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Favre, Packers meet Lions in matchup of winless teams

Sep 19, 2006 - 11:23 PM Green Bay (0-2) at Detroit (0-2) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- The Detroit Lions seem to bring out the best in Brett Favre.

Facing one of his favorite teams, Favre leads the Green Bay Packers into Ford Field on Sunday to face the Lions in a matchup of winless NFC North teams.

A future Hall of Famer who will make his 224th consecutive start, Favre has amassed some of his best numbers against the Lions. He has compiled a 19-9 record against Detroit, throwing for 7,260 yards and 46 touchdowns. The yards are his most against any opponent.

However, Favre struggled in two meetings against the Lions last season, completing 48-of-85 passes for 371 yards and three interceptions.

Favre led only one scoring drive in the regular-season opener here last season, a 17-3 victory for the Lions. The Packers gained a split of the series with a 16-13 victory at Lambeau Field in December as Samkon Gado rushed for 171 yards.

After enduring the first shutout of his career in a season-opening loss to Chicago, Favre was much better last week in a 34-27 loss to New Orleans. He completed 31-of-55 passes for 340 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Favre is one TD pass shy of joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino (420) as the only players in NFL history to reach 400.

The Packers lost their first four games last season en route to a 4-12 campaign.

In Rod Marinelli's first season as coach, the Lions also have lost their first two games, with offense being the biggest problem. Detroit has managed just one touchdown and two field goals.

Last week, the Lions committed three turnovers in a 34-7 loss at Chicago. Quarterback Jon Kitna accounted for the Lions' only points with a one-yard TD run.

Detroit is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2002.

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