NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that the league plans to meet with Brett Favre this week as the league investigates allegations against him. Plus, go in-depth with the rankings for the Vikings and Cowboys.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
will be interviewed by a member of the league's security team as the NFL investigates accusations that Favre may have breached the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Goodell, who was attending the Notre Dame
game Saturday, was interviewed on the sidelines during NBC's broadcast of the game. He said that vice president of security Milt Ahlerich will meet with Favre Tuesday in the Twin Cities to get his account of the story.
"We want to make sure that we understand exactly what happened," Goodell said. "We also want to make sure that everybody in the NFL, whether you're a player, coach or commissioner, recognize the responsibility that we all have to the public – to the people who follow our game."
If found to be liable of the charges, Favre could face a potential fine or suspension from the league, although no parameters or timetable has been set for a decision.
VIKINGS-COWBOYS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 18th-ranked offense in the league (ninth rushing, 21st passing) and the fifth-ranked defense (14th rushing, sixth passing). The Cowboys have the second-ranked offense (24th rushing, third passing) and the eighth-ranked defense (12th rushing, 12th passing).
The Dallas offense is averaging 421.5 yards a game (326.3 passing and 95.3 rushing). The Vikings are averaging 330.3 yards a game (198.8 passing, 131.5 rushing).
The Vikings defense is allowing 289.3 yards per game (185 passing, 104.3 rushing). The Cowboys are allowing 304.8 yards per game, (202.5 passing, 102.3 rushing).
The Cowboys have averaged 117 yards more per game than their opponents, yet are 1-3.
The Cowboys are one of just three teams that are rated in the top 10 in both offense and defense – the others being the Giants and the Chargers. Ironically, those three teams, despite their effectiveness on both sides of the ball, have a combined record of 7-9.
The Cowboys are 24th in rushing yards per game, but 16th in average per rush. The Vikings are ninth in rushing yards per game, but fifth in average per rushing attempt.
Dallas is eighth in the league in third downs converted by the offense, making good on 22 of 51 chances (43.1 percent). The Vikings are 19th, converting 20 of 53 chances (37.7 percent). The league average is 38.2 percent.
The Cowboys and Vikings are among the league best in getting off the field on third down defensively. Dallas is second in the league, allowing just 12 of 45 third downs to be converted (26.7 percent). The Vikings are sixth, allowing just 31.4 percent of third downs to be converted (31.4 percent). The league average is 38.2 percent.
The Vikings defense is ranked 29th in both defensive interception percentage and sacks per pass play. Last year, the Vikings led the league in sacks.
The Vikings are second in the league in punt return average allowed, allowing just three yards per punt return. The Cowboys are the best in the league, allowing just 2.3 yards per return.
On the flip side, the Vikings are 25th in defensive kick return average, allowing opponents 27.4 yards per return. The Cowboys are even worse – ranking 31st, allowing 30.2 yards per return – which could be good news for Percy Harvin.
Both teams are among the league's worst in giveaway/takeaway ratio. The Cowboys are tied for 27th at minus-4 (seven giveaways, three takeaways). The Vikings are tied for 30th at minus-6 (11 giveaways, 5 takeaways).
Dallas is tied for last in takeaways with just three. The Vikings aren't much better, tied for 28th with just five takeaways.
Dallas is ranked 15th in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on six of 11 red zone opportunities (54.5 percent). The Vikings are tied for 22nd, having scored on just 37.5 percent of their red zone chances – three touchdowns on eight possessions.
The Vikings' eight red zone possessions are tied for last in the league with Miami.
Defensively, the Vikings are second in the league in the red zone, allowing just three touchdowns in 11 possessions (27.3 percent). They trail only Tennessee, which has allowed six touchdowns on a whopping 23 red zone possessions. The Cowboys defense is 20th, allowing six touchdowns on 11 possessions (54.5 percent).
Tony Romo has two 300-yard games, while Brett Favre has yet to notch one. Neither team has allowed a 300-yard passer.
Dallas has four 100-yard receiving games – three from Miles Austin and one from Roy Williams. The Vikings have none. Neither team has allowed a 100-yard receiver.
Adrian Peterson has two 100-yard rushing games and two of the top five rushing days in the NFL this season. The Vikings haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this year, while the Cowboys have allowed two.
Romo is 10th in the league in passer rating at 92.7 and, despite already having his bye week, is fifth in yards passing. Favre is 30th in passer rating with a dismal mark of 67.0.
Favre ranks 32nd in fourth-quarter passer rating at 54.8 and 27th in third-down passer rating at 59.0.
Peterson is third in the league in rushing with 480 yards. His 120-yard average would have him in first place ahead of Arian Foster (562 yards) if they had played the same amount of games. Felix Jones leads the Cowboys with 197 rushing yards, 31st in the league.
A.D. is fourth in the league in total yards with 585 – an average of 145.5 per game – a total that would have him in first place if the Vikings had played five games.
Austin is tied for seventh in receptions with 31, but like A.D., leads the league in receptions per game and would be leading if everyone had played the same amount of games. Harvin leads the Vikings with 17 catches, good enough to tie for 55th place in the league.
Austin is sixth in receiving yards with 474. Harvin leads the Vikings with 203, which is only good enough for 64th place.
Each team has players with three touchdowns – Peterson, Harvin and Williams – which ties them all for 21st in scoring among non-kickers.
Dallas kicker David Buehler is tied for 22nd in scoring with 27 points. Ryan Longwell is ranked 33rd with just 15 points – behind every other kicker and two kickers for New Orleans.