Favre facing some grim facts

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:49 AM ET

After an 0-2 start with no visible signs of improvement, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre isn't exactly overblown with optimism.

The Pack may not come back and the superstar quarterback knows it.

"I know our older guys now realize -- and probably did, going into this season -- we have to play, I don't want to say perfect, but we have to play as close to perfect as possible to offset the youth and inexperience of this team," Favre said.

"I would love to win another Super Bowl, but I can leave this game saying that I had won one, that I have achieved everything individually and as a team that there is to achieve in this game. Not many guys can say that."

Not many guys would be able to lift the once-proud Packers out of this hole, either. Though they made the playoffs the past two seasons, the signs of decline were clear.

Favre may still have some zip in his arm, but his accuracy is off. The defence has struggled and only by their residency in the weak NFC North have the Packers been able to have some success.

"There's no way I can sit here and talk Super Bowl or even playoffs right now," Favre said. "We have to talk about winning a game first.

"I consider this stage in my career maybe the biggest challenge I've ever faced individually and as a team."

JUST TOO FAST

When Pittsburgh Steelers running back Fast Willie Parker shredded the Buffalo Bills on the final game of the 2004 regular season, eyebrows were raised.

But with Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis ahead of him on the depth chart, not many expected Parker to make an impact so soon.

Now, with the two feature backs injured, it's difficult to imagine taking undrafted free agent Parker out of the lineup. He is second only to Bucs' Cadillac Williams with 272 yards rushing.


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