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Anthony Stalter
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Anthony Stalter

Senior Sports Editor for The Scores Report

Vikings Beware


Let's all go back to November 23 of last year shall we?

That's the day when the New York Jets crushed the then-undefeated Titans 34-13 in Tennessee to conjure up MVP-talk for Brett Favre and Super Bowl visions for the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!

After that, I remember getting lambasted by Jets fans on The Scores Report because I had deemed the Jets "pretenders" in my midseason power rankings. (Just in case women and children may be reading this, I'll refrain from sharing what these lovely individuals said about me, my personal hygiene and all the wonderful things they wanted me to suffer from.)

Then something happened.

Somewhere along the line, Brett suffered a biceps injury and the once 8-3 Jets (a lock to make the playoffs) went spiraling downward. They lost at home to the Broncos the next week and were soundly defeated by the 49ers in San Francisco to drop them to 8-5.

No problem. They had the struggling Bills and Seahawks on the schedule the next two weeks, as well as a tough Dolphins team to round out the year, but at least that game was at home.

Brett's Jets squeaked by the Bills, but then lost an ugly, snowy, sloppy game in Seattle before rounding out the year with a home defeat to the Dolphins.

How could this 8-3 lock miss the playoffs?

You could fill an entire encyclopedia-sized book up with all the good things Brett Favre does for his team. He's one of the greatest athletes to ever lace up his spikes and perhaps no player can put his team's fate on his shoulders better than Brett can.

But that's the problem, because as Brett goes, so does his team. Blame it on his arm injury, his age or just his lack of execution, but he didn't play well down the stretch last year and the Jets crashed. What's to say that the 7-1 Vikings won't do the same? Nothing is guaranteed in NFL.

Look, I get it: The '09 Vikings are a better team than the '08 Jets. That same Jets team didn't have the best run defense in the league, nor did they have Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen. Do I think Minnesota will collapse and miss the playoffs? Not really, but with Favre at the helm, anything - and I do mean anything - is possible.

How long before Brett starts to be seriously hampered by one of his current lingering injuries? So far this year, he's already complained about his ribs and groin, and don't forget that he also had major surgery to repair the same arm that sunk the Jets last season.

The law of averages is going to start gaining on Brett. Outside of his rookie year in Atlanta when he wasn't a starter, he has never thrown less than 13 interceptions in a single year. Ever. He's on pace to throw only six interceptions this season; does anyone really think Brett freaking Favre is only going to throw six interceptions? Come on.

Again, do I think the Vikings will collapse in the second half? It's a stretch. They have very winnable games against the Lions, Seahawks and Panthers, and they should draw at least a split against the Bears, if not sweep them.

But I also didn't think that the Jets would implode last year with only five games remaining. And we all know how that turned out.

By Anthony Stalter  |  November 4, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Adrian Peterson , Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Anthony, solid work, but I have to disagree! Just cause you expect old man Favre to fall apart doesn't mean its gonna happen! With all that talent around him in Minnesota, he'd have to have a brain aneurysm not to suit up and play for that team! I look forward to your article trying to explain how Favre was able to win an MVP at age 40, stay upright the entire year, and lead his new team to their very first championship!

Now that'll be an interesting read indeed!

Good luck!


Posted by: BigMoInAZ | November 7, 2009 6:03 PM

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