Minnesota-New England: Expect Another Heroic Performance by Brett Favre

James Brown@@chasingballgameSenior Analyst IOctober 30, 2010

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings has his jersey grabbed by Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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The talk surrounding the game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots all week has been about one person: Brett Favre. 

Will Vikings coach Brad Childress play the aging and injured quarterback?  

The rumors and story lines involved with Favre, Childress and the teams involved have everyone’s head spinning. The NFL Sports betting odds as posted by BetPhoneix opened up at Patriots -3 and now are listed as high as -7 in some places.

So what’s going to happen when the ball is kicked off on Sunday? It’s simple. Brett Favre will play and he will have one of his usual career performances that we except from the sure-fire Hall of Fame gunslinger.

Let’s put an end to the controversy right now once and for all. Childress would love to bench Favre and prove to the world that his system can win without No. 4. However he needs a legitimate reason and Favre will not give him that.

Favre took off the boot and moved around in the pocket on Friday. Although he did not roll out or take deep drops he showed that he can suit up. Now if Childress benches Favre it will be a coach’s decision.

Childress would then be single-handedly responsible for ending the NFL-record streak of 291 consecutive games started by Favre and essentially become a villain in the NFL, and more importantly in Minnesota.

With that rumor being squashed let’s finally talk about the game.

The Patriots defense is young and will not be prepared for this game. Safety Patrick Chung is questionable for this contest with an injured knee, and if he does play he will not be at 100 percent. This is a severe blow to a pass defense that ranks 30th in the league. The young Patriots defense is headed in the right direction, but they are not there yet and they need a healthy Chung in the lineup.

Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss makes his return to play against his former team and will provide a mismatch for the Patriots secondary. More importantly with Moss in the lineup, Percy Harvin has been able to flourish in the slot and get big gains on small completions.

On the flip side, the Patriots have Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks in the league. If the Vikings have a weakness on defense it’s on the pass rush, where they rank in the bottom of the league. This will allow Brady ample time to sit in the pocket and attack the Vikings secondary.  

Brady may have to do it without Deion Branch who is questionable for this game with an injury.

The Patriots are just 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in the last six games after back-to-back ATS wins and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. The Vikings are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a loss and will be ready for this game.

This game remains close throughout with each team moving the ball on offense. In the end the Vikings have too many weapons for the Patriots defense to handle and Favre has one more heroic win left in him.

Play Vikings (+6.5)

Final: Vikings 24, Patriots 20

Matt Regaw is a B/R Featured Columnist and the founder of BookieBlitz.com, your one-stop shop for sports articles, previews, and predictions. Feel free to contact Matt at mregaw@gmail.com

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