Favre and The Vikes: The Real Deal

ExJx BrooksContributor IOctober 19, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 celebrates his first quarter tocuhdown pass to wide receiver Visanthe Shiancoe #81 of the Minnesota Vikings against the Baltimore Ravens during NFL action at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 18, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

After six weeks of debating, I think it's time for all the nay-sayers to show some respect.

The Minnesota Vikings are 6-0.

Brett Favre has only thrown two picks in 178 attempts and Adrian Peterson (AP) leads the league in rushing yards and is second in TDs.

I am, as most know a Packers fan and a huge Favre fan; but as I said in the beginning of the season, the Vikes' were just a QB away from making a run. I think 6-0 definitely can be considered making a run.

Also, you have to remember that for the last three years, I've stood by my belief that Favre wasn't washed up. To all the networks, websites, and friends who thought I was crazy, I say to you, "What now?"

With the help of the defense, AP and Favre are getting it done, the Vikings may just be the best team in the NFC at the current moment.

Although Favre has not been stellar at times, he's definitely proven he still has what it takes. He's proven he was- and is- the answer to this team's QB problems as well.

Throughout the season, Favre's game has also matured by only giving up two picks in 178 attempts and six games. Though statistically, some games may not seem great, Favre has made key plays in every game this season.

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I took the time to come with his end of season projections.

Favre is on pace to finish with 3,562 YDs, 32 TDs, 5 INTs, a 69.6 completion percentage, and a 109.5 QB rating. I'd say that is pretty darn good. Of course, that all depends on if he slips back into gunslinger mode, and whether or not he avoids his usual end of season implosion.

If he finishes anywhere near my projected stats, whether or not the Vikes make it to the playoffs, Favre will have done everything he could to get this team over the hump.

After today's game against the Ravens, 21/29, 278 YDs and 3 TDS, I'd say Favre is the real deal.

This season is really shaping up for a great ending with another drama filled contest in Green Bay in two weeks. It's unreal to think if the Vikes win the next two games, they are at most, four wins away from clinching a playoff spot.

Now that I'm done bragging about a team I hate and a guy I love, the reality of the next two games has to be discussed.

The Vikes are traveling to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers next week.

The way that Pittsburgh has been playing the last three weeks says they may be a tough challenge, but are beatable. I can see this game going either way, especially with Favre facing one of the best safeties in the league, Troy Polamalu.

Brett vs. the Pack II is definitely going to be another close one.

It will be interesting to see if Aaron Rodgers can knock that chip off his shoulder and win this one; and if Favre will rise to the occasion again and stick it to his team of 16 years; in the place he called home for so long. Unfortunately, for us Packers fans, the latter is more believable.

This game could also go either way.

I hope the Pack can pull it together and even the score.

The way things have been going this season, the next two games can be won by either side. Realistically, I'd say the Vikes split these two- which one they'll lose is hard to say.

Right now, the division is theirs to lose.

A loss to Green Bay would definitely make things interesting. Not to mention- two second half of the season games against Chicago- who is on a roll lately.

If you noticed, I didn't mention Detroit, because who really worries about the Lions anymore.

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