For the record

Packers still have plenty to play for in next three games, says's Bob Fox.

As the 11-2 Green Bay Packers face the 3-10 St. Louis Rams this Sunday in St. Louis, there is still a lot to play for. Yes, the Packers have clinched the NFC North title. But the Packers still need to win two out of their last three games to clinch the number two seed in the NFC playoffs.

Plus, the Pack has an outside shot of still getting the number one seed if everything plays out right. Still, the Packers have to be pleased how their 2007 season has unfolded, and that includes records for individual players and the team. That would include this ...

As a team, if the Packers win their remaining three games, the team would finish 14-2. That would be the most wins ever in a season for Green Bay. And they have been playing in the NFL since 1921.

The Packers also have a shot to break the all-time team scoring record of 456 points established in the 1996 season. Green Bay would have to average 32 points a game to break that record as the team currently sits at 361 points.

Brett Favre has already broken several records this season, but has a chance to break a big record this weekend. Favre had earlier this season broken Dan Marino's all-time TD mark of 420, as Favre currently sits at 438 TD passes. Favre had also broken Marino's all-time record of pass attempts as Favre now sits at 8,685, while Marino is 2nd now at 8,223.

Favre has also thrown for over 3,000 yards in a season for the 16th straight year, which is the all-time mark. Favre currently has thrown for 3,678 yards this season. And if he throws for 184 yards on Sunday, he will break Marino's all-time record of 61,361 yards. Favre also broke the record for all-time wins as a starting quarterback this year as he now sits at 158 victories, which is 10 more than second place John Elway.

As far as team records go, Favre obviously has all the team passing records of note except for two (see below), but he also matched Bart Starr this year in terms of overall service with the team, 16 seasons. Going into the season Favre was tied at 15 seasons with former great Ray Nitschke, also the founder of Packer Report.

The only team passing records that Favre doesn't have is the season yardage mark of 4,458 yards done by Lynn Dickey in 1983 and the most yardage in a game done also by Dickey with 418 yards in 1980. Favre needs to average more than 260 yards a game to break Dickey's all-time season mark. And although Favre has thrown for over 300 yards 7 times this year, which means he has done it 55 times in his career, Favre has only thrown for over 400 yards once in a game ... in 1993.

WR Donald Driver is also in exclusive company with his 73 catches in 2007. Driver now has 494 career receptions, and is third all-time for the Packers. With 6 more catches he will also join Sterling Sharpe and James Lofton as the only Packer receivers to have more than 500 receptions.

WR Greg Jennings has 11 TD catches in 2007. Jennings has a ways to go to match Sharpe's all-time record of 18 TD catches in a season, but he is very close to getting in exclusive company. In fact, only Sharpe, Don Hutson, Antonio Freeman, Billy Howton, Robert Brooks and Javon Walker have scored more touchdowns in a season. And Jennings still has three games to play.

HB Ryan Grant can join some exclusive company as well this year. Grant currently has 744 yards rushing in 2007. If Grant can average 86 yards a game down the stretch, then Grant will have joined John Brockington and Ahman Green as the only backs to gain over 1,000 yards in a season in their first year with the team.

TE Donald Lee has also had a fine 2007 season with 46 catches and 5 TDs. While it doesn't appear that Lee will match Keith Jackson's record of 10 TDs in a season, he does have a reasonable chance of breaking Paul Coffman's record of 56 catches in a season. Not bad for a guy who only caught 10 passes a year ago.

Rookie kicker Mason Crosby is also having a fine 2007 season with 115 points in 13 games. He has made 25-33 field goals and all 40 extra points. Crosby is only 16 points away from matching the all-time Packer kickers-only record of 131 points. Crosby would also need eight more field goals to match the all-time record of field goals in a season set by both Chester Marcol and Ryan Longwell. Crosby needs 12 more extra points this season to tie Jan Stenerud's mark of 52 back in 1983.

On special teams, the Packers have returned two punts for TDs this year, one by Tramon Williams and the other by Will Blackmon. The all-time record of punt returns for TDs in a season for the Packers is three, by Desmond Howard in 1996. Plus remember, Charles Woodson came within an eyelash of returning another punt for a TD against Detroit on Thanksgiving.

DE Aaron Kampman is also having a fine 2007 campaign with 11 sacks. Kampman also had 15.5 sacks in 2006. The all-time records for sacks for Green Bay over two seasons is not by Reggie White, believe it or not. It was by Tim Harris with 33 sacks over two seasons. Kampman needs 6.5 sacks over the last three games to tie that mark. Either way, Aaron is going to the Pro Bowl again.

So as you can see, the Packers have a lot to play for as a team and individually the rest of the 2007 season. But knowing Mike McCarthy's mindset, the Packers will only care about getting wins on Sunday and trying to stay as healthy as a team can get this time of year. McCarthy by the way is 19-10 through his first 29 games as Packer head coach. That's better than Curly Lambeau, Mike Holmgren and Mike Sherman were at that point in their coaching tenures in Green Bay. It matches Vince Lombardi's record after 29 games.

McCarthy's teams are 10-3 overall on the road and 5-1 this season. The Packers are 2-0 in domes this year as well.

Records are falling and more will fall for the Packers this season. But I think as the playoffs approach, the biggest prize that they all want is something that doesn't fall, it's something that's hoisted ... the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Favre said it best in his press conference this week, "I would have never thought as I stand here today that we would be not only in a position to possibly win 14 games, but to break all these records," Favre said. "But the bottom line is what happens in the end."

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