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Well, That Went Well
Posted By Sean Neumann On Oct 7 2009 @ 5:03 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments
Now, we all know that when the Vikings go to Green Bay later in the year things will be a little more hectic. Brett Favre will more than likely be burned in effigy, his jerseys will be used as confetti, and all the children in the state of Wisconsin who were named after him are probably having their names switched to Gaylord, Lucifer, or Brenda just to spite him. However, that's all immaterial because Favre is quarterbacking probably the NFL's best and hottest team right now.
Look, it's only four weeks in, but if you were the Giants or the Colts, who would you rather not play right now? If you're any team in the NFL, you want to avoid these guys because they win the close ones, they win the blowouts, and they hang on to leads. This game was a pretty good microcosm of the Vikes at their best and worst as they were able to adjust their game plan when they could not get Adrian Peterson on track. Simply put, the Vikings are proving that if you stack the box with eight guys, Favre will beat you repeatedly because the offensive line can pick up blitzes, hold their assignments and laugh in the face of multiple blitzes allowing Favre to hit guys like Percy Harvin in stride in the seams of opposing zone defenses. Seriously, the Vikings are scary good right now.
What was most surprising was that the Vikings did all of this against the club that many folks picked as the darling of the NFC North. Yes, the Packers were favored in the pre-season even though they only won six games last year presumably because they were switching to a 3-4 defense and had been blessed by a voodoo priest in Haiti even though the Vikings boasted a playoff caliber club that barely had a serviceable quarterback. I know that Favre was a question mark and all, but come on, do you really think the Vikings give him a two-year, $20 million contract if he's unable to throw the ball?
The whole circus surrounding Favre's matchup against his old team was sort of interesting, but the reality was that in the week leading up to the game there was little doubt who was going to win this thing. Minnesota was pumped up and Favre had a lot to prove and healthy legends, even pushing 40, will generally come through big. Even though the Packers kept it cosmetically close, the Vikings dominated on both sides of the ball and absolutely pounded on Aaron Rodgers. By the third quarter I felt sorry for him and if you didn't, then you obviously drown puppies for fun.
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