Favre having fun at 4-0

Vikings coach Brad Childress said there was never a concern for him about Brett Favre fitting into the locker room. So far, it's been a fun ride for Favre.

Brett Favre continues to provide exactly what the Vikings wanted and expected from him when they finally lured the quarterback out of his latest attempt at retirement on Aug. 18.

Favre's heroics continued on Monday night as he guided the Vikings to a 30-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome.

That, of course, would be the same Packers franchise that Favre spent 16 seasons building a Hall of Fame resume with before he found himself not welcomed back in the summer of 2008 after he decided his first shot at retirement wasn't going to stick.

Favre completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards with three touchdowns and a 135.3 passer rating in helping the Vikings remain perfect (4-0) with a quarter of the season gone.

"I was about as nervous as I've ever been before a game, going into this one," Favre said. "I didn't think I would be. As the week progressed, I felt fine. But when I got to the hotel (on Sunday), it kind of dawned on me."

The Vikings' chances to extend their successful start this coming Sunday would seem pretty good considering Minnesota will be playing the winless St. Louis Rams.

"Anytime you're 4-0 it's a blast," Favre said. "I really like this group of guys. We have a lot of fun. We work hard and I told them when I talked with them weeks ago how good I felt this football team could be. I thank them for giving me a chance to be a part of it, because I know it's been pretty crazy."

Make no mistake, though, no one associated with the Vikings is complaining about Favre's presence these days.

NOTES

  • DE Jared Allen had a monster game on Monday night against Green Bay, recording a career-high 4.5 sacks with five quarterback hurries. Yet, Allen was overshadowed because Brett Favre was playing against his former teammates. "He can take it," Allen said of Favre being in the limelight. "I will just be the guy creeping around in the back. If it gives me five sacks a week, I will shut up and not say a word."

  • LB Ben Leber on the Vikings' success on goal-line stands, something that continued Monday night: "It's a mindset that we don't even have to talk about. Nothing extra needs to be said – we all feel it. It's just something that makes this defense great. Everybody knows what to expect and everyone just gets after it. We have a defensive line that makes it a lot easier."

  • RB Adrian Peterson on the emotions of playing against the Packers with Brett Favre as his teammate: "We definitely fed off of it. We wanted to get this win to move to 4-0. Me personally, I can speak for myself, I wanted to definitely get this win for Brett. It was a big game for him, even though he downplayed it a lot, but you just knew it. You could just see it in his eye."

  • DT Letroy Guion was inactive for the first time this season on Monday as Jimmy Kennedy was up after being inactive in Weeks 2 and 3. Kennedy recorded his second sack of the season after getting one in the opener at Cleveland.

  • LB Erin Henderson is back doing some work in practice but a calf injury he suffered in the final preseason game still has limited him. Henderson has been inactive for all four games this year.

  • LG Steve Hutchinson played Monday's game despite the fact a sore back kept him out of practice for much of last week. It's uncertain how big of an issue this could become.

  • Tarvaris Jackson served as the backup quarterback to Brett Favre on Monday for the fourth time this season, meaning Sage Rosenfels has been the No. 3 quarterback all season. The Vikings used the Wildcat once against the Packers but Jackson did not make an appearance in that look.

  • WR Darius Reynaud did not play Monday night after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 3 while returning a punt against San Francisco. Reynaud had been serving as the Vikings' primary punt return man. He was replaced by wide receiver Jaymar Johnson, who had been inactive for the first three games.

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