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Week 1 vs. NO
Passing: 15 - 27, 171 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
After going three and out on their opening drive, Favre reverted to his role as the rugged gunslinger of the Vikings offense. It was evident early on that the passing game had some serious timing issues that limited each and every drive. Favre leaned heavily on TE Visanthe Shiancoe until Saints DB Roman Harper blanketed him in the 2nd half, and he simply didn't trust any of his WR's. He even tried throwing to Shiancoe in triple coverage, barely avoiding another interception. His lone TD pass went to Shiancoe with 40 seconds before the half. This was Favre 286th consecutive start and he looked tired by games end. One can only wonder how much longer he can carry the weight of this offense without Sidney Rice or a consistent threat on the outside.
Week 2 vs. MIA
Passing: 22 - 36, 225 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
Favre was playing from behind all day long, and simply wasn't able to overcome a heap of adversity this time around. His favourite target was Percy Harvin, who was the recipient of his first three passes. And so when Harvin got hurt near the end of the first half, Favre lost his main weapon. He tried to get the ball to Bernard Berrian, but the two were not on the same page. Favre tried forcing the ball to him anyway, which resulted in two of his three interceptions. The other one was just a bit of bad luck though; a bobbled ball on the goal line ended up in the wrong team's hands. Favre clearly lacks a deep threat to stetch the field. His longest passes actually went to TE Visanthe Shiancoe, with whom he has a very good rapport. Favre also fumbled the ball in the end zone, which became a TD for Miami, and in the end, fell short on yet another of his trademark last minute drives. With a healthy Harvin, he may have stood more of a chance, but without (and already without Sidney Rice) he'll have a tough time when playing catch-up to teams.
Week 3 vs. DET
Passing: 23 - 34, 201 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
Brett Favre is in serious trouble until Sidney Rice comes back. There is no nice way to put it. He has almost no confidence in his receivers to do down field and the few times he tried, he was disappointed. Percy Harvin is his 'go to guy', and after the turnover late in the first quarter, Favre's first move was to go deep to Harvin. He was rewarded with a big play TD for 24 yards. Unfortunately it was his biggest play of the game. Aside from that, he focused almost exclusively on the short and medium passing game, opting for quick outs to Harvin and Bernard Berrian and working the middle of the field with Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo. New Viking Hank Baskett dropped a couple receptions and Farve's safety blanket Visanthe Shiancoe left the game with a hamstring injury. His two interceptions were both due to the solid play of the defense. The first was a quick dump pass to Toby Gerhart where the Corey Williams stepped in front of the pass for a big INT. On the second, the pocket collapsed and he was hit as he threw the ball, resulting in a fluttering pass that was easily picked off. For the game, Favre dinked and dunked his way to the Minnesota first win. However, until the Vikings develop a big play threat, Favre is going to struggle and he's going to put up pedestrian numbers.
Week 5 vs. NYJ
Passing: 14 - 34, 264 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 1 / 0
Favre had a rough week heading into this game. Along with being diagnosed with tendonitis in his elbow, he also had to deal with the distraction of a sexual harassment allegation that became public. But Brett came out to prove himself healthy, whole and rejuvenated with the addition of newly acquired weapon, WR Randy Moss. It was Favre though, and not Moss, who had the first catch of the night for the Vikings off a pass from, who else? Randy Moss. But the Viking offense struggled mightily as the Jets pass rush was dominant. Favre took a bunch of clean shots in the first half and had to be wondering where all the green jerseys were coming from. He was never able to get comfortable and the ferocious Jets defense wasn't going to do him any favors, limiting the Viking offense to 51 total yards at the half. Favre did take a ton of deep shots downfield to Moss but the Jets secondary, namely Antonio Cromartie, was flawless in coverage until the 3rd quarter when Favre threw a rainbow to Moss for a 37 yard TD. Favre's 2nd TD pass was a 34 yard pass to Percy Harvin on a 3rd and 19 in the 4th quarter, which woke up the Vikings offensive unit and gave this game some much needed excitement. Favre's 3rd TD pass went to Percy Harvin on a corner route and although he was holding his sore elbow on the drive, his arm was on fire, riffling bullets. But it was Favres late 4th quarter INT to Dwight Lowery that sealed the Vikings fate.
Week 6 vs. DAL
Passing: 14 - 19, 118 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Brett Favre was under tremendous pressure from the Cowboys the entire game. When he wasn't being dragged down for a big sack after the pocket collapsed, he was being hit after he threw the ball or being pounded into the ground just as the ball came out of his hands. To his credit, he didn't let it rattle him, and he made solid throws to the receivers that were open. He wasn't able to get Randy Moss involved much in the first half, but went to him early and often at the start of the 3rd quarter. He hit Moss on sideline and crossing routes for three of the first four offensive plays of the third quarter. On his first TD pass, Favre took advantage of a great play call --- a bunch receiver option with Percy Harvin swinging out into the flat as the ball was snapped. The heavy coverage flowed toward the center of the field, and the corner had to stay home to catch Harvin out of the backfield. Camarillo found the soft spot, made the quick grab and dove into the end zone for the tying score. Despite the constant pounding and minimal running game, Favre maintained his composure and showed glimpses of the Brett Favre from last season --- smiling that classic smile and leading his team to a big victory when they needed it.
Week 7 vs. GB
Passing: 16 - 29, 212 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Although the field at Lambeau wasn't frozen, the Green Bay faithful certainly gave Favre a bitter cold welcome home at the start of this game. And it didn't get much warmer as the night wore on. This was a contest of what was and what could have been for the ageless one. Favre had 3 TD's called back in this game and all three of them were heartbreakers for the purple and gold. Favre's Only TD that actually counted on the night went to Randy Moss in the 2nd half on a quick slant. Of his other 3 TD's (all of which were overturned) the biggest head scratcher was a dart to his TE Shiancoe who appeared to go low corral the ball, and even though it hit the turf, seemed to maintain perfect control. Favre had another 2 TD's called back that went to Percy Harvin. One where Harvin stepped out of bounds on the sideline before lunging across the goal line, and the other, the apparent game winner, where Favre threw a rocket to Harvin in the back of the end zone but had the TD reversed when the replay showed Harvin getting only one foot in bounds. For every TD that was called back, Favre threw a pick. All three of his INT were ill advised, forced throws that he had little to no chance of completing and one of them was returned for a Packer TD. The Vikings QB is looking his age as of late and even though his tenacity allows him to compete, his body appears battered and his confidence and ego somewhat bruised.
Week 8 vs. NE
Passing: 22 - 32, 259 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Favre played well in this one, showing no signs of his injured ankle limiting his mobility. He was making great throws all over the field, mainly to Percy Harvin. Favre wasn't a big part of the game plan early, but when the Vikings fell behind in the second half, he started airing it out. Favre's one interception was taken out of Percy Harvin's hands by Devin McCourty. He was knocked out of the game late in the fourth quarter when he suffered a cut chin. Favre is still only a fantasy backup at best, but he is playing better than his stat line would indicate.
Week 9 vs. ARI
Passing: 36 - 47, 446 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 1 / 0
It is unbelievable that Brett Favre set a new personal record with 446 passing yards in this game, first of all. What is more unbelievable is how well he played considering the number of injuries he has suffered, not to mention the off-field issues the Vikings face. This is the best that Favre has played all season hands down. He zipped his passes into receivers perfectly, he read coverages well, and he made good decisions (for the most part) and led the offense like Brett Favre circa 2009. Favre adopted the strategy of giving the ball to his playmakers quickly and letting them make yards after the catch. Favre did have an interception in the red zone; he was hit as he threw, probably affecting the trajectory of the pass. Favre was on fire in this game and it bodes well for the Vikings remaining games.
Week 10 vs. CHI
Passing: 18 - 31, 170 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 2 / -1 / 0
Favre had a tough time getting into any rhythm with his receivers vs. the Bears and it may have something to do with Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian being on the sideline. Favre has great chemistry with Shiancoe but Chicago played well to limit Shiancoe's effectiveness over the middle with bracket coverage. Percy Harvin played well. Favre found him wide open on a busted coverage play downfield and then used Harvin again to draw a big pass interference penalty. Aside from Harvin however, the Vikings receivers did little to help Favre. Camarillo dropped a laser pass from Favre over the middle for a would-be touchdown pass and Peterson had two drops also in this game. Favre never seemed on the same page with Lewis and was overthrowing or underthrowing him often. Late in the game when Harvin got injured, the lack of talent at WR for the Vikings became too much and Favre threw it right into the hands of a waiting defender as Shiancoe fell over which would be his second INT on the game as a result of slipping teammates. Favre had little to no running game to utilise and was given long fields to drive by his defense and special teams.
Week 11 vs. GB
Passing: 17 - 38, 208 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
Favre did a lot of scrambling in the opening quarter, and adapted well. He was willing to take a few big hits before dishing the ball off. On one such play, he held the ball as long as he could, and dumped it to a suddenly wide open Toby Gerhart at the last second for an easy first down. On the next play, he threw perfectly down the sideline, hitting Greg Lewis in stride for the Vikings first big gain. But then: Favre's interception was the result of an extremely poor decision. He threw to a too-tightly covered Percy Harvin, and the defender simply stepped in to take the ball away before it got there. On the bright side, he connected easily and often with Sidney Rice, in his first game back from injury. And so it went. He alternated good plays with bad, which unfortunately rarely evens out in the end. Favre's throwing accuracy was far too inconsistent to sustain drives. He also continued to show his frustration when things didn't go his way, which was true of the whole team; whether it stemmed from him or not is tough to say, but it sure doesn't help matters any. This was clearly a team in some turmoil. Check back next week to see if the coaching change helps matters any.
Week 12 vs. WAS
Passing: 15 - 23, 172 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 9 / 0
Freed from the "shackles" of Brad Childress, Favre didn't exactly light it up, but he played mistake-free football and earned the Vikings a win. He loss his superstar RB in the second quarter and thereafter was very conservative with the ball. He also had the games most surprising play, as he clinched the game on third down with a ten yard scramble off of playaction. If the Vikings will rely on their running game and defense, they could go on a late-season run. Favre kept things short and rarely challenged the deep part of the field, aside from one pass to Shiancoe. Many times Favre also held onto the ball and couldn't find anyone open, which is good news for Redskins fans, as their cornerbacks did a great job of covering the Vikings receivers.
Week 13 vs. BUF
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
On the third play from scrimmage, Brett Favre was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury as a Bill caught him from behind on a rollout and jarred the ball loose. He did not return.
Week 15 vs. CHI
Passing: 5 - 7, 63 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 0 / 0
In all likelihood this will be the last time we recap Brett Favre on this site unless he takes the field again in the next week or two. All signs point to his retirement this year but it should be noted that we have heard this tune before. Last night in the frigid temperatures of Minnesota, Brett Favre went from OUT on the IR to Questionable and then he suddenly was starting last night. Whether it was because of pain killer injections into his arm as Steve Young alluded to in the post game or not, Favre opened the night with a touchdown drive that made you think there was some magic in a bottle he was going to let out for the world to see one last time. His night ended on a vicious sack that actually looked like a clear fumble but the referee was blowing the whistle before Favre was even pounded into the ground on what would be his last play of the night and perhaps career. Most people will always remember him as a gutsy gunslinger that never took a week off and always was willing to lay it on the line for his team.