Packers vs. Vikings: Brett Favre Burden No Longer Surrounds Green Bay's Season

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2010

Take out your brooms, take out your dustpans, heck, even take out your Shamwow's, because the Green Bay Packers have swept the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.

It's hard to say that it was typical weather for football in Minnesota.  The dome atmosphere normally provides a cozy feel for the Vikings, while at the same time the Green Bay Packers are greeted with a dark and unwelcoming feel, that has been generating for well over the past forty years.

But boy did the Packers silence the crowd.

Being fair to the Vikings, they gave the Packers a well rounded effort in the first quarter.  Green Bay showed signs of years past, and when Aaron Rodgers failed to generate any offensive chemistry in the early goings, shades of 2009 began to flare up like a case of the chicken pox.

All of that ended after the games opening quarter though, and luckily, there was Greg Jennings to lend a helping hand.

As a mediocre Fantasy Football player, Greg Jennings has become a loveable character in my books.  If Jennings' season prior to the Minnesota clash wasn't enough, surely No.85's 152 yard, 3 touchdown effort was enough to win you over this weekend.

Those of you looking for the source of Greg Jennings' fortune though, look no further than the Packers fountain of youth, Aaron Rodgers, who exercised his demons on Sunday afternoon against the Minnesota Vikings.

Bad memories for Rodgers?

One would have to think so.  Aaron Rodgers has been sacked more times than I have fingers in Minnesota, and when the annual trip against Brett Favre and co. pops up on the schedule, anyone in their right mind would think that Aaron Rodgers would be a little nervous flying up North.


With 301 yards and 4 touchdowns later, Aaron Rodgers not only exercised his demons against one of the Packers biggest NFC North rivals, he also rid his name of that "pedestrian quarterback" status that has followed him around for the later half of this season.

When the game continued to progress, so did the Packers as a team.  Tramon Williams continues to excel gaining an interception that perhaps changed the outcome of the game, and although Dom Capers may be placed under the microscope for upcoming head coaching roles elsewhere, the defensive genius has to be happy with Green Bay's latest star cornerback.

Who else is worthy of a mention here?

Just about the whole team.

Charles Woodson utilized his veteran tactics when stripping the ball, Clay Matthews' constant in your face pressure attributed to Brett Favre's 2 interceptions on the day, and it would be hard to overlook the often forgotten about James Jones, who added that extra firepower in the passing game.

So now that a recap has been made of the days events, we can focus on the real issue at hand right -- Brett Favre?

If it helps you sleep at night.

First and foremost, anything that was of significant relevance on the field during Sunday afternoon was overruled by Brett Favre's icy handshake with Aaron Rodgers.  Passing the torch on may be a theme of the Summer Olympics, but Brett Favre didn't appear to be all that comfortable swallowing defeat against his former protege.

Personally, I am a firm believer of the term "A picture paints a thousand words", and that is just what occurred on Sunday afternoon.  A midfield meeting following a few "Fire Childress" chants from Minnesota faithfuls prompted Brett Favre into the prolific "sportsmanship circle" and as smug as Aaron Rodgers may have been feeling, there was no denying that some tension was felt between the two.

Following on from Favre's meeting with No,12, the old timer showed his age by dusting off a Jim Mora quote, in stating how irrelevant the playoff picture is for his team.

"I hate to use Jim Mora's comments about playoffs, but we can't think about that," Brett Favre said.

Maybe it's good Favre sees things in hindsight, but in all reality, he has to take on board a lot of the blame for this weekends loss against Green Bay.

If it wasn't missed passes, interceptions or poor decisions, it was Brett Favre's overall attitude in the game.  Nitpicking players bodylanguage is never an easy thing to do, but to many folks it appeared as if Favre was grumpy with Brad Childress, and tired of working with the same uncooperative wide receivers week in and week out.

Sticking up for Favre quickly, you didn't have to hear the "Fire Childress" chants to realize how right Brett may have been.  Yes, an overthrown pass to Toby Gerhart on 4th and 2 was less than pretty, but with Sidney Rice returning, the Vikings receivers gave Favre little to nothing all game long.

When asked about the game, Brad Childress of course replied.  Being queried on his very shady and questionable future though, well that's a whole new hornets nest that you may not even want to touch with a 10ft pole.

"I can't really talk about that, because that's not my decision going forward," head coach Brad Childress said.  (It appears short and sweet is the theme for all Vikings personnel in Week 11).

Moving on forward, these Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings couldn't be further apart at this point in time.  Mathematically the Vikings may still stand a shot at the playoffs, but seeing as though Green Bay put an end to Wade Phillips' career in Dallas, lets see if another head coaching failure is slayed during the week.

Milestones for both, and a 2-2 record for each of these teams involving the Brett Favre saga.  On the 100th meeting between Minnesota and Green Bay, the Packers now head into Atlanta next week with their heads held high, knowing that they've left Minnesota in a state of despair, and more importantly, have kept pace with the Chicago Bears at 7-3 in the NFC North division.


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Ryan Cook is an Australian 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.