Packers Take Sharper's Compliment Lightly

After playing both the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers this season, Vikings safety Darren Sharper had a compliment for his former team, but the Packers weren't going to get too caught up in themselves, even after dismantling the Vikings. Plus, see what Brett Favre had to say about a hit he took from DE Kenechi Udeze that drew a 15-yard penalty.

The Packers aren't necessarily jumping on the bandwagon being driven by former teammate Darren Sharper just yet.

The veteran safety declared Green Bay the best team in the NFC after his Minnesota Vikings were throttled 34-0 Sunday at Lambeau Field.

Dallas has garnered the most accolades as the team to beat in the NFC, but Sharper believes the Packers are the better 8-1 squad after playing against both this season.

Green Bay players were informed of Sharper's postgame compliment.

"As far as what Darren Sharper said, I think at this particular time, it's easy to say that or for us to believe that because of what happened (Sunday)," quarterback Brett Favre said. "But, I think it's just a spur-of-the-moment thing. Coming from Darren, it means a lot. It does.

"Facing the Cowboys and facing us, the way we beat them, it would be easy to say, ‘Hey, those guys are the best we've seen.' But, we have a long ways to go. I say this as I have every week: We've put ourselves in good position, but I think Dallas right now, at least from the outside looking in, seems to have all the pieces in place."

The Packers and the Cowboys are on a collision course to meet for the NFC's regular-season bragging rights in a Thursday night game, Nov. 29 at Dallas.

Green Bay first has to get past Carolina on Sunday at home, then Detroit on the road on Thanksgiving Day. The Packers lead the Lions by two games in the NFC North.

Cornerback Al Harris didn't mind having Sharper's support.

"I believe him. He's got me sold," Harris said.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, though, is making sure his youth-dominated team doesn't get wrapped up in all of the positive attention being cast its way. The Packers are off to their best start since 2002.

"The first thing I told the football team (in the spring) was the biggest challenge that we'll have here is handling success," McCarthy said. "That's something I talk about a lot. Just be honest with them. I'm going to tell them Wednesday, they played a hell of a game. We played very well in that football game. But, then, we'll move on to Carolina. We've already moved on to Carolina, in my view.

"I think it's important to just be real. I'm not a psychology major; I don't pretend to be one. You've just got to keep your finger on the pulse of the football team."

NOTES

  • Iron man Brett Favre didn't have any ill effects Monday from a hit to the head he took in the Packers' 34-0 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

    "(The medical staff) said he checked out fine. He's not even on the medical list," coach Mike McCarthy said.

    Favre was dazed by a shot to the back of the helmet from Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze late in the third quarter. Udeze drew a 15-yard penalty for the unintentional hit just as Favre slid to the turf on a scramble.

    "It was legit," Favre said of the contact he absorbed. "I had people say, ‘Man, good job baiting them into the call.' I can find better ways to draw the call.

    "I don't want to say it was a concussion or anything; I'm not a doctor. But I was a little woozy. I was well aware of what was going on, but I was a little light on the foot. That's the best way I can explain it."

    Favre stayed in the game and went on to throw two of his three touchdown passes before being relieved by Aaron Rodgers for the first time this season in the final minutes of the rout.

    Favre finished 33 of 46 for 351 yards.

    He joined Dan Marino as the only players in league history to throw for 60,000 yards. Favre has 60,257. Marino's record is 61,361.

  • Rookie Aaron Rouse earned praise from head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Bob Sanders after his first start at safety.

    Rouse was the fill-in for Nick Collins at free safety. Collins is expected to miss at least three more weeks with a sprained knee.

    "I thought Aaron had a solid game," McCarthy said. "You look at the communication and his alignments, he did a good job with that. He was competitive. The negative was he had three tackles where he needs to wrap up. We thought he played solid in his first opportunity ... something that we can build off of."

    Rouse tied for third on the team with four tackles. He had a big hand in containing Vikings rookie sensation Adrian Peterson, who was held to a season-low 45 rushing yards and 14 receiving yards before leaving the game with a sprained knee late in the third quarter.

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