Is There a Lambeau Curse?

Minnesota Vikings

There's been talk of a curse at Lambeau Field, but is it legitimate? Some believe it is.

The curse of Lambeau Field is probably the biggest home-field advantage in the history or sports. Even in their heyday, the Vikings lost games in December and January at Met Stadium. Not the Packers and not Brett Favre.

Heading into Sunday night, Green Bay is the only NFL team whose home fans have gone home happy every game. The Packers are the lone NFL team not to lose at home and, if history means anything, they won't the rest of the way.

With a lot of injury question marks, the only sure thing Sunday night is that it will be cold, which plays into Brett Favre's hands. Favre is 33-0 in his career with a game temperature of 34 degrees or less. It will be considerably colder than that Sunday night.

If the Packers can run the table and get at least one loss from Tampa Bay, they will force the Bucs or another opponent to come up to Green Bay for the playoffs. The Packers have never lost in Green Bay in the postseason.

If there is in fact a curse, all one needs do is look back at the 2000 season. The Vikings were at Green Bay for a Monday night game. Tied 20-20 with seconds left in regulation, the Vikings set up for a chip-shot field goal to win the game. The Packers called time out. Seemingly only over the stadium, a light mist turned into a downpour in the minute between calling the time out and play resuming. Holder Mitch Berger couldn't handle the wet snap, threw an interception and the game went to overtime. Then, a deflected pass was caught by Antonio Freeman on his back and he got up to score the winning touchdown in a 26-20 loss.

Is there a curse? Probably not. Do the Packers believe they have a magic power in Lambeau? You bet they do -- and so do most of their opponents.

FRIDAY NOTES
* Moe Williams didn't practice again Thursday and it will likely be a gametime decision whether or not he will play.
* D'Wayne Bates went through most of practice Thursday, but is still listed as questionable for Sunday night.
* Michael Vick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Awards are given for offense, defense and special teams for each conference each week. Vick became the sixth player this season to win the award after playing against the Vikings.
* Michael Bennett looks to be the fifth Viking to run for 1,000 yards. Robert Smith and Chuck Foreman did it three times, Terry Allen did it twice and Ted Brown did it once.
* Green Bay DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila is expected to play Sunday, despite grieving the death of his mother -- who died in a one-car accident late Sunday.
* Ahman Green (knee) and Terry Glenn (hip) didn't practice again Thursday and doubt is surrounding whether either will be able to play Sunday.

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