This Sunday promises to be a great sports day, and one that bachelors like me absolutely love. The two best games of the day are on FOX at separate times. Luckily, FOX has a doubleheader this week. Since my home market team, the Atlanta Falcons, do not play until Monday night against the New Orleans Saints I am in the very fortunate position to be able to get both the Giants-Eagles at 1p and the Vikings-Packers at 4:15p on Sunday. Also taking place Sunday is the Sprint Cup race at my favorite track in (Talladega)and Game four of what is setting up to be one classic World Series between the Phillies and Yankees. So, yeah, I need to make sure I have extra batteries for my remote! However, after looking at all four of those events and the other events throughout the weekend, it is quite apparent that the best and most intriguing game is the “Brett Favre Shootout” Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.
Even if the game did not involve Favre making his first trip to Lambeau as a visitor it would still be a big game. But, it is hard not to look at the Favre factor. One element I am very curious to evaluate is the reaction Packer fans give their former hero. Will they boo him? Will they give him a standing ovation? What do you think? I am thinking it is going to be a strongly negative reaction. Bitter divorces tend to end up that way.
Setting aside the emotional aspect of it, it is still a HUGE game. Minnesota is coming off a tough loss in the Steel City at Heinz Field, a place where Sports Geek and I have peeked through outside the gates. Still, they sit on top of the division with a record of 6-1. Favre has had a tremendous season to this point, throwing for almost 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns. Even though he was held in check by the Steelers’ defense, Adrian Peterson is still one of, if not THE, best running back in the league. If the Vikings can run the ball effectively in this game it becomes easier for Favre and his group of receivers, led by Loyal Homer fantasy favorite Sidney Rice.
Green Bay, quietly, is having a strong season, coming into the match up with a 4-2 record. As expected, Aaron Rodgers has developed into an elite quarterback. He has thrown for over 1,700 yards and 11 touchdowns. The running game has struggled at times, but Ryan Grant is coming off a strong game.
This game is more important to the Packers. The Packers have already lost to the Vikings once this season and with a loss in this upcoming game the team falls two games back in the loss column. Not only does a loss put the Packers behind the eight ball in the division, it sets the team back in the wild card chase as well. I know it is early, but it is not too early to start looking at records. The Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles, the New York Giants, the Packers, and the Falcons all come into this weekend with just two losses. Obviously, not all of these teams will make the playoffs. Each game takes on added significance when the goal of making the playoffs is still realistic. Plus, the Green Bay nation wants to show Favre that they are doing just fine without him!