KGB introduces himself to San Diego Quarterback Philip Rivers a couple years ago. With any luck the acquaintanceship renews at Lambeau Field this afternoon. This is the ninth meeting between the two teams and Green Bay holds a 7-1 series advantage. The west coasters did the Packers a favor by beating the Bears Week 1, so it would be nice if Mr. Gbaja-Biamila says thanks to Mr. Rivers in the Chargers backfield several times today. (posted pre-game at the Wisconsin Sports Bar)
UPDATE: Well, according to the GB Game 3 Stats, KGB did indeed sack Mr. Rivers twice this afternoon. This is just one part of the defensive effort upholding their end of the game. As much as Brett Favre and the offense are deservedly getting credit for this victory, the game was not really in hand until Nick Barnett snags his second interception of the season and runs it down to the two yard line.
The Packers open this year by beating three playoff teams from last year. Given the talent on San Diego, this is arguably the first win against genuine top tier competition since they defeat Seattle in the January 4, 2004 wild card game. Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City are the only teams left on the schedule that make the playoffs last year.
Brett Favre looks completely comfortable in the pocket these last two weeks. He is playing like he trusts his offensive line, and is at least comfortable with his receivers as six players catch more than one pass today. His back to back weeks with three touchdown passes and triple digit quarterback ratings are evidence he has bought into the company line about how to play. He’s even running the scout team in practice to help out. What else? Oh yeah, and he is collecting some historical records as he clicks past the milestones.