Running back Ahman Green is poised to break Jim Taylor's decades-old rushing record. The Green Bay Packers have to win to give their post-season hopes a fighting chance. It will be difficult for Green Bay to celebrate one without the other as the Chicago Bears visit Lambeau Field this afternoon.
Green comes into today's showdown with 1,383 yards on 262 carries – 91 yards shy of Taylor's franchise-record 1,474 yards on 272 carries set in 1962. If Chicago can manage to postpone Green's conquest, it's likely that the Bears will leave Lambeau with a victory for the first time since 1999 and only the second time in the past dozen meetings in Green Bay. The Packers are 0-4 when Green is under 100 yards this season (53 yards vs. both Minnesota and Arizona, 35 at St. Louis and 57 at Detroit).
If Green does reach the record with 92 yards or better, the amazing accomplishment would be bittersweet at best if it comes during a loss to the rival Bears. The Packers have lost twice this season when Green eclipses the 100-yard mark. Those losses to Kansas City and Philadelphia, both at home, were tied to Green fumbles. Both came in games that the Packers seemed to have in hand before a turnover gave their opponent new life. The 17-14 fall to Philly definitely put a damper on Green's single-game record of 192 yards rushing. Now the season is coming down the homestretch and the Vikings are still leading the NFC North despite losing five of their last six. A loss today would leave the Packers with a losing record and little to celebrate, even if the NFL's oldest team rushing record falls.
The Packers and Green will look to avoid that doomsday scenario against a Chicago team that ranks 21st against the rush, allowing more than 120 yards per game.
BARNETT COMING BACK: Rookie linebacker Nick Barnett didn't care much for his view from the sidelines in Week 13. The first-round draft pick sat out the Thanksgiving Day contest at Detroit with a sprained right ankle.
"I've got to get back on the field," Barnett said. "I ‘m playing Sunday. I wouldn't have sat out last week if the doctors hadn't told me to. I was trying to get out there and play."
CANANDEO HONORED: The Packers will wear a No. 3 patch on the back of their helmets today in honor of Hall of Famer Tony Canadeo, who passed away last week. The crowd will observe a moment of silence before today's game at Lambeau Field, where the flag has flow at half-staff since Canadeo's death.
FAVRE FILE: QB Brett Favre can tie Cecil Isbell's record 22-game streak with a touchdown pass vs. the Bears today.