Favre pressing, not in sync with receivers

Brett Favre knows he presses the issue when his offense is struggling and admits it's hard to be patient. He's also trying to get on the same page with his ever-changing receiver corps.

Brett Favre's success in 2009 was borne out of the fact that the quarterback rarely, if ever, looked as if he was pressing.

He threw 33 touchdowns and a career-low seven interceptions in part because he made a quick connection with many of his receivers and also because he was put in a position to succeed.

That hasn't been the case in 2010.

"I know I've got to err a little more with caution on some of these decisions," Favre said. "History has shown with me that when we're struggling a little bit, I try to press the issue and try to make something happen. I think that's what has made me the quarterback I am and has benefitted me throughout my career. But it's also hurt me. It's hard to be patient and try to get the puzzle pieced together because we're doing it as we play. Next week, it could be different. The following week, it could be different. Who knows?"

Favre has four interceptions and one touchdown and the Vikings are 0-2 in part because the veteran is pressing and that chemistry he built last season is long gone.

Favre's issues include a receiving corps that has lost Sidney Rice for half the season after hip surgery and has two newcomers in Greg Camarillo and Hank Baskett, who arrived on Wednesday after being let go by Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Rice was Favre's favorite target in 2009 and could often use his 6-4 frame to go up and get passes. Favre had no one like that in his first two games, although Baskett is listed at 6-3 and could help. With only three catches in two games, Bernard Berrian has been as productive as a well-paid No. 1 receiver should be.

"Bernard has not hit on all cylinders like Sidney and I did," Favre said. "But very few times in my career have I just clicked with a guy like that. What did he have? 90-plus catches? There's no doubt Bernard's a different player from Sidney. But so is Percy. Percy, Bernard, Sidney, they're all capable in their own way of making those types of plays."

The question is when will Favre start to get on the same page as some of his new receivers and when will he stop pressing?

"If I sat here and told you that I knew exactly what we're doing right now I'd be lying," Favre said. "A lot of work is left and it will be an ongoing process until we have our unit how we want to go about things and we're not there yet."

SERIES HISTORY: 98th meeting between Minnesota and Detroit. Vikings lead regular-season series, 65-30-2, and are 18-2 in the past 20 games against Detroit. The Vikings have won the past 12 games against the Lions at the Metrodome. Minnesota is 14-3 in its last 17 regular-season home games. Vikings coach Brad Childress is 7-1 against the Lions.


BY THE NUMBERS: 65 — Victories by the Vikings over the Lions, their most against any opponent.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Have I seen improvement from Game 1 to Game 2? I did. Just want to keep being incremental. There's always something we can get better on and those guys take it to heart in there, and I know they will." — Coach Brad Childress talking about the Vikings' offense and if he saw improvement from the first game to the second.

NOTES

  • WR Bernard Berrian was limited for a second consecutive day in practice Thursday because of a knee injury. His status for Sunday's game should become clear Friday when the Vikings issue their injury report.

  • CB Chris Cook, who is recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee, was able to take part in all of practice Wednesday and Thursday, meaning he should be healthy enough to make his NFL debut Sunday against Detroit.

  • CB Cedric Griffin, who is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last season's NFC title game, is doing limited work in practice but probably will sit out again Sunday. Griffin, like Cook, should return after the bye.

  • WR Percy Harvin returned to practice Thursday after missing the previous day because of a recurrence of migraines. Harvin also is dealing with a hip strain that he aggravated last Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • DT Jimmy Kennedy hasn't played in the first two games because of a knee injury but is back practicing in full this week and should be ready to play Sunday.

  • LB Ben Leber has been limited this week because of a back injury but said he will be good to go on Sunday.

  • OT Bryant McKinnie (dislocated finger) did not miss any of practice Wednesday or Thursday and played in last Sunday's game despite the injury.

  • QB Brett Favre was limited for the first time this season in practice because of soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. He has been listed on the injury report all season but hadn't been limited.

  • C John Sullivan also has not missed practice time despite the fact he continues to be listed with a calf injury.

  • The Lions were without four players in practice Thursday – former Viking Nate Burleson (ankle), LB Zack Follett (concussion), guard Stephen Peterman (foot) and QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Five members of the Lions defense were limited in practice.

  • The injury reports will be released this afternoon following practice.

  • The Vikings had to cut somebody to make room for Hank Baskett on the 53-man roster. That player was tight end Mickey Shuler. The team had every hope that Shuler would make it through waivers, but three teams – the Dolphins, Colts and Giants – all placed a waiver claim on him. He was awarded to the Dolphins.

  • If you're wondering why the Dolphins, who are 2-0, would win a waiver claim over the Giants and Colts – both of whom have one loss – in the first three weeks of a new season, waiver claims are still based on records from the previous season.


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