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For 5-0, Vikings need Favre in more ways than one
October 6, 2009 - Per Peterson
For those of you keeping score, I have just polished off the last of the crow I’ve been eating since the last time I ripped Brett Favre apart. My dining began after the 49ers game and culminated Monday night as Favre shredded Green Bay in the Vikings’ 30-23 Monday Night win. Favre is now 4-0 as QB for the Vikings and can, for the first time in his career, start a season 5-0 with a win Sunday at St. Louis. But the upcoming game will provide yet another litmus test (what does that mean, anyway?) for Favre. See, he now plays for a team that never plays well against teams that couldn’t beat some Division II squads. The Vikings have a history of playing down to their opponents (see Detroit), and coming off such a huge victory, this could be one of the trap games, the ones that the Vikings have choked in before. It will be up to the cagey quarterback to lead this team Sunday in more ways than one. Of course, he has to perform on the field — one-half of what he did Monday should suffice against the Rams. But more importantly, this team needs Favre to remind them that this game is just as important as the one they just played. If he needs to, he can even remind some of the players how the Vikings have fared against the Rams in the past few years — not too well. Favre’s probably played in more trap games than anyone in NFL history. He’s been on teams that have suffered through a let-down after a big win. Favre’s a veteran; there’s nothing he hasn’t seen or been through in the NFL, and he needs to use those experiences as much as his arm to help his teammates.. It’s up to him to make sure every player on this team understands the Vikings could lose this game by 13 as easily as they could win it by 23.
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