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Week 11

History says Packers must win Battle of the Bays

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Posted: Wednesday November 08, 2000 3:49 PM

Flags and Flattery
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By B. Duane Cross,

Green Bay recaptured its homefield -- and late-game -- magic Monday night. If the Packers are to make a postseason run, their 26-20 overtime victory against Minnesota may be an omen.

During the 1990s, Green Bay went to back-to-back Super Bowls on the strength of 6-2 and 7-1 second-half records in 1996 and '97, respectively. The Packers were 4-0 and 3-0 against NFC Central opponents down the stretch during those years.

This season, Green Bay began the second half with a thrilling OT victory, decided by Antonio Freeman's "Immaculate Deflection." However, during consecutive Super Bowl seasons (1996-97), the Packers were 7-1 and 6-2, respectively, through eight games. This season, the Packers were 3-5.

Green Bay travels to Tampa on Sunday, where the Packers are 11-9-1 all-time -- including victories in 1996 and '97. The final four games of the season are all division games: at Chicago, home against Detroit, at Minnesota and home against Tampa Bay.

After losing five games by 31 total points, Green Bay's overtime victory may be the catalyst to propel the Packers back into the NFC postseason picture. But if a postseason run is in the works, history says a victory at Tampa is a must.

Silver(dome) lining?
Detroit plays host to Atlanta in Gary Moeller's first game at the helm of the Lions. Cincinnati's Dick LeBeau and Arizona's Dave McGinnis, the interim head coaches to debut this season, lost their openers.
Bears roar
In Chicago quarterback Jim Miller's four starts since 1999, wide receiver Marcus Robinson has 25 catches for 462 yards and three touchdowns.
Patriot games
New England (2-7) has lost six games this season by eight points or less. The Patriots play at Cleveland, where they are 3-5 all-time. Each of the losses were by seven points or less.
In 16 career games against Tampa Bay, Green Bay QB Brett Favre is 357-of-555 for 3,891 yards, 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He needs one TD pass to pass Boomer Esiason for 10th place on the all-time list.
Flattery -- Philadelphia DE Hugh Douglas has a career-high 13 sacks, breaking his personal best of 12.5 set in 1998. He has 27.5 sacks in the past 29 games, including at least one in nine of 10 games this season.
Flag -- Memo to Washington owner Daniel Snyder: Head coach Norv Turner, based on our research, did not take a snap in Sunday's loss to Arizona. Hence, change should begin within the locker room.
Flattery -- Though on Sunday he had his first kick blocked in 557 punts, Atlanta's Dan Stryzinsky has punted 49 times and opponents have only 95 return yards -- a 1.9-yard average per return.
Flag -- OK, Baltimore -- scoring three touchdowns against Cincinnati is no big deal. Score three TDs against Tennessee this week and maybe we'll begin to take y'all serious again.
In the past two weeks, 55.2 percent of games (16 of 29) have been decided by seven points or less. For the season, 46.9 percent (67 of 143) have been decided by seven points or less, compared to 46.0 percent (114 of 248) for all of last season.
Dave McGinnis was a respected defensive coach (staff member of the '86 Bears who allowed NFL-record low 187 points). As a head coach, he's good, too. In the past two games, Arizona is yielding an average of 18.0 points per game, compared to 30.0 ppg. through the first seven.
Cincinnati RB Corey Dillon spearheads an attack that has 1,070 yards rushing in the past six games. Overall, Cincinnati is second in the AFC (141.0 ypg). Dillon had 16 career 100-yard games and needs one to tie James Brooks for the club record.
Jacksonville plays host to Seattle at ALLTEL Stadium, where the Jaguars are 29-7 since 1996, tied with Denver for second-best home mark in the league. (Green Bay is 31-6.) However, the Jags have lost three consecutive at home.
Baltimore at Tennessee (1 p.m. EST) -- The Ravens, with the league's top defense (241.6) and rushing defense (65.9), will present a formidable wall to the Titans RB Eddie George, the AFC's No. 2 rusher with 837 yards. Baltimore has not allowed a 100-yard effort in 27 consecutive games, the best such streak in the NFL.
St. Louis at N.Y. Giants (4:15 p.m. EST) -- Rams' No. 3 rush defense (91.9 ypg.) faces the G-Men's No. 2 rush offense (143.7 ypg.), which has rushed for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns. Giants have held eight of nine opponents to fewer than 20 points, while Rams have scored 44 TDs and are on pace for NFL-record 78.
Miami at San Diego (4:15 p.m. EST) -- Dolphins are averaging 28.2 points in their past five games, and have outscored foes 166-52 in first three quarters. Chargers have won seven of 10 games at home against Miami, and their last three losses have been by seven total points. ... Who are we kidding? Without peer, this is the Dog of the Day.
N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis (8:35 p.m. EST) -- While nine of past 11 meetings have been decided by eight points or less, this matchup features two of AFC's top 3 in scrimmage yards -- RBs Edgerrin James of Colts (No. 1; 1,294 yards) and Curtis Martin of Jets (No. 3; 1,028).
Oakland at Denver (9 p.m. EST Monday) -- Series is tied with Cowboys-Redskins for most-played Monday Night Football rivalry. Seven of previous 10 MNF meetings decided by seven points or less, and the last three games in the series have been decided by 18 total points.
Sunday is the day after Veterans Day. Many NFL clubs will be conducting special ceremonies in honor of those who served in the U.S. military. One of the most poignant will take place in Buffalo, where the Bills will induct the only active NFL player killed in the Vietnam War -- Bills guard Bob Kalsu (1968) -- onto its Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Kalsu, an Army second lieutenant, was killed by mortar fire defending an isolated mountaintop in Vietnam's Ashua Valley. "He lost his life for our country, so we thought the highest honor we could give was to put his name on our Wall of Fame," says Bills owner Wilson. "He was a fine young man." Attending will be Kalsu's widow, Jan, and his two children.

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