SCOUTING REPORT

Quarterback Brett Favre knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl, having led the Green Bay Packers to the world title in the 1996 season. But he's not quite sure just how good this year's Packers are, despite the fact they have the best record in the NFL.

"I don't know really where this team stands right now, the nucleus, the make-up of this team," Favre said last week. "We have good chemistry, we have good guys, we've overcome a lot of adversity. At this point, what we've done has been pretty amazing to overcome, and more defensively than offensively.

"Now, when we get guys back, do we continue where we left off? We have a good football team, but we have a lot of football left."

Favre might be right to not overhype his team just yet, but he also should know that as long as he's in the lineup the Packers are a major threat.

Through the first half of the season, Favre clearly would stand as one of the leading contenders for league MVP honors.

He won't be at 100 percent Monday night, but his mere presence in the lineup will make the Dolphins' job that much more difficult.

Of course, Favre doesn't do everything by himself.

He's got a very good running back in Ahman Green, who came over from Seattle a couple of years ago in one of the best/worst trades ever made (depending on your viewpoint).

Green is among the leading rushers in the NFC, and he's equally dangerous as a receiver.

Speaking of receivers, the Packers revamped their wideout corps this season and have put an emphasis on speed.

The new guys to watch at wideout are Donald Driver, Terry Glenn and Javon Walker. Driver leads the Packers in both receptions (32) and receiving touchdowns (5).

Another favorite Favre target is tight end Bubba Franks, the former University of Miami star who is especially dangerous in the red zone.

The Packers defense got off to a difficult start, allowing 31 points or more in each of their first three games.

But despite recent injuries, the Packers have clamped down, hodling three of their last four opponents — including New England — to 14 points or less.

Green Bay is averaging three sacks per game, with defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila leading the way with five sacks on the season.

The Packers also have a couple of top-notch defensive backs in cornerback Mike McKenzie (who is expected to play against the Dolphins) despite the fact he's not at 100 percent) and safety Darren Sharper.

Where Green Bay has been vulnerable all season is against the run, with opponents averaging a whopping 4.7 yards per carry.

The Packers special teams have been pretty mediocre all year. Kicker Ryan Longwell is only 14-for-19 on field goals, punter Josh Bidwell's net average is a poor 32.9 yards and the Packers already have given up a punt return for a touchdown (against Detroit).


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