- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016


Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox

OPENING LINE - Packers by 4 1/2

SERIES RECORD - Packers lead 3-2

LAST MEETING - Packers beat Jaguars 24-15, Oct. 28, 2012

AP PRO32 RANKING - Packers No. 3, Jaguars No. 18





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Opener has been sold out for weeks, but many of 64,000 expected could be Packers fans. … Green Bay made playoffs in each of last seven seasons, but lost three of last four openers. … Packers opening on road for fourth straight year, first time in franchise history. … Since coach Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, Green Bay ranks third in NFL with 22 wins in September. … OC Edgar Bennett was born and raised in Jacksonville. … Star WR Jordy Nelson, who injured right knee in 2015 preseason, returns. … RB Eddy Lacy looks to return to 2013/2014 form after down year in which he had 758 yards rushing and three TDs. … Aaron Rodgers one of two NFL QBs (along with Tom Brady) to have at least 30 TD passes and fewer than 10 INTs in five seasons. No one else has accomplished feat more than once. … With temperatures expected in low 90s, Jaguars wearing all-white uniform combination, forcing Pack to wear green jerseys. … Packers and Jaguars tied for second in NFL last season with 39 passing plays of 25 yards or more. … Jaguars have dropped four consecutive openers and ae NFL-worst 3-20 in first two months of season since 2013, including 1-10 in September. … Jags return 10 of 11 starters on offense that made huge strides in 2015, including everyone at skill positions. … Jacksonville should have five new starters on defense, including three in secondary. Rookie CB Jalen Ramsey, fifth overall pick in the draft, says he wants Rodgers to throw his way. … Jaguars have two major concerns: pressuring opposing QBs and protecting Blake Bortles, who has been sacked NFL-high 106 times in two seasons. … They’re counting on DE Dante Fowler Jr. to make immediate impact in first real NFL action. Third overall pick in 2015 draft missed entire rookie season because of knee injury. … Jaguars get first extended look at retooled O-line, which has three guys in new spots. Newcomer LT Kelvin Beachum plays first real game since injuring left knee last October. Luke Joeckel, second overall pick in 2013, makes first start at LG. Brandon Linder, who missed all of last season because of shoulder injury, moves to C. Fantasy Tip: Look for big games from both tight ends, Green Bay’s Jared Cook and Jacksonville’s Julius Thomas. Cook has burned Jaguars before, and Thomas is fully healthy for first time since before last season.


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