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Here are some quotes from the Wednesday press conferences of Vikings head coach Brad Childress and QB Brett Favre and Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and QB Aaron Rodgers:
Vikings head coach Brad Childress on whether it will be different for Brett Favre going back to Green Bay for a second time as an opponent: "It's early in the week, but I know in general you go back somewhere that you've played a lot of years for, you don't go back there without some kind of thoughts. And flip it the other way, you don't come there without those people having some kind of thoughts as well. He had good years there. You always like to go back and beat somebody that you used to play for."
Childress on the NFL's investigation of Favre: "I don't know how it could be a distraction. Really, that's a league matter and I'm not authorized to comment on that. Distraction? It will be kind of a rallying cry that Brett's coming back to Green Bay. People like to raise hell when we go back in there. All you've got to do is walk out of that tunnel next to him. You don't even need to be next to him if you've got anything purple on. I get it, having coached in that state eight years. Kind of a rite of passage there. Green Bay Packer fan."
Childress on TE Visanthe Shiancoe not being thrown to once against the Cowboys: "It's a matter of us putting him in a position to be a prime look on certain passes. Now I always say, you can be looking at somebody as a prime guy and if he's gloved or he's being covered by two people it has to go elsewhere. We can do a better job of that, putting him in better situations."
Favre on going back to Green Bay for a second time as a Viking: "Obviously I got last year out of the way, so that part of it, how I played or how we played, none of that matters now but at least that part of it is out of the way. Of course I know how difficult it is to play in that building as much as anyone. It's a little different setup this year based on the way we've played. I know they've had two tough losses. Whether we're both undefeated or not, I think the significance of the game doesn't really change. Maybe subconsciously there's more, I don't want to say pressure, but the need to get it going. Maybe more so than any other time. For me, it was nerve-racking. I didn't know what to expect. I was concerned about how we'd play. I had never had that feeling before. When I went back there last year the whole thing just seemed surreal to me. I'd like to think that part of it is out of the way. It's still a special place to play and being on the opposite side just makes it a little bit different. I think the fact that we've already played that game I assume would help a little bit."
Favre on his elbow health: "It feels better. As I said after the game, it felt better. The way I'm handling it, if it feels fine I'm taking all or close to all the reps. I think that's always important. But the timing is going to be, it's always critical, but Randy [Moss] and I and the other guys, how we jell together is so important as you all would know. Just the little things, breaking the huddle, how I call plays, lining up correctly, knowing the ins-and-outs of what Randy likes, combinations and things like that are so important. The only way you can get that is by practicing. I think the cortisone injection has helped, but I'm reluctant to say, just knowing that I had tendinitis before, that it's gone. Especially the way I throw. [I'm] hardheaded; not wanting to take time off. Keep my fingers crossed, but right now it feels better."
Favre on what reaction he expects from the Green Bay crowd: "I'd like it to be a better reaction than last year. I can't be concerned about that. I know what I did there, the legacy that I left behind, the commitment that I had to that team, the way I played. It was a long, long time. I'm proud of that. I'm not going to really think about it."
Favre on celebrating last season during the win against the Packers at Lambeau Field: "Regardless of age, jersey, I'm sorry. Every touchdown pass I've ever thrown has been a special feeling. I've never taken them for granted. I think as I've gotten older too, I've learned to appreciate the moment, the game, the teammates. I've never once scored a touchdown and went, 'I probably shouldn't have celebrated as much.' The passion for the game is one thing that hasn't wavered. I would think that would be a good thing, whether you're a fan or not. Whether you like me or not, isn't that the way we're supposed to play the game?"
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy on defending Percy Harvin in the backfield: "I think any time you have a player on your football team that is multi-dimensional, it poses problems, and you have to prepare for it. Percy definitely fits in that category. He's a dynamic skill player. He starts off with the kick returns and has the ability to come out of the backfield and operate in the backfield and also I think he has developed into a fine slot receiver. They're doing a good job with moving him around to create targeting issues with us defensively. You just see there's an emphasis and focus to give him the football in as many different ways as they possibly can. He's a fine young player."
McCarthy on last season's two losses to the Vikings: "We've viewed both games as very similar. Both the game in the Metrodome and the game at Lambeau, we did not play to the level we needed to, particularly in the first half. In the penalties alone, I think we had seven to zero at the Metrodome and six-zero down here at Lambeau. It put us behind and we were playing catch-up the whole time. I really felt that both games were pretty much the same type of game. As far as the build-up to the game, I think our players handled it well."
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on facing Favre in Green Bay: "It's definitely a different feeling than last year, as two teams that haven't started the way I'm sure they wanted to. I'm sure Minnesota feels that way. I know we feel that way. Being 3-3, I kind of expected both of us to have winning records. It's an important game for both teams. It's a division game. There's a strong rivalry that exists between the Vikings and the Packers. I think the attention, albeit we still do have a national game, I think it's more on the teams than the individual players this week."
Rodgers on whether he might reconnect with Brett: "I enjoyed the three years that we spent together. Now he's out there and I'm out here."