Oakland, which is ranked No. 29 in total defense in terms of offensive yards allowed, "held" Baltimore running back Jamal Lewis to 125 yards on 24 carries. Once the Raiders got ahead of the Ravens, however, there was not the threat of the passing game with third-string quarterback Anthony Wright, who completed only 12-of-27 passes and threw two interceptions.
This week will present a much stiffer challenge. While Kansas City's Priest Holmes and St. Louis' Marshall Faulk garner a lot of attention, Green has proven he is quite comparable. Green, who is headed for the Pro Bowl, has tallied 1,538 yards on 311 carries and 12 touchdowns. The sixth-year pro from Nebraska has also caught 48 passes for 356 yards. In fact, some people have said the Packers are Green's team rather than one led by Favre.
"He's another threat they have," Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson said of Green. "He's a real good runner. He's got good speed. It's a lot of work with him and Brett Favre back there. We'll have our work cut out for us."
The Raiders still have to be wary of Favre. While Favre may not be the player he was in his prime but remains a threat despite playing with a thumb injury through the season. Favre, like Green, is headed for the Pro Bowl and leads the NFC with 27 touchdown passes. Favre, however, has also thrown 20 interceptions.
Favre's strength, however, can also be his downfall. Favre is enormously confident, or arrogant in some people's minds, in his ability to make difficult throws. Favre is willing to take risks and suffer the consequences. When it works, it can be highlight film material. If it does not work, it can be disastrous.
The Raiders know that Favre will make probably two or three throws Monday night where there is a high probability of an interception. The key is capitalizing on those chances.
"There's got to be chances for big plays," Woodson said. "It's just a matter of us wanting to win. We know he's going to try to make plays and that will give us an opportunity."
NOTES—The game has been declared a sellout, meaning it will not be blacked out locally. … The contest will also feature two brothers at defensive end. For the Raiders, there's AkBar Gbaja-Biamila while Green Bay features Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila.
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