Green Bay opens up play in the NFC North this weekend as it travels to Minnesota to take on the Vikings at the HHH Metrodome.
PACKERS HEAD INTO DIVISION PLAY UNDEFEATED
-Green Bay opens up play in the NFC North this weekend as it travels to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
-The Packers moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 last Sunday with a 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers, while the Vikings fell to 1-2 with a 13-10 loss at Kansas City.
-According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in Packers history that the club has begun the season 3-0, with all three wins coming against teams that made the playoffs in the previous year.
-In fact, the 2007 Packers are just the fourth team in league history to accomplish the feat. The 1982 Washington Redskins, 1991 Houston Oilers and 2002 Saints - under offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy - are the only other clubs in NFL history to open a season with three consecutive wins over teams that reached the playoffs the previous season.
-Only defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis (eight) enters play this weekend with a longer winning streak than Green Bay (seven).
-The Packers are one of five undefeated teams in the NFL - and one of two in the NFC - heading into Week 4.
FAVRE ON THE VERGE OF HISTORY
-Thanks to his second straight game with three touchdown passes, quarterback Brett Favre stands just one touchdown pass away from one of the NFL's most sacred records.
-Touchdown pass No. 420 - which tied Favre with Dan Marino on the all-time list - couldn't have come at a better time for the Packers. Down 21-17 with just over two minutes left, Favre hit wide receiver Greg Jennings on a quick slant, and Jennings did the rest, racing 57 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
-42 different players have been on the receiving end of a Brett Favre touchdown pass, and one will be etched into the record books with the next record-breaking touchdown.
-If Favre starts at quarterback on Sunday - which he is expected to do for the 241st straight game (261 including playoffs) - he will establish the league's second-longest starting streak on record, surpassing Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff (240).
THE VIKINGS-PACKERS SERIES
-These two longtime divisional rivals square off for the 93rd time in the history of the rivalry.
-Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (46-45-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series.
-The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi's Packers won the first six meetings and nine of the first 10.
-The Vikings swept the Packers in 2005 for the first time since 1998.
-In 2003, the home clubs in the series were 0-2. The last time that happened was 1991.
-Over the last 13 seasons (1994-2006), these teams have accounted for nine NFC Central/North division championships.
-The Packers have won three of the last four contests at the HHH Metrodome, including a 23-17 victory last November.
WEARING THE STRIPES
-Today's officiating crew includes referee Ed Hochuli (85), umpire Chad Brown (31), head linesman Mark Hittner (28), line judge Tom Symonette (100), field judge Tom Sifferman (118), side judge Don Carlson (39) and back judge Scott Helverson (93).
-The Packers return home to host the Bears on?Sunday night while the Vikings enter their bye week.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
4 BRETT FAVRE
-Will make his 241st consecutive start (261 inclduing playoffs) under center today, the NFL's record among quarterbacks. Favre surpasses Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff (240) and now owns the NFL's second-longest starting streak on record.
-Needs one TD pass to surpass Dan Marino's NFL record, 420. Favre enters Sunday tied with Marino.
-Needs 11 passing attempts to break Dan Marino's career record, 8,358. Favre enters with 8,348.
-Needs one 300-yard passing game for 50 career. He enters with 49.
-Needs 390 passing yards in road games to reach 30,000. Favre enters with 29,610.
60 ROB DAVIS
-Will play in his 155th consecutive game today. With appearances in the next seven contests, will tie No. 4 Larry McCarren (162) on the franchise's all-time list.
80 DONALD DRIVER
-Has a reception in 83 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-Needs 153 receiving yards to surpass No. 6 Max McGee (6,346) on the Packers' all-time list. Driver (6,194) enters No. 7 in team history.
-Needs 8 receptions to surpass No. 4 Boyd Dowler (448) on the team's franchise list. Driver (441) enters No. 5 in team history
-Needs two TD receptions to become only the eighth player in franchise annals to reach 40 career, joining Don Hutson (99), Sterling Sharpe (65), Antonio Freeman (57), Max McGee (50), James Lofton (49), Billy Howton (43) and Boyd Dowler (40). Driver enters with 38.
88 BUBBA FRANKS
-Needs one touchdown catch to tie No. 10 Robert Brooks (32) on the team's all-time list.
-Needs 5 receptions for 250 career. Franks enters with 245.
-Needs 44 receiving yards to surpass No. 5 Mark Chmura (2,253), 112 to surpass No. 4 Ed West (2,321), 161 to surpass No. 3 Rich McGeorge (2,370) and 385 to surpass No. 2 Ron Kramer (2,594) on the team's all-time tight ends list. Franks enters with 2,210.
74 AARON KAMPMAN
-Needs 2 sacks to surpass No. 7 Vonnie Holliday (32) and 21/2 to surpass No. 6 Bryce Paup (321/2) on the Packers' all-time sacks list.
94 KABEER GBAJA-BIAMILA
-On Green Bay's all-time sacks list, needs 21/2 to match Reggie White's career record, 681/2. Gbaja-Biamila enters with 66.
31 AL HARRIS
-Has played in 157 straight games (147 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began in Philadelphia in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, has started all 70 games (67 regular season, 3 playoffs) as a Packer.