MINNEAPOLIS – Brett Favre’s consecutive games played streak could be in trouble again, with his unparalleled 20-year career probably down to the final four weeks.
The NFL’s all-time iron man sprained his throwing shoulder severely enough Sunday that he didn’t even try to talk his way back into the game. Still, at age 41 with Minnesota essentially out of playoff contention, Favre wasn’t ready to declare himself done for good.
The Vikings, with new life under interim coach Leslie Frazier, haven’t conceded yet either.
Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes to Sidney Rice in relief after Favre was hurt on the first series, Adrian Peterson rushed for three touchdowns on a sprained ankle and the Vikings rolled over the Buffalo Bills 38-14.
Can you be effective if you play? was the question Favre said he’ll ask himself next week. If the answer is yes, if I think I can, I would love to play and see this through.
The Vikings (5-7) outgained the Bills (2-10) 387-239 and gave Frazier a win in his first home game since replacing the fired Brad Childress.
Jackson threw three interceptions but after Drayton Florence returned the first one for a touchdown, he led the Vikings to TDs on their next four possessions for a 28-7 lead to put the game away before halftime. Jackson finished 15 for 22 for 187 yards, plus two runs for 22 yards.
So what’s the story for next week against the playoff-chasing New York Giants?
No quarterback controversy, Frazier said.
If Favre is healthy, he’ll make his NFL-record 298th straight start.
Hopefully that’ll be the case, but we’ll wait and see what happens, Frazier said.
Peterson, who was listed as questionable this week and looked out of sorts during pregame warmups, pounded the league’s most porous run defense for 107 yards on 16 carries including a 43-yard scamper for a score.
I was brainwashing myself the whole week, putting it in my mind that, I’m going to play ’ Peterson said.
Favre might have to use a similar technique to get himself ready.
I’m not overly concerned right now. I’m just going to see what the MRI says, he said.