For 16 years Brett Favre tortured opponents as the star quarterback of Green Bay. Monday night, the tables were turned on the Packers as the three-time league MVP threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, and Minnesota remained unbeaten with a 30-23 victory at the Metrodome. It was a picture-perfect night for Favre, who turns 40 this Saturday. Starting his NFL-record 273rd straight game, Favre, who holds every significant career passing record, set a milestone by becoming the first player in league history to beat all 32 NFL teams. He connected on 24-of-31 passes. Adrian Peterson rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Vikings (4-0), who have won their first four games to a season for the first time since 2003 when they captured their first six contests, but finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Aaron Rodgers, who replaced Favre as Green Bay's starting quarterback in 2008, threw for a career-best 384 yards. He went 26-of-37 with a pair of touchdowns and was picked off once.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday he'll take it day-by-day with a heel injury and hopes to practice Wednesday. Manning was hurt in the fourth quarter of this past Sunday's game against Kansas City. On Monday, the former Super Bowl MVP was walking without the aid of a boot or crutches, although he had an MRI exam that showed he has an injury to the plantar fascia and has soreness and swelling in the heel/arch area on the bottom of his foot. Manning completed 20-of-34 passes for 292 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 27-16 victory over the Chiefs. His last pass was a 54-yard touchdown toss to rookie Hakeem Nicks. The Giants next face Oakland on Sunday at home. A win would set up a matchup of unbeaten teams on October 18 at New Orleans.
Detroit rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford is considered day-to-day with a right knee injury, according to Lions head coach Jim Schwartz. Schwartz gave the brief update Monday, adding he will know more Wednesday. Stafford left Sunday's loss to Chicago in the fourth quarter, when his leg twisted upon being sacked by the Bears' Adewale Ogunleye. Stafford went 24-for-36 with 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the contest, and was replaced under center by Daunte Culpepper.
Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a torn meniscus in his knee. Raiders coach Tom Cable said the second-year back will have surgery Tuesday to repair the tear. McFadden has gained 145 yards on 47 carries with a score for the 1-3 Raiders this season. He has also added seven catches for 53 yards. Cable said offensive tackle Cornell Green will miss two weeks to a month with a calf strain.
The American League Central Division winner will be decided on Tuesday in the final regular season baseball game to be played at the Metrodome as the Detroit Tigers battle the Minnesota Twins. Both teams finished the 162-game schedule 86-76, meaning a one-game playoff with the winner to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series. Rick Porcello takes the mound for the Tigers, while the Twins got with Scott Baker. The Twins are in a winner-take- all game for the second year in a row, having lost to the Chicago White Sox last year. Minnesota can thank Chicago this year, as the White Sox took two of three from the Tigers this weekend while the Twins swept the Kansas City Royals. Should Detroit win, it would be the Tigers' first division title since 1987.
The National League Division Series will start Wednesday when the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies host the Colorado Rockies in the opener of their best-of-five set at 2:37 p.m. (et). It will be a rematch of the 2007 NLDS, which the Rockies won in a three-game sweep. Later, the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers will be at home against the Central Division winning St. Louis Cardinals at 9:37 p.m. (et).
Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals and Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays are the recipients of the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award. Carpenter, who made just four starts combined in 2007 and 2008, went 17-4 with an NL-best 2.24 earned run average over 28 starts in 2009 to re-establish himself as a Cy Young Award candidate. The 34-year-old recorded three complete games and one shutout while helping St. Louis capture the NL Central title for the first time since 2006. Hill became one of the game's premier second basemen this season after posting career-highs of 36 homers, 108 runs batted in, 195 hits and 103 runs scored. He had played in only 55 games in 2008 after suffering a season-ending concussion on May 29. The 36 home runs and 108 RBI were the most among major league second basemen this season and earned Hill his first All-Star Game appearance in his fifth season out of LSU.
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes is scheduled to undergo surgery to clean up scar tissue around the hamstring tendon behind his right knee. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Daniel E. Cooper, the head team physician for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and NHL's Dallas Stars. Cooper is considered the leading expert in the country in the surgical treatment of the chronically torn hamstring tendon. A date for the surgery has yet to be determined, but the Mets say Reyes is expected to be recovered for spring training in 2010.
The head of Florida State's Board of Trustees has reportedly stated that the 2009 season may be the last for legendary head coach Bobby Bowden. According to a Florida newspaper, Jim Smith, the chair of the board and a 1962 graduate of FSU, said that the football team's 2-3 record, including an 0-2 mark in the ACC, has contributed to the sentiment among the school's most prominent alumni. One of the nation's premier teams in the late 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, Florida State has not posted a 10-win season since 2003 after winning double-digit games for 14 straight seasons from 1987-2000. The Seminoles, who finished in the top 10 of the AP Poll for each of those 14 campaigns, have not regained a top-10 ranking since. Offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher was named the head coach in waiting after joining the Seminoles in 2007 following seven seasons in a similar role with the LSU Tigers. The report states the board would like to sign Fisher to a five-year contract.
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has not yet been cleared to play as he continues to recover from a concussion and did not practice Monday as the Gators prepare for an SEC showdown on Saturday at LSU. Florida head coach Urban Meyer said Monday that Tebow looks better and is continuing to work with the team's doctors. He said the star quarterback is able to read and watch television, something doctors prevented him from doing just last week. Tebow was hurt during the September 26 game against Kentucky and spent the night in a Lexington hospital The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner was sacked late in the third quarter of Florida's 41-7 win and his head struck the knee of teammate Marcus Gilbert. After remaining on the ground for several minutes, Tebow was helped off the field and taken to the locker room on a cart. Sophomore John Brantley finished the Kentucky game and would likely get the start if Tebow is unable to play Saturday when the Gators put their No. 1 ranking on the line against fourth-ranked LSU.