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Coach McCarthy Has Turned Packers Into Fast Starters

Under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers are 5-3 in season openers. McCarthy’s .625 winning percentage in openers is tied with Seattle’s Pete Carroll (5-3) for the sixth highest among current head coaches who have coached in five-plus season openers.

From 2007-11, the Packers won five consecutive season openers, which made McCarthy the only head coach in franchise history to accomplish that feat.

Green Bay has 52 wins on Kickoff Weekend, second most in NFL history behind only the Chicago Bears (54 victories in Week 1). The Packers and Bears are the only teams in the NFL with 50-plus wins on Kickoff Weekend.

This will mark just the third time in McCarthy’s nine seasons (2006-14) that the Packers have opened their season away from Lambeau Field. The only other instances over that span were in 2013 at San Francisco and 2010 at Philadelphia.

Opening on the road has been a rare occurrence dating back even further. Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Packers have opened their season at home 32 times while opening on the road just 13 times. Since 1986, 23 of Green Bay’s season openers have been at home, making Thursday’s game just the sixth time in the past 29 years that the Packers have gone on the road to start their season.

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