It is easy to overlook Brett Favre's performance to this point in the season given all the attention being paid to the best running back in the league since Jim Brown. However, Favre's statistics don't even tell the entire story.
Lately we've become accustomed, or at least conditioned, to accepting our Viking QB's being ranked at or near the bottom in telling passing statistics (or the top in some cases: sacks, turnovers). In many respects Brett Favre is continuing this trend quite admirably (30th in total yards, 32nd in YPG and 4th in sacks taken). However, Favre leads the league in Comp. % (77.1), ranks second in QB rating (110.2) and is taking care of the ball (3 TD's/ 0 INT's) beyond realistic expections. This is completely uncharted territory for the fan base.
For a team committed to the run (for obvious reason), Brett Favre's performance is exactly what the doctor ordered. We all know there are nearly as many opinions as Norsemen regarding what the Viking's acquisition of Favre means to the teams chances of success, both short and long term. That has been and will continue to be debated...elsewhere. What I want to discuss is: whether or not what Favre is doing is worth $12 million per year? Considering Favre is being asked to do less than he has at any point in his career, and less than every qb with similar compensation is currently being asked to do. Favre is averaging 5.5 yards per pass and has seldomly passing the ball further than 10 yards in his two games with the Vikes.
The other side of it is a critique of recent Viking QB's. I have never been one to criticize any of them to harshly, but in retrospect I have to ask myself WTF? Brett Favre isn't doing much and making it look easy (as it likely should be). What the hell was wrong with the parade of QB's logging playing time the past few years? It shouldn't cost $12 mil to quarterback the Vikings, it just shouldn't!
Undoubtably we'll see more down field production as the season progesses and as necessary, but I am happier than a fat kid with cake with what Favre's performance to date foretells of the Vikings success.