GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN (TICKER) —If the Green Bay Packers come anywhere close to playing like they did in the first meeting against the Chicago Bears, they will win the NFC Central Division title on Sunday.
On the Monday night stage, Brett Favre was at his absolute best, completing 17-of-25 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as the Packers rolled to a 34-21 victory over the Bears on October 7. He finished with 359 yards through the air in improving to 17-4 in his career against Chicago.
Favre probably will be hoping for a cold day Sunday. The three-time MVP sports a 32-0 record at Lambeau Field when the temperature is below 34 degrees.
Favre’s play has struggled in the last two weeks as the Packers lost consecutive games for the first time since October 2000, delaying their clinching of the division. He threw seven interceptions in losses at Minnesota and Tampa Bay after having just four in his first nine games.
Green Bay, which has not lost three straight games since December 1999 under coach Ray Rhodes, is 5-0 at home this season.
Ahman Green, a perfect complement to Favre in the backfield, needs 111 yards rushing for his second straight 1,000-yard season. He rushed for 107 yards in the first meeting against the Bears.
The Bears avoided a franchise record for consecutive losses last Sunday as they snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 20-17 overtime victory against Detroit.
Chicago lost starting quarterback Chris Chandler to a sprained ankle in the third quarter. But Jim Miller stepped in and completed 21-of-35 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. Miller is likely to get the start in this contest.
The Bears lead the series, 84-74-6.