Favre-to-Rice a trying combination

The pitch-and-catch combination of Brett Favre to Sidney Rice has been heating up and the Seahawks will be the next team to try and stop it.

The Seahawks will be the latest team to see if they can stop what has turned into one of the NFL's most dangerous passer-receiver combinations this season.

Brett Favre is helping make Sidney Rice a household name, and there doesn't appear to be any sign of the combination slowing down. The Seahawks might be in trouble Sunday at the Metrodome, considering their pass defense is ranked 21st in the league.

The Lions' woeful pass defense didn't stand a chance last week, as Rice had 201 receiving yards — 10 shy of breaking Sammy White's franchise record for the most in a regular-season game — on seven receptions. Favre, meanwhile, threw for a season-high 344 yards, including strikes of 43, 43 and 56 yards to Rice.

Favre said Rice's success is no surprise to him in part because the quarterback noticed just how dangerous a target the receiver could be when he was still with the Packers a couple of years ago.

Rice, a second-round draft choice in 2007, had a combined 46 catches in his first two years, including only 15 in 2008, when he battled a knee injury for much of the season.

This season Rice leads the NFL with 786 receiving yards on a team-high 44 catches with two touchdowns.

Favre took exception to the notion that Rice couldn't be stopped but admitted the receiver is playing very well.

"Anyone can be stopped, but he sure is difficult to cover," Favre said. "The types of plays he makes, I think, is what we all expect him to do. It's just great catches, in traffic, coming back underneath guys, you name it. He's proven he can make those types of catches."

NOTES

  • QB Brett Favre threw for a season-high 344 yards, completing 20 of 29 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions, in the Vikings' 27-10 victory over Detroit on Sunday. Favre leads the NFL with a 107.5 passer rating and has 17 touchdowns and only three interceptions through nine games. The fewest interceptions Favre has thrown in a season were 13 in 1992, ‘95 and ‘96.

  • QB Tarvaris Jackson continues to serve as Favre's backup with Sage Rosenfels as the No. 3 quarterback. Jackson has seen action in four games, including last Sunday against the Lions, but in each case it has been because the Vikings have had a comfortable lead and coach Brad Childress wanted to rest Favre. Jackson failed to complete either of his two passes attempts Sunday.

  • RB Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher in 2008, had his third 100-yard performance of the season on Sunday against the Lions, gaining 133 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns. Peterson also rushed for two touchdowns and now has 11 TDs on the season to rank near the top of the league. Peterson's 917 rushing yards put him second to Tennessee's Chris Johnson, who has 1,091 yards.

  • RB Chester Taylor continues to be a part of the Vikings' third-down package, and he has 25 receptions for 216 yards. Taylor has carried the ball only 52 times for 139 yards with one touchdown. He did have seven rushing attempts for 16 yards against the Lions. Taylor is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and might want to explore the opportunity to get more playing time with another team.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe continues to lead the Vikings with six touchdown receptions, although he did not catch a scoring strike from Brett Favre in the victory over Detroit. Shiancoe did have three receptions for 43 yards, and he is tied with Chester Taylor for fourth on the Vikings with 25 receptions for 246 yards.

  • WR Bernard Berrian played Sunday despite being limited all last week in practice because of a left hamstring injury suffered on Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh. He caught three passes, but they went for only 22 yards. Berrian has struggled with injuries to both hamstrings this season and is averaging only 10.7 yards per reception after leading the NFL with an average of 20.1 yards per catch.

  • WR Percy Harvin, a leading candidate for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, continues to show just how gifted a player he is on a game-by-game basis. The latest example came Sunday when he took a 5-yard pass from Brett Favre, bounced off a Lions linebacker and went 40 yards to set up a field goal. Harvin finished with three catches for 53 yards, had a 7-yard run and returned one kick for 29 yards. Harvin is averaging an NFL-best 30.7 yards on 29 kick returns with two touchdowns.

  • WR Sidney Rice continues to have a Pro Bowl-type season. He caught seven passes for 201 yards in the Vikings' victory over Detroit, putting him only 9 yards off the franchise's all-time record for a regular-season game. Rice, who had catches of 56, 43 and 43 yards, now has 786 receiving yards, best in the NFC, on a team-high 44 catches and two touchdowns. Rice is only two catches from equaling his total from his first two regular seasons combined.

  • DE Jared Allen did not have a sack against the Lions but is second in the NFL with 10.5 sacks. That puts him one behind Denver LB Elvis Dumervil. Allen had a career-high 15.5 with Kansas City in 2007.

  • DE Ray Edwards had one of the best games of his four-year career on Sunday, recording two sacks, three tackles for a loss, four quarterback hurries a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and five tackles. Edwards, the Vikings' starting left end, has a career-high 5.5 sacks.

  • CB Antoine Winfield is hoping to return Sunday against Seattle after missing the past three-plus games because of a foot injury. The Pro Bowl cornerback has been replaced by a combination of Benny Sapp, Karl Paymah and Asher Allen — Allen has been used in the nickel package. While they have done a nice job, Winfield's return will help the pass defense.

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