It's early December and NFL MVP talks are at full steam.
These two seasoned vets are the leading candidates in the MVP race, so let's compare them, it's the only fair way to handle this quandary.
My grandfather is famous for saying "You can't please everyone", and he's right.
This is my take on the two most dynamic signal-callers in the NFL, your opinion may differ. I'm almost certain that I will receive comments counteracting this piece, but that's life.
Both Favre and Brees are having the best seasons of their careers, and they're both looking to have their squads competitive come playoff time. Superbowls are definitely on Brees' and Favre's "to do list".
Here's the question: Who is your favorite for NFL MVP?
Brett Favre has beaten only one team that is currently above .500, the Green Bay Packers. Favre has defeated the team that "made" him twice. Take that, Cheeseheads.
Favre's numbers are overshadowed by the fact the hasn't "played anyone".
I tend to disagree with that notion.
So what happened when the Vikings took on one of the better teams in the NFC? A less than impressive showing, that's what happened.
The Cardinals drilled Minnesota 30-17 despite a valiant effort by Old Man Favre. Favre went 30 for 45 while throwing for 275 yards. Two picks and two touchdown tosses later... still a 13 point loss to a mediocre (?) Arizona Cardinal squad.
Are the Vikings really the best team in the NFC? Perhaps they're enjoying a soft schedule. Although the Vikings have played two of the tougher teams in the AFC in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, both have showed that they are in fact middle of the road units in their conference.
Or have they?
You can say what you want about Favre, but here's the FACTS.
He is having the BEST year of his illustrious career and his team is at 10-2. The Vikings lead the NFC North by two games over the Green Bay Packers, who are the only team that will rival the purple helmets in that division. No Bears, no Lions, it's just the Pack and the Vikes.
Drew Brees on the other hand, well that's another story.
Brees and the Saints throttled the "model franchise" New England Patriots, 38-17, just over a week ago on Monday Night Football. "Throttled" is putting it nicely. Brees demolished the New England secondary and looked more like Tom Brady than Tom Brady did.
The Saints have also taken out the New York Giants, albeit they're struggling, but they're still a winning franchise at 7-5.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-4, in the thick of a division race, and yes, New Orleans and Brees beat them as well.
We can go 'round and 'round when comparing competition, but let's not and say we did.
Drew Brees simply has more talent around him, that's really not up for debating.
Let's not forget that the Saints almost lost to a 3-8 Washington Redskins team. It took some heroics from Brees and company to barely beat the 'Skins in overtime, 33-30.
Was that Meachem take-away something that should've been reviewed, or did the 'Skins get screwed?
I'll give a slight edge to Brees due to his strength of schedule, but that's where it ends. Brett Favre is the reason that the Vikings are 10-2, we all know that.
Here's the part of the article where we chomp on some numbers, chew on some stats, and compare the haves and have nots in regards to Favre and Brees.
Records: Favre 10-2, Brees 12-0.
Both the Saints and Vikings lead their divisions. Favre lost to the Steelers and the Cardinals. If my memory serves me correct, and it usually does, the two squared off in the Superbowl last year. I'll give Brett a pass on those losses.
Advantage: Brees, only because he's undefeated.
Numbers: Favre 4, Brees 9. Okay, okay, not those numbers.
Brees has thrown for over 300 yards six times, over 400 once, for a total of 3,536. Brees has 29 touchdowns and 10 picks to his credit, and is completing 69% of his passes. Drew is on pace for a 4,500 yard season. He also has Jeremy Shockey and Robert Meachem. Oh yeah, there's this guy named Marques Colston that plays for New Orleans, I hear he's pretty good.
Favre matches Brees in completion percentage at 69. Both quarterback's ratings are almost identical at 108.5 for Favre, and 111.3 for Brees.
The silver fox himself, Brett Favre, has passed for 300+ yards four times on the year compared to Brees' seven. Although this stat doesn't necessarily reflect the true worth of a quarterback, it doesn't hurt to stack these numbers against each other.
Brett has compiled 3,149 yards through the air, while throwing just five picks. Favre has also went to his teammates 26 times for a touchdown.
Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian are Favre's weapons when it comes to receiving, compare those to Brees' arsenal.... Brett is doing more with less.
I think I'll take this time to mention Percy Harvin, he's having a stellar rookie year.
Advantage: Favre. The "more with less" rule applies here.
Offensive Weapons: Who's got who?
Brees has Marques Colston and his 50 grabs, 800+ yards and eight touchdowns. I'll throw in Jeremy Shockey also: Shock's racked up 523 yards receiving with three touchdowns.
Last but certainly not least, Robert Meachem. "Meach" has impressed the New Orleans fans with his 29 catches, 544 yards, and eight touchdowns.
Drew Brees has a top notch receiving corps at his disposal, or at least they look that way. Reggie Bush is a solid option as well.
Brett Favre has had the luxury of having such names as Sterling Sharpe and Donald Driver to throw to in the past. Greg Jennings came late in Favre's "Packer era", he was also a solid target at times.
Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian.
Before Favre came to Minnesota, Rice was a nobody. Goes to show that a great quarterback can make a mediocre receiver into a household name. To defend Rice, maybe he just needed a guy like Favre to bring out his true talent, that certainly may be the case.
Rice has over 1,000 yards this year alone, almost three times more than his totals in his two previous seasons as a Viking. Coincedence? I think not. Brett Favre has made Sidney, and I'm sure Sid feels the same way.
1,036 yards and four touchdowns later, Rice is shattering his prior career numbers. Is this due to Brett Favre?
I would say there is a strong case presented to say "Yes".
Let's look at Bernard Berrian.
Bernard is hardly an All-Pro, but he did have decent campaigns in 2007 (Chicago) and 2008 (Viking). Berrian has 442 yards and four touchdowns courtesy of Mr. Brett Favre.
Perhaps Favre's most electrifying target is the rookie out Florida, Percy Harvin.
Harvin is establishing himself as a true ROY contender, I'll give Favre some credit for that, too.
Percy is without question a favorite weapon of Favre's, here's his numbers: 48 catches, 681 yards, six touchdowns. By the way, he's a ROOKIE.
Drew Brees has the luxury of having a somewhat established receiving nucleus in New Orleans, Favre does not have such luck up there in the land of 10,000 lakes.
Bottom line is that Favre is doing far more with far less than Drew Brees is.
Advantage: Brees, but look what Favre's done!
I'm not knocking Brees in any shape or form, but I'd have to say that my NFL MVP would be Brett Favre, at least right now.
Debating who's "better" is a tricky situation when it comes to these two.
If Favre wins MVP, rightfully so. Same deal with Brees.
I'd have no complaint with either of them. Now, the Heisman race is a different story, but that's another article my friends!