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Chris Gates
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Chris Gates

The head blogger at The Daily Norseman, SBNation's Minnesota Vikings blog, since July of 2006.

Bigger Than Brett

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If one were to look at the main reasons for the Minnesota Vikings' 3-0 start to the 2009 season, Brett Favre would actually be a significant way down the list. There are many people that are more responsible for that than #4, although his play has been pretty good over the first three weeks. Above Favre on that list, however, are the following people:

-The NFL's schedule makers - I'll be the first to admit that the Vikings haven't exactly opened up against NFL powers, having drawn Cleveland and Detroit in their first two games. They asserted themselves well against a pretty good San Francisco team in Week 3, though.

-Adrian Peterson - He's the best player in the National Football League. Period. Bar none. His presence makes things easier for quarterbacks. . . now, however, the Vikings have a quarterback that can take advantage of defenses focusing on #28.

-The Vikings' defense - Minnesota's defense has been outstanding during the first two weeks, surrendering four touchdowns in the first three games (the special teams units have allowed two). They're also third in the NFL in yards allowed, and fourth against the pass, which has been a departure from past seasons.

And then we finally get to Favre, who has put together three solid performances with a couple of spectacular moments mixed in. He has a quarterback rating of 94.5 and has only generated one turnover in Minnesota's first three games (on a deflected pass that probably should have been caught, no less). He's averaging around 30 pass attempts a game, and that's right around where a guy that can hand the ball to Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor should be. Now that he's been with the team for a month and a half, his pseudo-training camp should be over and the Vikings can start opening up the offense that much more. If the Vikings can keep Favre upright and mobile for the foreseeable future, it should be a very interesting and exciting rest of the 2009 season for the Minnesota Vikings.

By Chris Gates  |  October 5, 2009; 11:53 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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