-- The last two times the Green Bay Packers started 7-1 they won the Super Bowl.

Still, they aren't looking quite that far ahead.

"I think we have a special win," Coach Mike Sherman said after the Packers' 24-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. "You have to ask me at the end of the season if it's a special season."

The Packers own the league's best record, a six-game winning streak and a four-game lead in the NFC North despite being riddled with injuries.

"I feel confidence growing," quarterback Brett Favre said. "It's a great confidence. We should be proud of what we've done, but 7-1 can still turn into 8-8."

Nobody expects such a nosedive as long as Favre stays on the field, as he did Monday night with a brace protecting his sprained left knee.

The Packers are on pace to score 454 points, two shy of the team record set in 1996, the last time they won the Super Bowl.

Their four takeaways against the Dolphins increased their NFL-leading total to 27, on pace to tie the franchise mark of 54 set in 1981.

Safety Darren Sharper, returning from a pulled hamstring, capped the thievery with an 89-yard interception return for a touchdown.

It was the fourth straight game the Packers had four takeaways.

"It's like a feeding frenzy," Sharper said.

The Packers have allowed just 64 points in their last five games -- and just two meaningless touchdowns in their last three -- after yielding 100 points in their first three games.

The Packers used a lot of quick and underneath passes to keep pressure off Favre.

"With every play I was thinking about it," Favre said. "If your knee goes, that's it. I'm one big hit away from being out for good."

With quarterback Brett Favre playing with a brace on sprained left knee, Packers tried to minimize risk by not calling for many long passes against Dolphins.