Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers II, Week Five

David ArreolaSenior Analyst IOctober 14, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 11: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 11, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Welcome friends to the fifth edition of Brett Favre vs. Aaron Rodgers II. Last week, the Packers and Vikings Monday Night Football game set cable-viewing records.

The hype was unreal, and when game time finally came, it was still unreal. Half a dozen camera crews were at the coin toss as Favre shook hands with the Packers' captains, all former teammates.

During his post-game interview, it seemed like the entire world was watching Favre as he delivered his comments about his performance.

Despite Rodgers' career day, Favre's play was simply outstanding and merited a third consecutive victory for Favre in this competition.

The Packers have a bye this week, so obviously that poses a bit of an issue. Fortunately, this isn't my first time dealing with this problem so I will handle it the same way I did last season.

Award each quarterback with a free win for the weeks in which their opponent did not play. Having said that, I will analyze the performance of the quarterback who did play.

Let's move on shall we?


Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams,  38-10

Brett Favre: 18-24, 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

The Good: Another week, another efficient passing day for Brett Favre. Granted this week he faced a much weaker defense. Brett Favre sort of has a tendency to have "let down" games after big wins. This time, Favre didn't miss a beat.

His best pass of the day came on a 2nd-and-9 play on the Vikings' first drive. A beautiful play action was finished with a gorgeous throw to Percy Harvin toward the sideline for over 20 yards.

His touchdown pass was just as great, as Favre made a difficult throw look effortless. When Favre noticed Visanthe Shiancoe running for an opening in the back of the endzone, Favre took a casual step back, did a half throwing motion, seeming to only flick his wrist. The ball that came out was a rocket at first over the middle linebackers' heads, then it gently dropped into the hole where Shiancoe caught the ball.

Favre should have had two touchdown passes, however poor footwork from Bernard Berrian denied him.


The Bad: Something I have noticed about Favre ever since the 49ers game is that he has his swagger back. Favre is slinging the ball around every which way, attacking single coverage, and seriously testing zone coverages.

If he keeps throwing the way he is, this is not a problem. However, if the quality of his throws drop, this is a serious problem. It is this Brett Favre that lost four of five games to end last season.

His interception is proof of this theory. Favre was rolling to the right and fired across his body trying to find a receiver. James Laurinaitis was waiting for that throw and Favre handed it to him.

Against the Rams, this mistake is not very costly. Against the Ravens? It may cost you the game.


Aaron Rodgers: Bye week.


The Pick

As I stated in the introduction, Brett Favre wins this week by default. However, his performance was very impressive and it would have taken something special from Rodgers to win this one.

Brett Favre increases his lead to 4-1 after five weeks. Raise your hand if you would have predicted that score before the season.

Put your hand down, liar.


Next week

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers return to action next week as they face the new Lions. I say new because this Lions team actually competes.

Brett Favre's Vikings will see the first real test of the season when they travel to Baltimore to take on the stout Ravens defense.