And so for the Vikings it begins.
The make of break year of Brett Favre under center gets underway Sunday as the Vikings travel to Cleveland to take on Brady Quinn (yes, he’s the starting QB) and the Browns. Favre is the big story, as he plays his first regular season game for the purprle is what promises to be a make or break season for coach Brad Childress.
The one thing about Favre is that he is not the story, and does not have to make the plays. Leave that to stud running back Adrian Peterson, who will be the workhorse this game and all season. The best play Favre can make all day is simply letting Peterson pound a Browns run defense that was awful last season and could be without D-Line All-Pro Shaun Rogers.
For Cleveland, it’s another year with a new coach – Eric Mangini. The team will be more focused than in the past, but let’s face it, they still lack talent and playmakers to get the job done on a week in and week out basis. Week one vs a good Vikings defense will be no different, as Quinn is going to have to find a way to get the ball to their only big-play WR – Braylon Edwards.
Look for the Vikings and Favre to be 1-0 after this one. They will be able to run all day, and unless the Browns are able to force some Favre mistakes and turnovers, this one should be well in the Vikings back pocket by the fourth quarter.
Minnesota 27 Cleveland 14