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Doug Farrar

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Through his first three games with the Vikings, Brett Favre ranks 15th in DYAR among quarterbacks, but he's been fairly conservative with his arm until the game-winning throw to Greg Lewis against the 49ers. It's a smart way to go for any quarterback in a new system -- never mind that the quarterback has been around forever and knows the system intimately, it still takes a while to get acclimated to new personnel. More indicative of the current gameplan is that Favre ranks 24th in yards per attempt at 6.02; did you ever believe that the Mississippi Mauler would be a dink-and-dunk artist?

The Vikings will let Favre out of the holster over the next few weeks, and the Lewis pass showed that he still has the arm to take advantage of creative routes designed to split a defense in two. But so far, I'd say the responsibility for the Vikings' record goes first to Adrian Peterson, then to the Minnesota defense, and then to Favre. It will be different in time, but he hasn't done too much that any replacement-level quarterback couldn't do.


By Doug Farrar  |  October 5, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Green Bay Packers , Minnesota Vikings Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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