When asked what his expectations are for tonight, Jackson was pretty succinct – get in, get points and get out.
"Just and execute and do the best I can while I'm in there – make sure we move the chains and hopefully get a score so we can look at the other guys in," Jackson said.
When asked how he is handling the uncertainty of his position, where most believe Favre is delaying his eventual decision to come back, Jackson said he is focusing on the here and now and doesn't want to deal with hypotheticals – regardless of how close those hypotheticals are to being reality.
"I don't look at it," Jackson said. "I just come out every day and try to get better. When I get a chance to come out and get up under center, I try to take advantage of it. I feel like I've come a long way throughout this whole offseason."
Jackson said he has tried to maintain the focus that he is the starter and will be physically and mentally prepared for whatever comes his way. He said it's easy at camp, where he is the No. 1 guy, but added that it's hard to keep that frame of mind during the regular season if Favre is getting all of the first-team snaps.
"When the season is going on, it's hard to feel like a starter when you're not getting the reps," Jackson said. "You have to try to do it mentally, but it's a different mindset right now. You get a lot of reps and try to take advantage of it."
Jackson's 2010 season is picking up about where 2009 left off. He was the starter before Favre arrived, became the starter again as Favre mulls his future and could be the starter after Favre decides to retire for good. Until then, he's the yo-yo on the end of the string that simply doesn't know what the future holds for him as the Vikings quarterback. All he can do is the best he can with the limited opportunities he gets, beginning tonight against the Rams.