TONIGHT: The Packers make their regular-season debut on ESPN's version of Monday Night Football...Heavy underdogs, the Packers enter with the mindset that being labeled an underdog comes from the outside. On the inside, they're only as big an underdog as they make themselves out to be...In an improbable quirk, the Packers travel to Philaelphia, a non-divisional opponent, for a fourth straight season. The Eagles hosted Green Bay in the 2003 playoffs and in a previously scheduled 2004 contest. However, the last two instances - 2005 and now 2006 - have resulted because the Packers and Eagles finished in the same slots in their divisions (first in 2005 and fourth in 2006), and the league had slated the NFC North and NFC East same-place finishers to play in 2005 and '06...The Packers play the Eagles for the third time in prime time (all on Monday Night Football, also 1996 and 2003) but the first time in Philly...Mike McCarthy will attempt to become the third rookie head coach to win a Monday Night Football game this year, following Minnesota's Brad Childress (Sept. 11 at Washington) and New Orleans' Sean Payton (Sept. 25 vs. Atlanta)...Brett Favre, whose streak turned 14 years old Wednesday, makes his 225th consecutive regular-season start. He's 17-13 in 30 career starts on Monday night.
YARDS IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Brett Favre for the first time in his career has topped 300 yards and thrown for at least three scores in two consecutive games.
-Six times during his career, Favre has thrown 10-or-more touchdowns over a three-game span. His most over a three-game span was Nov. 12-26, 1995, when he compiled 11 in games vs. Chicago (five), at Cleveland (three) and vs. Tampa Bay (three).
BOTH EXTREMES: Two weeks ago, the Jaguars and Steelers combined for nine points, the lowest total in the history of the Monday night series. But did you know, the Packers participated in the highest-scoring game in the series? During a memorable Oct. 17, 1983, Lambeau Field game, Green Bay won a 48-47 track meet over Joe Theismann's Redskins. Facing the defending Super Bowl champions, the Packers prevailed in a contest featuring 11 touchdowns, 11 extra points and six field goals. Jan Stenerud's 20-yard FG with 54 seconds left decided the issue. The 'Skins' Mark Moseley missed a 39-yard try as time expired.
POOL REPORTERS: As appointed by the Professional Football Writers of America, Mark Eckel of the Trenton Times is the primary Ford Field pool reporter; Reuben Frank of the Burlington County Times is the alternate.
NEXT WEEK: Green Bay returns to Lambeau Field to host the St. Louis Rams in another meeting of first-year head coaches (noon CDT, FOX)...Meanwhile, the Eagles remain home to face Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys (4:15 p.m. EDT, FOX).
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY & IN COMING WEEKS -
60 ROB DAVIS:
-Will extend his Green Bay streak of consecutive games to 139 and surpass the No. 8 streaks, shared by LB Bill Forester (1953-63) and Hall of Fame DE Willie Davis (1960-69) on the Packers' all-time list. Rob Davis, who enters the weekend at 138, would reach 151 by playing in all 16 games this year, and would surpass the franchise's No. 7 (140, Fred Carr), No. 6 (144, Ryan Longwell) and No. 5 (150, Boyd Dowler) streaks.
80 DONALD DRIVER:
-Has 27 career TD receptions from Brett Favre. On the team's all-time combination list, needs one more to match No. 8 Bart Starr-Boyd Dowler (28), two to tie No. 7 Arnie Herber-Don Hutson (29), and five to reach No. 5 (tie) Lynn Dickey-James Lofton and Favre-Robert Brooks?(both 32).
-Has a reception in 67 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-Needs 97 receiving yards for 5,000 career.
-Needs one TD reception to reach 30 career. In team history, only 10 players have reached the milestone. Bubba Franks also has 29.
4 BRETT FAVRE:
-Needs 300 yards passing to record the first instance of three straight 300-yard games during his 16 NFL seasons. Favre, who turns 37 next week, enters having strung together 300-yard, three-TD performances for the first time in his career.
88 BUBBA FRANKS:
-Needs 7 receiving yards for 2,000 career.
-Needs one TD reception to reach 30 career. In team history, only 10 previous players have reached the milestone. Donald Driver also enters with 29.
30 AHMAN GREEN: On Green Bay's all-time rushing list...
-Needs two rushing touchdowns to tie No. 2 Paul Hornung (50). Green enters with 48.
-Needs 41 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 one overall touchdown to surpass No. 4 Paul Hornung (62) and five to surpass No. 3 Sterling Sharpe (66). Green enters with 62 in a Packers uniform.
-Needs eight points to surpass No. 10 Clarke Hinkle (379), nine to surpass No. 9 Ted Fritsch (380) and 25 to surpass No. 8 Sterling Sharpe (396). Green enters with 372.
-Needs 111 yards from scrimmage to surpass No. 1 James Lofton (9,901). Green enters with 9,791.
-Needs one rushing touchdown for 50 career.
-Needs one 100-yard rushing game for 30 in a Packers uniform.
-Needs 209 yards from scrimmage for 10,000 in a Packers uniform. Green enters with 9,791 (7,318 rushing, 2,473 receiving).
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.