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Favre Becomes All-time Winingest NFL Quarterback (09/19/2007)
By Dave DeLano

Brett Favre couldn't have drawn up a sweeter scenario Sunday than for him to lead the Green Bay Packers to victory over the New York Giants by a score of 35 - 13. The win was the 149th time that he has started an NFL game and ended up on the winning side. The win also vaults the Pack to a 2 - 0 record this year, the first time since 2001 that the Pack has started the season with two wins.

This game started slowly for both squads. The Packers made a conscious effort to get their running game going but to no avail. A fresh face in the form of Junius Coston made his first start at right guard, but that seemed to matter little. The Packers still have much work to do to figure out how they can get their running game going. The Packers used all three of their halfbacks Sunday and, with the exception of a big gain late in the game by DeShawn Wynn, it was an unproductive effort.

At halftime the Giants lead 10 - 7, but that was about to change in a big way. In the second half the Packers adjusted their game plan by replacing their ineffective running game with short passes. Favre was incredibly accurate as he proceeded to pick apart the hapless Giant secondary. The Packers scored three touchdowns on their first three possessions and the Pack outscored the Giants 28 - 3 in the second half. What an appropriate performance on the day that he became the all-time winningest NFL quarterback.

The defense wasn't quite as stout this week as last, but they still did a nice job. The Eagles and the Giants have decent offenses and both were play-off teams last year. Yet the Packer "D" held both teams to 13 points, which is pretty darn good.

Like the defense, I didn't think the special teams were quite as sharp as the first week. Punter Jon Ryan needs to improve his hang time and distance. Still, there were some good plays. Tramon Williams has dangerous speed and had several nice kick-off returns. On punt coverage, Charlie Peprah delivered a jarring tackle which caused a turnover that led to a Packer touchdown. Jarrett Bush and Tracy White continue to be special team demons.

Next week the young 2007 Packers face a huge litmus test when the high-powered San Diego Chargers invade Lambeau. The Chargers feature the best running back in the league, LaDainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson was the league's Most Valuable Player last year and can do it all. The Chargers also have the best tight end in the business in Antonio Gates, but their wide receivers and quarterback are talent challenged. The Chargers' defense is sound up front but I suspect they can be exploited in the secondary. The Pack will probably be at least a touchdown underdog. Favre and company will need to play near-perfect football to beat the talented Chargers, especially coming off of their Sunday night whipping by the Patriots. 


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