Commentary

How "Favre" can the Pack go
if Brett doesn't throw picks?

Updated: December 3, 2002, 9:03 AM ET
By by Craig A. Rolling, STATS. Inc.
As good as Brett Favre has been throughout his career, his free-wheeling style has always given opposing defenses plenty of opportunities for interceptions. Favre managed to curb that tendency earlier this season, as Green Bay got off to an 8-1 start while Favre threw only four interceptions. However, the sometimes out-of-control gunslinger resurfaced in the following two games, as Favre was picked off a total of seven times in losses to Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

Favre's careless play continued into the first half of Sunday's game against the Bears. He coughed up a fumble that led to a Chicago touchdown in the first quarter and threw a drive-killing interception right before halftime. The lowly Bears led 14-6 at intermission. However, Favre played turnover-free football in the second half, and the Pack roared back to win 30-20, clinching the NFC North title with four weeks still remaining in the regular season.

Sunday's game could serve as a microcosm of Favre's tenure in Green Bay; when their quarterback avoids turning the ball over, the Packers look like a championship-caliber team. Otherwise, they can lose to anyone. How important is it for Favre not to do the opposition any "Favres," er, favors?

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