Former understudy meets Favre

Brett Favre looks to outshine Matt Hasselbeck again when the Packers and Seahawks meet.

Updated: January 1, 2004, 3:33 PM ET
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The Matchup:
Brett Favre vs. Matt Hasselbeck

The Game:
Seahawks at Packers, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Question:
Who will have a bigger impact on the game? Click here to vote!

Brett Favre Matt Hasselbeck
Brett Favre Matt Hasselbeck

By Mike Golic
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How can you not make a case for Favre, especially after watching him on Monday Night Football the day after his father died? In that game he threw for 399 yards and four touchdowns while almost attaining a perfect passer rating.

It's amazing to see him playing so well because there was a stretch of games earlier this season where he struggled. Most of the problem during that time was due to his thumb injury and also due to his lack of a marquee receiver to throw to. Instead of a marquee receiver, Favre has one of the most talented running backs in the game: Ahman Green.

This season Green's success running the ball has opened up more options for Favre. He rushed for over 1,800 yards this season, which helped Favre play without the pressure of blitzing safeties and linebackers coming at him at all times. That contributed to his league-leading 32 touchdowns. Also Green's receiving ability has opened up the middle of the field and the outside, which gives Brett another place to throw the ball.


By Sean Salisbury
ESPN.com

Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is primed to have a better day than his counterpart, Brett Favre.

To begin with, I expect Seattle to throw more than Green Bay. Hasselbeck has to throw for the Seahawks to win. Favre is one of the game's greatest quarterbacks, but right now Seattle relies more on Hasselbeck than Green Bay relies on Favre.

If Hasselbeck is 12-of-24, I don't see the Seahawks winning. So Seattle must throw often, and the offensive line must protect Hasselbeck. The best way to beat a good secondary is to protect your quarterback. You could have four Hall of Famers in your secondary, but if your opponent gives the quarterback time to throw, he'll beat you. Sean Alexander's running can help ease the pressure on his QB, but Hasselbeck is the key.

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