Favre will make his 252nd consecutive start tonight on the Monday Night Football stage against the Seattle Seahawks. We know that Favre probably isn’t 100 percent, but we also know that he has played through pain for much of his career (probably more pain now that he is off the pain killers). It would have been interesting to see if Favre would have started this week if back up quarterback Aaron Rodgers hadn’t broke his foot in relief last week. Who am I kidding? No way Favre would pass up an opportunity to go against his coach and friend Mike Holgren unless he was hit by a train. Enough with all the speculations. We’ll just go with what we know. Favre is starting and that always gives the Packers a chance to win.
Seattle has dealt with its fair share of injuries this season as well. Shaun Alexander will make just his second straight start after missing most of the season with a broken foot and there’s a good chance that Matt Hasselbeck could come back tonight as well but Holmgren would not name him the starter for this game. Alexander’s return didn’t go so well as the Seahawks went down to the 49ers last week. If Hasselbeck does play, there’s a possibility that it could help Green Bay more than it will hurt them as it is nearly impossible not to show rust in your first game back.
Favre will have to try not to do too much. I’m sure the coaches have already told him, but easier said than done. In what could be his last Monday Night Football game, and with Ahman Green banged up as well, Favre may just come out slinging. Unwarranted throws cost the Pack quite a bit last season and it has been good decision making which helped Green Bay win three of four before getting blown out by New England last week. It will be important for the Packers to play solid offensively and to take care of the football to keep their 24th ranked defense off the field.
Seattle doesn’t have staggering numbers in any category, but quietly the Seahawks are 6-4 and in first place in the NFC West. Alexander’s return wasn’t enough to get Seattle past the 49ers last week. Will Hasselbeck give the Seahawks the extra fire power they need tonight or will he prove the Wallace should have played another week? Will Favre be able to play effectively or should he even really be out there? Jeff Alexander has answered all of these big questions and more and is ready to deliver the Monday Night Football winner. Don’t play tonight’s matchup unless you’re playing it with the #1 NFL Handicapper in the world.
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