Favre: We'll bounce back

Brett Favre was on a direct road to his fourth MVP, but his seven interceptions in two games, both losses, have taken the quarterback on a slight detour. Should Packer fans be worried? Absolutely not, according to Favre, who's got 12 years of experience and a Super Bowl ring that says he's right.<P>

"As over my career I look back, the year we lost to Minnesota we won the Super Bowl," Favre said. "You think I was worried about it after we won the Super Bowl? Not really. Not really. A good football team can bounce back, as I think we will.

After 11 games, Favre stands at 239-of-378 for 2,736 yards and a milestone 20 TDs and 11 interceptions. At this point last season Favre's numbers were similar: 228-of-358 for with 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. And let's hope the comparison to last season stands up: Favre followed up a poor day in Tampa Bay with his finest performance of 2001: complete domination of the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens. Favre was 27-of-34 (79.9 percent) for 337 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.

So maybe just chalk Sunday's game up to a good defense getting the best of the visiting Pack.

"We lost to a dang good football team today," Favre said after Sunday's loss in Tampa. "Hopefully we learn from it. But I think we're in good shape. We can do one of two things. We can worry about this one and last week and let it affect us the next five games, or we can win the next five and everyone will forget about these last two. If we win the next five I'm sure I'll be liking where we are at the end of the season."

Favre's four picks, two of them to Brian Kelly, brought back memories of last season's loss to the Bucs. In that one, Favre had one TD and three picks as the Pack fell 14-10. This year, picks were again the story of the day, adding another unfortunate chapter to the Packers' sad story at Raymond James. Green Bay is winless there, and Favre has had 9 interceptions with just five TDs in the five years since the Bucs moved from the "Big Sombrero."

Is RJS becoming another Metrodome?

"There was rough one down here last year and there was a rough one at Minnesota last year, too," Favre said. "I was frustrated as hell after those games and I'm frustrated now. Not so much frustrated -- I'm frustrated. I'm frustrated. That's the word I'm looking for.

"I know what type of game it's going to be when we play down here, but that's no excuse and I can play better," Favre said. "I can play better at Minnesota, but it seems like every time I play at those places it's the same old story. I'm sick and tired of hearing it and I know everybody else is, too. Fortunately I don't have to come back here for quite some time. Maybe the playoffs, I don't know."

It probably isn't a Raymond James jinx causing the problems. More likely it's a combination of bad luck, bad timing, bad routes with a bad decision thrown in for good measure.

When asked if miscommunications played a role in the picks Sunday, Favre said: "Yeah, you could say that. First two. In conditions like this you've got to be on the same page. First one I just misread what Terry (Glenn) was doing. Terry wasn't wrong, but he had an option to take it or sit it down at 15 to 20 yards and that's what I thought he was going to do. You can't be thinking, you've got to know. The other one, second one, down in the red zone, it was also to Terry. I think Ronde (Barber) made a good play on it, I thought Terry was going to keep coming on a short slant, but it's over now, got to learn from it."

Glenn was quick to take the blame, especially on the second interception:

": "I think I probably need to do a better job of getting open. I think Ronde (Barber) played it pretty well. It was just a short slant-route. We've had success on that route pretty much throughout the year and it was a route that I usually win on. Brett threw it inside and Ronde did a good job of picking it up."

I really don't look at it as Brett struggling, I look at it as an offensive football team struggling," Glenn said. "I can't really speak for the defense, but as an offensive-whole, when things like that happen, it's not just Brett's fault. It's the receivers' fault, the linemen, the running backs. And like I said, when you can't run the football, you can't pass the football, therefore, it's all of our fault."


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