Pack in overdrive in 40-14 win over Detroit

The Packers were clicking on all cylinders vs. the visitor from Motor City with a 40-14 victory over the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field Sunday. The win stretches the Packers' league-best record to 8-1.<P>

Any questions about the continuing progress of Brett Favre's knee were answered when he threw for a career-high 295 first-half yards. He finished with 351 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions in just three quarters of work.

Favre again watched Doug Pederson (3-of-3, 12 yards) from the sidelines, but this time it was a merciful respite for Detroit, rather than Favre's knee. Brett Favre's knee was fine Sunday, when he struck for 351 yards and two TD tosses and was 26-of-39 passing without a pick.

Green Bay, which continues to hold the NFL's top record all alone, now leads the NFC North by 5 games with seven to play. Their lead over Detroit is in essence 6 games because of the sweep Green Bay completed Sunday.

The running game turned on the burners, but came away slightly burned itself as both Ahman Green (neck) and Najeh Davenport (foot) suffered injuries in the game. Green compiled 50 yards on 12 carries in the first half and did not return to the game after suffering a first-half stinger. He did come back to the sidelines to support his team's winning effort. Davenport was impressive with 73 yards on 10 carries, but injured his foot in a third-quarter pileup.

The Packers' receivers were cruising as well. Donald Driver caught a career-best 11 passes for 130 yards.

Even though the Lions rarely had possession - they only had the ball for 5:49 in the first half - Team Takeaway found time to get the job done. The usual suspects were at it again. Rookie safety Marques Anderson picked off a Harrington pass intended for former Packer Bill Schroeder, and returned it for a TD to extend the Packer lead to 23-7.Anderson also had an interception return for a TD in Green Bay's 37-31 victory at Detroit on Sept. 22.

Nate Wayne stripped Harrington of the ball as the Lions' rookie dropped back to pass, then caught the deflection himself for the Pack's second interception. Last week, Wayne forced and recovered a fumble in the win over Miami. Green Bay did not turn the ball over Sunday, building their NFL-best turnover ratio to plus-17.

The Packers' let their guard down exactly once in the first half. Harrington hit Az-Zahir Hakin for a 64-yard TD pass on Detroit's first offensive play.

Before the game turned into a blowout, the Packers relied on a hard day's work from kicker Ryan Longwell. He had field goals of 30, 40 and 36 yards in the first half. That, combined with 4-yard touchdown pass from Favre to tight end Bubba Franks gave Green Bay a 16-7 lead at the two-minute warning of the first half.

Longwell's 36-yarder came after linebacker Hardy Nickerson stopped Harrington on fourth-and-inches from the Detroit 35.

Favre was denied another TD pass, and likewise, receiver Terry Glenn was denied a well-deserved score when avre threw an apparent 41-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn, who hauled in the pass at the 20 and dived at the 5-yard-line, slamming the ball just inside the pylon as he tumbled out of bounds.

After a review, the officials ruled that Glenn's other elbow hit the ground inches shy of the goal line. Davenport went in from there for a 30-7 halftime lead.

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