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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.



]( week's game saw the Raiders win by the score of 27-26 in dramatic fashion, as QB Matt McGloinled the team on a 13-play, 68-yard drive that culminated in a 19-yard touchdown pass to WR Brice Butlerwith just 0:06 remaining. The Oakland starters were led by QB Matt Schaub, who threw for 87 yards on 8-of-13 passing and RB Darren Mc- Fadden, who rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown. Pacing the defense were LBs Nick Roachand Khalil Mack, who each recorded a sack.

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 Rodgersput forth an impressive performance in limited action, throwing for 128 yards on 11-of-13 passing and one touchdown. WR Randall Cobbadded 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 NantzColor Analysts:Phil SimmsSideline: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 PapaColor Analyst:Tom FloresSideline: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 Rodgerslooks 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 Nelsonlooks 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 Danielsbrought 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. Hawkwas the leading tackler on the team a year ago with 118 stops (74 solo). CB Sam Shieldsled the Packers with four INTs, one more than fellow CB Tramon Williams.


Pro Connections**

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzieserved 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 James Jones(2007-13), S Charles Woodson(2006-12) and Packers QB Matt Flynn(2008-11, 13-). Raiders director of college scouting Shaun Herockwas also a key member of the Packers' personnel staff, spending 19 seasons with Green Bay.

• Raiders linebackers coach Bob Sanderscoached in Green Bay as the defensive ends coach (2005) and defensive coordinator (2006-08).

• Raiders DL C.J. Wilson(2010-13) was drafted in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Packers.

• Raiders S Brandian Rossoriginally signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent and was with Green Bay in 2011 and part of 2012.

• Packers QB Matt Flynnplayed for the Raiders in 2013, starting one game for Oakland.

• Packers assistant head coach/linebackers coach Winston Mossplayed linebacker for the Raiders from 1991-94.

• Packers secondary/safeties coach Darren Perrywas 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 Tarverand Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthyworked 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 Olsonworked alongside Packers quarterbacks coach Alex van Peltfrom 2010-11 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Olson also assisted with quarterbacks.* *


College Connections **

• Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzieplayed 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 Allenplayed safety at Texas A&M from 1992-95 while Packers special teams coordinator Shawn Slocumcoached 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 Marshallin 1997 when Marshall served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach there.

• 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.

Raiders from Wisconsin and Packers from Northern California/Hometown Connections

• Raiders LB Nick Roachis from Milwaukee, Wis. and attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School.

• Raiders DE Shelby Harrisis from Milwaukee, Wis. and attended Homestead High School in Mequon, Wis.

• 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 Campenwas born in Sacramento, Calif., and attended Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs, Calif., where he later began his coaching career.

• Packers WR Davante Adamsis from Palo Alto, Calif. and attended Palo Alto High School.

• Packers T David Bakhtiariis from San Mateo, Calif. and attended Junipero Serra High School.

• Packers CB Jarrett Bushis from Vacaville, Calif. and attended Will C. Wood High School.

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