
Offense: Tenth-year QB Aaron Rodgers looks to rebound from a 2013 campaign hampered by a broken collarbone suffered in Week 9, which caused him to miss seven games. Rodgers still led the team in passing, completing 193-of-290 attempts (66.6 percent) for 17 TDs and six INTs with a rating of 104.9; that passer rating equals his career mark, the best in NFL history. WR Jordy Nelson looks to secure his role as the No. 1 receiver following a 1,314-yard (15.5 avg.), eight-TD season. WR Randall Cobb, who caught 31 passes for 433 yards (14.0 avg.) and four TDs in 2013, will complement Nelson in the passing game. RB Eddie Lacy, the team’s leading rusher, had a breakout rookie season last year, rushing for 1,178 yards on 284 attempts (4.1 avg.) and 11 TDs.
Defense: The Packers’ defensive unit is built around four-time Pro Bowler LB Clay Matthews, now in his sixth NFL season. Matthews and DE Mike Daniels brought tons of pressure last season, ranking first and second on the team in sacks with 7.5 and 6.5, respectively. Ninth-year LB A.J. Hawk was the leading tackler on the team a year ago with 118 stops (74 solo). CB Sam Shields led the Packers with four INTs, one more than fellow CB Tramon Williams.
• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie served as the Packers pro personnel assistant (1994-96), director of pro personnel (1997-2007) and director of football operations (2008-11), contributing to the 2010 Super Bowl XLV Championship team that also included Raiders WR
• Raiders linebackers coach Bob Sanders coached in Green Bay as the defensive ends coach (2005) and defensive coordinator (2006-08).
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• Packers QB Matt Flynn played for the Raiders in 2013, starting one game for Oakland.
• Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Moss played linebacker for the Raiders from 1991-94.
• Packers secondary/safeties coach Darren Perry was the defensive backs coach for the Oakland Raiders from 2007-08.
• Raiders LB Nick Roach (2007-12) and Packers LB/DE Julius Peppers (2010-13) played three seasons together with the Chicago Bears.
• Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy worked together for the San Francisco 49ers in 2005, when McCarthy was offensive coordinator and Tarver coached outside linebackers and defensive ends.
• Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson worked alongside Packers quarterbacks coach Alex van Pelt from 2010-11 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Olson also assisted with quarterbacks.
• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie played linebacker at Tennessee in 1981 under Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, then the defensive backs coach, and assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall, who served in the same capacity for the Vols. McKenzie was later a defensive graduate assistant at Tennessee in 1993 when Marshall was offensive line coach.
• Raiders Head Coach Dennis Allen played safety at Texas A&M from 1992-95 while Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum coached special teams, tight ends and later linebackers. As a graduate assistant at Texas A&M, Allen worked alongside Slocum from 1996-97 and with Packers assistant offensive line coach Steve Marshall in 1997 when Marshall served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach there.
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Raiders from Wisconsin and Packers from Northern California/Hometown Connections
• Raiders LB Nick Roach is from Milwaukee, Wis. and attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School.
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• Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is from Chico, Calif. and attended Pleasant Valley High School. Following high school, Rodgers attended Butte College before playing at the University of California.
• Packers offensive line coach James Campen was born in Sacramento, Calif., and attended Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, Calif., where he later began his coaching career.
• Packers WR Davante Adams is from Palo Alto, Calif. and attended Palo Alto High School.
• Packers T David Bakhtiari is from San Mateo, Calif. and attended Junipero Serra High School.
• Packers CB Jarrett Bush is from Vacaville, Calif. and attended Will C. Wood High School.