Even on a day off, quarterback Brett Favre continued to prove that this broken thumb won't keep him from going about his business. Favre took advantage of the extra time granted by coach Mike Sherman to enjoy another of his favorite sports – bow hunting.
Favre left the dry and temperate Metrodome behind him and headed for a deer hunt in the sleet and snow of northern Wisconsin. That meant the avid hunter was not among those Packers requiring medical treatment Monday.
"The only treatment he seems to employ is going out in the woods and going deer hunting with bow and arrow," Sherman said. "So, maybe that strengthens it."
What a difference a week makes. Just seven days ago, surgery loomed as a possibility if Favre's broken thumb prevented him from gripping the football. That would have meant four to six weeks on the sidelines. But by Thursday the Favre was throwing well in practice and by Sunday he obviously played at full strength.
"It hurt on every play, but you just suck it up," Favre said.
His three-TD performance in the win over Minnesota put both Favre and his team back in familiar territory. Green Bay improved to 4-4, trimming theVikings' lead to two games and giving the Packers an important split with the North Division leader. Favre now stands at No. 2 in the NFC with a 91.1 QB rating. (Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper's 104.0 tops the list of QBs with at least 75 attempts). Favre's 16 TD passes are good for a share of the league lead with Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson.
The Packers are enjoying an improved view at the half-way point of the season, just as Favre is probably enjoying his view from the deer stand.