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Week 1 vs. CLE
Passing: 14 - 21, 110 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
The Vikings ran the ball effectively and often against Cleveland, but Favre dropped back enough times to answer key questions about his arm strength and NFL readiness after a season of unretirement controversy. Favre's arm strength, a major concern after a torn biceps muscle last season and a more recent rotator cuff problem this offseason, looked to be in good form. He showed good touch and accuracy on deep fade routes to Sidney Rice and had enough arm strength to fit the ball into small windows underneath to Visanthe Shiancoe and Percy Harvin. While there was some miscommunication around the goal line on a timing route to Rice and a few hot routes underneath, Favre generally looked comfortable in the pocket. He also seems content to take sacks rather than forcing the ball into bad spots. Whether the extra hits catch up with him later in the season remains to be seen, but Favre looks like he's healthy enough to connect with his weapons and remain a viable QB2 this year.
Week 2 vs. DET
Passing: 23 - 27, 155 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Once again, Favre spent most of the game looking for Adrian Peterson. Either with a hand off or a short dump-off pass, Peterson is the clear focal point of this team or even when the Vikings were losing 10-0, they still ran the ball. Favre looked sharp when he had time, and picked the Lions apart in the second half with his short, accurate passes. The only time he seemed to struggle was when the Lions got pressure on him and he threw two or three bad passes that could have easily been picked off. For the game, Favre did exactly what the Vikings wanted him to do. He was calm and collected. Took the hard sacks that came his way and bounced right back. There were several times when he faced unblocked LBs blitzing from the outside and he stood tall to complete the pass. His passes were sharp and hit their targets. You always had the feeling that he was in control the whole time. He never locked on to one guy and spread the ball around pretty evenly to the open person. A solid performance from a guy who isn't being asked to throw the ball down field. Short accurate passes is the name of Favre's new game and he executed it almost perfectly.
Week 3 vs. SF
Passing: 24 - 46, 301 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Favre proved that he still has it for an NFL QB with a 300 yard passing game, and a key 80 yard drive with 1:29 left and no timeouts to win the game. Early in the game, Farve was spot on. The 49ers were blitzing in an attempt to put pressure on Favre. Every time they blitzed, Farve found the open receiver or checked down to Chester Taylor and ate up the 49er defense. He managed the clock well for the game, frequently snapping the ball with one or two seconds on play clock. On their second series, Farve hit Sidney Rice on a perfect slant for a 30 yard TD strike. He worked the field with Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian for most of the game, and looked to Rice when he wanted to go down the field. For the most part, Favre was content to dink and dunk with short, quick passes over the middle or behind the line of scrimmage on a screen. He was less accurate when he went down the field, overthrowing WRS in some cases and hitting Rice on one sideline pass but about 2 yards out of bounds. On the final drive, with the game on the line, Favre was in total control. He took the underneath passes that the defense gave him and worked the sidelines better than anyone. On the final play, he hung tough and took a vicious hit on the perfect pass. He did not even see the completion. Yet when the dust had finally settled, Favre had 300 yards passing and the Vikings were 3---0.
Week 4 vs. GB
Passing: 24 - 31, 271 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Brett Favre hasn't spoken to Aaron Rodgers since the end of the 2007 season. He enters tonight's game against the team he spent so many years leading. To his credit, he played to perfection. Favre sliced and diced the Packers time and time again. On the opening drive, he used short and medium passes to set up the run. At the goal line, he used a beautiful play action to hit an open Shiancoe to go up seven to nothing. He never looked back. He took the defense to school, checking down when his receivers were covered and going deep when he thought that he had the chance for a big play. In the third quarter he had great pass protection but the coverage was also good. Farve rolled around and bought time until he found his fullback Jeff Dugan for a big 25 yard gain. As the Packers were reeling from giving up the big play, Farve hurried to the line, and with a quick fake pump to Bernard Berrian, faked Al Harris out of his shorts and hit Berrian for a long bomb and the Packers were all but done. As the game wore on, he mixed in the designed runs with short and medium passes to keep the clock moving. Farve played an excellent game and has now beaten every team in the NFL.
Week 5 vs. STL
Passing: 18 - 24, 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: 1 / -2 / 0 on 1 targets
Brett Favre played another excellent game for the Vikings, leading them on several scoring drives and making smart plays left and right, keeping the defense guessing for most of the game. Favre again worked the short and medium passes, hitting Rice on several slant routes and getting Percy Harvin involved early with big plays to set up Peterson's initial score. Favre worked the deep part of the field a little more this game, throwing a rainbow to Harvin down the middle of the field and looking for Berrian and Rice down the deep sidelines. He played well the whole game, and although his interception was a clear case of him forcing the ball into coverage, it was only his second INT for the season. He was pulled in the 4th quarter to give TJAX some reps as the game was well in hand for the Vikings.
Week 6 vs. BAL
Passing: 21 - 29, 278 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Favre had another excellent game for the Vikings. He commanded the field against his toughest opponent to date and never faltered, even when his defense surrendered 21 points in the fourth quarter. Favre worked the slant like he always does, and Sidney Rice ate up the Baltimore secondary time and time again. He rolled out to create space between him and the pocket, and threw the ball away or slid for a sack when the defense had taken away his options. Once again Favre stayed mistake free and has only 2 interceptions for the season. In the red zone when Peterson was stuffed at the line, he executed a perfect play fake and hit a wide open Shiancoe in the end zone for a TD.
Week 7 vs. PIT
Passing: 34 - 51, 334 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Favre had a good game, despite the losing effort. For much of the game, the Steeler defense harassed him and forced him to make quick throws under pressure. However, the Steelers also seemed to take away the throws underneath the secondary, cutting off the typical dump off throws to Peterson and Taylor that Favre had used to beat people earlier in the year. It wasn't until the fourth quarter that he finally found his rhythm and had the team clicking. Unfortunately two long drives that ate up a ton of clock and could have given the Vikings the lead ended in turnovers that went for TDS the other way. Favre's fumble was due to the collapse of the pocket, and the ball was swatted out of his hand. On the INT, Chester Taylor miss-handled a short pass that tipped off of his fingers and was intercepted. Favre maintained his composure despite obviously being flustered early and had his team in a position to win the game multiple times in the fourth quarter. They just couldn't get it done.
Week 8 vs. GB
Passing: 17 - 28, 244 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Favre had another magnificent performance. He softened up the Packers with short passes early, and stood tall against their blitzes, which got more effective in the second half. He looked like 2007 Favre, throwing pills into small windows and destroying the Packers anytime they only brought three and he had time to survey the field. Favre wasn't getting much help from Adrian Peterson and the running game until the second half, and he was the whole offense on an early second half TD drive that opened up a 21 point lead. Favre converted a 3rd-and-17 to Bernard Berrian, and then followed with a throw to Percy Harvin in a crowd that Harvin took to the house in the following confusion. Favre was extremely effective in the red zone, and the only TD that was on a Favre pass came on Adrian Peterson's sixth carry in seven red zone plays after a long Percy Harvin kick return. Favre is in harmony with the offensive scheme, playcalling, and all of his weapons.
Week 10 vs. DET
Passing: 20 - 29, 344 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Favre celebrated his 300th consecutive start as an NFL QB by carving up the hapless Lions for the first 50 minutes of the game, giving way to Tavaris Jackson when the game was well in hand. Favre took advantage of a weak Lion secondary, burning them for long gains on big plays to Sidney Rice. He was effective when he stayed in the pocket, but became devastating when he rolled out. In fact, for the season, Favre has a perfect 158 passer rating when moving out of the pocket this season. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Vikings on the eight yard line, Favre rolled out and found FB Jeff Dugan wide open in the end zone for a TD that put the Lions away for good. Favre is playing some of the best football in his career, and he has the Vikings hitting on all cylinders. Look for Favre to keep putting up solid numbers now the rest of the season, and he should be in your starting lineup each week.
Week 11 vs. SEA
Passing: 22 - 25, 213 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
The Vikings dominated the Seahawks so badly in this game that Brett Favre didn't even finish the third quarter. Tavaris Jackson came in and ran the offense for the final 16 minutes of the game because of Favre's performance up to that point. Favre set a personal and team record, completing 88% of his passes, throwing to seven different receivers and four TD passes. He was in total control of the game, and even when he was under pressure, he found a way to roll out and create space or throw the ball into the turf to avoid a sack and interception. Farve's performance can be summed up in the TD pass to Sidney Rice --- He was pressured and took a hard hit. He shook it off and rolled out to his right to avoid the sack. His team reacted to the busted play, and Rice found a small spot in the end zone where Favre delivered a perfect pass that only Rice could catch. Rice skied over the Seattle defenders and came down with the TD reception, putting Minnesota up 28 to nothing. Favre is clearly putting up an MVP-like performance and has the Vikings focused and playing well. Look out New Orleans.
Week 12 vs. CHI
Passing: 32 - 48, 392 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
If you had told anyone back in August that Brett Favre would light the Chicago Bears up for 392 yards, Three TDS and no interceptions, despite a healthy Adrian Peterson who had over 100 yards from scrimmage and a TD, they would have looked at you as if you were insane. Yet that's exactly what happened. The score doesn't really reflect how badly Favre man-handled the Chicago Defense. He marched his team up and down the field, making smart plays and spreading the ball around to seven different receivers, five of them finished with five or more receptions. He came just 10 yards short of his career high, and was pulled mid way through the fourth quarter with the game well under control. He's playing at the top of his game and has the Vikings poised for a run deep into the playoffs.
Week 13 vs. ARI
Passing: 30 - 45, 275 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
A bad game for Brett Favre all around. After the opening drive, the Arizona defense completely shut down the rushing attack of the Vikings, and frequently threw five and six DB sets at Favre, blitzing from different spots and dropping LBS into coverage at times to create confusion. It worked, and Favre made poor decisions early, throwing bad passes and forcing the ball into coverage. Although he finished the game with a season high two interceptions, he could have easily had two more that were just dropped by the DB instead of being picked off. In the second half, rather than force the ball, Brett took several coverage sacks, as he couldn't' find the open man before the DL collapsed the pocket and took him down. The Viking OL has been banged up and several of their starters spent part of the game on the sidelines. This will be cause for concern as the Vikings are now two games behind New Orleans for home field advantage, and have a tougher schedule than the Saints from here on out.
Week 14 vs. CIN
Passing: 17 - 30, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / 8 / 0
Favre rebounded from a terrible game in Arizona, but still took most of the first half to settle down and get the Vikings rolling. In the first half, he made several ill-advised throws, including his one interception where he was under pressure from the backside and tried to force the ball into Berrian. He had a couple more passes in the first half that could have been picked off, but eventually settled down near the end of the second quarter. In the second half, he was the Favre that has been taking over games as of late, making solid throws, but not taking unnecessary chances. He took several shots downfield to Rice, but they were well defended and fell incomplete. On other plays, when the coverage was good, he took the sack rather than force the ball or risk another interception. On his TD pass to Rice, Favre rolled out with Rice in front of him. When the defender came up to pressure Favre, Brett directed Rice to an open spot in the end zone and threw a bullet to him for a wide open TD. All in all, Favre had a good game against a good defense.
Week 15 vs. CAR
Passing: 17 - 27, 224 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Favre was under constant pressure the entire game. To make matters worse, it was usually from only a three or four man front. That left seven or eight guys to cover the WRs and RBs that Favre was looking to throw to, leading to several coverage sacks and passes to secondary targets. To make matters worse, Adrian Peterson wasn't able to get anything going on the ground, putting all the pressure on Favre to win it through the air. It didn't happen. In fact, were it not for Adrian Peterson's 63 yard catch and run during garbage time before the end of the game, Favre would have had a terrible game. The interception at the end of the game was a bad pass that was thrown under pressure. The ball was well under-thrown and the defender made the easy pick. Favre should have an easier time with the Bears next season.
Week 16 vs. CHI
Passing: 26 - 40, 321 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Favre got off to a slow start, more because of inspired play by the Bears than any fault of his own. The Vikes were held scoreless in the first half and Favre couldn't even muster 50 passing yards. He fumbled on one of the many plays that he faced pressure and turned the ball over in Bears territory in the first half. In the second half, Favre was carving up the Bears defense, zinging the ball all over the field with decisiveness and his legendary arm strength. He seemed fine with head coach Brad Childress after their rocky week in the media, but Favre was upset when Childress sent out the goal line package instead of allowing Favre to stay in the spread offense. On the next red zone trip, the Vikes stayed in the spread on first and goal. Favre was able to lead the Vikes to tie the game twice in the fourth quarter, the second time on a high pass to Sidney Rice on fourth down that allowed Rice to his talent to make the grab. The Bears brought a lot of pressure in the overtime period, and the Vikes eventually succumbed after an Adrian Peterson fumble, denying Favre the chance to add another amazing chapter to his epic career. He still looked better than he has in weeks to allow Vikes fans to breathe easier entering the playoffs.
Week 17 vs. NYG
Passing: 25 - 31, 316 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Brett Favre totally dominated the New York Giants in Week 17, racking up completion after completion against a woeful secondary. Favre connected to TE Vishante Shiancoe once and Sidney Rice twice for his three first half touchdowns as he put up almost all of his yards (271 of 316) before halftime. The Giants had no pressure on Favre and no answer in coverage as Minnesota attacked down the field and underneath to build a huge lead. Favre only had to play three quarters and a few minutes of the fourth quarter but the game was well over at halftime with the score 31-0. Favre and Minnesota looks ready for a postseason run.
Week 19 vs. DAL
Passing: 15 - 24, 234 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Favre turned back the clock against Dallas and posted one of the better playoff games of his career. He was masterful under center for the Vikings, connecting on passes from both the pocket and on the move. He finished the day with 4 touchdowns, the first of which coming on one of the finer passes of his career. After a Dallas missed field goal, Favre took the snap, faked a hand off, and threaded a deep pass to a well-covered Sidney Rice that resulted in a touchdown. Favre's second touchdown - also to Rice - came under significant pressure where Favre bought time with his legs, evaded the rush, and tossed a short strike to a wide-open Rice for a 14-3 lead. Favre looks to be playing some of the best football of his career at present and will be a tough matchup for New Orleans next week.
Week 20 vs. NO
Passing: 28 - 46, 310 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Brett Favre threw for over 300 yards against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game, but there was much more to the story. Favre played well in the first half but he was under constant pressure from the Saints, forcing to move in and around the pocket, but he found Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin often enough to keep Minnesota marching down the field. After halftime Favre was hit often and he was ultimately hit hard several times, including a hit in the third quarter that injured his ankle and many were wondering if he would be able to return. His first interception came on that same play as Sidney Rice's route was jumped by LB Jonathan Vilma. Favre was able to keep his Vikings in it all the way to the final drive of regulation, but a poor decision to throw across his body and back over the middle resulted in his second pick on his final throw of the contest. Now the questions will begin as to whether that was his last pass of his career.