On the road again! With two divisional victories under their belt, Packers head to Miami
MIAMI (WITI) — On the road again! Following a victory last Thursday night, October 2nd over the rival Minnesota Vikings (42-10) at Lambeau Field, the Packers hit the road this week to take on the Miami Dolphins.
Kickoff is set for noon at Sun Life Stadium — and you can watch the game on FOX6!
The matchup this Sunday, October 12th marks the Packers’ fourth road game in Week 6 of the NFL’s regular season.
The Packers are 3-2 heading into the matchup with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are 2-2. The Dolphins won last Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots, 33-20.
The Packers and Dolphins meet on the gridiron this Sunday for the seventh time in the month of October. Green Bay and Miami have played 13 times — with the first meeting taking place in the Orange Bowl in 1971.
The Dolphins hold a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series, but Green Bay has won three of the last five matchups. Green Bay is 1-6 all-time at Miami, with the Packers’ only win coming the last time Green Bay played at the Dolphins, a 34-24 victory in Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s first season in 2006.
While each of the first three games the Packers and Dolphins played each other were decided by 20-plus points, each of the last 10 games has been decided by less than 15 points, including six by single digits.
This Sunday Green Bay will see a familiar face in Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, who spent nine seasons on the Packers’ coaching staff (2003-11). It will be the first time McCarthy will face a team with a head coach that is one of his former assistants.
In this week’s matchup, the Packers take on a team that’s currently third in the AFC’s Eastern Division. Since 2002, NFC teams have played Miami three times. The Packers are currently second in the NFC’s Northern Division. Dating back to 2002, the Packers are 7-6 against the AFC East. Green Bay’s seven wins are tied for the fourth most by an NFC team against the division over that span. With QB Aaron Rodgers as the starting quarterback, Green Bay is 15-9 against teams from the AFC, including the postseason.
Miami can provide a nice break from the cooler Wisconsin weather.
The Packers-Dolphins game in Miami on Sept. 18, 1988, tied for the eighth-warmest road game Green Bay has played (87 degrees).
The Packers should be relatively well-rested heading into this Sunday’s game.
During the regular season, teams get extended breaks during their bye week and also following a week they play on a Thursday. Dating back to 2006, Green Bay is 14-2 in games after the bye week or after playing on Thursday, including a win in Week 2 this season after opening the season on Thursday.
Over the last two weeks, Green Bay has registered two wins (vs. NFC rival Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears) and outscored their opponents 80-27. The Packers’ 80 points are the most scored in Weeks 4-5 this season.
The Packers have scored more than 30 points in each of their three wins this season.
The Packers and the Dolphins last met at Dolphin Stadium on October 22nd, 2006. The Packers won, 34-24. The victory marked Green Bay’s only win at Miami.
Miami and Green Bay last met at Lambeau Field on October 17th of 2010. The Dolphins won 23-20 in overtime. In a back-and-forth game, the Packers did most of their damage through the air and Miami used the ground game to move the ball. The Packers sent the game to overtime when QB Aaron Rodgers scored from the 1-yard line on fourth and goal with 13 seconds left in the game. Rodgers finished the day with 313 passing yards. After the team’s exchanged punts, Miami drove from their own 48-yard to set up a 44-yard field goal by K Dan Carpenter, his third field goal of the game, with all coming from beyond 40 yards.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers holds this week’s “Stat of the Week.”
Rodgers threw for three touchdowns in a 42-10 win over Minnesota in Week 5. His third touchdown of the game was the 200th of his career during the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers set an NFL record for the fewest interceptions at the time of his 200th career touchdown pass with 53. It topped New England QB Tom Brady’s (88) record by 35 interceptions. Rodgers reached 200 career touchdown passes in his 99th career game, the second fastest in NFL history behind only Dolphins QB Dan Marino (89 games).
Something to look for this Sunday: Green Bay’s defense has recorded six interceptions in the last three games, the second most in the NFL over that span. The New York Giants have recorded eight.
Additionally — the Packers have recorded 170 interception return yards this season, the most in the NFL.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown just one interception this season — in the third quarter vs. Seattle in Week 1.
Packers LB Julius Peppers returned an interception for a touchdown last week vs. Minnesota — and he became the only player in NFL history with 10 interceptions and at least 100 sacks. Pepppers’ 49-yard return for a touchdown was the second-longest interception return of his career.
As they gear up to take on Miami, the Packers are coming off of big, back-to-back divisonal victories vs. Minnesota and Chicago.
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