|Packers-Chargers Press Box Notes
PACKERS HOST CHARGERS IN WEEK 3 SHOWDOWN
-Green Bay returns home to face its first AFC opponent of 2007, the San Diego Chargers.
-The Packers moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2001 last Sunday with a 35-13 victory over the New York Giants, while the Chargers fell to 1-1 with a 38-14 loss at New England.
-According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the third time in Packers history that the club has begun the season 2-0 with both wins coming against teams that made the playoffs in the previous year.
-Vince Lombardi led the Packers to a 2-0 start in 1966 by defeating Baltimore and Cleveland, while Mike Holmgren accomplished the feat in 1998 with victories over Detroit and Tampa Bay.
-With another 2006 playoff team at Lambeau Field today, the Packers have the opportunity to become the first team in franchise history to start 3-0, with all three wins against teams that reached the playoffs in the previous year.
-Going 3-0 won't be easy. San Diego owned the league's best regular-season record last year at 14-2 and return all 11 Pro Bowlers, including league MVP LaDainian Tomlinson.
-Only defending Super Bowl champion Indianapolis (seven) enters play this weekend with a longer winning streak than Green Bay (six).
-The Packers are one of five undefeated NFC teams heading into Week 3. Losing out on the 2006 playoffs after four tiebreakers and percentage points, the Packers have already defeated two NFC opponents - the Eagles and Giants - that beat them out for the playoff spots last season.
-Sunday features a matchup of the NFL's two top sack leaders from 2006.
-San Diego's Shawne Merriman (17) - last year's AFC?sack leader - and Green Bay's Aaron Kampman (151/2) - who led the NFC?in sacks - finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the NFL in 2006.
-Sunday marks the 11th time in NFL history that the teams of the previous season's No. 1 and 2 sack leaders will meet since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic.
-The only other time the Packers were involved in such a game was 1990. That season, Packers LB?Tim Harris (191/2 sacks in '89) twice squared off against the Vikings' Chris Doleman (21 sacks in '89).
-Out of the 11 meetings, this will be only the fourth time that those two players also led their respective conferences in the category.
HONORING THOSE WHO SERVE
-As part of the 'Operation Fan Mail' program, the Packers and Festival Foods will recognize a military family with Wisconsin ties.
-This week, the Packers and Festival Foods honor Sgt. Brian Bird at today's game. Sgt. Bird has been serving in the United States Army for over 2 years. He will be returning to?Baghdad, Iraq, for his second tour of duty with the 1st Infantry Division, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, HHC, on October 7. Today, Sgt. Bird is joined by his wife, Bonita, his mother, Melody Berlin, and other family members.
WEARING THE STRIPES
-Today's officiating crew includes referee Jeff Triplette (42), umpire Jim Quirk (5), head linesman Steve Stelljes (22), line judge Jeff Seeman (45), field judge Duke Carroll (11), side judge Greg Meyer (78) and back judge Greg Steed (12).
The Packers travel to Minneapolis to take on the Vikings while the Chargers return home to take on the Chiefs.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR TODAY
4 BRETT FAVRE
-Will make his 240th consecutive start (260 inclduing playoffs) under center today, the NFL's record among quarterbacks. Favre is now tied with Vikings center Mick Tinglehoff for the NFL's second longest starting streak on record.
-Needs four TD passes to surpass Dan Marino's NFL record, 420. Favre enters with 417.
-Needs 56 passing attempts to break Dan Marino's career record, 8,358. Favre enters with 8,303.
-Needs five TD passes at Lambeau Field to extend the league's single-stadium record to 200. He enters with 195.
-Needs 1,919 passing yards at Lambeau Field to surpass John Elway (27,889 at Mile High Stadium) for the single-stadium record. Favre has 25,971.
60 ROB DAVIS
-Will play in his 154th consecutive game today. With appearances in the next eight contests, will tie No. 4 Larry McCarren (162) on the franchise's all-time list.
-Will appear in his 78th career game at Lambeau Field, surpassing No. 3 LeRoy Butler on the stadium's all-time list.
80 DONALD DRIVER
-Has a reception in 82 consecutive games, the franchise's second-longest streak behind Sterling Sharpe's 103 (1988-94).
-Stands just one Lambeau Field reception from surpassing the stadium's all-time leader, Antonio Freeman (213). Driver is also at 213.
-Has 35 career TD receptions from Brett Favre. The duo is tied at No. 3 with Lynn Dickey-Paul Coffman (35) on the franchise's all-time list.
-If Driver records his 17th career 100-yard receiving game, he will move into a three-way tie with No. 6 Billy Howton and Max McGee on the Packers' all-time list.
88 BUBBA FRANKS
-Needs 6 receptions for 250 career.
-Needs 49 receiving yards to surpass No. 5 Mark Chmura (2,253) and 117 to surpass No. 4 Ed West on the team's all-time tight ends list.
74 AARON KAMPMAN
-Needs 21/2 sacks to surpass No. 7 Vonnie Holliday (32) and three 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 four to match Reggie White's career record, 681/2. Gbaja-Biamila enters with 641/2.
31 AL HARRIS
-Has played in 156 straight games (146 regular season, 10 playoffs), a streak that began in Philadelphia in 1998. Since coming to Green Bay in 2003, has started all 69 games (66 regular season, 3 playoffs) as a Packer.