Green is Ahman among boys
Thursday, December 4, 2003
Chicago Sun Times

December 4, 2003

BY BRAD BIGGS Staff Reporter

Brett Favre has been the ultimate Bear hunter and the man responsible for turning the rivalry with the Green Bay Packers into a bad joke for more than a decade.

Come Sunday at Lambeau Field, however, the Bears will do the unthinkable -- dare Favre to beat them for the 20th time.

It may sound ridiculous, but this is Ahman Green's offense, not Favre's. The Hall of Fame-bound quarterback, who is 19-4 against the Bears and will extend his record to 186 consecutive starts, remains as dangerous as any passer in the league, but he has been playing with a broken right thumb for the last four games. In that span, he has turned the ball over 10 times (eight interceptions, two fumbles) and thrown six touchdown passes.

The change in emphasis to Green began even before Favre's injury, suffered Nov. 2 at Minnesota. Since 2000, the Packers are 20-2 when Green rushes for more than 100 yards, and the correlation is even more direct in the last 20 games, in which Green Bay is 10-10. When Green has more than 75 yards in that span, the Packers are 9-2.

Coach Mike Sherman drones on about the Green Bay offense being 11 players working together, and Green deflects the burden, but the Bears know better.

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