Before Favre suffered a shoulder injury last year, the Jets had a record of 8-3 with him as their starter. Combine that with the 13-3 record he had with the Packers in 2007 and the 8-1 start he is off to with the Vikings this season, when he has been healthy, Favre's teams have a record of 29-7 in that span.
So does Favre feel vindicated that, statistically speaking in terms of passer rating, he's having the best season of his career? Not even close. He said the numbers don't matter and still has a chip on his shoulder about comments he made earlier in the season – and reiterated Wednesday, that this Vikings team could be the best he's ever played on.
"I am not worried about the ratings or anything like that," Favre said. "Stuff like that gets brought to my attention, I am not worried about it, as I was not several years ago with the Packers when I caught heat for saying this team, coming off of an 8-8 year, could be the most talented team that I had ever played on. Everyone thought that I was crazy and then we went 13-3. I believed it. I believe that about this team. Is it the 1996 team? No, and I say that over and over again. This team has a long way to go to ever equal that. It doesn't mean that we can't be as good or on paper or we're not as good."
Favre has used the backlash of his signing and comments he has made about his new teammates to fuel his fire. He hasn't backed off of his comments, but added that simply being 8-1 doesn't anoint the Vikings as the Super Bowl favorite from the NFC. There is still a lot of work to do and he isn't getting fitted for a Super Bowl ring just yet.
"It is a good team," Favre said. "Does it have its flaws? Sure, every team in this league does and we'll face adversity along the way and have faced adversity. We have handled most of it pretty well, but going on from here remains to be seen. I felt the first day here, I knew what this team was capable of and I know what I am capable of. That is no guarantee.
"I don't feel vindicated. I am not surprised that this team has had the success that it has had. That is just up until now. It has nothing to do with the future. I hope it continues, but I am not surprised by it. For the people who said that he is crazy, at least up until this point, they don't have a leg to stand on. They are waiting – everyone is waiting for us to fail and waiting for me to fail, and that's OK."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.