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Brett Favre looked rusty and tired against the Saints in the season opener.
During training camp, we heard the same old spiel, saying that since Brett Favre is a 20-year veteran, he doesn't need to show up for training camp, as he's seen it all and deserves a rest.
Well, maybe not this year.
Last year, Favre came to the Vikings at almost the same time he did this season. Basically, the exact same schedule and almost the same amount of plays between the preseason games he took apart in, as well.
He seemed fine enough in Week 1. Not so much this year. The difference between this year and last year is the Vikings' schedule.
Last season, the Vikings essentially had six preseason games. The standard four preseason games and basically two more against the lowly Browns and Lions. Favre had time to get to form and shake off the rust against two very poor teams.
This year, he doesn't have that luxury.
He started the season against the defending Super Bowl champions. Quite frankly, Favre looked rusty, tired, and well, old. Any amount of rust is not good against a team like the Saints.
It's obvious now that a few extra weeks of conditioning and rhythm building with his receivers wouldn't have been so bad.