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Rice-Jackson connection a hit with Favre out

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By Michael Blunda

QB Brett Favre left Sunday's game during the first series with a shoulder injury, but it did not slow down the Vikings' offense one bit.

Instead, Tarvaris Jackson came in and led Minnesota to a season-high 38 points in a blowout of the Bills. Sure, RB Adrian Peterson's 107 yards and three TDs on the ground were the main reason why, but Jackson certainly had a part in the beatdown. He threw for 187 yards and two scores on just 22 attempts, showing off his big arm often. His three interceptions leave something to be desired, but other than that, he did an admirable job running the offense on a moment's notice.

But the big story Sunday was the vintage performance of WR Sidney Rice, who hauled in both of Jackson's TD strikes on acrobatic catches and had five receptions for 105 yards in total. The hip surgery that kept him out until recently doesn't seem to be bothering him a bit now, as he looked like a Pro Bowler in Sunday's effort. While he and Favre obviously had a great rapport, it appears that he and Jackson have something good going as well.

If Favre's bum shoulder does force him to end his consecutive games streak and sit out, the Vikings' offense shouldn't be any worse for wear with Jackson under center. Other than Minnesota's difficult schedule, owners of Peterson, Rice & Company have nothing to worry about.

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