The Oakland Raiders continue their preseason schedule this week with a second straight road game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5:00 p.m. PT. This marks the second meeting in the last three years for the two teams at Lambeau, as the Raiders traveled to Green Bay in 2014 as well. The contest will also be Oakland's final road game of the 2016 preseason, as they will finish out the slate with two home games.
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Date:Thursday, Aug. 18Kickoff:5:00 p.m. PTSite:Lambeau Field (1957)Capacity/Surface:81,435/Kentucky BluegrassPreseason:Raiders lead, 5-4Regular Season:Packers lead, 7-5
The preseason opener last week in Arizona against the Cardinals resulted in a 31-10 victory for the Silver and Black as a number of players made their Raider debuts. A strong rushing attack paced the offense, as the team averaged 7.9 yards per carry. RB George Atkinson III posted 97 rushing yards on five attempts with two touchdowns, including a 53-yard score. QB Matt McGloin tossed two touchdowns (one apiece to TE Clive Walford and WR Andre Holmes) and posted a 95.1 quarterback rating. Oakland forced three turnovers in the contest, as S Nate Allen and CB Neiko Thorpe each recorded an interception and WR Johnny Holton recovered a fumble forced by LB Korey Toomer on a Cardinals punt return.
Next week, the Raiders will play at home for the first time in 2016, as they host the Tennessee Titans in a nationally-televised contest on CBS at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The Packers will continue their preseason schedule in the Bay Area with a road contest against the San Francisco 49ers next week.
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COOPER VS. GREEN BAY
WR Amari Cooper posted six catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns in last season's contest vs. Green Bay. Here are a few milestones that he reached in his big game against the Packers:
• Eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in the game, making him the first Raiders rookie and the first Raider since 2005 to reach that mark.
• Hauled in two touchdowns in the game, bringing his season total to six, the most ever by a Raiders rookie wide receiver.
• Cooper's two touchdowns marked the first multi-touchdown receiving game by a Raiders rookie since 2011.
• Became the first rookie with 100 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers since Randy Moss in 1998.
• 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). Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herock was also a key member of the Packers' personnel staff, spending 19 seasons with Green Bay.
• Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin held the same position with the Packers from 2000-2004.
• Packers Associate Head Coach/linebackers Winston Moss played linebacker for the Raiders from 1991-94. Moss led the Raiders in tackles in 1993, leading the team to the AFC Divisional playoffs and earning the Ed Block Courage Award.
• Packers secondary - safeties coach Darren Perry was the defensive backs coach for the Raiders from 2007-08.
• Packers West Regional Scout Sam Seale was selected by the Raiders in the 1984 NFL Draft. He played wide receiver as a rookie in 1984 and moved to defensive back/kick returner from 1985-1987 for the Silver and Black. Seale returned to the Raiders in 1992.
• Packers defensive quality control coach Ejiro Evero originally signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent following his college career at UC Davis in 2004.
• Raiders K Giorgio Tavecchio spent training camp with the Green Bay Packers in 2013.
• Packers CB Robertson Daniel originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in 2015, spending training camp that year with Oakland.
• Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio (assistant strength coach/linebackers) worked with Packers Associate Head Coach/offense Tom Clements (quarterbacks) from 1997-1998 with the Saints.
• Raiders linebackers coach Sal Sunseri coached the defensive line under Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac (defensive coordinator) from 2003-2008 with the Panthers. The year before in 2002, Trgovac coached the line under Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio (defensive coordinator).
• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie played linebacker at Tennessee in 1981 under Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers, then the defensive backs coach. Capers also coached Raiders Head Coach Jack Del Rio (linebacker) with the Saints in 1986 and Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson (defensive back) with the Steelers from 1992-1994.
• Packers special teams coordinator Ron Zook (defensive backs) coached Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie (linebacker) at Tennessee in 1984. Zook (special teams coordinator) also coached Raiders assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson (defensive back) in 1996 with the Steelers.
• Raiders QB Derek Carr (2009-13) threw to Packers WR Davante Adams (2012-13) for two seasons at Fresno State, helping Adams set 14 new Mountain West records and 11 Fresno State records.
• Packers TE Richard Rodgers played three seasons at Cal from 2011-2013.
• Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers coached defensive backs at San Jose State in 1977 before holding the same position at Cal from 1978-1979.
• Raiders WR Amari Cooper, Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Packers RB Eddie Lacy were all teammates at Alabama in 2012, winning the 2012 BCS National Championship.
• Packers LB Clay Matthews played for Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. (linebackers) from 2005-2008 at USC. Matthews also played for Raiders defensive line coach Jethro Franklin at USC from 2005-2006 and Raiders defensive assistant Sam Anno from 2005-2007, and was teammates with Raiders LB Malcolm Smith from 2007-2008. Packers LB Nick Perry also played at USC for one season (2009) under Norton, Jr., and was Smith's teammate on the linebacking corps.
• Packers WR Ty Montgomery played four seasons (2011-2014) at Stanford, finishing as the school's all-time leader in kickoff return yards.
• The Packers have three players from their 2016 NFL Draft class that played their college football in the Bay Area: fifth-rounder WR Trevor Davis (Cal), fourth-rounder LB Blake Martinez (Stanford) and sixth-rounder T Kyle Murphy (Stanford).
Photos from the Raiders VS Packers all-time series.
• Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is from Chico, Calif., and attended Pleasant Valley High School. Following high school, Rodgers attended Butte College before playing at Cal.
• 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.
• Raiders DE Khalil Mack and Packers DT Demetris Anderson were teammates in high school at Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Overview: Entering his 11th season at the helm in Green Bay, Head Coach Mike McCarthy ranks second in franchise history with 112 total victories, reaching the 100-win plateau faster than any active NFL coach. McCarthy led the Packers to its seventh consecutive playoff appearance (2009-15) this past season, one of only two NFL teams (New England) to do so over that span, and will look to make his ninth overall playoff appearance with Green Bay this year since taking over in 2006.
Offense: The Packers offense is led by 12-year veteran QB Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 3,821 yards with 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year. WR Randall Cobb led the team in receptions with 79 for 829 yards (10.5 avg.) and six touchdowns. TE Richard Rodgers, who tied a team-high eight touchdowns, added 58 receptions for 510 yards. Rodgers will have another top receiver available in 2016 as nine-year veteran WR Jordy Nelson is expected to return from a knee injury sustained in 2015. RB Eddie Lacy led Green Bay on the ground, posting team highs in yards (758), carries (187) and rushing touchdowns (three), while adding 20 catches for 188 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Defense: The Packers defense was successful at keeping opponents out of the end zone last year, as they held 10 opponents to 20 points or less, tied for third in the NFL in 2015. Green Bay finished the year allowing an average of 20.2 points per game last year, ranked 12th in the league and the lowest for the franchise since 2010. Veteran LB Julius Peppers, entering his 15th season, led the Packers with 10.5 sacks, while LB Clay Matthews ranked second on the team with 6.5 sacks. Five different Packers finished the regular season with multiple interceptions, led by the trio of CB Damarious Randall, DB Micah Hyde and CB Sam Shields, who recorded three apiece.