Brett Favre took a number of crushing hits in Sunday's loss to the Patriots before Myron Pryor put him out of his misery for good.
Although all signs are pointing to Favre playing next week when the Vikings host the Cardinals, there is little evidence to suggest we should expect success.
After eight weeks, the Vikings are sitting at 2-5 and headed in the wrong direction.
The defensive line has been a disappointment, the receiving corps has looked mediocre without Sidney Rice and the offensive line has been awful at times.
But in the end, it all comes back to what No. 4 has failed to do at age 41.
Here's a look at 10 people to blame for Brett Favre's failure to launch in 2010.