Favre, Packers Surrounded By Confidence

Packers QB Brett Favre will be going for the NFL's all-time touchdown record while playing against the Vikings in a venue that hasn't always been so kind to him. See what Favre and other had to say about the 3-0 Packers.

Brett Favre has endured more bad than good at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

The irony of the Packers' annual visit to Favre's personal haunted house Sunday is that the quarterback could realize a crowning achievement in his decorated 17-year pro career.

Fresh off firing three touchdown passes in the unbeaten Packers' stirring 31-24 win over the Chargers at Lambeau Field, Favre is tied with Dan Marino for the hallowed league record of 420 touchdown throws.

Engineering the 38th comeback from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie as Green Bay's starter since 1992 meant more to Favre, however.

"There's no better feeling than winning," he said. "Those touchdowns are great because it gave us the opportunity to go up and to win the game. I would love to break (the record) here; it would be great for our fans. But, I hope that doesn't happen because we do play away (Sunday). I would much rather win. That's more important; I believe that sincerely."

Favre has won only five of 15 road games against the division-rival Vikings, but the Packers will enter the rematch as the early-season surprise team of the league with a 3-0 record.

Green Bay last started a season in such fashion in 2001. It sits alone in first place in the NFC North.

"The Pack is back, believe it or not," veteran receiver Donald Driver said.

For now, the Packers offense is getting by with a prolific one-dimensional attack. Green Bay ran 47 pass plays to only 13 by run Sunday.

Relying so heavily on Favre's right arm has generally spelled trouble for Green Bay. Coming in to this season, the Packers had a 21-45 record in games in which Favre had at least 40 pass attempts entering the season.

Two of the three wins so far, however, have come when Favre put the ball up 40-plus times. He was 28-of-45 for 369 yards without an interception Sunday.

"We're keeping him in very favorable looks, and he's been very disciplined with the football," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "A big part of quarterback play, obviously, is decision making. I think these last two weeks he's been excellent with his decisions with the ball."

On the downside, though, the Packers are getting next to nothing from their rookie-dominated running attack.

Brandon Jackson, a second-round draft pick this year, hasn't been a productive answer as the early-season replacement for departed featured back Ahman Green. Jackson hasn't even reached the 100-yard mark for a season total (97) and is averaging a woeful 2.6 yards per carry.

"We have to do what we feel is in our best interest to move the ball and score points," offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. "Tuesday afternoon, you're not drawing up an 80-percent pass, 20-percent run game plan, typically. But, when you win a game, you don't really give a (care), either. We'll have to see how it goes."
NOTES

  • WR Donald Driver had a record-setting performance in the Packers' 31-24 comeback win over the Chargers on Sunday. A 5-yard diving catch in the end zone in the second quarter was Driver's 214th reception at Lambeau Field, breaking the previous stadium record of 213 by former Packers teammate Antonio Freeman. Driver had six catches for a game-high 126 yards.

  • WR Greg Jennings capped his belated season debut with a 57-yard, catch-and-go touchdown to put the Packers ahead to stay at 24-21 with 2:03 left in the fourth quarter. Jennings was cleared to play and start after he was dogged by a hamstring injury since the beginning of the season. He had four catches for 82 yards.

  • MLB Nick Barnett followed the big touchdown throw from Brett Favre to Jennings with an interception and 38-yard return, setting up a clinching 1-yard touchdown run by rookie Brandon Jackson in the final minute.

  • RB Vernand Morency continues to be bothered by soreness in his right knee and was sidelined for the third straight game. Morency suffered a sprained patellar tendon in the knee on the first day of training camp. He will be questionable for the upcoming game at Minnesota.

  • RT Mark Tauscher had the final two years of the six-year, $16.5 contract extension he received during the 2002 season renegotiated. Tauscher reportedly received an additional $2.8 million in roster and workout bonuses this year and next year. His contract still will expire after the 2008 season.

  • LB Desmond Bishop was deactivated Sunday because of a sprained shoulder. The rookie, who is a key contributor on special teams, suffered the injury in the previous game against the Giants and aggravated it in practice Sept. 20.

  • OT Orrin Thompson was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday. Thompson was activated for Sunday's game but didn't play. The first-year player, who was cut by the team at the end of the preseason, filled the roster spot that opened when OG Tony Palmer was placed on injured reserve Sept. 20 because of a neck injury.

  • DT Justin Harrell, the team's first-round draft pick this year, was a healthy inactive for the third straight game.



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