The Green Bay Packers, the preseason anointed Super Bowl Champions, just got a big dose of reality. Brett Favre, the biggest potential obstacle to their Super Bowl or Die destiny, just stepped in front of their bandwagon to Dallas.
The Packers have been acting like a Super Bowl trip this year is just understood. They were obviously thinking about it last Saturday, and not paying much attention to the task at hand – playing a football game.
But now, their perfect 2010 has taken a bad turn, and not of their own doing. No, the one guy who can personally ruin all of the Packers’ plans is back on a mission to do so.
Brett Favre is back for another season, ready to give hope to that rag-tag collection of uncouth humanity known as the Minnesota Vikings. Without Favre, the Vikings are just another team for the Packers to trample on their way to their destiny. With Favre, the Vikings actually believe in themselves and believe in their ability to go to the Super Bowl.
After all, as Brett himself said yesterday during his press conference, “I (note the I) was so close, so close, to taking these guys to the Super Bowl.” Yes he was. And while everyone (especially Packers fans) likes to point out how he threw the game away for the Vikings, they usually fail to mention the Vikings 6 fumbles in the game. That is what lost that game for the Vikings. Favre was just doing what he could at the end to try to overcome that. Those situations don’t always work out.
But without Brett Favre, the Vikings don’t win the division and probably struggle to just make the playoffs as a wild card. When Favre completed that miracle last second winning TD pass in game 3 at home against the 49ers, a light bulb went off in every dim-witted Vikings player’s head, “hey, this guy can carry us to the Super Bowl if we all just do our part.”
And now,Brett Favre is back to once again stand in the Packers way. If Green Bay wishes to complete their exalted journey to the Holy Land in Dallas, they must first beat Brett Favre and probably twice. Although there are always exceptions, winning your division and gaining first-round byes and/or home field advantage will always help grease those skids to the “Big Game.” With Brett Favre leading the Vikings, winning the NFC North title is now a tough task for the Packers.
On the one hand, the right attitude to take here is to be glad Favre is back. The Packers should relish the chance to deflate that massive ego. And if you want to be the best, you have to defeat the best, right? But is that just false bravado?
Flash back to those Packers – Minnesota games of 2009. The image you have is of Brett Favre, picking apart the Packers defense like he knew exactly what every Packer player was going to do before the ball was even snapped. I have a hard time getting that image out of my head. Will it be any different this time around for the Packers defense?
We know the Packers offense will score, but will beating the Vikings now require coming out on top of a Kurt Warner, Arizona-like shootout with Brett Favre and the Vikings? You know, the exact thing the entire Packers organization has lamented about on the Arizona game and are desperately looking to avoid this season?
As I have said before, lets stop all this Super Bowl talk. Concentrate on the tasks at hand. One of which, just got a lot harder.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.