And by 1996, I mean this team looks better than Favre's only Super Bowl winner. Oh, and as if it hasn't been beaten to death already, the dude is old.
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He drops back, passes, the crowd goes wild. It's a big, long completion to set-up a touchdown, or it's a beautiful connection that is a touchdown.
Well, forgive me if I'm finding it difficult to stay in my seat these days when Favre is leading the Vikings down the field, but this guy (and this offense) look downright unstoppable. And dare I say, unbeatable ?
I know, I know, it's not just Favre. Believe me, I wasn't truly meaning to insinuate that it was.
Adrian Peterson is a huge part of the offense, and while he was in a sour stretch there of mediocrity, he's been catching fire of late.
And the defense, save for the near-second half collapse, has been nothing more than outstanding while supporting Favre and the offense in it's attempt to reach 6-0.
But something more powerful than this team simply being "good" is going on. It just has to be, otherwise a lot of this young 2009 season just doesn't make any sense.
The game-winning touchdown pass to beat the 49ers.
The absolutely flawless effort by Favre as he beat his former Green Bay Packers.
And then that field goal the Ravens missed?
I know I've said it before, but with each nail-biter, with every added Brett Favre heave, touchdown, and thrown block to spring AD, it gets more (wait for it) magical.
We truly are blessed. We are receiving play after play from one of the greats, hand-delivering us gift-wrapped wins on already jam-packed Sundays.
Of course, it has to end sometime, right? Sooner or later, these Vikings will shoot themselves in the foot in a game, and they'll "earn" their first loss.
Perhaps next week against a very worthy opponent in Pittsburgh. Maybe against Green Bay at Lambeau, where the Packers surely will com to play, and will intend to play for keeps.
But if not, we could see these Vikings enter their bye week at 8-0.
And if that does happen, regardless of your opinion on Favre, Minnesota, or the NFC North, you'll have to admit that something rather special is going on.
Heck, even if they lose next week, something tells me we've already all been changed for the better.