Packers Vs. Vikings: Let The Hype Begin

Dennis Towle Jr.@Dennis Towle, Jr. ‏@DTowleJrContributor ISeptember 29, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 09:  Defensive tackle Colin Cole #90 of the Green Bay Packers sacks quarterback Gus Frerotte #12 of the Minnesota Vikings on November 9, 2008 at the Metrodome in Mineapolis, Minnesota.  The Vikings won 28-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Hype week has begun in earnest.  Any and every sportswriter worth his salt is going to take shot at the Vikings v. Packers matchup… and rightly so.  Article after article will hit the wire hour after hour.  It's enough to make you dizzy!

Although there are several other compelling sports stories out there, this is the most compelling because first, it involves the NFL; second, it’s Monday Night Football; third, it involves the NFC North – otherwise known as the Black & Blue division; and fourth, it involves two teams fighting for a leg up in that division.  But, in all actuality, it’s going to come down to two very talented quarterbacks – one for the Vikings and one for the Packers – and what they will do (or not do) out on the field of play.

There's the up-and-coming mega-talented Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  The unflappable field general with a supposed core of talented troops surrounding him.  It's upon his arm and Green Bay's receiving core that Packer nation will live or die this season.  

In these last three games, it wasn't Rodgers play that but the play of his surrounding cast that ultimately swayed the outcomes of those games.  Receivers that couldn't catch a cold, much less the footballs coming right at them, and offensive linemen that were more offensive than linemen.  The defense was often the savior for the offense, instead of the compliment to the offense.

Then, there's the aged but refined gunslinging future Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer now turned Minnesota Viking, Brett Favre.  Since Favre joined the Vikings, they are three notches in the victory column against no defeats.  Although his stats are mostly unimpressive, his last second toss in last Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers at home were all that was needed to kickstart the week off.

Hype will tell you that Brett still has “it”, whatever that means.  Hype will tell you that although it’s not about Brett Favre versus Ted Thompson (the GM of the Packers), it actually IS about Brett Favre versus Ted Thompson.  Hype will tell you that it’s all about Brett Favre versus the Green Bay Packers – will the Green Bay defense stop the man of steel that it once fought to defend?  Will that Packer defense go out of its way to sack the master and punish him just because he wears the “other” colors?

Mostly, the hype will be about Brett Favre.  It always is.  We, as fans, endured the constant speculation of his retirement or return to football that was brought on by the aged superstar and further perpetuated by the media.  Every sports story this week will begin as Brett this and Brett that.  Except on page 3, where we will see the “other” stories in tiny little print such as the Vikings defense or the Packers offense.  But, mostly, the hype will be about Brett Favre.  

Eventually, there will be a game played on Monday Night Football this October 5th.  Let's just hope that it is half as good as the hype leading up to it!