Tuesday Morning Runnng Back Week Four: Brett Favre Sparkles in MNF Spotlight

Dan PieroniCorrespondent IOctober 6, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 05:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings hugs Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers following the Vikings victory over the Packers on October 5, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It was an image we'd thought we thought we'd never see in our lifetimes.

The man that is considered by many from Kenosa to Green Bay as the man who returned football to prominence in Cheeseland, was now playing against them.

Better yet, he was under center for a hated rival.

Hence, the drama was understood, and the atmosphere electric, as Brett Favre went out went out to prove he still has it to both the world and his former team.

He did just that.

It was as if he stepped into a time machine, his passes were on target, his arm was strong, and he trusted the speed of his receivers to go get the ball.

When it was over, the Vikings had a 30-23 win, and Favre threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions, with a passer rating of 135.3 that would make Drew Brees blush.

Favre's almost perfect night on a national stage even managed to steal some limelight away from his own teammate. Jared Allen recorded 4.5 sacks, the most ever by a defensive player on Monday Night Football.

But it was clearly No. 4's night, as he proved you can teach an old dog new tricks.

How does he do it?

It must be the Wranglers.

Elsewhere in week four action:

  • I always love to see players who get the message when they're benched that there is no margin for error. Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall turned his punishment into a positive as he rushed for 165 yards and two touchdown in their win over San Diego.
  • Ravens WR Mark Clayton is the clear goat of the week as he dropped a easy touchdown that allowed the Patriots to get away with a win. 
  • Mark Sanchez finally got his welcome to the NFL moment as he was sacked four times and the offensive turned the ball over four times in a sloppy game for the Jets.
  • It's amazing that Drew Brees has not thrown a touchdown pass in two weeks but yet the Saints are still 4-0 for the first time since 1993.
  • Memo to Tony Romo, with the game on the line and one second left, it isn't a good idea to throw the ball in Champ Bailey's direction.
  • I know their secondary is depleted, but any good defensive team that allows themselves to be picked apart by an average QB like David Garrard deserves to lose. It's a shame the Titans can't find any answers.
  • Maybe Chad Henne will be the Matt Cassell of 2009, but then again he was sacked six times and helped out by his running game.
  • The Bills have now lost eight consecutive games in their division, and have also been outscored 65-17. It's time to bring out the paper bags Bills fans.
  • It was nice to see that the Redskins rebounded for a victory after a putrid start in which they allowed two sacks and lost a fumble.
  • The slow exhaling you hear is that of every Giants fan after they learned Eli Manning was only going to be out day-to-day.
  • So much for the Lions carrying any momentum into week four as they allowed 48 points to the Bears.
  • If you have a 4th-and-11 in overtime with a minute and four seconds left at your opponents' 41, why wouldn't you go for it? Thankfully, Marvin Lewis came to his senses and it all worked out for the better.
  • The Texans only gave up 165 yards of total offense on Sunday, the lowest total in their history. But then again, it was the Raiders,.
  • You saw a vintage Peyton Manning on Sunday as he led the Colts to touchdowns on their first five drives, and tied Fran Tarkenton for third on the all time TD passing list in a win over the Seahawks.
  • Mike Singletary's positive approach and motivational pep talks have certainly inspired the 49er's, as they now occupy first place in the NFC West.
  • I'll leave you with this parting thought, The Saints and Broncos are both 4-0 and the Bengals and 49er's are both 3-1. Are we living in a bizarre world or what?