Packers-Bears Press Box Notes

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-Under Mike Sherman, the Packers are 13-1 against their division Dec. 1 and later, including a 9-0 record at Lambeau Field.

-Green Bay plays its first-ever game on Christmas.

-The Packers haven't been swept by Chicago since 1991, when Mike Ditka still served as Bears head coach and Brett Favre was a rookie with the Atlanta Falcons.

-Green Bay has two games to get its turnover margin turned in the positive direction. The Packers (minus-20) are on pace to break their franchise record of minus-19 (1976, 1983).

THE PACKERS OFFENSE:

-Has reached 100 yards on the ground in four consecutive games, its longest in-season stretch since an eight-game streak, Sept. 29-Nov. 23, 2003.

-Needs 72 passing attempts (609 in 1994) and 51 completions (382 in 2004) over the final two contests to break the team's single-season records.

THE PACKERS DEFENSE:

-Entered the weekend ranked second in the NFL against the pass and eighth overall. The Packers are bidding to extend their NFL record by leading the league in passing defense for a 10th season (also 1947-48, 1962, 1964-68 and 1996).

-Has scored a touchdown via interception or fumble return against the Bears in seven of the last eight seasons.

-Has limited opponents to 13 conversions over their last 47 third-down attemps (.277).

-On goal-to-go possessions, has held opponents to just two touchdowns in their last nine G2G series.

ACTIVE ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: The Packers on Tuesday claimed WR Rod Gardner (No. 82) on waivers from Carolina, filling the already vacant 53rd spot on their roster. On Thursday, Green Bay placed TE Bubba Franks (neck/back) and P B.J. Sander (knee) on injured reserve, then signed P Ryan Flinn (No. 6) and promoted S Atari Bigby (No. 47) from the practice squad.

INDIVIDUAL MARKS WITHIN REACH OVER THE FINAL TWO WEEKS -

56 NICK BARNETT:

-Needs five tackles to break Mike Douglass' 1981 franchise record, 180. Barnett enters with a career-best 176 this season. Coaches first began tracking defensive numbers in 1975. Barnett's total will become official after coaches review film tomorrow morning.

83 ANTONIO CHATMAN:

-Needs 2 punt-return yards to surpass No. 4 Phillip Epps (819) and 17 to surpass No. 3 Billy Grimes (834) on the all-time list. Chatman enters with 818.

-With a career-high 39 punt returns this year, needs six more to surpass No. 2 Roell Preston (44 in 1998) on the franchise's single-season list. Desmond Howard owns the Packers' record with 58 in 1996.

60 ROB DAVIS:

-Will play this afternoon in a 150th consecutive game. Entering today, Davis' 149-game streak ranks third on the team, behind Brett Favre (221) and Ryan Longwell (142). Davis' streak began when he played for the Chicago Bears in 1996.

80 DONALD DRIVER:

-Needs five receptions to tie No. 7 Paul Coffman (322) on the team's career receiving list. Driver enters at No. 8 with 317 career catches.

-Needs 4 receiving yards to become only the fourth player in Packers history with three career 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He would join James Lofton (5), Sterling Sharpe (5) and Antonio Freeman (3).

-Stands 10 catches and 212 yards shy of matching his 2004 career bests (84 and 1,208, respectively). He enters with 74 receptions for 996 yards.

-Has a catch in 62 consecutive games, the second-longest stretch in franchise history behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).

4 BRETT FAVRE:

-Makes his 100th career start at Lambeau Field, where he is 78-21 (.788). Including a 7-2 mark at Milwaukee County Stadium, he is 85-23 (.787) all-time in home starts.

-Will start a 220th consecutive game, extending his NFL record among quarterbacks. Also plays in a 222nd straight contest, the league's longest active streak excluding kickers and punters.

-Needs one TD pass to extend his NFL-record streak of seasons with at least 20 TD passes to 12.

-Is 21-6 (.778) all-time vs. Chicago, with a 91.1 passer rating and 51 TD passes, his highest total against any opponent (third in NFL history).

-Needs five touchdown passes to become the second in NFL annals with 400, joining Dan Marino (420). Favre enters with 395 in 223 NFL games. Marino reached the landmark in his 227th contest. Opponents have held Favre without a TD pass over a three-game stretch for the first time ever. His only other two-game drought was Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 1993

-Stands two sacks from 400 career.

-Needs 42 completions to match his 1994 career high, 363. The 15th-year veteran has already completed passes to 17 different targets, his most ever.

-Has already completed passes to a career-high 17 targets and by connecting with either Noah Herron or Rod Gardner, would add to the group. Favre's previous career best was 16, in 1998.

-With one interception, would surpass his 1993 career high (24).

40 TONY FISHER:

-Needs five catches and 36 receiving yards to establish career highs (38 receptions, 277 yards, both in 2004).

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