Live by the Favre, die by the Favre.
That has been the motto for the Vikings ever since he joined the team over a year ago. Brad Childress has catered to his wants and desires, and it has generally been successful. Childress has basically acted like Favre’s puppet. Anything Favre wants, give it to him.
They took such a dogmatic approach in bringing him in. They figured, hey, he’s done this before in Green Bay, and he can do it here in Minnesota (despite the shaky wheels and sporadic gunslinger mentality). The hopes of this franchise winning a Super Bowl have been rested solely on the shoulders of Brett Favre. But don’t be surprised if he lets you down.
Last year, the Vikings' hopes of a Super Bowl berth ended as quickly as they had started. You all know how the game went. Everything was looking up in a 28-all tie with the eventual champion Saints. The Vikings could have won the game despite a number of fumbles from Peterson and Co. Then, wouldn’t you know it, another turnover from the guy who was supposed to be the savior at the worst possible time. And just like that, game over.
This year, in their Week Five match-up with the New York Jets, down 22-20 with under two minutes left, Favre and the offense had the ball and a chance to drive down-field in order to set up a game-winning field goal. And what happens? Three of the worst throws I have ever seen out of Favre on a potential game-winning drive.
First and ten, Favre throws a quick one to Randy Moss, but it sailed way over his head with no chance of a completion. Did it slip out of his hands? Did he expect Moss to turn on the Jets and leap out of his shoes to get it? I have no idea.
Second and ten, Favre spots a wide open Percy Harvin, who eluded Darrelle Revis in the middle of the field. Favre overthrows him. There was nobody behind him. He could have bolted up the field for a 40-yard gain or even a touchdown, but Favre threw it over his outstretched hands.
After an offside penalty, it was third and five. Favre rolls out and tries to hit Visanthe Shiancoe, but instead throws a pick to Dwight Lowery, who undercut the throw and took it in for six. That’s it, game over. Jets win 29-20.
Win or lose, one thing is for sure: Brett Favre will play his heart out no matter the situation or ailment. That was evident in the NFC Championship Game where he played the second half with a bum ankle and it was evident again.
Last night, Favre played with tendinitis in his throwing elbow. He grimaced and grasped it multiple times last night. The rain didn’t help the joint either. There is no doubt it had an effect on his throwing capabilities. He was still able to throw with velocity on the ball, but the pass intended for Shiancoe that was picked was flat and looked like a lob pass.
Not only did the tendinitis effect his passing, but even in ball security. Favre fumbled twice in the first half last night, helping the Jets to a 9-0 halftime lead in which they later stretched to 12-0. Sometimes you have to wonder if Favre is going to make it through the season in a 41-year-old body that has had its fair share of punishment over the last half of his life in football.
Some Observations and Additional Notes From the Game Last Night
Why do games get delayed for thunder and lightning? They play the games through every other element, but thunder and lightning is a red flag. Why? Do people think lightning will strike down on the field or on someone? Is it safety protocol? And if so, why not apply it in heavy snow storms or rainstorms? I don’t get it. If anyone knows, please inform me.
Randy Moss’ stat line: four catches for 81 yards and one touchdown. Not too shabby, considering he had only three plays to practice with the team. I expect Moss to have a firm grasp of the intricacies in the offense for next week.
Former Viking Cris Carter made a great point last night about Moss’ route running preferences. His lone touchdown catch was one in which Favre threw it up towards the corner of the end zone, and Moss ran under it and caught up to the ball. Those are the types of passes he made a living with in his first stint with Minnesota.
Favre looked more emotionally invested in this game than I have seen in any other game this year. Perhaps it was due to the arrival of a certain big play, deep threat receiver…
Favre reached a number of milestones last night, including 500 touchdown passes and passing for 70,000 yards. He also broke records for the most interceptions and fumbles. I suspect that is bound to happen when you are around for 20 years. I also suspect that will happen when you play injured as much as he does.
Favre threw his seventh interception of the season last night through four games. He threw seven picks all of last year. Not good.
Percy Harvin looks at home in the slot. With Moss’ arrival, he can revert back to that position. He flourished in it last night, catching five balls for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He could have had more if it wasn’t for Favre’s overthrow at the end of the game. I’m looking forward to bigger and better things for him with Moss in town.
The Vikings defense kept the Jets offense out of the end zone on all but one drive. I thought the multiple three-and-out drives in the first half killed the defenses ability to be more effective than it could have been. As a result of constantly being on the field, it was the first time the Vikings defense gave up 150+ rushing yards in 51 games.
Adrian Peterson did a decent job against one of the best defenses in the league, rushing 18 times for 88 yards. He definitely should have gotten more carries though. Childress did a poor job of play calling in the first half. The offense was focused on the run. They dug themselves in a hole by the second half that was too deep for Favre to pass out of.
No catches, not even any looks for Bernard Berrian, who continues to disappoint me this year.
Jared Allen had no sacks once again last night. He has one on the season. D’Brickashaw Ferguson did a good job in one-on-one match-ups with him. I was hoping he could have gotten one so he could do his cow-roping celebration and stick it to the NFL’s increasingly ridiculous and asinine rulebook. “I think we need to take away first pumping and arm raising too. There’s no room for that.” Give me a break.
I can’t say I was expecting the Vikings to win this game, but I definitely thought they could. Maybe next week against the Cowboys… *Crossed fingers*
Maybe Favre won’t cost the Vikings the game. Once this offense gets rolling, they will be dangerous. The Vikings are the definition of a second half team. Once Sidney Rice returns, the offense will be even more potent. I’m looking forward to how the season plays itself out, especially in the wide open NFC.
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