PACKERS vs. BEARS - THE RIVALRY CONTINUES
-The NFL's most storied rivalry enjoys its 174th installment Sunday night at historic Lambeau Field. It is the 248th consecutive regular-season sellout (262 including playoffs) at the league's longest-tenured stadium. Chicago has won the last three meetings at Lambeau Field.
-The Packers enter the contest at 4-0, their best start since 1998, while the Bears come into the game at 1-3.
-Only defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis (nine) enters play this weekend with a longer winning streak than Green Bay (eight).
-Green Bay has gotten off to a 4-0 start for the ninth time in team history. Seven of those Packers teams went on to win an NFL championship (1929, '30, '31, '44, '62, '65, and 1966). The Packers look to improve to 5-0 for the first time sice 1965.
-Packers team historian Lee Remmel will be in attendance for the 121st consecutive game (123rd overall) between the Packers and Bears. Remmel notes that 62 years ago today - October 7, 1945 - the Packers established a franchise record for points in a game with a 57-21 vcitory over Detroit in Milwaukee. Green Bay set an NFL?record with 41 points in the second quarter, and Don Hutson established what is believed to be an NFL?record for points in one quarter with 29 (4 touchdowns, 5 extra points) in the frame. He connected on two other extra points to finish with 31 on the day.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WEEKEND
-Home teams around the NFL this weekend - including the Green Bay Packers - are recognizing October 7-8 as NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend.
-Each home team is being asked to name honorary team captains from the community as part of the weekend. Captains selected by the teams might be breast cancer survivors or volunteers from a local breast cancer organization, and will be presented with a bouquet of pink roses at the pre-game coin toss.
-The NFL will distribute pink ribbon/NFL shield pins to coaches, club personnel and broadcasters for this weekend's games.
-Pink Gatorade towels will be prevalent on the sidelines, with a number of pink towels and other commemorative pink merchandise autographed by players. Items will be put up for bid on NFL Auction, with all proceeds going to breast cancer organizations.
HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE
-As part of the 'Operation Fan Mail' program, the Packers and Festival Foods will recognize a military family with Wisconsin ties at each home game.
-This week, the Packers and Festival Foods honor Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Krueger at tonight's game. Sgt. Krueger, a resident of Milwaukee, previously was deployed with the II Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., to Fallujah, Iraq. He is the recipient of the Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Aid Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Liberation Medal and the Purple Heart for extensive wounds received in combat action. Sgt. Krueger subsequently retired from the Marine Corps due to his injuries and returned home to Wisconsin to be with his family, which includes 2-year-old twin daughters. He is accompanied tonight by his wife, Jill; mother, Karen; and father, Michael, a retired Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sergeant.
WEARING THE STRIPES
-Today's officiating crew includes referee Larry Nemmers (20), umpire Undrey Wash (96), head linesman Mark Baltz (26), line judge Mike Spanier (90), field judge Eddy Powers (38), side judge Carl Cheffers (51) and back judge Dino Paganelli (105).
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
4 BRETT FAVRE
-Will make his 242nd consecutive start (262 inclduing playoffs) under center tonight, the NFL's record among quarterbacks and second-longest recorded streak in league history.
-Needs 2,657 passing yards - a number he is on pace to eclipse this season - to break Marino's record. Favre enters with 58,705.
-Needs two TD passes at Lambeau Field to extend the league's single-stadium record to 200. He enters with 198.
-Needs 1,550 passing yards at Lambeau Field to surpass John Elway (27,889 at Mile High Stadium) for the single-stadium record. Favre has 26,340.
76 CHAD CLIFTON
-Will make his 100th career start
60 ROB DAVIS
-Will play in his 155th consecutive game today. With appearances in the next seven contests, will tie No. 4 Larry McCarren (162) on the franchise's all-time list.
-Will appear in his 79th career game at Lambeau Field, No. 3 on the stadium's all-time list.
80 DONALD DRIVER
-Has a reception in 84 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-Needs 95 receiving yards to surpass No. 6 Max McGee (6,346), 400 to surpass No. 5 Antonio Freeman (6,651) and 667 to surpass No. 4 Boyd Dowler (6,918) on the Packers' all-time list. Driver (6,252) enters No. 7 in team history.
-Needs 1 reception to surpass No. 4 Boyd Dowler (448), 40 to surpass No. 3 Don Hutson (488) and 83 to surpass No. 2 James Lofton (530) on the Packers' franchise list. Driver enter with 448 catches.
-Stands 327 Lambeau Field receiving yards from surpassing No. 2 James Lofton (3,330) and 474 from surpassing the stadium's all-time leader Antonio Freeman (3,477). Driver (3,004) enters No. 3.
88 BUBBA FRANKS
-Needs 1 reception for 250 career. Franks enters with 249.
-Needs 14 receiving yards to surpass No. 5 Mark Chmura (2,253) and 82 to surpass No. 4 Ed West (2,321) on the team's all-time tight ends list. Franks enters with 2,240.
74 AARON KAMPMAN
-Needs 1 sack to surpass No. 7 Vonnie Holliday (32) and 11/2 to surpass No. 6 Bryce Paup (321/2) on the team's all-time list.
31 AL HARRIS
-Has played in 158 straight games (148 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began in Philadelphia in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, has started all 71 games (68 regular season, 3 playoffs) as a Packer.