Packers Regaining Offensive Health

The Packers used their bye week to get healthy, and their return to practice has them feeling better about their offense. Plus, other various notes on the Vikings' Sunday night foe.

The Packers are prepared to score and score and score some more in the second half of the season if their defense continues to play poorly.

"It's a way to win," wide receiver Donald Driver said. "There's always a way to win."

Green Bay is as healthy now at wide receiver as it has been all season. Running back Ahman Green should have benefited from the bye week. Wesley Walls' hamstring is fine now and it's about time that he starts making some plays. And the offensive line is fit.

Quarterback Brett Favre has a hairline fracture under his right thumb but will play Sunday in Minnesota.

Walls played on a 1999 Carolina Panthers team that ranked fifth in yards but finished the season 8-8 because of a rotten defense. He said that the offense's only concern was with what it had to do each week and not anything else.

"We got on a roll," Walls remembered. "That's the mentality of being on a roll: when you're on a roll you don't know you're actually on a roll. You just feel like ‘we can score. If we're behind, we can catch up, if we're ahead we can go farther.'

"That's the kind of mentality. You want to score every time you have the ball. We obviously have that mentality here and we have better personnel."


PACKERS NOTES
  • LB Nick Barnett leads the team in tackles with 73, 23 more than runner-up Hannibal Navies. The Packers are extremely pleased with Barnett's progress.

  • DE Aaron Kampman appears to have won the starting job at power end left vacant when Joe Johnson suffered a season-ending quad injury Oct. 12. Kampman is an instinctive player who has a great knack for finding the ball. But he is marginally talented and doesn't offer much as a pass rusher.

  • P Josh Bidwell is off to a slow start with a gross average of 41.2 yards and a net average of 34.2. This is his contract year so Bidwell must turn it around in the next nine weeks.

  • WR Antonio Chatman has done a great job on ball security since the first exhibition game on. However, his return work has been just ordinary. He has a kickoff-return average of 22.7 yards and a punt-return average of 8.7.

  • CB Bhawoh Jue has given up five passes of 20 yards or more in the first seven games. Tod McBride, the No. 3 cornerback from 2000-02, gave up 12 such plays in three years.



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