So, any guesses on what the big storyline is for this contest?
It’s pretty clear that Brett Favre’s second return to Lambeau Field will be the predominant lead for most sportswriters across the country — but that’s not to say it’s the only plot-line worth following. In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about the Favre-Jenn Sterger sexual text message fiasco, an update:
— The NFL’s security department interviewed Favre midweek;
— Sterger has retained legal counsel to see what her next move should be;
— Deadspin, the website that initially published the photographs of Favre’s lil’ gunslinger, has been contacted by the league as part of the investigation.
As you can see, this story isn’t going away anytime soon. Favre has been steadfast in where his focus lies — he told reporters numerous times this week that he’s only thinking about the Green Bay Packers — but one has to wonder if distraction will be a problem.
Speaking of problems, the Packers have their fair share of them, most notably on the injury front. Green Bay has already lost four key starters for the season — RB Ryan Grant, TE Jermichael Finley, LB Nick Barnett and S Morgan Burnett — and now the Pack are losing key backups as well. LB Brady Poppinga (who filled in admirably for NFL sack leader Clay Matthews last week) tore up his knee and is out indefinitely. Derrick Martin, who did a nice job filling in for Burnett at safety, was placed on injured reserve two weeks ago. The injuries couldn’t come at a worse time, as the already-thin Packers have a tough road ahead. Two divisional games against the Vikings and road dates against the Jets and Falcons — it seems doubtful that the Packers can survive.
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
Here’s all you really need to know about this game: Jacksonville has to decide between Todd Bouman and Patrick Ramsey for the starting QB gig. (Starter David Garrard is out with a concussion and backup Trent Edwards is out with a sprained thumb.) All signs are pointing to Bouman — he took the majority of first-team snaps in practice and is most familiar with the Jacksonville playbook — and that, folks, is a really bad sign. Bouman is 38, hasn’t started a game in five years and is 1-5 in six NFL starts since the Vikings signed him as an undrafted rookie out of St. Cloud State in 1997.
After consecutive losses to the Colts and Texans, expect the Chiefs to bounce back in a major way this weekend. They’ll be fired up and playing in front of a passionate Arrowhead home crowd, so expect them to be all over Bouman early and often.