The teams: The Green Bay Packers (4-3) vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3).
The time: Noon CDT Sunday.
The place: Lambeau Field, Green Bay.
The TV coverage: CBS – WDJT (Ch. 58 in Milwaukee), WISC (Ch. 3 in Madison) and WFRV (Ch. 5 in Green Bay).
The announcers: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf.
The coaches: Green Bay's Mike McCarthy is 72-39 (including 5-3 in the postseason) in his seventh season as the Packers' coach and as an NFL head coach. Jacksonville’s Mike Mularkey is 1-5 in his first year as the Jaguars’ coach after going 14-18 in two years as coach of the Buffalo Bills.
The series: The all-time regular-season series is tied, 2-2. The Jaguars have won the last two meetings, including a 20-16 in 2008 in Jacksonville and 28-25 at Lambeau Field in 2004.
The rankings: The Packers’ 14th-ranked offense is No. 24 in rushing and No. 10 in passing. Their 14th-ranked defense is No. 17 against the run and No. 17 against the pass. The Jaguars’ 32nd-ranked offense is No. 25 in rushing and No. 32 in passing. Their 28th-ranked defense is No. 29 against the run and No. 24 against the pass.
The line: The Packers are favored by 14.5 points.
The injury report:
Out – S Charles Woodson (collarbone), WR Greg Jennings (groin), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (knee), CB Sam Shields (ankle).
Questionable – WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring),
Probable – TE Jermichael Finley (shoulder), LG T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), C Jeff Saturday (neck), WR Donald Driver (neck), DT B.J. Raji (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (calf), RB James Starks (illness).
Out – RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot), S Dwight Lowery (ankle).
Doubtful – RB Montell Owens (shoulder), WR Laurent Robinson (concussion).
Questionable – CB Derek Cox (back), FB Greg Jones (hip), CB Rashean Mathis (groin), WR Laurent Robinson (concussion).
Probable – QB Blaine Gabbert (left shoulder).
THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Trap game: McCarthy and Rodgers did what they were supposed to do: They spoke respectfully of the Jaguars, dismissed suggestions that this is a so-called “trap game” and accorded them all due professional courtesy. But the fact of the matter is, the Jags just aren’t very good. But don’t take our word for it – take the word of their head coach.
“We understand the situation we're in here,” Mularkey said in a conference call with Wisconsin reporters this week. “It is, obviously, a new staff, a new system offensively, new players that we're learning a lot about each week. But we're staying the course. Unfortunately and fortunately, I've been in this position before, my first year in Buffalo. Like I told that team, ‘When I started 0-4 there, there is no 0-4 folder I'm going to pull out of my file and make this the solution.’ This is what we know, this is what we believe in.
“You know, this is what has shown up in a lot of our games. Most of our games, at periods, at some point or another in the game, we can be a good offense or a good team. We've just been very sporadic. If we hadn't had signs of it at any time, including even in the preseason, then there'd be some concern. But no, we're not (concerned) as far as most people view us from outside this building. So we're sticking with it.”
That said, even though the “Any Given Sunday” applies, this is not a game the Packers should lose, facing the NFL’s least-productive offense and fifth-worst defense. Nonetheless, the coaches insisted that the Jaguars didn’t look like a god-awful team on film. Then again, the Packers were heavily favored at Indianapolis on Oct. 7 and lost, so