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Favre struggles yet again in Tampa

By Len Pasquarelli

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of Brett Favre's many gifts is his ability to put poor performances behind him. He can quickly begin looking ahead to the next hurdle while expunging the negative from his memory.

The Green Bay Packers star quarterback will certainly need that selective amnesia after Sunday's 21-7 loss to the Buccaneers in a game in which he contributed mightily to the defeat with four interceptions.

Brett Favre
All of the pickoffs came in the second half -- not that Favre was scintillating in the opening two quarters -- and the Bucs converted two of the steals into touchdowns. In losing for the fifth straight time at Raymond James Stadium, Favre completed 20 of 38 passes for 196 yards, threw for one touchdown, and compiled a minuscule quarterback rating of 36.6.

Over the last two games, both losses, Favre has thrown seven interceptions. The three-time most-valuable player had four interceptions in the Packers' first nine games.

"You won't have to worry about Brett," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "He'll move on and get ready for next week. I don't know if he's frustrated, but I'm sure he's disappointed. But you'll see a lot of great days from Brett Favre, believe me."

One has to wonder if any of them will ever be accomplished here, where the Tampa Bay defense has turned the stadium into a chamber of horrors for the Green Bay star, and where Favre seems to make more mistakes. Then again, culpability for the four interceptions could be spread around the Packers locker room.

On the first interception, midway through the second quarter, Favre and wide receiver Terry Glenn clearly didn't read the Tampa Bay defense the same way, and the result was catastrophic. Glenn ran a post pattern and Favre seemed to throw into double coverage, with cornerback Brian Kelly making the easy pickoff.

The interception initiated a drive that culminated in a touchdown, giving the Bucs a 14-7 lead.

Favre absolved Glenn of blame, insisting he "misread" the secondary, but there was a lengthy sideline discussion between the quarterback and wide receiver after the interception.

On the second pick, which came late in the third quarter, Glenn seemed to let up on a route and cornerback Ronde Barber intercepted the pass. The final two interceptions, by free safety Dexter Jackson and Kelly, were both results of poor throws.

Then again, given the irrepressibility of Favre, you get some bad throws because he will always force the issue. That is, indeed, the beauty and the bane of Favre and has been for years.

Said one Packers veteran: "It's who Brett is, really, because he's usually going to throw a few to the other guys. You live with it, though, because he is such a great player."

Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

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