Packers notebook

Packers traditionally strong after bye; Favre, Packers winless in Denver; Skidding on MNF

The Packers are coming off their bye week, which is significant for a team off to a 5-1 start because Green Bay has a recent tendency of playing its best football down the stretch.

Since 2000, the Packers have won 43 of 67 games that came after the one-week break on the schedule.

Green Bay went 7-4 after having a Week 6 bye in Mike McCarthy's first season as head coach last year and finished a respectable 8-8 after starting 1-4.

McCarthy certainly wasn't complaining about how the team fared before the Week 7 bye this year and is encouraged that his youth-dominated squad will continue to succeed, starting Monday night at Denver.

"I think we're an improving football team. I think we're a good football team that finds ways to win," McCarthy said. "There's some consistency through our football team, as far as being a lot more physical than we were in the past. That was a focus coming off the offseason. We're a better football team in areas of fundamentals.

"There's a lot more positive aspects of our football team this year. We're a good football team, but we really have not played our best football. I cannot sit here and tell you we've played a bunch of complete games. We've had some good games, beat some really good teams, but that's what I'm excited about (and) I feel that's what our players are excited about. They see the area of improvements, they see we can improve and that our best football is ahead of us."

The Packers have won five of their last six games right after the bye since 2001, tied with Baltimore and New England for the third-best record in the league. Philadelphia is unbeaten in seven games, while Denver is 6-1 in the same span.

Favre, Packers are 0-for-Denver
As QB Brett Favre looks to add to his nearly complete list of NFL cities where he's thrown a touchdown pass -- he was shut out in his only previous appearance at Denver in 1999 -- the Packers are seeking to end a big drought in the Mile High City.

They haven't beaten the Broncos in five regular-season games on the road. Green Bay also is 0-5 in preseason games played in Denver, which includes a neutral-site loss to Washington in 1946.

"When I think of Denver, I think of the last time we played there, how bad we were," said Favre. "I don't think we converted a third down."

Green Bay, under then-head coach Ray Rhodes, lost 31-10 to the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The Packers were 0-for-8 on third down conversions. Favre was 7 of 23 for 120 yards with three interceptions. He finished with a career-low passer rating of 9.6.

The Packers are playing for the first time at 6-year-old Invesco Field at Mile High.

Skidding on Monday Night Football
Green Bay will be making its only "Monday Night Football" appearance of the season.

The Packers have played on the prime-time national TV stage 15 consecutive years, the second-longest streak in the league. The owner of the longest is Denver, which has played on Monday night at least once every year since 1992.

The last time Green Bay had only one Monday night game in a season was 1995. It had two such games last season and, before that, the maximum three games for three straight years.

The Packers are 24-25-1 on "Monday Night Football," losers of five straight. Their last win was 45-17 over St. Louis in 2004 at Lambeau Field.

Time of game may change due to World Series
The Broncos apparently are inclined to think there will be a Game 5 of the World Series in Denver on Monday night.

Their media release this week for the football game lists a start time of 6:05 p.m. MDT, which is a half-hour earlier than the scheduled kickoff.

The kickoff time would be bumped up only if Colorado and Boston still are playing in the best-of-7 World Series after Sunday's Game 4.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 -- Cities in which Brett Favre has never thrown a touchdown pass in his 17-year pro career, among those with current NFL franchises. Denver, Baltimore and Pittsburgh are the only places Favre hasn't posted a TD throw in regular-season or postseason play.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Frankly, I really don't care what other people think of us. It's really a viewpoint I share with the football team often. We really focus on what's on the coaches' tape -- whether we're evaluating ourselves, evaluating our opponent. Perception a lot of times is not reality, and that's what we focus on. We're six games into this season. We're not interested in being judged after six games. We understand it's a long journey. We have this week to come off the week off (for the bye) to prepare for our (final) 10-game stretch, and that's really our focus."
-- Coach Mike McCarthy on a perceived lack of national respect for the 5-1 Packers.


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