As Always, Packers Want Brett Favre to Try and Win It

Peter BukowskiSenior Analyst ISeptember 29, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 27:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings prepares to throw the ball during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the 49ers 27-24. (Photo by Genevieve Ross/Getty Images)

I've never seen Packers fans so down after a 20-point road win.

The Rams were without their quarterback, they have no receivers, and they haven't won a game since George W. Bush was in office, but the Packers put it to the Rams on Sunday. It was closer than it should have been for a while, but ultimately the Packers' superior talent and improved resolve took over.

I have a feeling I know why this win was so "tough" for Cheeseheads: the Vikings won, too. Not only did the Domequeens make an improbable comeback, complete with an impossible catch and booth review, but it came from a familiar face. Only this time, he was wearing enemy purple.

I can think of no better scenario for the Packers to face Minnesota than after Brett Favre's home debut in which he was the hero, after almost being the goat. (The 49ers dropped a handful of picks, including what would have been the game-sealing pick 6 on the final drive that ended with the go-ahead touchdown).

Green Bay heads to Minnesota at 2-1 (which doesn't look so bad when you consider Cinci beat the defending Super Bowl Champs on Sunday). They have struggled to run the football, score in the red zone, stop the rush, control opposing pass-rushers, or move the ball consistently. And I'll repeat—they're 2-1.

The Vikings team they'll face are 3-0, having beaten the Browns, Lions, and 49ers, who had a combined 11 wins last season. The Lions gave the Vikes all they could handle in Week Two before falling. And San Fran really ought to be beaten by the Vikings without Frank Gore. (Can you tell me how, with less than 10 seconds left, you don't have EVERYONE in the end zone?).

The Vikings may have taken the Lions for granted, just like the Packers took the Bengals for granted, except the Bengals are a much better team. Really, that is the only difference in Monday night being a matchup of 3-0 teams. Either way, it's for the top spot in the division, and I wouldn't expect either team to take the other for granted.

The Vikings have not faced an offense half as good as the one Green Bay will bring to town, even slightly out of sync right now. There are more talented players at the skill positions on the Packers roster than the three previous Vikings opponents combined.

Aaron Rodgers has been erratic, but has not turned the ball over. In fact, through the first three weeks Rodgers has not thrown a pick, something the quarterback in Minny has never done.

The Vikings aren't going to stop the Packers offense, but can the Pack defense stop Adrian Peterson and Favre?

There has been some chatter, or more specifically some twitter, that Brett Favre will not be the difference in the game on Monday night.

If Brad Childress were any kind of coach, he'd hand the ball to AP 40 times against the Packers 23rd-ranked rush defense and tell Brett to throw bubble screen to Percy Harvin.

But Childress doesn't know his butt from a hole in the ground, and I wouldn't be surprised to see Brett put it up 50 times. Not necessarily just because Childress is a bad coach, although that's certainly part of it, but more because Favre will want to.

And that's good news for the Packers. No one threw more interceptions than Favre last year, and no one turns opposing quarterbacks over better than the Green Bay Packers. You don't think Charles Woodson and Al Harris have had October 5th circled on their calendars for weeks?

For a while now, Favre has been known as the guy you have to be ready for as a DB because every game he'll give you a few opportunities. There will be opportunities for turnovers on Monday night, even if Childress does make Favre a game manager (which he won't).

Favre had to put it up 46 times last week to get a victory against a "we're not sure how good you are" 49ers team without its best player. You're not going to throw 46 times against the Packers and win many football games, because there are just too many players who can bait bad throws and cause interceptions.

If Dre Bly had held onto to a gift-wrapped game-ender last week, the talk would not be about a Favrefantastic finish, but another "f" word talking about the same old Brett (one Vikings fans have used many times before with No. 4).

The media will play this as Favre's revenge, or Favre vs. Rodgers, and for the Packers that is just fine. The pressure is on Favre, the spotlight is on Minnesota. But Packers defensive backs could steal the show if the Vikings decide to put the game in the right hand of Brett Favre.