Team chemistry superb
Schism, Schmism? The addition of Brett Favre has been the anti-schism if anything. The team's chemistry WITH Favre is about as good as one could imagine.
For those concerned that Favre's arrival in Minnesota would rock the boat ... wrong.
"My one goal and only goal," Favre said, "is to lead this team to the Super Bowl. There's no doubt that the way I'm playing now is a direct result of the guys around me. It's not like I found some fountain of youth."
Head coach Brad Childress, who was recently rewarded with a contract extension through 2013, deserves a lot of the credit for rebuilding the Vikings roster with kind of players that have made up the overall team chemistry they are enjoying now with the addition of Favre.
Lucky miss on Houshmandzadeh?
NOT getting free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh might have turned out to be the Vikings' best move of the offseason, because it heightened their interest in rookie Percy Harvin in the draft. Had they landed Houshmandzadeh, they may have looked in another direction.
The Vikings held Houshmandzadeh to just four catches for 36 yards this Sunday, while Harvin caught 5 for 79, including the team's first score of the game.
On the season, Houshmandzadeh has 54 catches for 618 yards (11.4 avg.) and three touchdowns. Harvin has caught 36 passes for 501 yards (13.9 avg.) and four touchdowns, but has also added 924 yards and a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns.
Houshmandzadeh is reliable and consistent, but Harvin is clearly far more explosive.
Much-improved receiving corps
Without question, Favre has given the Vikings offense increased credibility, but the receiving corps represents a significant upgrade over the early days of the Childress era, as well.
The team's current trio of Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian provide far more "special" qualities than guys like Travis Taylor, Marcus Robinson, Troy Williamson, Robert Ferguson and Bobby Wade in years past.
"I thought he did a great job," Childress said. "I told him we're not pulling back (on offense)."
Nobody's saying Favre isn't better, but the confidence the team has and the supporting cast make driving this offense easier than it's ever been under Childress.
Bernard Berrian filed a federal lawsuit earlier this year against a Fresno realtor for trying to profit off Berrian's name. According to court records, Ryan Perkins bought up two internet domain names with Berrian's name then tried to re-sell them for much more. It's a practice commonly referred to as "cyber squatting."
Kevin Brown has been providing personnel analysis and writing about the Vikings for more than 20 years with Viking Update. Follow VU on Twitter and discuss this and other topics on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Vikings Update web site or magazine, click here.