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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 10 loss to the Bears.
Favre fell pretty far from his Week Nine outburst, but he didn't get a lot of help. All three interceptions he threw against the Bears can be ruled as not entirely his fault. The first came off a deflected pass. And the other two both happened on plays where the receiver (first Adrian Peterson, then Visanthe Shiancoe) fell down. The final pick probably wasn't completely on target, but it was a ball Shiancoe could have caught had he stayed upright.
Although there was heavy pressure throughout, Favre did a good job escaping getting sacked. He moved around the pocket fairly well, though he clearly tried to do too much on the play where Henry Melton forced Favre to fumble. There also were a few lucky breaks, such as when Favre clearly underthrew Percy Harvin on what might have been a touchdown, but the Vikings were bailed out because the defensive back never turned around and was called for pass interference.
Favre hit Harvin for a 53-yard score, a pretty pass in the vulnerable spot of the Bears' cover-2 defense after CB Tim Jennings passed Harvin off to ... an absent Chris Harris. But otherwise, Favre had no completions longer than 14 yards. He clearly was hurt by the fact that Bernard Berrian told the coaches he couldn't go despite being active and that Sidney Rice wasn't available either. Greg Lewis and Greg Camarillo played a lot in the base offense, as well as H-back Jeff Dugan.