A 7-yard pass to Donald Driver early in the fourth quarter yesterday gave Brett Favre one more NFL record. With that throw against the Rams, the Packers' grizzled one surpassed Dan Marino in career passing yards.
"I expected this to happen, but I wanted to win the ball game and be focused on that," Favre said. "Actually, when they stopped the game my first reaction was 'What happened?' A penalty or something like that."
By the end of the Packers' win, Favre's career total was up to 61,405 yards, topping Marino's 61,361. Both were accomplished in 17 seasons.
"I've never considered myself to be in the same league as Dan Marino," Favre said. "What a great passer, maybe the greatest passer ever."
Yesterday was Favre's 251th consecutive regular-season start, a no-one-else-is-even-close record for a quarterback. Only Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall started more games in a row, 270, though the Giants' Jeff Feagles has punted in 318 straight.
How much worse can it get for the Falcons? Coach Bobby Petrino abandoned the team to do hog calls in Arkansas, and QB Michael Vick is in the hoosegow. Yesterday, they lost to the Bucs by 34 points as Chris Redman recorded a quarterback rating of 0.0.
On top of that, Bill Cowher announced publicly that he wasn't interested in coaching the team.
"I don't plan on coaching in 2008," the former Eagles linebacker said on
on CBS. Cowher had stepped down in January after 15 seasons with the Steelers.
Former Eagles assistant Emmitt Thomas is steering the sinking ship into port for the duration of 2007.
Both the Lions and Cardinals fell to 6-8 yesterday, guaranteeing that the two losingest teams in NFL history - Arizona has 657 losses, Detroit 552 - will not have winning seasons.
Arizona hasn't finished over .500 since 1998 and Detroit since 2000. The Cards haven't won 10 games in a season since 1976, back when they still had guard Conrad Dobler biting people. (The Eagles have won 10 or more games 16 times since then.)
Chargers LB Shaun Phillips (Willingboro) returned an acrobatic interception 18 yards for a TD as San Diego pounded Detroit into the turf.
. Colts WR Marvin Harrison (bruised knee) has now missed nine games. After eight straight seasons of 82 catches or more (peaking with 143 in 2002), the former Roman Catholic star has 20 receptions this year. Yesterday, the Rams' Isaac Bruce overtook him for fourth on the career receiving yards list at 13,983.
Chiefs RB Larry Johnson missed his sixth game in a row with a foot injury. Last season, he set a league record with 416 carries; this season he has 158.
Former Eagles LB Jeremiah Trotter was a healthy scratch again for the Buccaneers. He has one tackle for the NFC South champions.
In good company.
With a 29-yard interception return vs. the Falcons, Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber now has scored 10 TDs on fumble/interceptions returns.
That total tied him with Deion Sanders, Darren Sharper and Hall of Famer Ken Houston for third on the career list. Rod Woodson had 13 and Aeneas Williams 12.
Obscure back of the week
. The Packers' Ryan Grant, pride of New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep, has now rushed for 799 yards despite barely playing the first six weeks of the season. Yesterday he ran for his sixth TD.
Tight end Jeremy Shockey broke his left leg during the Giants' game against the Redskins when teammate Amani Toomer rolled into him.
To air is human.
The Giants' practice bubble in East Rutherford, N.J., collapsed after the wind blew down one set of revolving doors and let the air out. No one was hurt.
"We got beat by an 0-13 team. We'll hear it," Ravens kicker Matt Stover said