TODAY: The Packers hope for a 14th consecutive win over Detroit in Wisconsin (three wins at Milwaukee County Stadium - Green Bay has taken the last 10 at Lambeau Field)...The streak includes five Lions head coaches...Green Bay last lost at home to Detroit on Dec. 15, 1991...Green Bay gets its first look at Roy Williams and its first extended look at Kevin Jones, the Lions' two first-round draft picks this past spring...The Packers can win an eighth game and guarantee a non-losing season for a 13th consecutive season (1992-2004), longest active streak in the NFL...The Packers, controllers of their own destiny as leaders of the NFC North, hope to stay inches ahead of the Vikings in Green Bay's quest for a third straight division crown. Minnesota hosts Seattle.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY & IN COMING WEEKS -
-Will play in a 204th consecutive game (223 including playoffs) and make his 202nd consecutive start (221 including playoffs), 86 more than the next-closest streak on the all-time quarterbacks list, 116 by Ron Jaworski (1977-84).
-Needs 28 passing yards to register a 13th overall 3,000-yard season and tie Dan Marino (13) for most all-time. John Elway also had 12. Favre would extend his NFL record for consecutive 3,000-yard seasons to 13.
-Needs 84 yards rushing to post a fifth 1,000-yard season and tie Jim Taylor's franchise record (both overall and consecutive, Taylor also did it five straight years, 1960-64).
-Needs 35 carries for 1,500 career.
-Needs two rushing TDs for 50 career.
-Needs four rushing TDs to surpass No. 2 Paul Hornung (50) on the all-time Packers list. Green enters the week with 47.
-Needs two overall TDs to tie No. 4 Paul Hornung (62) on the all-time Green Bay list. Green enters the week with 60.
-Needs two receptions to surpass No. 2 Dorsey Levens (271) on the Packers' all-time list among backs. Green enters the week with 270. William Henderson, now No. 1 on the list, enters with 273.
-If Ahman Green gains 84 yards rushing, Henderson would break Howard Griffith's NFL record among fullbacks by blocking for a 1,000-yard rusher in a seventh overall season. Griffith blocked for Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Anthony Johnson and Jerome Bettis.
-Needs one field goal for 200 career.
-With one point, would score in a 125th consecutive game, extending his franchise record (every game of his career).
-The former U.S. Postal Service worker should make his first career start, in place of Na'il Diggs (who ends a 62-game starts streak).
-Needs one touchdown to surpass both Bobby Dillon and Doug Hart (five) for second on the team's defensive TD list. Herb Adderley leads with seven defensive TDs. Sharper enters the week with five.
AT THE CENTER OF THE STREAK: Scott Wells today could become the seventh center to start during Brett Favre's streak, which will reach 202 starts this afternoon. The first six centers during the streak (since Sept. 27, 1992), ranked by starts:
Frank Winters, 1992-2002 123
Mike Flanagan, 2000-04 43
James Campen, 1992-93 14
Grey Ruegamer, 2004 9
Jeff Dellenbach, 1997-98 6
Jamie Dukes, 1994 6
ROOKIE CENTERS: Wells also could become the first rookie to start at center for the Packers since Bill Cherry, Oct. 12, 1986, also vs. Detroit at Lambeau Field.
-That season was also the last year in which Green Bay started more than two centers.
-In 2004, Grey Ruegamer replaced Mike Flanagan in the lineup beginning with Week 4, after debilitating knee tendinitis put Flangan on injured reserve. Wells could start today for Ruegamer, who rolled his ankle in last Sunday's game at Philadelphia.
-In 1986, the Packers started Cherry, Mark Cannon and Karl Swanke.
TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE: Brett Favre has guided the Packers to points on seven of the last eight instances in which he's been pressed into a two-minute drill (including game-winning field goals Nov. 14 and Nov. 21).
HENDERSON, GREEN ASCENDING RECEPTIONS CHART: William Henderson last week became the team's all-time leader in receptions by an offensive back. Ahman Green might pass him today. A closer look at both the backs receptions list, as well as the team's all-time overall list:
TODAY'S NATIONAL ANTHEM: Columbia R&B recording artist John Legend, whose new album Get Lifted is set for release later this month, will perform the Star-Spangled Banner.
HALFTIME: Winners of the Miller Lite Ultimate Fan Contest will dress up as beer bottles and participate in a punt, pass and kick competition.
AT THE GATES: Sentry is distributing traditional Lambeau Field pennants to fans.
POOL REPORTERS: Cliff Christl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is the home pool reporter. Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette is the alternate.
NEXT WEEK: The Packers continue this "homestand," facing the Jaguars Sunday in that franchise's first-ever trip to Wisconsin, a kickoff the league recently moved to 3:15 CST...Detroit returns home Sunday to host the Vikings, an early kickoff at Ford Field.