Cheeseheads were all whooped-up Monday night as Brett Favre ran his incredible streak of regular season consecutive starts to 200, and the governor of Wisconsin declared it Brett Favre Day. Going into the game at Lambeau, with Favre at the helm and the weather cold, the Packers' record was 29 - 0. I don't bet on football games, but if there ever was a lock bet, this was the game to bet the farm. The St. Louis Rams would soon become victim number 30 with a sweet victory for the good guys, 45 -17.
The Packers' defense gave up a ton of yardage to the Rams' unbalanced passing attack, but they were able to score two defensive touchdowns on turnovers. Batman Carroll got his first professional touchdown after fellow-rookie Joey Thomas forced a fumble early in the game, and Carroll grabbed the ball and scampered into the end zone. That play set the tone for the final outcome.
As painful as it was to watch the Rams throw the ball at will, the Packers' defense created three turnovers as the defenders ripped and yanked at the ball in a determined frenzy to change their fortunes in the turnover column this year. The Rams are a team like a car is with a horribly unbalanced wheel. With hardly any running game and yet an awesome passing arsenal when they give their quarterback time to throw, they present a team with little chance of being much better than mediocre.
The Packers, on the other hand, presented a multi-dimensional offensive attack, even without Ahman Green, who didn't suit up due to a rib injury. Enter Najeh Davenport as Green's replacement. Davenport ran wild for 178 yards on 19 carries. He is an incredibly powerful runner even with sore hamstrings. Brett Favre didn't disappoint on his big night either, throwing the football for over 200 yards and three touchdowns. Incredible as it may be, Favre has played 13 seasons and still is as good as any quarterback in the league. What a great entertainer"¦what a great football player.
Right now the Packers are the hottest team in the NFC. Next week the Packers travel to Philadelphia to clash with the Eagles in a rematch of last year's playoff loss. Hopefully Ahman Green will be back to health, but now the Eagles have to also think about tackling a runaway truck named Najeh Davenport. I really like how the Packer receiving corps is shaking out this year. While the Rams doubled-covered Javon Walker Monday night, Donald Driver had another big game. Diversity is a nice thing in football, and the Packers have a lot of offensive diversity right now.
Look for the Packers to challenge the top-ranked Eagles next Sunday. Seven wins in a row is an incredible feat in today's NFL, but I think Green Bay has a chance to pull it off in the city of brotherly love. Still, the Packers' defense has to prove that they can deal with a scrambling quarterback like Donavan McNabb, something they have not done well in the past. Corralling Terrell Owens will be a challenge too.
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