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Week 11: Did Brett Favre earn his money?

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By Eric Edholm

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 11 loss to the Packers.

You could make the argument that no Viking (save for perhaps Adrian Peterson, Ray Edwards or Antoine Winfield) really made their money in the loss to the Packers, even the minimum-salary guys.

But saying that would underscore the fact that Brett Favre has fallen back to earth quite hard since his overtime heroics against the Cardinals, which now clearly is what it is in the rearview mirror: an aberration.

Favre was really off against the Pack, and things really started snowballing after his second-quarter pick to Tramon Williams. It was a throw the "old" Favre (don't take that out of context; he's clearly very old now by NFL standards) would make: a fireball on the quick slant that his receiver would have to make a play on. Problem was, Williams read it beautifully and crossed Percy Harvin's face to pick it off.

From that point, nothing went right. Favre looked defeated. Brad Childress looked like he knew it might be his last game. Favre and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell got into it on the sideline. Not having two receivers hurt Favre and the passing game, but even that can't be the bottom-line excuse here. No one played well offensively, at least not anyone who had anything to do with the passing game.

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