We all know the story by now. Brett Favre was mulling retirement and The Green Bay Packer’s GM Ted Thompson basically wanted an answer yesterday about whether he would be returning. Favre decided to retire but soon wanted to come back. The Green Bay Packers had moved on with Aaron Rogers, so Favre wanted to be released. Ted Thompson looked into his crystal ball and apparently saw two defeats per season coming per year at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings if Brett Favre was in uniform for them. Long story short, after being treated very bad by Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers had their worst nightmare come true and then some. Favre is in a Minnesota Vikings uniform and has vengeance on his mind. He can say he does not, but I am sure the two victories against the Green Bay Packers are the two most savory of the year for him.
This game was hyped up all week. There were many people who believed the Green Bay Packers would prevail over the Minnesota Vikings because of being at home. The Packers also looked better head to head in several team categories. For many this would mark the true point of if the Packers made the right choice in their decision of dumping Brett Favre in Favor of Aaron Rogers. Favre answered that question for the second time of the season. Troy Aikman remarked during a pre-game show that it was the first time he can recall that much hype over a guy coming into the stadium just to warm up. I thought they did similar when Joe Montana went to Kansas City but that has been awhile so my memory is fuzzy.
The Green Bay Packers were owned by the Minnesota Vikings until well into the third quarter. The Packers then got lucky twice and threw very short Touchdown passes to Spencer Havner. They made it a ball game after that. It also did not help that the Vikings defense seemed to start breaking down, but in the end the best team won. I will give credit were credit is do though. Aaron Rogers did play a pretty good game. He completed 26/41 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had one fumble. What impressed me about him is that he kept the Vikings defense honest by showing his running abilities with 52 yards. He is probably one of the better running quarterbacks there is and is the best passer amongst the running quarterbacks. In all fairness he was running for his life at times since the Vikings nailed him six times for sacks including three by Jared Allen and another two by Ray Edwards. I am sure Aaron Rogers was saying to his linemen “you think you guys might want to block one of those guys sometime today” after he picked his rear end up off the ground. Their running game really did not do much like the last time they met. This is with the exception of a couple of lucky busted plays that Rogers scampered on.
Brett Favre ruled the field again for the Minnesota Vikings. I first have to give credit to his lineman as the Green Bay Packers were held without a sack. He completed 17/28 passes for 244 yards tying a career high with four touchdown passes and no picks. He moved around pretty comfortable in the pocket and picked the Packers apart. Many incompletions were receivers dropping the ball or not getting to a catchable pass. Adrian Peterson did not have a breakout day but played very well. He had 97 yards on 27 carriers and one touchdown. He held onto the ball this game and did not fumble it or get relieved of it like he did in the last meeting.
I wrote a previous article for their first meeting that you can read following the link to the left side. Many people thought I was nuts and the Green Bay Packers were going to win this game. It did not happen. If the Green Bay Packers had Brett Favre I believe they would have won that game. Regardless of the rest of the season I think Brett Favre made his point. I think they have a pretty good shot at a Super Bowl and would love to see them win it. I am a Ravens fan and only cheer for the Vikings because of how bad Brett Favre was treated by Green Bay. I would love to see the Vikings and Ravens in the Super Bowl and the best team wins. I would have to give that one to the Vikings but I think it would be a great close game. Ted Thompson needs to learn how to run a team. I wonder if Brett Favre would quote Toby Keith and say “How do ya like me now”.
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