Vikings quarterback Brettt Favre is losing his public perception battle and, last night, despite his vow to play "all out" against the New York Jets, one of his former teams, Favre lost the game he's actually paid to play. The Jets withstood the Vikings 29-20 in a Monday night game that neither team dominated.
In the end, it was neither the fabled quarterback, nor the sophomore play of the Jets' Mark Sanchez that decided the game, but the play by the special teams units that had the most impact on the final score.
The Jets were paced by their field goal kicker, Nick Folk, who split the uprights 5 times, and by the versatile Brad Smith, who returned a kickoff 86 yards.
The resurgent LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for almost 100 yards, and sophomore halfback Shonn Green added a touchdown late in the game. QB Sanchez, however, was well off his game, completing less than half of his uncharacteristically high number of passing attempts.
Among the Jets' best offensive plays of the evening came from defensive cornerback Dwight Lowery, who returned one of Farve's signature fourth quarter interception balls 26 yards to score.
If Favre could avoid Jets defenders as well as he could answering questions about Jenn Sterger, a former contractor for the Jets media team, he might not have thrown the interception that lead to the game-icing touchdown by Lowery.
Favre refused to shed further light on the scandal in which he is embroiled. News resurfaced last week that Favre sent untoward photos of himself to a female media member while he was the QB of the Jets in 2008.