Friday, May 29, 2009

Favre does not push the Vikings over the edge

I can't shake the feeling that the Vikings, whether they start Sage Rosenfels or Brett Favre for 16 games, are going to win 9-11 games in 2009. So does Brett Favre take them from a playoff team to a Super Bowl team?

That's a foolish belief. Brett Favre's teams haven't won two playoff games during a single season since the 1997 season. In the 00s, Favre's teams have lost three home playoff games to seemingly inferior opponents, Favre has thrown two playoff overtime interceptions, and Favre has thrown multiple interceptions in four of his eight playoff starts.

This is not an attempt to bash Favre. It is an attempt to lay waste the belief that Brett Favre could put the Vikings over the edge in the playoffs. Brett Favre does not transform the Vikings from a playoff team to a Super Bowl contender.

Let Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels compete. I believe given a fair competition, Sage Rosenfels will win the starting job. And I believe the Vikings will be better off.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:14 AM

    If Favre comes back it'll be because this Viking team is supposedly much better than those Packer teams you mentioned. Favre never played on a team with as many "stars" as these Vikings have. Four or five players at the top of their position in the league? Like 7 or 8 pro bowlers? I think the best the Packers ever had was 4 or 5, not including Brett, and none of those guys could touch some of these Vikings. I don't think he'll come back so I won't push the comment any further. If he does come back, though, you'll be in a much better position than you are today.

    RK

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  2. Anonymous12:42 PM

    Favre is done and has been for two or three years. Leave us alone and stay retired.
    Poor Packers must have won on just "Brett" if you believe RK. Not a good player on the team and yet they won the SUper Bowl. "Brett" must be special.

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  3. Those three home playoff losses trouble me; presumably the Packers were the better team in those games, but Favre wasn't "the difference" in making them win. It makes me doubtful that Favre would be THE DIFFERENCE in a playoff game for the Vikings, either. And if he's not, then why sign him? Well, ticket sales of course.

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  4. Anonymous6:55 PM

    The Packers were so completely whipped on the line of scrimmage by the Giants it is amazing it was close, much less that it went into overtime. The Vikings team which beat the Packers in the playoffs (one of my top five Vikings victories in forty years of watching them, by the way) had lost twice to the Packers by extremely late field goals. The Pack was not really measaurably better than the Vikings head to head.

    Favre at qb is no big deal at this point, but let's face it; there is no reason to have any excitement about Rosenjacks/Jacksonfels at this point, either. If the Vikings have a big year, it'll most likely be due to the Williams beating the rap, Udeze contributing, the reat of the d-line staying healthy, and dominating the line of scrimmage thoroughly.

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  5. Andrew5:12 PM

    The thing that I don't get and isn't getting any attention is why wouldn't the Wilf's break open the bank next off season and try to lure Phillip Rivers from San Diego? Clearly better than anything we have or could hope to get, and from his point of view we are closer to a Super Bowl than the Chargers are.

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