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Vikes poised for another NFC title ...no, really! (10/13/2010)
By John Edstrom

Well fans, this seasonís hopes could well have washed away in the downpour out in East Rutherford. Then again, the Jets are the pick of many to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, and you have to think that if Brett Favreís arm were healthy he would have hit Percy Harvin at the end of the game to get within range of the winning field goal. So far the Vikes defense has been keeping them in the game, even though they havenít yet found their pass rush.

But Favre! This season he seems just about as jinxed as he was magic last year. Not out of any prurient curiosity, but being duty-bound as your sports reporter/journalist, I visited the web site deadspin.com to see for myself if the evidence against Favre will stand up, and I was shocked Ė shocked I tell you! The scruffy and pathetic object of the infamous cell phone photo is surely a rank impostor. Go there and see for yourself. This whole issue is going to wilt under any serious scrutiny, take my word.

Were the picture in question one of Favreís arm, the evidence would be far more damaging, or should I say damaged. The Grizzled One clearly cannot throw without considerable discomfort, and tendonitis does not go away with a couple aspirin and a good nightís sleep. Then again he seems to have an amazing tolerance for pain and will never come out of a game. Didnít he play one whole season a few years back with a sprained thumb on his throwing hand swollen the size of a ham hock?

Fortunately the Purple has been granted a reprieve in the form of a collapse in the expectations of the Cheeseheads, who have lost their last two games along with about half their starting roster. Jermichael Finley, Clay Matthews, Nick Barnett, Ryan Pickett, Mark Tausher, to name a few, and Aaron Rodgers topping the list with a concussion. He will likely miss next weekís meeting with the Dolphins and the Pack will be 3-3, nearly as bad as the Vikes. Meanwhile, the Bears donít look all that hot, and the Lions are just 1-4.

Next week the Cowboys will have to bring their 1-3 record to the Hump where they will be eminently beatable, assuming Favre remains upright. If we can then handle the decimated Cheeseheads at Lambeau the following week we will be 3-3, poised for another coveted NFC North title. 


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