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Gene Wang

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Brett Favre isn't the only reason why the Vikings are 3-0, but he deserves considerable credit for at least one of their victories this season. That of course came last week when he threw a touchdown with two seconds to play in a 27-24 victory over San Francisco.

In the Vikings' season-opener, Adrian Peterson ran for 205 yards in a 34-20 win against Cleveland. In Week 2, the defense limited Detroit to 13 points and pitched a shutout in the second half. Favre was not much of a factor in either of those wins.

But last week, we got a glimpse of the old Favre. It's why the Vikings were so interested in signing the three-time MVP, and it paid off with his improbable throw to Greg Lewis in the back of the end zone to beat the 49ers.

No one is expecting Favre to pass for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, and the Vikings shouldn't have to rely on him that much with Peterson in the backfield. Minnesota didn't sign Favre so much for the regular season anyway as for the playoffs.

The old saying in the NFL is the quarterback gets too much praise when the team wins and too much blame when it loses. That's even moreso when it comes to the high-profile Favre.

Favre isn't looking for credit though. He's looking for another Super Bowl ring, and if the Vikings win their first, you can be sure he'll be considered a significant contributor to that cause. If Minnesota flops in the postseason or doesn't make it, well, Favre will be the main culprit.

Right or wrong, that's just how it works in the NFL, especially if your name is Brett Favre.

By Gene Wang  |  October 5, 2009; 11:11 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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