Favre impressive in Packers preseason loss to Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Heading into his 15th NFL season, Brett Favre`s skills continue to improve with age.

In Green Bay`s preseason game against San Diego on Aug. 11, the 35-year-old completed 9-of-10 passes. He gave another impressive performance Saturday in the Packers` 27-7 loss to Buffalo, completing 4-of-6 passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in only one series against a Bills defense that finished second in the league last year.

No big deal for a veteran, says Green Bay running back Ahman Green.

``It would be hard for him to miss beats when he`s been around for so long,`` Green said. ``I haven`t really seen too much of that, especially in a preseason or regular season game. His focus is definitely there. Nothing he does ceases to amaze me.``

Favre`s solid performance, however, was overshadowed by J.P. Losman`s impressive home debut. Losman, Buffalo`s 2004 first-round draft pick who took over for Drew Bledsoe in February, scored the first touchdown of his career in the first quarter. He engineered three Buffalo scoring drives.

This comes after a shaky outing last weekend in which he lost a fumble and managed one first down in his first four series in Buffalo`s 17-10 win at Indianapolis.

``There were a few mistakes here and there, but I think this week was a strong performance,`` Losman said.

Losman, who cheered for Favre while growing up in southern California, looked like his boyhood hero, scrambling out of trouble all night.

``He has some talent there running the ball,`` Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. ``I don`t want him to make a habit of it, but with a first-year quarterback, the thought process speeds up and typically the first instinct is to run.``

Victimized in a scrimmage two weeks ago by a blitzing Bills defense that registered eight sacks, Green Bay used plenty of misdirection running plays as well as sweeps by Green in their opening drive.

It also helps when Favre works his magic - like he did on his 12-yard touchdown pass to Green, which gave Green Bay a short-lived 7-0 lead.

On second-and-7 from the Bills` 12-yard line, Favre dropped back to pass but was chased out of the pocket by blitzing linebacker Jeff Posey. Able to avoid Posey with some nifty footwork, Favre threw a perfect pass to Green in the corner of the end zone to cap the 13-play, 75-yard opening-game drive.

``I was making my move and then I heard the crowd, so I knew he either got sacked or the guy missed him,`` Green said. ``I just took off running and looked up and saw the ball was there.``

The play was vintage Favre.

``That`s a play he created,`` Packers coach Mike Sherman said. ``He had guys in his way and he was still able to make the play. That was a play he wanted to make.``

And, according to Favre, a play ``I`ve made before.``

After ReShard Lee returned the ensuing kickoff 69 yards, Losman finished the short, 27-yard drive with his memorable 1-yard scamper to tie the score at 7.

``I was supposed to pass it, but I took the initiative and ran it in,`` said Losman, who finished 7-of-14 for 59 yards passing and five carries for 36 yards.

Green Bay rookie first-round draft pick Aaron Rodgers struggled after taking over for Favre, finishing 4-of-9 for 21 yards and an interception in four series.

``This is my regular season, so this is my chance to shine,`` Rodgers said. ``I`m going to get better, but I`m never going to lose my confidence or waiver confidence-wise.``

If you have any feedback or suggestions for our Editorial Team, please contact us at Editorial

            share   SHARE   rss   RSS FEED   email   EMAIL   print   PRINT

There haven't been any comments posted on this article. Be the first to respond!

You are currently not logged in.
Login | Signup | Help
You must be logged in to post a comment.

Top Response

There have been no comments on this article. Be the first to respond!