Brett Favre – Redemption – Homecoming
Posted by LOTGK on November 3, 2009
Green Bay Wisc: Superior, they say, never gives up her dead when the gales of November come early.
The media lights have gone dim, the microphones turned off, the all game day Favre cam unplugged, and the Vikings are on their way back to Minnesota, albeit a long flight delay according to Viking receiver Sidney Rice’s twitter account. In between the Favre media an NFL game was played as the Vikings defeated the Packers 38-26 securing the Vikings a strong lead in the NFC North division.
More than just the game, the media wanted more. They searched for a different angle. A story of the prodigal son returning home. A story of redemption. On Sunday, they got that and more.
But first, we need to define redemption. According to the Wiki Online Dictionary, it states the definition of redemption as….
A 39 year old Brett Favre traded to the Jets in 2008 in favor of Aaron Rodgers after he gave the Packers 16 fantastic seasons and a super bowl victory and didn’t want to retire but come back to play for the Packers who then retired after the 2008 season to get released by the Jets and to sign with the Packers arch enemy Minnesota Vikings even with the cloud of uncertainty concerning the surgery on his arm and rehabilitation for the months after and missing all of mini camp and all of training camp and half of the preseason and then guiding the Vikings to a 7-1 record heading into the bye week all the while having the best season statistically in his 18 year career with a quarterback rating of 106 which is better than any he achieved in any year, and the lowest interception percentage of his career and the best completion percentage in his career and to have the visiting Packers come to Minnesota four weeks ago and for Favre and the Vikings to beat them and then to travel to Green Bay on Sunday with all the hype and the fans booing Favre every time he took the field and then literally dissecting the Packers by throwing four TD passes and no sacks and no interceptions and passing for 244 yards with a quarterback rating of 128.6 and positioning the Vikings for a strong playoff run and taking a three game lead over second place Green Bay. Redemption!
That train wreck of a sentence above is the media cloud following Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings ever since the Jets released him from his contract. Every player, coach, trainer, and management team member had to deal with that extra stress. With Green Bay behind them and the bye week coming up on the 8th, perhaps the media cloud will subside a tad.
As I stated earlier, there was a game played Sunday between the Vikings and Packers. Percy Harvin had an outstanding day with 5 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Add 175 kick return yardage and Harvin piled up 261 total yards. Clearly those are rookie of the week numbers. Harvin’s stock dropped at the combine for his failed drug test and his durability was questioned. Redemption!
Just as impressive is third year receiver Sidney Rice. Although he had only 4 catches for 40 yards, he is fast becoming Farvre’s favorite target. Just look at his numbers for the season, 37 receptions for 585 yards with 20 catches for 352 yards in the last three games. Rice is healthy this year and with Harvin, Berrian, and Shiancoe stretching the field, Rice will assuredly exceed 1000 yards receiving. Rice is his previous seasons had less than adequate numbers, but this year is leading the Vikings and getting better every week. Redemption.
Jared Allen is on pace for 21 sacks this year. I’ll pause a moment to let that sink in…..
Add his three forced fumbles and his safety, and he is one hell of a dominating defensive end. Kansas City made a critical error allowing him to sign with the Vikings. Redemption!
In game 4 against Green Bay, Adrian Peterson was held in check gaining only 55 yards on 25 carries for a per carry average of 2.2 yards and a fumble. On Sunday, Peterson rumbled for 97 yards on 25 carries for a 3.9 yards per carry and a 44 yard reception. Redemption!
On a side note: To all the old 1990’s AOL message board packer fans. Hahaha. Redemption!
The Vikings head into the bye week to rest, recharge, and get healthy. They begin the second half of the season with a three game home stand and a race for the playoffs and home field advantage.
Life is good. Redemption!
LURKING ON THE GRASSY KNOLL