Posted by Barrie on Monday, 2 November 2009

Brett Favre returns to Green Bay with a Win

Brett Favre's first return to Lambeau Field since leaving the Green Bay Packers in 2007 resulted in a 39-28 victory, throwing 4 touchdowns in the process.

It was a shame to hear Favre greeted with a loud chorus of boo's by the Packers fans after16 successful seasons in Green Bay which included 2 Superbowl appearances, winning the first one in January 1997 against the New England Patriots.

The Minnesota Vikings have now done the double over the Packers this season following their 30-23 victory in week 4. This gives the Vikings a 3-game lead in the NFC North.

The Vikings took a 17-3 lead going into half time with Adrian Peterson running in their opening touchdown in the first quarter after Mason Crosby had given the Packers a 3-0 lead. Brett Favre threw his first touchdown pass of the day to Visanthe Shiancoe. The game appeared to be heading out of reach at the beginning of the 3rd quarter following Percy Harvin's 51 yard catch and run touchdown with 3 Packers colliding in the process to allow Harvin to go in.

But with the Vikings pass rush slowing down in the second quarter, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offence got going with Spencer Havner making 2 catches, both for touchdowns in the 3rd quarter either side of a Minnesota fumble on a kickoff.

A Mason Crosby missed field goal in the 4th quarter at 31-26 ultimately cost the Packers as the Vikings drove the ball down the field with Brett Favre throwing his 4th touchdown pass, to Bernard Berrian on 3rd and 11 and the Green Bay 16.

Brett Favre, who's victory over the Packers in week 4 that made him the only player to beat all 32 teams in the NFL had helped lead the Vikings to a 7-1 start to the season. They are on the bye next weekend.

Defensively, the Green Bay Packers offensive line couldn't handle the Vikings pass rush again with Jared Allen notably recording 3 sacks in this game taking him to 10.5 on the season following his 4.5 on the same quarterback in week 4. The Vikings are deservedly amongst the Superbowl favourites now and it would take a momentous flop for them not to win the NFC North now, although it is worth noting Brett Favre and the Jets had a terrible second half of the season run and ended up missing out on the playoffs last season.

In other NFL news, the St Louis Rams got their first win of the season with a 17-10 victory in Detroit, ended a 17-game losing streak. The Tennessee Titans also won their first game of the season when they came off the bye with a 30-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars with Vince Young completing 15/18 for 125 yards and a touchdown pass to Nate Washington. Chris Johnson rushed for 228 yards on 24 carries, with touchdowns of 52 and 89 yards. The Baltimore Ravens handed the Denver Broncos their first defeat of the season; 30-7, the Dolphins won at the Jets and the Texans, Bears, Cowboys and Eagles all recording large victories.

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At 10 November 2009 at 10:43 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ironman is looking mighty fine right now and a midseason bye will make sure hes well rested for the 2nd half of the season. He wasnt looking tired anyway lol. The Vikings looking really good this year and i cant wait for them to play the saints in the NFC championship game. Will be a scoring frenzy


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