The Green Bay Packers are looking to avoid consecutive home losses to the Detroit Lions for the first time since 1991.
Opening day at Lambeau Field has a special feel to it, and the Green Bay Packers start a four-game homestand on Sunday.
Both teams enter the contest with a 1-1 record, with the Lions playing their first NFC North game of 2016.
Last season, the Detroit Lions stunned everyone by snapping their 24-game losing streak in the state of Wisconsin with an 18-16 victory.
While that was a shocker, more positives lie ahead in the Week 3 version of “Four Fun Facts.”
1 – Home dominance
The Packers own the best home record in all of football since 1992 when Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre began the team’s amazing string of success.
Green Bay is 146-45-1 during that time, good for a .763 winning percentage.
Although a vast majority of those games were at Lambeau, seven wins and two losses came at Milwaukee County Stadium between 1992-1994.
Additionally, over those 24 years, the they have gone 8-0 at home five times and 7-1 seven times. They’ve only been under .500 at home in two of those seasons.
2 – Packers feast on the Lions
Green Bay has defeated the Lions 96 times, the most wins over any team in Packers’ history.
Furthermore, the Packers have gone 44-22 in this rivalry since 1984, and won both playoff games between the two.
Of course, the first postseason win came on Favre’s 40-yard bomb to Sterling Sharpe to pull out a 28-24 victory after the 1993 season.
Overall, Favre went 25-9 against Detroit as a Packer, including a perfect 17-0 at home. Aaron Rodgers is 11-3 versus the Lions.
3 – Record-setting run stuffing
The Packers’ defense has given up just 78 yards rushing through two games. According to STATS, that’s the best start in franchise history.
Dating back to 1950, the previous mark was set by the 1996 squad. They allowed 118 yards on the ground in its first two contests, en route to a Super Bowl title.
Consequently, this year’s group has also allowed a minuscule 1.63 yards per carry, topping the 1991 team for the best start in Packers’ lore.
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Also, both statistics are the best in the NFL so far this season.
4 – The offense loves September
Green Bay’s offense ranks as one of the most productive in the NFL in September since Mike McCarthy took over in 2006.
The Packers are 1st in passer rating (101.1), passing touchdowns (75), and overall touchdowns (111).
In addition, McCarthy’s offense sits 2nd in points per game (26.1) in September and 3rd in completion percentage (65.5).
As a result of the offensive success, it’s no surprise the Packers own the NFL’s fourth-most wins in September during that time (23), just three victories shy of the New England Patriots for the best September record.