Brett Favre: Will He Start on Sunday For The Vikings Against the Cowboys?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks back to the sideline against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 11, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Demons have been no match for Brett Favre in his near 20 year career. Like the gray gladiator that the old timer truly is, Brett Favre has managed to topple some of the biggest milestones in some of the toughest situations, without hesitation.

To call Brett Favre a national hero, may perhaps be a little hasty. After all, we all know how frustrating Favre's Wrangler Jeans commercials can be from time to time. But to call number 4 the all time greatest employee, may be an understatement for the ages.

By taking a quick glimpse at Brett Favre's game to game record, Favre has showed up to work and started in a total of 289 games consecutively, a feat that is often overshadowed by his further accomplishments in the NFL.

Yet as exciting as this record is for fans that have witnessed every moment of Favre's Packers, Jets and Vikings career, a time has now come that most of us thought would be light years away—Brett Favre may not start this weekend at all.

As far as concern goes in regards to this issue, Brett Favre has been known to over-dramatize situations in the past. To give one example, Brett Favre's sore ankle looked to be one of the shining reasons for his retirement this season, only to once again strive in the face of adversity and cave in to the Vikings demands.

However, something is different this time around. No, I'm not talking about Brett Favre's inconsistent ways, and I'm not even talking about the recent Jenn Sterger controversy, because for once in Brett Favre's storied career, his age is truly playing against his time.

When Vikings head coach Brad Childress was questioned on Favre's status, he stated that he would allow his quarterback the "50/50" option, when it came to making a decision ahead of Minnesota's crucial clash against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.

"It will be right up 'til then. You never know coming back. Of course he took a few more turns today. I can't look into a crystal ball and see how he wakes up tomorrow," Brad Childress said.

So what does Brad Childress' new found optimism mean going forward?

In Brett Favre's 20th season in the NFL, he has notably struggled to maintain any balance whatsoever. 

With 861 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions on the year, it's fairly obvious that Favre isn't the same quarterback he was a year ago and is no longer the dependable quick witted guy that could lead the Vikings to a barrage of wins.

More to the point though, the entire Vikings offense has stumbled and bumbled this season. Currently sitting at 1-3 on the season, Minnesota's 29th ranked point scoring offense paints the story perfectly and easily highlights how much emphasis is placed on Brett Favre's shoulders.

Therefore, with all of this in mind and a pinch of tendinitis in Favre's right elbow, this Sunday may mark the day that Brett Favre doesn't start for his respective team, and more importantly, breaks his impressive streak.

To put the Vikings to the test, most fans feel that with no Favre, the Vikings will struggle to win. As skilled as Minnesota is, seeing as though Sidney Rice is still absent, backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson would more than likely struggle under center if he was thrown into the deep end.

This type of situation has been a long time coming for Minnesota. Earlier in September emotions were running high at the thought of Brett Favre's triumphant return. But at the back of each and every Vikings fans minds, sooner or later Favre's rainbow passes were going to fade out in a last ditch effort to revitalize his career.

In terms of Favre's mechanics, Brad Childress also didn't leave anything to the imagination.

"You're just worried about command and control of it," Brad Childress said. "Velocity won't be an issue unless he's changing his motion."

Unfortunately for Vikings fans, Brett Favre is one to change his motion from time to time, particularly when it comes to two minute drives that sees Minnesota in need of some points.

On the opposite side of the field this Sunday will stand the Dallas Cowboys demeaning defense. Yes, it hasn't been at the best of it's ability recently, but expect Wade Phillips to have his troops fired up and targeting Favre's weakness.

A week that has seen the Vikings make the tabloids on just about every day is one that will leave Brad Childress a little nervous ahead of the Vikings return to Minnesota. Jenn Sterger has created a stir, and even though Favre has conquered his father's death and come out with a W in past years, this type of saga could scatter his brain a little.

In other NFC North news, the Green Bay Packers take on the Miami Dolphins at home, while the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions are set to do battle with the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants.

Minnesota is quickly being left behind in the division. 1-4 on the season would be far from favorable for a team that took the top seed home in 2009, and even though the Packers are weak at this point in time, a trip to Lambeau Field awaits the Purple People Eaters in Week 7.

Regarding Favre, his status is still listed as questionable. In typical Brett Favre fashion, no further information will be released prior to game day, so now fans must undergo a game of "Guess Who" to determine if Favre will suit up.

And does the absence of Favre mean a loss?

Not exactly. After all, the Cowboys haven't been exactly stellar to start the season.

But they don't call Brett Favre the second coming of Jesus for nothing. 

Last week Brett Favre linked up with Randy Moss for his 500th career touchdown pass. It's likely that this burst of confidence will be lethal enough to restore the good vibrations in Favre's passing game.

The Cowboys rank 3rd in pass yards on defense, a lingering statistic that could outdo any of Brett Favre's brilliance. Still, we all know that Favre doesn't take losing well, so expect Brett Favre to be as riled up as Larry King on Sunday in front of a jam packed Minnesota crowd.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.