Packers-Lions Press Box Notes


TODAY: Two first-year head coaches - Green Bay's Mike McCarthy and Detroit's Rod Marinelli - battle for their first NFL win...Brett Favre attempts to become only the second player in NFL history to throw for 400 TDs...Green Bay looks to avenge a 17-3 loss at Ford Field that opened the 2005 season...The Packers have not lost consecutive games at Detroit since dropping four straight, from 1997-2000, all at the Pontiac Silverdome...Green Bay is 2-2 all-time at Ford Field, winning in the stadium's inaugural year, 2002, and in 2004...Several Packers players with Michigan roots return to the state, including Greg Jennings. The rookie wide receiver played at Kalamazoo High School, which also produced Derek Jeter and T.J. Duckett.

FAVRE BIDS FOR 400: Brett Favre enters the weekend with 399 career TD passes. Only one other passer in NFL history, Dan Marino (420), has reached 400.

-Favre will play his 228th NFL game Sunday. Marino reached the 400 milestone in his 227th contest.

EPITOME OF CONSISTENCY: Donald Driver and Aaron Kampman earned respective offensive and defensive team MVP honors for their efforts last year. After receiving new contracts this offseason, Driver (15 receptions) and Kampman (four sacks) are off to starts nearly unprecedented in Packers history.

-Since 1932, when the NFL officially began recording receptions, only two players have more receptions in the Packers' first two games of any season: Ken Payne (17 in 1975) and Robert Brooks (16 in 1995). Dorsey Levens also had 15 receptions in his first two games of 1998.

-No other Packers player has had more sacks in the Packers' first two games than Kampman (since 1982, when the NFL began recording sacks). Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had four sacks over Green Bay's first two games in 2001 (Elias Sports Bureau).

HOMECOMING: Tickets were in high demand this week in the Green Bay locker room, as several Packers players are competing in front of friends, family, former coaches and teammates today. In impressive fashion, kicker Dave Rayner collected 30 tickets for his group. DT Cullen Jenkins (Central Michigan), CB Charles Woodson (Michigan), TE Tory Humphrey (Central Michigan), WR Greg Jennings (Western?Michigan), WR?Ruvell Martin (Saginaw Valley State) and Rayner (Michigan State) all played collegiately in Michigan. RB Noah Herron is from Mattawan, Mich., while Rayner (Oxford), Humphrey (Saginaw), Jennings (Kalamazoo), Jenkins (Belleville) and Martin (Muskegon) also hail from the state.

POOL REPORTER: As appointed by the Professional Football Writers of America, Mike O'Hara of the Detroit News is the primary Ford Field pool reporter.

NEXT WEEK: The Packers return to prime time with another road trip; in a 7:30 CDT?kickoff on ESPN, Green Bay bids for its first win at Philadelphia since 1962...Meanwhile, Mike Martz and the Lions remain indoors, traveling to meet the coordinator's former club, St. Louis, a 4:05 p.m. EDT start.



-Needs two receptions to surpass No. 6 Max McGee (345) on the all-time Packers receiving list. Driver enters with 344 catches.

-Has 26 career TD receptions from Brett Favre. On the team's all-time combination list, needs two more to match No. 8 Bart Starr-Boyd Dowler (28), three to tie No. 7 Arnie Herber-Don Hutson (29), and six to reach No. 5 (tie) Lynn Dickey-James Lofton and Favre-Robert Brooks?(both 32).

-Has a reception in 66 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).

-Needs 117 receiving yards for 5,000 career.

-Needs two TD receptions to reach 30 career. In team history, only 10 players have reached the milestone. Bubba Franks enters with 29.

4 BRETT FAVRE: On the NFL's all-time passing list...

-Needs one touchdown pass to become the second in NFL history with 400, joining Dan Marino (420). Favre enters with 399. Marino reached the milestone in his 227th NFL game. Favre enters having played 227 league contests.


-Needs 46 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 enters with 28.

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 110 receiving yards to surpass No. 1 Gerry Ellis (2,514) on the team's all-time offensive backs list. Green enters with 2,405. William Henderson enters with 2,347.

-Needs two overall touchdowns to surpass No. 4 Paul Hornung (62) and six to surpass No. 3 Sterling Sharpe (66). Green enters with 61 in a Packers uniform.

-Needs 14 points to surpass No. 10 Clarke Hinkle (379), 15 to surpass No. 9 Ted Fritsch (380), 31 to surpass No. 8 Sterling Sharpe (396) and 90 to surpass No. 7 Fred Cone (455). Green enters with 366.

-Needs 53 yards from scrimmage to surpass No. 2 Jim Taylor (9,712) and 242 to surpass No. 1 James Lofton (9,901). Green enters with 9,660.

Green also:

-Needs one rushing touchdown for 50 career.

-Needs one 100-yard rushing game for 30 in a Packers uniform.

-Needs 9 yards from scrimmage for 10,000 career. Green enters with 9,991 (7,584 rushing, 2,407 receiving).

-Needs 340 yards from scrimmage for 10,000 in a Packers uniform. Green enters with 9,660 (7,255 rushing, 2,405 receiving).


-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.


-Needs 168 receiving yards to surpass No. 1 Gerry Ellis (2,514) on the team's all-time offensive backs list. Henderson enters with 2,347. Ahman Green enters with 2,405.

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