1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- If Green Bay was going to beat Minnesota, Brett Favre was going to have to throw the ball to his own team, not the other guys.Favre followed through on the plan, making sure to savor a hard-to-come-by win at the Metrodome and cautiously ponder the progress made by his rebuilding Packers.
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The Vikings' offensive woes continue. The Vikings' offensive line was supposed to be the strength and provide consistency, but this unit was leaky against the Packers' defensive front seven. Green Bay did not respect the Minnesota passing game, bringing linebacker blitzes and zone dog pressure that forced breakdowns by veteran fullback Tony Richardson, Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, All-Pro Matt Birk and big Bryant McKinnie and resulting in sacks thanks to missed assignments, poor technique or just physically getting beat. Nothing the Packers defense did out-schemed Minnesota. The Green Bay defense outplayed the Vikings offense.
Brett Favre (above) did a nice job of avoiding pressure, sliding with his feet and giving his receivers additional time to beat coverage. Favre saw the whole field, continually finding the soft spot in coverage. Plus he still has the arm to get the ball downfield to the favorable matchup. Minnesota's defensive front continues to stuff the run with Pat Williams dominating at an elite level, but Favre was given time in the pass game and he made Minnesota pay. The Vikings' pressure packages did not land on Favre as the Packers' young line continues to improve in protection. Green Bay's receivers ran good routes, beating coverage and making big catches when afforded the opportunity.
Didn't you think there would be headlines when Brett Favre finally broke Dan Marino's NFL record for career touchdown passes? And yet when it happened on Sunday, there was nary a word.
Of course, we're talking about Marino's record for touchdown passes in road games. With two touchdown tosses in the Packers' win at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Favre now has thrown 198 touchdown passes on the road, one more than did Marino. (Marino holds a 223-211 advantage in touchdown passes in home games, and leads Favre by 11 overall, 420 to 409.)• For more Elias Says, Click here
The Packers lost right tackle Mark Tauscher and kick returner Shaun Bodiford to injuries. McCarthy had no update on their condition. ... Chester Taylor had 20 carries for 75 yards for the Vikings.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.8||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||8:20||Dave Rayner 20 Yd |
Drive: 13 plays, 83 yds, 6:54
|TD||11:26||Noah Herron 5 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Dave Rayner Kick) |
Drive: 7 plays, 22 yds, 2:55
|TD||0:08||Billy Mcmullen 40 Yd Pass From Brad Johnson (Ryan Longwell Kick) |
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yds, 3:42
|TD||7:08||Billy Mcmullen Recovered Fumble In End Zone (Ryan Longwell Kick) |
Drive: 9 plays, 82 yds, 5:20
|TD||14:12||Donald Driver 82 Yd Pass From Brett Favre (Dave Rayner Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 97 yds, 1:02
|FG||10:22||Dave Rayner 24 Yd |
Drive: 7 plays, 51 yds, 2:33
|FG||12:49||Dave Rayner 29 Yd |
Drive: 10 plays, 66 yds, 5:35
|FG||14:02||Ryan Longwell 34 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 57 yds, 1:13