GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Lambeau Field has lost its mystique.
And Green Bay's run of 12 straight competitive seasons under
Brett Favre might be coming to an end, too.
"Maybe my perception of this team is different than what we
really are," Favre said after the Packers were humiliated by the
Tennessee Titans 48-27 Monday night, their third straight loss at
"I think Tennessee several years ago started out 1-4 and made
the AFC Championship game. Will we do that? I have no idea. We have
to win a game first. Maybe my expectations of this team are too
Tennessee, which scored more points than any visitor ever had at
the famed stadium, took advantage of six turnovers and Chris Brown ran for 148 yards and scored two long touchdowns on the Titans'
first two series.
The Titans (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and sent the
Packers (1-4) to their fourth straight loss. This is Green Bay's
first four-game losing streak since 1991 and its first 0-3 start at
home since 1988.
From 1995-02, Green Bay was 61-8 at home, including the
postseason. The Packers lost to Atlanta in a playoff game in
January 2003, starting a Lambeau slump that reached 6-7 with the
loss to Tennessee.
"This is unfamiliar territory," Packers coach Mike Sherman
Only eight teams in NFL history have overcome a 1-4 start to
reach the playoffs, including the Titans two years ago.
"It's something you want to avoid at all costs," Titans coach
Jeff Fisher said.
And they did.
Tennessee scored on five of its first six possessions with
Brown, who had 27 carries, going in on its first two series, from
37 and 29 yards out, and the staggered Packers never recovered.
"This wasn't season-saving, but it got us back on the right
track," Titans safety Tank Williams said.
Favre extended his NFL record with his 213th consecutive start,
including playoffs, despite numerous injuries, including a mild
concussion he suffered last week. Favre also played after the death
last week of his 24-year-old brother-in-law in an ATV accident at
the family home in Mississippi.
The Packers have lost three straight at home primarily because
they can't stop the run without 350-pound nose tackle Grady Jackson, who hurt a kneecap in the opener at Carolina and hasn't
Chicago's Thomas Jones ran over them for 152 yards, New York's
Tiki Barker had 182 and Brown might have topped them both had he
not been pulled for backups early in the fourth quarter.
Brown had 90 yards on nine carries in the first quarter as
Tennessee built a quick 17-0 lead that snuffed Green Bay's plan of
giving the Titans a steady diet of Ahman Green.
The Packers had just 5 yards rushing on five carries in the
first half, and Green finished with just 10 carries for 33 yards --
and he lost another fumble.
After Brown's 29-yard blitz-beating TD made it 14-0, Sherman
chewed out his defenders on the sideline.
His wrath soon turned to Green, his slippery-handed running back
who fumbled for the fourth time this season. Anderson converted
Green's gaffe into a 36-yard field goal that made it 17-0 with 6
minutes left in the first quarter. At that point, the Titans had
outgained the Packers 145 yards to 4.
Favre tried to rally his team, but without a running game to
worry about, the Titans keyed on his passes and picked off three of
them, two by Lamont Thompson. His second interception set up
McNair's 11-yard touchdown strike to Berlin that made it 34-13 in
the third quarter. Thompson also forced a fumble.
Anderson's kick following Antowain Smith's 15-yard touchdown run
with 2:34 left made it 48-20 and broke the record for visiting
points that Washington set in a 48-47 loss at Green Bay in 1983.
"The season is still salvageable, but not the way we're
playing," Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher said. "The hole is
getting deeper and deeper as we go here."
McNair's 71 wins is most in franchise history, bettering
Warren Moon's 70. ... Favre has thrown a TD pass in 30 straight
games, tying him for second place with Dan Marino. Johnny Unitas
holds the NFL record at 47.