Favre’s on-field success reaching improbable levels

I’m sure a lot of you out there thought Brett Favre was going to be good. But we can all agree that no one thought he would be this good.

The 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback has won MVP awards and a Super Bowl, but it’s hard not to notice that he’s enjoying the best season of his storied NFL career.

Where’s John Madden? Oh yeah, Favre outlasted the Favre-loving broadcaster too. He retired prior to this season, a year too soon apparently.

Here are the facts:

  • Favre has a 112.1 quarterback rating. His career-high QB rating was 99.5, which was in 1995-96.
  • Favre has 21 touchdown passes this season. His career-high of 39 was set in 1996-97.
  • Favre has only 3 interceptions. His career-low was 13, last reached in 1996-97.

The interceptions are probably the most shocking number thus far. For his NFL career, he’s averaged 1.14 picks/game, and this year, he’s tossing one every 3+ games. Even his career-low for a season of 13 is roughly 1 per game.

So, what’s going on? Well, for one, Favre never played with a running game like the one he has right now with Adrian Peterson. Peterson remains one of the premier running backs in the NFL. No offense to Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, Samkon Gado or anyone else that played running back for the Packers, but Peterson is a superior runner to those guys.

Other than that, I can’t put my finger on anything. I’ve always liked Sidney Rice, and he’s developed into the Vikings’ top receiving threats. And even with Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe playing well, I can’t say the Vikings receiving corps is better than what Green Bay had with the likes of Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Robert Brooks, Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman and others.

Anyone else have thoughts? Can Favre possibly keep this up? Has Madden’s retirement allowed Favre to loosen up?

At least we still have Frank Caliendo.

 

UPDATE: 10:44 p.m.

The Star Tribune just posted Patrick Reusse‘s column on the 2009 Turkey of the Year. For those who are unaware, it’s a tradition I look forward to every year. I swear I have not read it yet, but I assume Tim Brewster will win. He’s due. Nick Punto, thanks to a baserunning gaffe in the playoffs and a lousy explanation, will garner consideration.

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