QB Brett Favre, nursing a bruised right elbow and an aggravated left-shoulder separation, should have had his spirits lifted. He was selected as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year for 2007. The magazine's Sportsman of the Year issue, for Dec. 10, will be on newsstands today.
Favre is the fourth NFL player to earn the distinction and the first since Tom Brady in 2005. Favre, who was knocked out of the Packers' loss at Dallas on Thursday, is expected to be fine to make his 270th straight start Sunday against Oakland.
-- CB Charles Woodson, who leads the team with four interceptions, is eyeing a return to the field to play against the Raiders for the first time since bolting Oakland in free agency last year. Woodson was held out of the last game because of a sore toe.
-- DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila also could be back this weekend after being kept out of the last game to allow more recovery time for a sprained ankle. Gbaja-Biamila is second on the team with 9.5 sacks.
-- DT Johnny Jolly is a possibility to play Sunday after missing the last two games because of a strained shoulder. Jolly has started seven games and been a cog in the middle of the line.
-- OL Junius Coston is in line to rejoin the starting lineup. Coston played the final two-plus quarters Thursday at right guard, when starter Jason Spitz was shifted to left guard to replace an ineffective Daryn Colledge. Coston started four games at right guard early in the season before suffering an ankle injury.
-- RB Ryan Grant had the Packers' longest run of the season, a 62-yard touchdown late in the first quarter Thursday. Grant finished with 94 yards in 14 carries. He has three 100-yard rushing games in the past six outings.
-- WR Greg Jennings, who caught an 11-yard scoring pass from backup Aaron Rodgers on Thursday, has a team-high 10 touchdown receptions. He is the first Packer since Javon Walker had 12 in 2004 to attain double figures for touchdown catches.
-- WR Donald Driver is closing in on his fifth 1,000-yard receiving season in the last six. Driver has 898 yards and also leads the team with 70 catches, marking the fourth straight season he has had at least 70.
-- TE Donald Lee has career highs of 42 catches, 498 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions, ranking second on the team in the latter category.
-- DE Aaron Kampman didn't have a sack Thursday for only the third time in the last 11 games. Kampman is tied for the NFC lead with 11 sacks, a half sack behind Kansas City's Jared Allen for No. 1 in the league.
-- QB Josh McCown (14-for-21, 141 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions), had the highest quarterback rating of his career at 125.2. His previous high was 110.8 in a 31-7 win over St. Louis in 2004 for the Arizona Cardinals.
-- RB Justin Fargas, who never had a 100-yard rushing game in 52 games coming into the season, now has three in his last five games and is 137 yards shy of 1,000 for the season.
-- WR Jerry Porter had scored eight consecutive touchdowns on the road dating back to the end of the 2004 season before catching a 13-yard scoring pass from Josh McCown against the Broncos in Oakland.
-- WR Ronald Curry, the Raiders' leading receiver, has just 21 receptions in his last six games and no touchdowns.
-- TE Zach Miller, with gains of 28, 26 and 19 yards over the past two games, has seen his yards per catch rise to 10.1 -- the first time he has been above 10 yards this season.
-- LB Kirk Morrison has 10 or more tackles in three consecutive games and four of his last six.
-- SS Michael Huff was credited with a career-high three passes defensed against Denver.
-- DE Jay Richardson, a rookie fifth-round draft pick from Ohio State, saved his first NFL sack for a third-and-8 play in the red zone, forcing the Broncos to settle for a field goal.
-- DT Warren Sapp, although not known as a run defender, had four solo stops for short gains which helped keep the Broncos running game under control.
-- FB Oren O'Neal, a rookie sixth-round pick from Arkansas State, got his most extensive playing time of the season but only as a lead blocker for Fargas. O'Neal has not run the ball from scrimmage and has one reception for one yard this season.
-- PK Sebastian Janikowski's missed 35-yard field goal was his first miss this season inside of 40 yards. Five of his seven missed field-goal attempts have been from 50 yards and beyond.
-- FB Justin Griffith tied his season-high with four receptions, the second time he has had that many in the past three games.