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Change Of Seasons Results In Change Of Culture

“I don’t know if I can make it to the playoffs.”

Those are the words that Brett Favre uttered after the game against the Bengals.  He was joking.

However, the worry about how Favre’s body will hold up through December and January is on the forefront of the minds of Vikings fans.  It also hasn’t escaped the minds of the coaching staff, and one can assume that last week’s dedication to the run game is a result of wanting to keep Favre as spry as possible.

Last week, the coaches rested Favre for almost the entire Friday practice.

“[Favre] didn’t really practice essentially on Friday,” Childress said, “We back him down. You just have to look at him and say, ‘I’m not going to practice you today.'”

The switch from focusing on the pass to dedicating to the run was rewarded. 

Two weeks ago, the Vikings ran the ball only 20 times and lost by 13 points to the Cardinals.  Favre had thrown 45 passes.  This week against the Bengals, the Vikings ran the ball 37 times (35 if you don’t count T-Jack’s kneel downs) and Favre threw 30 passes.  The much more balanced approach resulted in a 20 point victory.

Of course the balance of the offense is not the only contributing factor to the difference between these two games, there is little doubt that getting Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor more involved resulted in a more efficient offense.

“It always comes down to execution, but we wanted our (running) backs to be able to run up and down before they ran side to side,” Childress said. “It lets our offensive linemen really set their pads and be able to thump off the football. We just thought that was important to kind of play to our strong suit. So … within our opening plays, that’s something that we wanted to do.”

Peterson and Taylor were even a focal point in the passing game against the Bengals, catching a combined five passes for 72 yards.

As the Vikings make their final push into the post-season, it would not be surprising to see them stick with what is working by running the ball as often as possible.  Favre has been great this year, but letting him save himself for the post season might just be the best route in the long run.

I’m not suggesting Favre will sit (unless a game is out of hand) but I am thinking that the Vikings will do their best to remain balanced for the remainder of the regular season.

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2 Responses to “Change Of Seasons Results In Change Of Culture”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Once we clinch no. 2 seed I say give Favre 1 or 2 quarters per game just to keep him sharp.

  2. Grandpa Mel says:

    I think Farve is still great!

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