Originally created 10/24/98

Favre tries to stop Packers' slide

Brett Favre will start in his 100th straight game when Green Bay plays Baltimore Sunday. However, it is not extending a streak but snapping one that concerns the Packers' quarterback.

For the first time since 1994 (when they were 9-7), the Packers will be trying to avoid a three-game losing streak.

Another streak Favre will be trying to break is that of having thrown three interceptions in each of his last three games, including the 37-24 loss to Minnesota, the Packers' first in 30 games at Lambeau Field, and the 27-20 defeat by Detroit.

The Ravens (2-4) also are going into the game at Green Bay on a two-game losing streak, not surprising since they scored a total of 14 points in those games.

In other NFL games Sunday, New England is at Miami, Jacksonville at Denver, Minnesota at Detroit, Atlanta at the New York Jets, San Francisco at St. Louis, Tampa Bay at New Orleans, Cincinnati at Oakland, Chicago at Tennessee, Seattle at San Diego and Buffalo at Carolina.

Pittsburgh plays at Kansas City Monday night.

Arizona, Dallas, Indianapolis, the New York Giants, Philadelphia and Washington are idle. Patriots at Dolphins

A battle between two 4-2 teams for first place in the AFC East and a matchup of quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe of the Patriots and Dan Marino of the Dolphins. The Patriots beat the Dolphins three times in 1997, including a wild-card playoff game, but Marino has won 12 of his past 16 starts against New England. Jaguars at Broncos

Another big quarterback matchup -- Mark Brunell of the Jaguars (5-1) and John Elway of the Broncos (6-0) -- but a more intriguing match could be Denver running back Terrell Davis, leading the league with 865 yards and a 6.0 average, against a defense that has not allowed an individual 100-yard rushing performance in 18 games. Vikings at Lions

The Lions (2-4), who stopped Favre, now will have to stop Randall Cunningham, who has thrown 12 touchdown passes and no interceptions since replacing injured Brad Johnson for the Vikings (6-0). Barry Sanders, who has four straight 100-yard rushing games against the Vikings, needs one more touchdown to become the sixth player in NFL history with 100 rushing TDs. Falcons at Jets

The Falcons will be trying to become 6-1 for the first time in their history, and it appears they will have to do it behind Steve DeBerg, a 44-year-old backup quarterback and oldest player in the league. Regular quarterback Chris Chandler is questionable with a shoulder injury. Quarterback Vinny Testaverde will be trying to go 4-0 as a starter for the Jets (3-3). 49ers at Rams

The Rams (2-4) get a chance to help add to the Jerry Rice legend. The wide receiver of the 49ers (5-1) needs to catch one pass to set an NFL record of 184 games with a reception and needs 46 yards to become the first player with 17,000 yards. Buccaneers at Saints

Each team is 3-3, but the Bucs have won three of four and the Saints have lost three straight. Trent Dilfer of the Bucs does his best work in the fourth quarter when he has a 90.5 passing rating. His overall rating is 79.4. Saints rookie Cam Cleveland leads NFC tight ends with 21 catches and 283 yards. Bengals at Raiders

Things could start getting tougher for the Bengals (2-4). The Raiders (4-2) have the worst record of any of Cincinnati's next four opponents, which include unbeaten Denver and Minnesota and once-beaten Jacksonville. The Raiders have the AFC's second-ranked defense (262.8). Bears at Oilers

The Bears (2-5) will try to keep the momentum of their 13-12 victory over Dallas. Their running back, Curtis Enis, leads NFC rookies with 336 yards rushing. Eddie George has rushed for 100 yards in three of the past four games, and the Oilers (3-3) are 11-4 when George hits that mark. Seahawks at Chargers

Rookie quarterback Ryan Leaf has passed for only one touchdown, and that was in the first game, but the Chargers (3-4) could reach .500 by winning. John Friesz will start at quarterback for the Seahawks (3-3) in place of injured Warren Moon. Bills at Panthers

The Bills (3-3), led by quarterback Doug Flutie, have beaten two previously undefeated teams (San Francisco and Jacksonville) in the past three weeks and now will meet a winless team. The Panthers are 0-6.


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