Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Minnesota Vikings (3-6)
— Still no word on whether WR Donald Driver will be back in the lineup this Sunday. Driver missed Green Bay’s last game (a win over Dallas) with a recurring thigh train and had been away from the team to deal with a “personal matter” last week. Driver is currently third on the Packers in receiving yards (307) but sits second in receptions (28) and TDs (3).
— Aaron Rodgers is heating up at the right time. Two weeks ago versus the Cowboys, he completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns without an interception for a superb passer rating of 131.5 in a 45-7 rout. Rodgers hasn’t throw an interception in the last two games and finally seems to have adjusted to life without TE Jermichael Finley, who is out for the season.
— The myriad of injury issues is really destroying what looks to be Brett Favre’s final season in the NFL. Favre threw for just threw for only 170 yards (18 of 31) with a touchdown against Chicago while also chucking up three interceptions and a subpar 44.5 passer rating in a 27-13 loss. Favre now leads the NFL with 16 interceptions and also has lost five fumbles this season.
— Why are the Vikings not utilizing RB Adrian Peterson more? Your guess is as good as ours. Peterson was held to a season-low 51 yards on 17 carries against Chicago, which included just 14 yards on eight second-half carries. While backup RB Toby Gerhart has been involved more recently, it still doesn’t explain why A.P. has been dormant.
Washington Redskins (4-5) At Tennessee Titans (5-4)
— There wasn’t much to say in the wake of Washington’s 59-28 loss to Philadelphia on Monday Night. The numbers did all the talking. The Eagles’ 592 yards were the most by a Washington opponent in a regulation game in 48 years. Philadelphia’s 280 yards in the first quarter were an NFL record and the 59 points were the most ever given up by a team in the 41 years that “Monday Night Football” has been in existence. Redskins CB Carlos Rogers called it “a total butt-whipping.”
— Pro-Bowl OT Jammal Brown left Monday’s game with a head injury and didn’t return. This could be a huge loss for a Redskins offensive line that has been a bright spot this season, opening up several lanes for the multiple running backs (Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams) Washington has been forced to use due to injury.
— Randy Moss’ debut for Tennessee came and went without much fanfare. He only caught one ball for 26 yards and failed to open up the Titans offense like many expected. That said, the Titans were in disarray for most of the afternoon due to the state of flux at QB (Vince Young and Kerry Collins were both banged up).
— The Titans have had their issues in defending the pass, and at no time was that more evident than Sunday afternoon. The Titans allowed 323 passing yards to a Miami offense that played three QBs (Chad Pennington, Chad Henne and Tyler Thigpen) and was forced to run the Wildcat extensively in the second half.