Each week we examine whether Vikings QB Brett Favre, who is being paid more than $1 million per game this season, earned his paycheck. Let's take a look at the Week Nine win over the Cardinals.
In a word, yes. Sunday's comeback win is exactly the kind of performance the Vikings expected out of Favre when they sent three players on a plane down to Mississippi back in August. In fact, it was a vintage Favre performance: mistakes and misfires early, heroics late.
The fact that Favre's 446 passing yards were a career high came as a shock to many, or that he only once before had passed the 400-yard mark (402 vs. the Bears in 1993). He hit six receivers with at least four receptions and was picking apart the Cardinals' soft defense, throw after throw.
The two early mistakes were both poor interceptions, both on Favre. Thank goodness for the heads-up hustle of Greg Camarillo, or the first one would have been a pick-six. Camarillo's Don Beebe-esque strip of Kerry Rhodes might have saved the game from really getting out of hand early. The second INT was a Favreian blunder near the endzone, the kind of hair-pulling throw he makes with some regularity.
But everything after that was magic. It's possible he was better than his numbers. Really.
Favre hit on his final seven attempts, all completed for 11 yards or longer. His quick slant to Bernard Berrian was classic Favre improvisation. Both men saw the coverage at the line of scrimmage, changed from the called run play, and Favre checked to the quick hitter that set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. Even Brad Childress can't argue with that decision or result.
It's possible Favre earned $2 million with his performance in this game ... of course, that only makes up for a few duds earlier.