Peterson's Fumbles Improve Favre's MVP Case

Tony TuckerCorrespondent INovember 30, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the ball as he is hit by Atari Bigby #20 of the Green Bay Packers as Brady Popponga #51 also defends on November 11, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 34-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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 Brett Favre had another amazing day for the Minnesota Vikings which led them to there 10th win of the season.  Favre threw for 392 yards, 3 Touchdowns, and no interceptions in the 36 – 10 victory over the Chicago Bears.


Many NFL fans and TV critics have doubted Favre being an MVP candidate due to the fact that Adrian Peterson shares his back field. 


My question to those people would be, at what point does Favre’s unbelievable season become less about AP and more about his ability to enhance all of the players around him? 


AP had two more fumbles in the game versus the Bears bringing his total to 6 for the season, 5 of which have been lost.


In five games this season Peterson has failed to rush for even four yards per carry and also has only topped the century mark in three of the eleven games this season.


Peterson’s average yards per rush are slightly down and is on pace for an eight or nine fumble season. 


On the other hand Peterson’s red zone touches have increased with Favre at the helm and he has already tied his career high in rushing touchdowns for a season with 12.


Well many of those people would say that Favre has benefited from seeing 8 and 9 man fronts to stop the run.


I would say that is a good point, but let me ask you my second question.  The Vikings Quarterbacks faced the same looks last season, how did they fair last year compared to how Favre is doing this season?


In 16 regular season games last year Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte amassed 2,956 yards, 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions finishing ranked 25th in the league for passing offense.


This Season Favre has the passing offense ranked in the top 10 with over 2,800 yards, 24 touchdowns to only three interceptions.  Favre has already matched the win total of 10 from a year ago and still has five games to play.


I suppose the same critics and fans who say that Favre can’t be an MVP think that Peterson is responsible for the emergence of wide receivers and tight ends on the offense.


Sidney Rice’s first two years in the league he couldn’t catch a snowflake in a snow storm and now he looks like a slightly slower version of Randy Moss.


Visanthe Shiancoe who was the somewhat of a go to guy last season is on pace to set his career high in receptions and already passed last years total of seven scores.  Favre has made him look like a convenient store in the red zone, open 24 hours a day.

Percy Harvin was not on the team last season and probably would have helped the team on offense to maybe another win or possibly two.  There is no way that he would have looked like the prime veteran he has looked like so far this season.


The Vikings are without question going to need Peterson to get a tighter grip on the rock and become a dominant factor during playoff time.  If Peterson has games like he did against the Bears on Sunday, then against better football teams the offense might not be able to over come it.  Plus at some point Favre has to throw and interception or two and he will need AP to pick him with an outstanding game.


Currently the evidence and the proof is there for us to see that Favre has been the driving force to the 10 – 1 start in Minnesota.  The way Favre is playing right now seems like it’s his world and we are all just living in it.