Green Bay: Better Without Favre? Just Ask The Jets

Mark Eckhart Jr.Correspondent IOctober 31, 2008

Through the saga that was the NFL offseason involving Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, there was one very productive result that came out of it—the Jets got a quarterback.

After the Packers said no to Favre, just a season removed from leading them to a 13-3 record, NFC North title, and the NFC championship game, the Jets said yes. As to whether it was the right move for the Packers to let Favre go or not, let's take a look at some numbers from last season to this season.

Let's start with the good. Favre is on pace to have a higher completion percentage (66.5 in 2007 and 68.5 in 2008), more TD's (28 in 2007 and 15 thus far in 2008), and to become a hero in New York if the Jets even contend this season.

The bad news is he's on pace to throw more interceptions than he did last year (15 in 2007 and 11 in 2008), has a passer rating of 89.5 (compared to 95.7 in 2007), and takes far more sacks (15 in 2007 and 16 in 2008).

But is he still a good fit for the Jets?

Simply put, No. He's a great fit.

Favre already has the Jets at their win total from all of last season, and has them sitting over .500, and at least for now they're still in the playoff hunt. Favre single-handedly has brought leadership to this team, and has, for the most part, carried them to where they currently are. He is showing that even as he approaches 40, he is still one of the best in the game.

Looking at the Packers, their season is a little disappointing up to this point. They, like the Jets, are also 4-3, but unlike the Jets it's not a good thing.

The Packers have already matched their loss total from all of last season and a big reason why can be related to Favre. They were on a magical ride last season and wherever Favre took them, they went. Sure it ended on Favre's interception in OT against the Giants, but it was still a great season.

Although Rodgers' numbers look better than Favre's this year when it comes to turning the ball over, he still doesn't completely look like he's got it all together. All the pieces are certainly there because it's the same team that Favre took to a 13-3 record, so it all hangs on Rodgers, and he knew the expectations coming into the season, and trying to replace a three-time MVP.

Some would say that Favre leaving was a good thing, but those people would live in New York and root for the J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS! The Packers without Favre is like a dog who lost his way. You just hope he finds his way home.