Favre bashing is at an all-time high
The 2-4 Vikings face an uphill struggle after a 28-24 loss at the hand of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night. While there are endless conversations to be had about this loss, here are five I picked to highlight right away tonight.
- Brett Favre Is Out Of Excuses – Brett Favre went 16 of 29 for 212 yards and a touchdown. The downside of that is that he threw three interceptions within seven passes of each other and essentially tossed away a game that was there for the taking. Chris Collinsworth shamelessly made plenty of excuses for Favre during the broadcast, but us Vikings fans are starting to realize that Favre is out of excuses. His offensive line protected him well, he has incredible talent around him, and the running game was on fire. Favre simply made poor decisions and held on to the ball too long. Two weeks ago I suggested the Vikings should bench Favre, and nothing has happened since then to change my mind about that.
- The Refs Were Sloppy – I’m not one to blame a loss on the referees, but this was a poor showing by a referee crew who gave both teams plenty to complain about. Andrew Quarless’ second quarter touchdown was not a touchdown when applying the “Calvin Johnson Rule,” Clay Matthews should not be allowed to take his own helmet off his head multiple times a game during the middle of a play, and how there was enough evidence to overturn Visanthe Shiancoe’s would-be touchdown catch is beyond me. With that being said, the Packers also got jobbed on a couple of occasions, most notably a third down catch by Greg Jennings that should have been called a first down. Instead it was ruled short of the first, and the Packers failed to convert the fourth down, and turned the ball over on downs. This referee crew should be evaluated by the league before letting them back on anybody’s field.
- Childress Is Not To Blame – Fans were upset that the Vikings didn’t play for points at the end of the first half after they took a shot downfield and Randy Moss was called for offensive interference. I was upset at the time, too, but after seeing Favre’s third quarter performance I could understand why Childress was content going into that locker room with a three point lead. That is a decision that could go either way in my opinion. The decision not to challenge Quarless’ touchdown catch was the decision I took biggest issue with in this game, as I could see it was bobbled after the first replay was shown. Overall, I thought it was a well called game with good balance. Execution was the problem.
- We Will Miss Cedric Griffin – Last week the Cowboys picked on Lito Sheppard after Cedric Griffin was placed on injured reserve. This week, the Vikings didn’t have Lito available to them because of a hand injury, but they got rookie Chris Cook back after knee surgery. Chris Cook and Asher Allen were absolutely awful against the Packers receivers. Frank Walker was the best of the three, in my opinion, but that isn’t saying much. The absence left by Cedric Griffin has been noticeable in both games and you know damn well that Tom Brady will take notice of this.
- Percy Harvin And Adrian Peterson– While Favre was making mistakes at every turn, there were two performances that should not go unnoticed tonight. Adrian Peterson ran for 131 yards on 28 carries, had 41 yards on two catches, and had a rushing touchdown. Percy Harvin has 3 rushes for 41 yards and a touchdown, 5 catches for 65 yards, and averaged 27 yards on three kickoff returns. These two, combined with the talents of Randy Moss, should contribute to a formula of a truly “kick ass” offense if only more consistent play out of the quarterback and offensive line were obtainable.