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Packer Partisan (11/28/2007)
By Dave DeLano

Favre Holds Quarterback Clinic

Playing professional football in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition that dates back to 1934. The tradition turned into a quarterback clinic on Turkey day 2007 as Brett Favre and company overwhelmed the Detroit Lions by a final score of 37 - 26.

The game started slowly for the Packers as the Lions executed effective ball-control football. But the Lions could only score via field goals and as the first half came to a close with the Pack leading 17 - 9, Brett Favre was just getting warmed up. Favre came out firing, opening the second half hitting seven strikes on the seven-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings.

Mike McCarthy must have called two dozen plays from the five-receiver set. At one point Favre hit 20 straight passes in a row setting an all-time Packer record. The hapless Lion defense had no solution to the problem presented by five quality receivers and Favre's lightening-quick release and accuracy. In addition to the aerial artistry, Ryan Grant contributed with a couple big runs. On the day Grant had over 100 yards rushing and Favre had almost 400 yards passing including three touchdowns.

The defense had their moments too. Al Harris is an outstanding cornerback who basically shutdown the Lion's pro-bowl receiver. Aaron Kampman might be the best defensive end in all of football this year. He manhandled the Lion's offensive line. Rookie safety Aaron Rouse contributed with a timely interception.

One of the new wrinkles Mike McCarthy has injected into the Packer offense this year is the run/pass option play. The blocking scheme is that of a running play except for a wide receiver. Favre has the option of throwing a pass to that receiver if favorable coverage dictates or proceeding with the rushing call. The play utilizes a bit of trickery and the Lions were baited with it on several occasions.

The win brings the Packers' mark to 10 - 1 and sets up a huge game Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys who also have a 10 - 1 record. The game will be played in Dallas and the winner will likely end up with home field advantage all the way through the playoffs. Needless to say, the implications of who wins this game are huge and could determine who will represent the NFC in the Super bowl.

The Cowboys have a very good football team. Their defense is solid. Wisconsin-native Tony Romo is a good quarterback and they have a tough running back in Marion Barber to complement him. The Cowboys have the most obnoxious owner in the league (now that Red McCombs is out of the business) and Terrell Owens is tied with Randy Moss as the league's biggest bonehead. Owens is a talent though and Al Harris will have another big challenge covering him. A little more than a decade ago the Pack had a devil of a time winning big games in Dallas. The Cowboys will be favored but the Packers are on a roll. Go Pack!! 


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