If today turns out to be the end of Bret Favre's 292-game starting streak at QB, then the guy went out the only way he could have. Injured. The Patriots' Myron Pryor almost broke his jaw with a clean sack in the fourth quarter today. Favre went off on a golf cart, a trainer holding a ice pack to his jaw. He received 10 stitches under his chin after the game.
Better to go out injured than suspended by the commissioner for off-the-field issues.
Favre preferred this ending to finishing with a game-losing interception in last year's NFC championship loss to the Saints. The guy has always been a warrior, limping through game after game, protecting his streak, playing more for himself and his legacy in recent years than for his teammates.
The Vikings would have been better off today with the very mobile Tavaris Jackson at quarterback. But the immobile Favre got one last start from head coach Brad Childress. He completed 22 of 32 passes for 259 yards but his one interception turned the game around, even though the ball should have been caught by Vikings receiver Percy Harvin.
The Patriots move to 6-1 on the season and alone in first place in the AFC East. They are a team of players working together towards a common goal. They have no distractions to get in their way. In a way, this team is a throwback to 2001. It has been infused by young players who are revitalizing the older veterans.
Bill Belichick must love the idea that every player on the roster is on the same page. Once Randy Moss left, all the distractions were gone. Maybe that's how you win in today's NFL. Just focus on the game.