Favre focusing on team success

Brett Favre's first multiple-interception game of the season didn't bother him as much as losing to the Cardinals. But he knows the perception that exists about his play late in the season.

Brett Favre's MVP-type season hit a speed bump on Sunday when he threw two interceptions in the Vikings' 30-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Favre had been brilliant for much of the season and had 24 touchdown passes and three interceptions before the Vikings suffered only their second loss of the season.

So is Favre's performance cause for concern? One could make that argument if you examine Favre's statistics in the last five games of each season since 2005.

It might not be fair to judge last year because Favre was playing with a torn biceps tendon in his throwing arm as he threw two touchdowns and nine interceptions in games 12 through 16. Before that, Favre had 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

But in leading the Packers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NFC title game in 2007, Favre went from having 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his first 11 games to throwing six touchdowns and seven picks in the final five.

Favre, 40, didn't seem surprised this week when asked about his struggles in December.

"I'm sure people are saying — you guys may have already said it – ‘Well, here we go. Now, it's December,'" Favre said.

But the quarterback did not seem very concerned and made it clear that success, or lack of it, is a weekly thing.

"That's the way it is and I don't pay much attention to it," he said. "This is where you make it or break it from a team standpoint. We've done well up to this point. We would have liked to have done a little bit better, but if we want to get in and see what happens, this is where we make our push. I look forward to this way more than I do early in the year."


  • WR Percy Harvin did not practice Wednesday or Thursday because of a recurrence of a migraine headache. Harvin has dealt with migraines since he was a kid and has had a few flare-ups this season.

  • S Tyrell Johnson did not practice for a second consecutive day because of a concussion suffered last Sunday at Arizona and it would not be surprising to see him held out of a game.

  • RB Adrian Peterson was limited in practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday because of foot and ankle issues. He is expected to play Sunday.

  • RT Phil Loadholt was limited Thursday after sitting out Wednesday because of what is believed to be a dislocated right shoulder suffered last Sunday at Arizona.

  • CB Cedric Griffin (neck) was limited Wednesday and Thursday in practice.

  • LG Steve Hutchinson (shoulder) was also limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • LT Bryant McKinnie (ankle) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • NT Pat Williams (foot) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • CB Antoine Winfield (foot) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • RG Anthony Herrera (concussion) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

  • CB Karl Paymah (knee) was limited Wednesday and Thursday.

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