Rodgers to Favre: Packers have put themselves in NFC ‘conversation’

Bill Huber

Brett Favre will turn 50 on Thursday. He had a request from Aaron Rodgers for a birthday present.

“What are you getting me, Aaron?” Favre said on his weekly radio show on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. “I expect something very … like a Porsche, maybe?”

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Favre said he sent Rodgers a congratulatory text following the Packers’ 34-24 victory over Dallas on Sunday. The upset victory sent the Packers to 4-1. Rodgers called it a “character” win due to the injuries and the number of under-the-radar players who stepped up.

It was the best day of the season by the Rodgers-led offense and the latest sign of advancement. Before the season-opening game against Chicago, Rodgers said the offense would be a work in progress. The offense has continued to show progress as Rodgers gains comfort with new coach Matt LaFleur’s offense and way of thinking and the rest of the team gains familiarity in LaFleur’s scheme.

“I like the way we’re going,” Rodgers said. “I’m not going to put a timetable on when everybody is going to feel totally comfortable. I’m just going to say that I’ve seen progress since Week 1, where we struggled and, Week 2, we came out and played a little better. (Weeks) 3 and 4, we got the passing game going and, a couple days ago, we got the run game really rolling. I like the way we’re going. I really enjoy our team. I think it’s a bunch of really good guys. I enjoy the staff. I’m not going to put any timetables, expectations on it, I’m just going to say that I’m really having a lot of fun right now and I think the guys are too, and it’s kind of contagious and we’re going to embrace that feeling.”

Favre said he predicted the Packers to win the division, and he believes “good things are on the horizon” for the rest of the season.

“I do, too,” Rodgers said. “Philly is really a great coached football team, they got a great young quarterback. But you look at the NFC, especially our division, we got four teams with winning records. We got obviously Detroit, the way they’ve started the season, then you got the Bears and the Vikings at both 3-2. They’re both really talented teams. It’s going to be a down-to-the-(wire) finish NFC North, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you get two, who knows, maybe even both the wild cards come from our division, as well, just because we’re so deep. But it’s going to be tough. Obviously, the Niners are undefeated in their division. New Orleans, Drew [Brees] goes down and Teddy’s [Bridgewater] been playing really well. So I think the NFC is really wide open and we kind of put ourselves in the conversation a couple days ago and hopefully we can stay there.”

A two-minute audio clip is here.