Packers-Lions Press Box Notes

-MIKE SHERMAN, who has proved hard to lick anywhere, has been virtually unbeatable at home. For pertinent example, the Packers have won 17 of their last 18 games in Lambeau Field, including last January's Wild Card playoff against San Francisco. That figures out to a .944 winning percentage.

Overall, Sherman owns an 18-3 record in "Lambeau," with two of the three losses coming during the 2000 season, his first as Green Bay's field leader.

-QUARTERBACK BRETT FAVRE, today making his 22nd career start against Detroit, has registered more 300-yard passing games against the Lions - six - than any other NFL opponent. They include a 357-yard performance in the Packers' first '02 meeting with the Lions Sept. 22, with which Favre led the Packers to a 37-31 victory - his 14th against the Lions compared to 7 losses.

-SPEAKING OF PASSING YARDAGE, Favre needs only 32 yards this afternoon to move past Joe Montana (40,551) into sixth place on pro football's all-time list. Favre has passed for 40,520 yards to date.

-FROM THE DURABILITY STANDPOINT, Favre today is playing in his 168th game and passes tight end Ed West (167) to take over fifth place on the Packers' career list for most games played. Bart Starr is the team's all-time leader (196 games), followed by Ray Nitschke (190), Forrest Gregg (187) and LeRoy Butler (181).

Favre also today extends his NFL record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback to 166. That is 50 more than the previous league record, set by Ron Jaworski and broken by No. 4 in the fifth week of the 1999 regular season.

Favre's 166 consecutive starts also represent the longest active streak in the NFL at any position.

-AHMAN GREEN, already well represented in the Packers' record book, needs 80 rushing yards today to move above Edgar Bennett (3,353) into eighth place on the Packers' lifetime rushing list. Green goes into action with 3,274 yards.

Green, incidentally, has been productive against Detroit. He has averaged 111.5 yards per game rushing against the Lions, punctuated by a 157-yard performance in the Packers' 2001 regular season opener in Lambeau Field (Sept. 9).

Hampered by a quadriceps injury, Green sat out the Packers' Sept. 22 meeting with the Lions at Detroit's Ford Field.

-HE'S 'EVEN' NOW: In the wake of his 89-yard scoring runback of an interception against Miami Monday night, safety Darren Sharper now has as many "return" touchdowns to his career credit as he has had "called back." His theft/excursion against the Dolphins was his fourth official touchdown, matching the number of "TD" returns he has had nullified by penalties, to date.

For the record, three of Sharper's "official" scores have come following interceptions, one by way of a fumble return.

-IN HONOR OF VETERANS DAY, the Packers will welcome representatives of 25 families of active military personnel, who will be on the field for the national anthem, each displaying an American flag.

Four F-16s from the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing, based in Madison, Wis., will stage a fly-over following the anthem, which will be performed by the country recording band, Sixwire.

-THE PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL Marching Band, 275 strong, will entertain at halftime.

-2002 TEAM PHOTO CARDS, courtesy of Kohl's will be distributed at the gates to fans attending this afternoon's game.

-QUICK QUOTE: Packers cornerback Mike McKenzie, speaking to Green Bay's Associated Bank Quarterback Club: "I can't imagine playing for any other team than the Green Bay Packers. Our fans are not fair weather fans - they're with you win, lose or draw...Just to be a part of something like this is unbelievable."

-THE POOL REPORTERS: Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, appointed by the Pro Football Writers of America, are the pool reporters for today's game.

-NEXT WEEK: The Packers hit the road to take on another divisional rival, the Minnesota Vikings, at the Minneapolis Metrodome Sunday (Nov. 17), with kickoff set for 12 noon, CST (Wisconsin time).

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