Welcome friends to the fourth edition of Brett Favre Vs. Aaron Rodgers II.
Last week we saw the old gunslinger earn a 2-1 advantage on his replacement. Shockingly, the polls seemed to favor Rodgers, while the comments seemed to favor Brett. I would have loved to see some of the arguments for Rodgers last week.
Minnesota Vikings 30
Green Bay Packers 27
Brett Favre: 24-31, 271 yards, 3 TD's
The Good: Where do I start? From his first drive to the final pass of the night, Brett Favre was on his game. The play calling was not as conservative as many had thought. Adrian Peterson was surprisingly being kept under control. Favre was given the responsibility of winning the game, a responsibility I'm sure he took gladly.
Let's not overlook the offensive line here, Favre had all day in the pocket. Favre took advantage of Green Bay's aggressive secondary by looking off the coverage and helping his receivers to get open.
Favre was hitting receivers in stride all game, and once the game seemed in hand, he started to mock the Packers secondary by throwing deep bombs whenever he saw single coverage.
Lastly, Brett Favre set yet another NFL record by becoming the first player in NFL history to defeat all 32 teams.
The Bad: Favre played just about a flawless game, the only thing that he could have done better was perhaps not try so many deep balls. Late in the game on third and 11 with a chance to clinch the game, Favre went for it all instead of getting a shorter completion and finishing off the Packers.
Aaron Rodgers: 26-37, 384 yards, 2 TD's, 1 INT
The Good: Aaron Rodgers had a career day throwing the ball, but it couldn't translate to a win. Early in the game it looked like Rodgers was ready to match Favre step for step, until he threw a bad pick to Antoine Winfield.
Rodgers was accurate for the most part, he favored his athletic tight end Jermichael Finley. Rodgers did a great job with the terrible protection he was given. As a matter of fact, terrible may be a considerable understatement. Rodgers was sacked eight times, and pressured almost double that.
So hats off to Rodgers on being able to have a great game despite lack of protection.
The Bad: Aaron Rodgers needs to get rid of the ball. While he isn't getting proper protection, he needs to know this and look to get rid of the ball sooner. Instead of throwing quick slants, he is scrambling around and putting himself in danger.
In this particular game, Rodgers did not look off the coverage very well. He was very good at finding the open receiver, but often did not help his receivers get open. I suppose this again can be blamed on the offensive line.
How can I not give this week to Aaron Rodgers? Well, his career high 384 passing yards were pretty much handed to him at the end of the game by the Vikings defense. Brett Favre's performance was one of the best in recent memory. He shredded the Packers defense and completely dictated the outcome of this game.
Rodgers was the preseason favorite to not only beat Brett Favre, but to demolish him. Here we are with a quarter of the season gone by and Brett has a 3-1 lead on Rodgers.
A look ahead to next week....
Next week the 4-0 Minnesota Vikings travel to St. Louis to face a struggling Rams team. While Aaron Rodgers and the 2-2 Packers have a bye week to figure out what's wrong with the offensive line.