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Report: Favre expects to start Sunday

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By PFW staff

Vikings QB Brett Favre expects to start in Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder on Saturday that his injuries have healed significantly. Favre practiced Friday for the first time all week, but on a limited basis. He holds an NFL record of starting 291 straight games.

Favre had two fractures in his left ankle after the Vikings' loss to the Packers in Week Seven.

Head coach Brad Childress said Favre would probably be a game-time decision and that he wouldn't consider Favre's streak when he made his decision. If Favre couldn't go, Tarvaris Jackson would start.

The way we see it

Few people expected Favre to sit out Sunday's big game. But this was arguably the closest he's come to not being healthy enough to start. The Patriots' pass rush has not been extremely effective this season, which could help him as his mobility will be down. Yet, Bill Belichick typically attacks a weakness, so expect him to bring the heat. Favre has thrown seven TDs and 10 INTs this season. The Vikings are just 2-4.

Fantasy spin

Favre starting means that the Vikings' receivers' values are higher than they would have been with Jackson at quarterback. RB Adrian Peterson could see an increased workload based on Favre's health, but the Patriots have one of the league's worst passing defenses, so expect Favre to air it out.

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