NFL Games to Watch: Week Four
10/02/2009 § Leave a comment
Green Bay @ Minnesota (Monday, 8:30 ET, ESPN)
There are other games on this week, but who cares? You’re not going to find this kind of intrigue anywhere else this weekend, except maybe Zombieland. Two years ago, Brett Favre retired from the Packers, but later revealed he felt he was being forced out because he was no longer effective. Comments about Favre’s future viability may or may not have been made by Packers GM Ted Thompson.
After an unsuccessful attempt to join the Vikings last year, Favre signed with the New York Jets and started off 7-4 before a suffering a shoulder injury that may have contributed to a five-game losing streak to end the season.
Favre retired again last off-season, and this one appeared to be sticking, as Favre remained unsigned and adamant that he would not playing in 2009. Still, the situation was suspect from the get-go as many believed Favre still had a desire to play for the Vikings under offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who previously worked with Favre as a QB coach in Green Bay.
Sure enough, amid some controversy (including the wariness of several teammates who preferred to stick with either Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson), Favre signed with Minnesota during the preseason and was immediately installed as the starting QB.
Things have gotten off to a pretty good start for Favre and the Vikings, with a lot a help from superb running back Adrian Peterson. They are 3-0, including two road wins by 14 points each. Meanwhile, the Packers are 2-1, with just a 7-point loss to the surprising Bengals.
Favre insists that this game is not a matter of revenge for him, but given what we’ve seen from him through the years, you have to believe he is itching to let his old team have it. While it’s unlikely that Favre will be the deciding factor in this game, there’s no doubt that he will do whatever it takes to get a win in this game, whether he wants to admit his motivation or not.