-A PACKERS VICTORY today would give Mike Sherman the longest winning streak of his three-year tenure as Green Bay's head coach - five in a row. His current four-game skein matches his best previous streak, four straight to end the 2000 season.
Sherman, just for the record, is 1-0 against the Redskins, the Green and Gold having defeated Washington 37-0 on the latter's September 24 visit to Lambeau Field last year.
-HISTORIC DAY - FAVRE TIES WOOD: Today is yet another historic day for quarterback Brett Favre. He is playing in his 166th consecutive game and thus tying Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood (1960-71) for second place in Packers annals in most consecutive games played.
Now, Forrest Gregg (1956, 1958-70) is the only player in team annals to have played in more consecutive games (187).
Favre also ties Wood with the sixth-most career games played in team history (166).
Wood, incidentally, did not miss a game during his 12-year playing career, which encompassed his 166 regular-season games. He also played in 10 postseason games without a miss.
-FAVRE, ADDITIONALLY, is making his 164th consecutive start, again extending his NFL record for quarterbacks.
For the record, the indestructible field general has played in 181 consecutive games overall - 165 regular season contests and 16 playoff games.
-STILL HAS THE 'TOUCH:' To date, after six games, Favre has matched his touchdown-pass production for the first six games of the '01 season with 14 scoring strikes. They, jointly, represent the second-best TD starts he has had over his remarkably productive career. His best start occurred in the Super Bowl year of 1996 when he threw 20 TD passes over the first six games of the season.
-RUNNING BACK AHMAN GREEN enters this afternoon's game in position to take over ninth place on the Packers' all-time rushing list. Green, who last week became the fastest in team annals to rush for 3,000 career yards, goes into action with 3,114 yards - just 51 fewer than ninth-ranking Donny Anderson (3,165).
In last week's New England game, Green scaled another new and major statistical plateau. Gaining 157 yards (136 rushing and 21 receiving), he moved past Pro Football Hall of Famer Clarke Hinkle into 10th place in team history in career combined rushing and receiving yards with 4,412 (3,114 rushing and 1,298 receiving). Hinkle is now 11th with 4,397 (3,860 rushing and 537 receiving).
-GREEN ALSO HAS an opportunity today to make additional team history. Should he rush for 100 yards - for the fourth time this season - it would be the 14th such game of his Packers' career and break a tie with John Brockington for second place on the club's career list. Brockington ended his career (1971-77) with 13. Jim Taylor (1958-66) is the club's all-time leader with 26.
-OH, REALLY?: Wide receiver Javon Walker, speaking at Green Bay's Associated Bank Quarterback Club last week, whimsically delivered a curious announcement during his appearance.
"I played baseball for the Florida Marlins (organization) before giving it up to play football," he informed. "I got a letter a couple months ago (from the Marlins) saying I'd been traded to the California Angels."
-CHALEE TENNISON, a country recording artist, will sing the national anthem prior to this afternoon's game.
-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 draw their annual scheduled bye next weekend (October 27). They will return to action Monday night, Nov. 4, when they host the Miami Dolphins on ABC's prime time, national showcase, with kickoff set for 8:07.