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Brett Favre takes jet to Green Bay, hangs out, flies back

In his first public appearance in Green Bay since he retired from the NFL in 2010, Favre appeared at his eponymous steakhouse in town which was packed to the gills, per reports for a fundraiser for Rawhide Boys Ranch, a local home for troubled youth founded by former Packers quarterback Bart Starr, who is battling ill health.

Favre kicked off the 30-minute chat alongside Steve Young with five big words.

"It's exciting to be back," Favre said.

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Favre's appearance was a surprise. Earlier in the day, media reports swirled that Favre was on his way to Green Bay but that he did not plan to attend the Monday night game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was believed to have left soon after the presentation with Young to return back to his home in Mississippi.

Favre did not speak with the media afterward, and the next time he might be seen in Green Bay could be next season when he's expected to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, along with a ceremony that has been years in the making with a few bumps on the road.

It appears that Favre and the franchise are on the best terms now that they have been since his left the Packers in 2008.
"Obviously the history with my departure from Green Bay and all those things has made wonderful news, good or bad," Favre said, "but I think we're well beyond that."

The fans certainly were. His steakhouse was packed, and fans heard Favre and Young trade stories about their battles together, former Packers and 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and other tales of yore. The audience ate it all up.

Just as the fans will eat up Favre's return for his July induction into the Packers' Hall, along with a ceremony at a regular-season game in 2015 to retire his jersey. Expect the good times to be there once again, like they were ever so briefly on Monday.

NFL draft questions: Will Philadelphia Eagles take QB?

Will the Philadelphia Eagles draft a quarterback?
Coach Chip Kelly's squad is the biggest mystery of the draft. The Eagles could go in absolutely any direction with the No. 4 overall pick.

Kelly's former Oregon charge Dion Jordan makes sense as a pass rusher as the Eagles transition to a 3-4 defensive attack, but so do defensive linemen like Shariff Floyd and Star Lotutlelei. Outside of defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, the team is starting over on the defensive line. Linebacker similarly is lacking long-term solutions, while the entire starting secondary consists of low-cost, free-agent gambles.

On offense, it's worth wondering if Kelly sees wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin as fits for the coming years. Drafting an offensive tackle like Oklahoma's Lane Johnson could give the Eagles the most talented tackle combination in the NFL. (In this scenario, Todd Herremans could move inside.) In short: No one knows anything when it comes to the Eagles. That's just how Kelly likes it.

The options are endless with the No. 4 overall pick, although it's hard to imagine the Eagles taking a quarterback. There just isn't a play-caller in this draft who looks worthy of a top-10 pick. But it's worth wondering if Kelly wants to wait a year to find a young quarterback he can groom from scratch.

The Michael Vick experiment under Kelly is a year-to-year proposition. Kelly has talked about quarterback Nick Foles' potential, but there are questions about how well he will fit into the offensive scheme. To put it another way: If Foles was in this draft, would Kelly select him? If the answer is no, Kelly still might not want to wait a year before investing another pick on the position.

The Eagles' quarterback depth chart is crowded with Dennis Dixon also in the mix, but it lacks clarity. My guess: The Eagles showed what they thought about this draft class with their offseason moves. They paid Vick. They kept Foles. They added a known commodity in Dixon as a reserve.

It's easy to imagine the Eagles adding a mid-to-late round draft pick at the position, but it would be a surprise if they took a quarterback early. Kelly likely won't follow former Eagles coach Andy Reid's approach of taking "his guy" in his first draft.

Monday Night Football Preview: Giants vs. Cowboys
2010-10-25 Monday Night Football Betting Odds: Dallas -3, Total: 45

The Cowboys remain desperate for a win, as they’ve dropped two straight games while the Giants have been one of the NFL’s hottest teams with three consecutive victories. The New York pass rush (21 sacks) should give Dallas fits. The Cowboys don’t allow many sacks (seven) but, like the rest of the team, commit a lot of penalties. Dallas is on pace to be the second team in NFL history to average 80-plus penalty yards per game – a stat that can not be ignored by the NFL betting population.

There is some injury news to report and it is all good news. New York WR Hakeem Nicks has been dealing with a bad hamstring all week, but says he will play Monday night. DL Justin Tuck and K Lawrence Tynes have both fully recovered from ankle injuries and will both suit up for this game. For Dallas, WR Dez Bryant will also play despite being limited in practice this week with an ankle injury of his own.

New York is winning in spite of Eli Manning’s highest interception rate (3.9%) since his rookie year, with eight interceptions in six games. The Cowboys have picked off 12 Manning passes in 11 career meetings, but Manning is 6-5 in those contests with 20 TD, a 57.6% completion rate and 221 passing YPG. He threw for 330 yards in a 33-31 win in the first regular-season game at Cowboys Stadium last year. Nicks leads the team with 36 catches, 417 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Tony Romo has had success against New York, with a 64% completion rate, 204 passing YPG, 16 TD and 10 INT in nine career games against the Giants. But he threw three of those picks in last year’s home loss to New York and the Giants entered the week ranked second in the NFL in both total defense (265 YPG) and passing defense (172 YPG). The Cowboys defense has been nearly as effective as New York, ranking fourth in the league in both total defense (281 YPG) and passing defense (181 YPG). Dallas needs to create more opportunities for the offense as it has forced a league-low four turnovers this season.

The Giants are 4-1 ATS & SU in the past five meetings in the series, but this football betting trend indicates why point spread bettors should be on Dallas:

Play On - Home teams (DALLAS) - after failing to cover the spread in 4 out of their last 5 games, a terrible team (<=25%) playing a team with a winning record. (24-4 over the last 10 seasons.) (85.7%, +19.6 units. Rating = 3*).

If you are looking to bet on the Giants vs. Cowboys total, this betting trend leans ‘under’:

Play Under - Home teams where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points (DALLAS) - off 2 or more consecutive overs, in a game involving two average offensive teams (18-23 PPG). (45-17 since 1983.) (72.6%, +26.3 units. Rating = 3*).

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