Green Bay Packers Down Minnesota Vikings 28-24: Favre Struggles...Again
Personally, I think Favre has lost his luster. He should not have come back to Minnesota because frankly, he's getting old and has had too many injuries over the past few seasons. He is clearly on the decline.
Minnesota is 0-3 on the road thus far. He has also led the Vikings, who played in the NFC Championship game last season, to a lousy 2-4 record and the team is currently third in the NFC North.
This team is absolutely struggling. It's a mixture of problems—injuries, lackluster defense, poor play by Favre, and the loss of Sidney Rice. It's clearly going to take a lot for the Vikings to win the division and it only gets worse next weekend when they take on the Patriots in New England. Not looking too good. I'm not liking their odds.
I'm tired of turning on ESPN during the summer and seeing whether he'll return or not. It's just amazing that a player can't make up his mind. It is clear that I will never know what it's like to retire from the NFL, but it seems that Favre is haunted by something. He seems to be scared of retirement and just doesn't want to deal with a lifelong retirement from the game he loves right now.
That's understandable, but usually, a quarterback does not last 20 years. At some point, he will get too old and there will be an increase of injuries. When it comes to be like that, just retire. It's better for the team, fans, and spectators. No one wants to see a player like Favre struggle and that's what he's doing this season.
If he weren't Brett Favre, he'd be benched by head coach Brad Childress with the snap of a finger. But, he is, and I really don't see Favre being benched in favor of incumbent Taravaris Jackson, who has showed that he is not a prototypical starting NFL quarterback.
When a starting quarterback plays like that, they're not going to win unless the opposing quarterback plays worse. Aaron Rodgers didn't play worse. He outdueled Favre, although he threw two interceptions. Rodgers did pass for two touchdowns and 295 yards. The Packers were just the better team and they showed it.
The ruling on the field was incomplete and later in the drive, the Vikings had to resort to a 4th-and-15 on the 20-yard line. It was their last hope. There was no magic left in Favre, as he threw the pass out of bounds and the ball was turned over on downs. The Packers would win the game by that same score, 28-24.
However, this game appeared back-and-forth and on the next drive for the Vikings, running back Adrian Peterson would get his only touchdown of the game to tie the game up again at 14-14. Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell would kick a 28-yard field goal with 3:58 left to give the Vikings their first lead of the game, 17-14. The game would be at that same score at halftime.
In return, Green Bay would receive great field position at Minnesota's 41-yard line. On the fifth play of the drive, Rodgers was able to hit Greg Jennings for a 14-yard touchdown to put the Packers up 21-17. The Packers would not relinquish the lead.
However, Favre would then throw his second consecutive interception—this one to Desmond Bishop, who returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. It was just what the doctor ordered for Packers fans. After being "shunned" by Brett Favre, the Packers were completely dominating the quarterback, who had spent 16 years with the Packers faithful.
As boos rained throughout the stadium for Favre, Packers fans realized that the Vikings would more than likely walk out of Green Bay with their fourth loss of the year. However, the 41-year-old quarterback shouldn't be counted out just yet.
Four plays later, on the Packers' 35-yard line, Favre threw his third interception in seven passes—this time, by Nick Collins at Green Bay's 20-yard line. The game was consequently over at the point. The Packers would not move down the field and were forced to punt and punter Tim Masthay landed a punt on the Vikings' 17-yard line. Minnesota had a long way to go if they wanted to steal a victory.
However, since it was less then two minutes in the game, the play was challenged by the reply assistant in the booth. The play would subsequently be overturned and the Vikings were still down. After a 15-yard pass to Adrian Peterson, the Vikings were able to get in the redzone again at the 20-yard line.
On 3rd-and-15, Favre threw an incomplete pass to Moss, perhaps setting up the last play for the Vikings. On 4th-and-15, Favre threw another incomplete pass to Moss, ending the game. Aaron Rodgers would proceed to kneel on the next play and the Packers escaped with a 28-24 victory.
Note: At the postgame press conference, it was clearly noticeable that Favre had a strong limp. He was having to hold on to objects and was putting zero pressure on his left foot. To me, he just seemed mentally-crippled. I firmly believe that if there was a game that Favre would miss, it would be their upcoming game against the Patriots.
Of course, it is unclear if he will play or not, but we can always expect Favre to somehow play in the game. But, if he does play, I know the Patriots are going to be after his left foot and if he gets hurt again, it could possibly be the end of Favre's historic career. We'll see.
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