Packer Notes: Favre Talks With Commissioner

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked with Packers quarterback Brett Favre about him tying the all-time record for touchdown passes.

Quarterback Brett Favre and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell were in communication Wednesday morning. The topic for their phone conversation, which was arranged by the team and the league office?

Naturally, Favre owning a share of the league's all-time record for touchdown throws.

"He was just congratulating me on tying the record. A very nice phone call," Favre said.

Favre pulled even with Dan Marino at 420 with his third TD pass of the game in the Packers' 31-24 win over the Chargers last Sunday.

The odds are good that Favre will have the milestone to himself Sunday, when the Packers play at division rival Minnesota. The last time Favre didn't throw for a touchdown in his annual visit to the Metrodome was 1999.

He has 17 scoring passes in the last seven road meetings with the Vikings.

"I just hope we win the game," Favre said. "I'd love to throw a touchdown in this game, but I'd much rather win it. I say that all the time. I'll let (the record) take care of itself."

  • Favre's struggles against the Vikings at the Metrodome have been well documented. He has won only five of 15 games as the Packers starter since 1992.

    If Favre were to be shut out of the end zone Sunday, thus allowing him an opportunity to pass Marino in Lambeau Field on national TV against Chicago on Oct. 7, history dictates that Green Bay won't remain unbeaten.

    He had no touchdown throws at Minnesota in 1992, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘95, as well as the 1999 contest. The Packers lost all five of those games.

  • The Packers' feeble running game has officially hit rock bottom. Green Bay ranks last in the 32-team league with an average of 57 rushing yards per game.

    "It's frustrating. You never want to be a part of that," veteran right tackle Mark Tauscher said. "But, in the same respect, we had games where we ran for 230 yards, and we lost. I'd much rather be in this position (with a 3-0 record) than being in the top three running the football, beating our chest how great of a running team we are and then we're sitting there struggling to get in the playoffs.

    "You want to be better than we are, there's no question about that, but in the same respect, our record is pretty good."

    The Packers ranked 30th for rushing in 2005 with an average of 84.5 yards per game. Both are low watermarks in franchise history.


  • Green Bay became only the fourth team in league lore to start a season 3-0 with all of its wins against teams that were in the playoffs the previous season.

    The last team to do it was New Orleans in 2002, when Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was the Saints offensive coordinator.

    The other instances occurred in 1991 with the Houston Oilers and 1982 with Washington.

  • After ending the practice week last week with 17 players on the injury report, the Packers are continuing to err on the side of caution at midweek with some ailing front-line players.

    Cornerbacks Al Harris (back) and Charles Woodson (hip), receiver Greg Jennings (hamstring), left tackle Chad Clifton (knee) and tight end Bubba Franks (knee) were held out Wednesday. All of them are coping with lingering injuries and were well served from having extra recovery time last week before they returned for a full practice Friday.

    Top receiver Donald Driver is in the same boat after suffering a toe injury in the last game.

  • QB Brett Favre is on the injury report because of a small cut on a finger of his right (throwing) hand. Favre was limited in practice Wednesday and deferred to Aaron Rodgers for most of the reps with the No. 1 unit. Favre is expected to make his 241st straight regular-season start Sunday at Minnesota, surpassing former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff for the second-longest streak for any position in the league.

  • DE Cullen Jenkins was held out of most drills Wednesday with a ribs injury he sustained in the last game. His status for Sunday's game is up in the air.

  • DE/DT Corey Williams, who started at tackle in the last game, slid over to take some reps at Jenkins' right-end spot in practice Wednesday. Williams, though, was limited with a knee injury.

  • RB Vernand Morency was put through a modified practice Wednesday, splitting reps with the other backs in team drills. Morency has yet to play in a game this season because of lingering soreness from a sprained knee he suffered on the first day of training camp. He will be questionable for Sunday.

  • LB Desmond Bishop had limited participation in practice. The special-teams contributor is trying to bounce back from a sprained shoulder that sidelined him in the last game.

  • DE Michael Montgomery is the only player declared out for the upcoming game. Montgomery is on the mend from a sprained knee he sustained in the second preseason game. He's another week or two away from getting back on the field for practice.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 70.6 — Percentage of the Packers' total offense that has been pass plays (187) through the first three games. It has had only 55 run plays. The breakdown doesn't take into account four kneel-downs by Favre that are counted as runs.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Everyone is on this Brett Favre bandwagon now — ‘Boy, you're playing the game differently' and all those things. I don't see it that way. I think, statistically speaking, it's easy to say, ‘Geez, there's a dramatic change in his play.' (But) I think you look at these first three games ... we had a chance to win from the first snap to the last snap. It was never (being) down by 14, 17 (points). I think you play differently in those situations. If it's 0-0 (tied) in the third quarter, you don't have to take a gamble. But, if you're down 17 points in the third quarter, at some point, you've got to start taking a shot." — Quarterback Brett Favre, on why he's been more efficient through three games this season than he has been in recent years. He has completed 64 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and only two interceptions.

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