NFL Notebook: Magic number for Favre: 184 yards
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Green Bay's Brett Favre has already broken Dan Marino's record for career touchdown passes this season. And he's already broken John Elway's mark for career wins by a quarterback. But he might have saved the biggest for last.
Favre needs 184 yards passing today against the Rams in St. Louis to eclipse Marino's career mark of 61,361.
And in case you're counting, at 38, he is on pace to top his personal best of 4,413 yards in 1995 and challenge Lynn Dickey's franchise record of 4,458 yards set in 1983.
Terrell Owens and current ESPN analyst -- and former NFL star -- Keyshawn Johnson were feuding this week over Bill Parcells' role in the Cowboys' 12-1 start. Johnson credits him; Owens isn't so sure.
But then it got personal between the two flamboyant receivers. If Johnson came out of retirement, Owens claimed, he couldn't make a team.
"I challenge him to come out of retirement and try to take my position," Owens said.
Said Johnson: "I don't need to defend my career. My resume speaks for itself. I have a picture of me holding a Super Bowl trophy. I'm not chasing a ring. I have one. I'm chasing an Emmy these days."
A word to the wise investor: Buy NFL, says Forbes magazine. Most of the $1.4-billion fortune of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft reflects the value of the NFL team, which he bought in 1994 for $172 million. It's a similar story for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who bought the team for $158 million in 1989 and, three Super Bowl victories later, "nearly all of Jones' $1.5-billion net worth is derived from the Cowboys."
Growing increasingly frustrated by the team's winless state, Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga is in talks about selling the team to real estate developers Jorge Perez and Stephen Ross. Huizenga's asking price is between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion, the Miami Herald reported.
Peyton Manning has witnessed just about everything in his record-breaking career. But this afternoon, Manning and his Indianapolis Colts face a new challenge -- the "Black Hole" of the Oakland Raiders' McAfee Coliseum. In a brilliant 10-year career, Manning has never played in Oakland.
Edgerrin James helped turn Indianapolis from also-run into Super Bowl contender before leaving a year before the Colts won the Lombardi Trophy. So last week, Colts owner Jim Irsay rewarded the franchise's career rushing leader by having Pro Bowl receiver Reggie Wayne hand-deliver James a belated gift -- a Super Bowl ring -- at Sean Taylor's funeral. "He was the only nonparticipating player who received one, but he's a guy who embodied what we're about," Irsay told The Associated Press.
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips thinks highly of Emmitt Thomas, the new interim coach of the Atlanta Falcons. He also can sympathize quite well with his pal's plight.
Phillips did the same thing in 2003, becoming interim coach of the Falcons for the final three games after Dan Reeves left. He also carried the interim label the final four games in 1985, replacing his dad, Bum Phillips, with the New Orleans Saints. He actually did it for a third time, too, filling in one preseason game for Reeves in Denver.
"I think I'm the all-time interim coach, as far as numbers," Phillips cracked.
Don't look now, but the Panthers could start a fourth quarterback this afternoon -- undrafted rookie Matt Moore -- if Vinny Testaverde can't go. ... The 15-acre estate that served as Michael Vick's dogfighting headquarters failed to sell at auction yesterday. There were only two bidders. The final, rejected offer, was for $747,000. ... Let's see the Patriots try to run it up on the Jets today. Forecasts call for temperatures as low as 16 in Foxborough, Mass., with a 70 percent chance of snow.
First Published December 16, 2007 12:00 am