PRESEASON WRAPS UP IN TENNESSEE
-The Green Bay Packers play their final preseason contest of 2007 in Tennessee against the Titans, an annual preseason foe since 2002.
-The Packers aim to finish the preseason 3-1, which would be their best mark since '02. That year, the Packers used the momentum of a 3-1 preseason to catapult them to a 12-4 regular season mark and NFC North crown.
-Last Thursday, Green Bay fell to another AFC South opponent, Jacksonville, 21-13, at Lambeau Field.
-Starters are expected to play just a few series Thursday in Nashville, with the regular season opener against Philadelphia just 10 days away.
-Following the game, the Packers will have just one day to asses the roster before the final preseason roster reduction - to 53 players - on Saturday, Sept. 1, by 5:00 p.m. CDT.
-The Titans come off a 28-17 road victory over Buffalo Friday night. Quarterback Vince Young passed for a touchdown and ran for another.
PREPERATIONS FOR PHILADELPHIA BEGIN
-Soon after the final whistle in Tennessee, the Packers will turn their attention to the Philadelphia Eagles. The season kicks off Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field at 12 noon.
-McCarthy will give the team both Friday and Saturday off as the team makes its final roster decisions.
-The Packers will hit the practice field Sunday and Monday. Tuesday - the regularly scheduled day off for players during the season - the team will not practice.
-The Packers have played the Eagles five times the past four seasons, including the last four in Philadelphia. The season opener marks the first time Philadelphia will play in Lambeau Field since Nov. 10, 2003.
STARTERS CONTINUE TO ROLL; BACKUPS CAN'T HOLD LEAD
-With its starters playing the entire first half, Green Bay built a 10-0 halftime lead with scoring drives on its final two possessions of the half.
-Dave Rayner connected on a 22-yard field goal and Brandon Jackson found the end zone from 1 yard out just before the half.
-Against a stout run defense, Brett Favre and the offense opted to attack through the air. Favre led the offense on a 12-play, 76 yard drive - which included seven straight completions to seven different receivers - but his third-down pass to an open James Jones was tipped at the line.
-Aaron Rodgers finished the first half with the No. 1 offense - valuable playing experience for the third-year pro. He led the offense on a 9-play, 73-yard scoring drive, ending in a 1-yard touchdown run by Jackson.
-The No. 1 defense continued its solid play, surrendering just three first downs and 97 yards of total offense in the first half. Twice the unit stopped the Jaguars on fourth-down attempts.
-Just before halftime, wide receiver Donald Driver went down with a foot sprain and had to be carted off the field. Head Coach Mike McCarthy remains hopeful that Driver will be back in time for the season opener against the Eagles.
-Jacksonville had two touchdown drives in the third quarter before Mason Crosby connected on a 38-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to bring the Packers within one.
-The Packers got the ball back with just under two minutes to play but an interception returned for a score sealed the victory for Jacksonville.
The Packers made a number of transactions this week to reduce their roster to the NFL-mandated limit of 75 active players. FB?Ryan Powdrell was placed on I.R.; released were were center C.J. Blomvall, wide receiver Carlton Brewster, fullback Erryn Cobb, punter Ryan Dougherty, defensive end DeVon Hicks, cornerback Antonio Malone, quarterback Ingle Martin, guard Pat Murray, running back P.J. Pope, linebacker Juwan Simpson and tight end Joe Werner.
WEARING THE STRIPES
Tonight's officiating crew includes referee Pete Morelli (135), umpire Darrell Jenkins (76), head linesman George Hayward (54), line judge Charles Stewart (62), field judge Jim Saracino (58), side judge Jeff Lamberth (103) and back judge Keith Ferguson (61).
The Philadelphia Eagles travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers on Sept. 9, at 12 noon, in the 2007 season opener.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2007 -
4 BRETT FAVRE
-Has played in 239 straight games (257 including playoffs) and started 237 in a row (257 including playoffs), the NFL's record among quarterbacks. By starting the first four games of 2007, would surpass Mick Tinglehoff's stretch of 240 straight starts (1962-78), the second-longest recorded streak in NFL history. Only Jim Marshall (270, 1961-79) has been documented to have more consecutive starts.
-Needs six TD passes to match Dan Marino's NFL record, 420. Favre enters with 414.
-Needs one win to tie No. 1 John Elway (148-82-1, .643). Favre enters tied with No. 2 Dan Marino (147-93-0, .613) on the all-time quarterback wins list.
-Needs 136 passing attempts to break Dan Marino's career record, 8,358. Favre enters with 8,223.
-Needs 3,862 passing yards - or less than his totals in each of the past three seasons - to break Marino's record (61,361) for career passing yards. Favre enters 2007 with 57,500.
80 DONALD DRIVER
-Has a reception in 80 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-Could tie a franchise record with 1,000 yards in a fifth overall season. Only James Lofton and Sharpe have five 1,000-yard campaigns.
88 BUBBA FRANKS
-Needs one TD reception to reach 30 career. In team history, only 11 previous players have reached the milestone, including Driver in '06.
76 CHAD CLIFTON
-Needs five starts for 100 career. Clifton enters with 95.
65 MARK TAUSCHER
-Needs seven games played and nine starts for 100. He enters with 93 games and 91 starts.
74 AARON KAMPMAN
-Needs one sack to become just the eighth player to record 30 in a Packers uniform. Kampman, who had five sacks over his last three games, enters with 29.
94 KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA
-On Green Bay's all-time sacks list, needs four to match Reggie White's career record, 681/2. Gbaja-Biamila enters with 641/2.
56 NICK BARNETT
-Bids for a fifth consecutive 100-tackle season.
21 CHARLES WOODSON
-Carries into 2007 a streak of three games with an interception. With an INT in the season opener, would extend the stretch to four games, longest since John Symank in 1961. Irv Comp holds the team record, with five in 1943.