Is Brett Favre a Judas or a Genius?

ExJx BrooksContributor INovember 17, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 01:  Fans hold a sign referring to quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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After an 8-1 start you would think that the Favre-haters would take a break and at least wait for him to make a mistake, but of course much like the iron-man himself, they just won't go away.

The Vikes enjoyed a mid-season bye and came out fighting yet again and are on their way to a NFC North division title.

The Lions did not disappoint this week as they did in Week Three when they actually won one. They allowed Favre to throw for 344 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

With the first of two games against the Bears in two weeks, a win against Seattle and one against the Bears will stifle any chance of "Da Bears" challenging the Vikes for division rights.

The Lions, of course, handled themselves again for the Vikings and the rest of the league and pose no threat other than possibly spoiling someone's playoff hopes.

The Packers in my eyes are the only plausible threat to the Vikings reign atop the division. That, at this point, is a long hard road to be traveled in itself. Involved is the Pack winning more games, a tie would hand the Vikings the division. The Pack, if the Vikings win at least three of their last seven games, would have to win out the season to claim the division title.

The Vikes are essentially four wins away from clinching the division title and with games against Seattle, Chicago and Carolina they are in a very good position to do so.

Putting all of this in perspective, is Favre really the traitor everyone thinks he is or is he just plain smart?

Favre waffled his way right into the perfect situation. The Vikes are winning and leading the division. The Pack lost to the worst team in the league and is fighting to stay alive.

I'm no traitor by any means. I hope the Pack can pull it off and claim the division or at least save a playoff spot, but if I were in Favre's situation I'd say, "Fine call me a traitor, tear me a new one every chance you get, but at the end of the day I'd still be right."

In this ongoing saga what he is accomplishing is all that matters. Not what the haters say or even what I say.

The man is the man again and even if the Vikes fall short in the playoffs, Favre will have more than proven his point.

Yes, you can make the argument that he wouldn't be able to take the punishment Rodgers has had to endure, being sacked 41 times. It has been the only real argument made, but in the attempt to make this argument you would miss the part where no QB should have to endure that kind of punishment. Making that argument does nothing but prove how bad the offensive line of the Packers is and behind the right line Favre can still be very effective and has been.

Right now Favre looks smarter than ever, only throwing three picks in nine games. Not to mention the Packers are on a path to destruction and rebuilding where in Minnesota the road is practically paved all the way to the division title if not the Super Bowl. If given the choice right now, where would you go?

Yeah it frustrates me. Yeah I'm upset, but I'm upset at the right people. I'm not mad at Favre for coming in and doing his job against a lackluster defense. Maybe if the Pack would have spent more time actually concentrating on playing him as the opponent instead of crying and whining because he is the opponent, the Pack may have had a chance.

I recently read an article that was based on Favre's inability to let go of the game. Why even talk about this, the game has not let go of him. Why would it even be an argument to make when he clearly has the skills to still be playing?

When you look at sports history, the majority of players don't go out on top. They only retire after they realize, officially, they no longer have what it takes. So I don't think it is an inability to let go, it's just that he knows he can still play and win, so why leave?

I think it was a matter of "I'm old now; it's what old players do. So I’ll retire." I feel he was just following what he thought and was probably being told by older players do, when in fact it wasn't what he wanted to do, hence the waffling.

When you have a community of then Favre-supporters respectfully calling for your retirement and pushing to move on to Rodgers along with more of the same from management, what would you do? He only did what he had done for 16 seasons; give the fans what they wanted.

In the end he decided, for once, that he was going to do what he wanted to do, he had earned it. When the people involved didn’t like that they cast him out and ridiculed his every move.

Just face it: He went to a place that better suited him and gave him a chance to win.

When all is said and done call him a traitor, say he's indecisive, but after an 8-1 start and a league leading 107.5 QB rating what else can you say against him?

He looks fat in purple?

His beard is too gray?

Yeah all of that sounds as stupid as the echoing boos heard throughout Lambeau as he made his way on the field a few weeks back.

Sad part is, even after the man torched us twice and is on the verge of solidifying a division title you still have more garbage to talk about him.

Get a life or he may be back again to hand us all another beating.