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Surprising Rams visit Favre, Packers

Oct 3, 2006 - 11:32 PM St. Louis (3-1) at Green Bay (1-3) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Brett Favre would like to give himself an early birthday present Sunday when the Green Bay Packers host the St. Louis Rams.

Favre, who turns 37 years old two days after this contest, is expected to make his NFL-record 226th consecutive start. The future Hall of Fame quarterback left last Monday's game at Philadelphia in the fourth quarter with a head injury and stinger.

In the 31-9 loss against Philadelphia, Favre completed just 22-of-44 passes for 205 yards and two interceptions. He had thrown for 680 yards and six scores in his previous two contests.

Favre was without running back Ahman Green against the Eagles due to a hamstring injury. Vernand Morency started in Green's place and rushed for 99 yards on 26 carries.

Against the Eagles, the Packers continued to struggle defensively as they allowed 398 total yards. They rank 31st overall, giving up 390.8 yards per game.

The Packers should receive a stern test from the Rams, who enjoyed their best offensive game of the season in last Sunday's 41-34 victory over Detroit.

Marc Bulger completed 26-of-42 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns against the Lions. Torry Holt had six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown and Isaac Bruce had seven for 100 and a score.

Now Holt and Bruce go up against a Green Bay pass defense ranked 31st in the league.

Both teams feature first-year coaches in Scott Linehan of the Rams and Mike McCarthy of the Packers.

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