TODAY: Green Bay plays its only home game during a four-game stretch in which the Packers make three road trips...The Packers, 2-1 on the road, bid for their first win at home, where they're 0-3...For the second straight week, Green Bay plays a team on the eve of its bye week, after defeating Miami...The Packers welcome Arizona back to Lambeau Field for the first time in seven years, since the clubs met in the 1999 finale, a 49-24 Green Bay win...Cardinals head coach Dennis Green sees the Packers for the first time in five years. The Packers against Green all-time are 9-11. Green's final Minnesota game was at Lambeau Field, a 24-13 Packers victory, Dec. 30, 2001...Two of the league's oldest franchises square off. In fact, the Cardinals represent the Green Bay Packers' oldest active-series opponent. The series dates to Nov. 20, 1921. Green Bay's series against the Chicago Bears franchise is one week younger.
SINGLE-STADIUM PASSING YARDS: Brett Favre, who played nine home games at Milwaukee County Stadium from 1992-94, needs 161 yards passing today to reach 25,000 at Lambeau Field and become only the second player ever to throw for that many yards in a single venue. The quarterback already holds the league record for TD passes at a single stadium (193 entering today).
-Favre actually has 27,250 yards in home games during his 16-year NFL career, including 2,411 in Milwaukee. That ranks third in league annals, behind Dan Marino (31,731, including 7,781 at the Orange Bowl), and John Elway (27,889, all at Mile High Stadium).
-Counting only single stadiums, however, Favre ranks second with 24,839 at historic Lambeau Field (Elias Sports Bureau):
John Elway - Mile High Stadium - 27,889
Brett Favre - Lambeau Field - 24,839
Dan Marino - Joe Robbie/Pro Player Stadium - 23,950
CANTON NOMINEES: Congratulations and best wishes to former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, former GM Ron Wolf and current team historian Lee Remmel, who were nominated Friday for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2007. The enshrinees will be selected from a list of 17 finalists on Feb. 3, 2007, in Miami.
HONORARY CAPTAIN: Former Packers wide receiver Robert Brooks, a member of the Super Bowl XXXI championship team, will serve as honorary captain for today's game.
-As part of the organization's season-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Super Bowl win, General Manager Ted Thompson has invited members of the 1996 team to serve as honorary captains for each of the Packers' remaining home games.
PREGAME INFORMATION: Lilian Garcia, known best as the ring announcer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), will perform our national anthem. At the end of the presentation, two U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets from Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-137, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, will fly by the stadium. The lead pilot, Cmdr. Stuart Baker, is a Green Bay native.
POOL REPORTERS: As appointed by the Professional Football Writers of America, Cliff Christl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Mike Vandermause (alternate) of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
NEXT WEEK: The Packers cross a few of the Great Lakes and fly to Buffalo (Sunday, noon CST, FOX); the early weather forecast doesn't look promising...Credential applications for the contest at Buffalo are due by noon on Monday, Oct. 30...Arizona takes its bye week before returning to University of Phoenix Stadium Nov. 12 to host the Dallas Cowboys (2:15 p.m. Arizona time, FOX).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY & IN COMING WEEKS -
80 DONALD DRIVER:
-Has 28 career TD receptions from Brett Favre. On the team's all-time combination list, the duo needs one more to surpass No. 8 Bart Starr-Boyd Dowler (28), one to tie No. 7 Arnie Herber-Don Hutson (29), and four to reach No. 5 (tie) Lynn Dickey-James Lofton and Favre-Robert Brooks?(both 32).
-Has a reception in 70 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
4 BRETT FAVRE:
-Is expected to play in his 250th straight game, including playoffs (230 regular season). He should start his 228th consecutive game (248 including playoffs), extending the NFL's record among quarterbacks.
-By throwing for four TDs in two games, would match Marino's NFL career mark, 21. Favre has 19 games of at least four TD passes.
88 BUBBA FRANKS:
-Needs one TD reception to reach 30 career. In team history, only 11 previous players have reached the milestone. Donald Driver reached the mark Oct. 22.
30 AHMAN GREEN: On Green Bay's all-time rushing list...
-Needs one rushing touchdown to tie No. 2 Paul Hornung (50). Green enters with 49 in a Packers uniform.
-Needs 42 receiving yards to surpass No. 1 Gerry Ellis (2,514) on the team's all-time offensive backs list. Green enters with 2,473.
-Needs four overall TDs to surpass No. 3 Sterling Sharpe (66). Green enters with 63 in a Packers uniform.
-Needs two points to surpass No. 10 Clarke Hinkle (379), three to surpass No. 9 Ted Fritsch (380) and 19 to surpass No. 8 Sterling Sharpe (396). Green enters with 378.
31 AL HARRIS:
-Needs to return one interception for a touchdown to tie No. 5 Charley Brock, Doug Hart and Ken Ellis (all with three) on Green Bay's all-time career list. With a second TD on an interception, would match No. 4 Johnny (Blood) McNally, who returned four. Harris enters with two.