Notebook: Favre shines light on offensive line

Brett Favre spent much of his post-game press conference singing the praises of his offensive line following the Packers 45-17 win over the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field Monday night.<p> And why not?<p>

The Packer offensive line paved the way for 231 rushing yards and did not allow a sack in Favre's 200th consecutive start.

"Our offensive line has been dominating (and) I don't know if that's a fair enough word for those guys," Favre said. "They know you're going to run it and we were still able to run the football the way we did and not to give up another sack ... I have to give those guys a great deal of credit."

Center Grey Ruegamer, guards Marco Rivera and Mike Wahle and tackles Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher and Kevin Barry did not allow Favre to be sacked for the third consecutive game.

"They'll be the first to tell you one game ... will not define how good they really are," Favre said. "The end of the season will define that. They're playing better. The talent part is no different. Their confidence and the chemistry between the six of them is as good as I've ever seen."

The fact that the offensive line played a near perfect game was not lost on Packer coach Mike Sherman.

He was well aware that the Packers have had trouble keeping the Ram rush off Favre in the past.

"The offensive line was challenged before the game," Sherman said on his postgame radio show. "The last time we played them, they got the best of us but tonight we did what we had to do."

Blast from the past: Speaking of the offensive line, Favre had a chat with his first center with the Packers -- James Campen -- about the significance of the streak and its trappings the night before the Ram romp.

"I enjoy doing what I do," Favre said. "I don't look at it as anything out of the ordinary. I know it's difficult. That's the way it is.

"I am humbled by it and I am humbled every time I put on a Packer uniform. James Campen ... and I were talking last night. He made a remark and I totally agree with it. He said, 'You know, the first time I put on an NFL uniform, anything after that was a bonus. Anything. Just to suit up one time was a dream come true.'

"I feel the same way. Everything I've achieved after the first time is a bonus. I'm living a dream every day. I'm embarrassed by the attention but that's the way it is, I guess."

Record boot: Ryan Longwell set a Packer record when he converted his 135th consecutive extra-point after the team's first touchdown Monday night.

Longwell broke Chris Jacke's record of 134, which he set from 1990 to 1994.

Longwell stretched his streak to 140 by night's end.

"I've had some great holders ... it's been special," Longwell said.

Time change: The times of the Packers' last two home games were changed to accomodate Fox and CBS broadcast patterns, the league announced Monday.

The Packers' Dec. 12 game against the Detroit Lions and the Dec. 19 tilt against the Jacksonville Jaguars were changed to 3:15 p.m. (CT) kickoffs. The games were originally scheduled to start at noon.

Bits: If Favre is to break Jim Marshall's NFL iron man record, he would have to play in 271 consecutive games. Should he continue to play, Favre will break Marshall's record in Week 16 of the 2008 season. ... The 45 points were the most of the Mike Sherman Era and the most since the Packers closed out Ray Rhodes' only season as coach with a 49-24 spanking of the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field Jan. 2, 2000. ... Favre moved into second place all-time by throwing his 17th touchdown pass on Monday Night Football. Dan Marino is the leader with 20. ... The 45 points are tied for the most ever scored by a Packer team against the Rams. The Packers also scored 45 against the Rams in 1942 in a 17-point triumph in Green Bay when the Rams were based in Cleveland. ... The Packers are 23-20-1 on Monday Night.


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