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Jeff Nelson

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What the Vikes Needed

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The Packers fan in me wants to minimize Brett Favre's role in the Vikings' 3-0 start, but if I'm being honest, he's done exactly what they needed.

For most of their first three games, he's avoided big mistakes. Nothing into double- or triple-coverage downfield, nothing crazy across his body, nothing as he's falling down. Just short, smart passes, and taking a sack when nothing is there.

When the Vikings finally needed him to make a big play last week against the 49ers, he did. (Although Greg Lewis hasn't been given nearly enough credit for that catch. Still can't believe he got both feet down.)

I'm not sure there's much else to say. Favre has become such a polarizing figure, those who love him are probably too quick to say he's the reason they're 3-0 (ignoring Adrian Peterson, a good offensive line, and a monster defense). And those who hate him are probably loathe to give him any credit (ignoring his solid play and terrific final drive last week).

He's been a good quarterback on what might be a great team. As a Packers fan, that makes me sick. But it's really that simple.

By Jeff Nelson  |  October 5, 2009; 11:45 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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