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Packers and Vikings start practicing today for Sunday showdown at Lambeau

The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will both start practicing today for their Sunday showdown at Lambeau Field.

The 6-1 Vikings lead the NFC North division by a game-and-a-half over the second-place Packers, who are 4-2.

Meanwhile, some of Brett Favre's teammates from his 1996 Super Bowl champion Packers take issue with Favre's recent claim that his current Vikings are the best team he's ever been on.

The 40-year-old quarterback later backed off, saying he didn't want slight the '96 Pack.

But some of those players told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they're still stewing over it.

Safety Leroy Butler called it preposterous.

He said the Super Bowl Packers had the league's top-ranked defense and special teams. Receiver Antonio Freeman says injuries can still take their toll on Minnesota and a true comparison cannot be made until the season's over.

Tight end Mark Chmura said any comparison starts with Favre, and he's not as good today as he was back then.

Favre averages 240 yards a game, only about four fewer yards than in 1996 with Green Bay.

Minnesota's offense averages eight more yards per game than the Super Bowl champions, but the Vikings rank 12th in the league in that department, while the Pack was fifth.

And Green Bay's team defense was much better, giving up a league-low 259 yards to Minnesota's current 330.

The Vikes rank 16th in team defense.