Favre acting his age

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Brett Favre was supposed to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a Super Bowl.

But two games into the season and the only thing he's leading is the best oh-and-two team this side of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Vikings dropped a 14-10 decision to the Miami Dolphins yesterday and Favre has yet to throw his first touchdown pass of the year.

Minnesota is in deep, deep trouble. Teams just don't start the season 0-2 and go to the Super Bowl. Just not done-- and that was written all over the face of Favre after the game.

"I didn't expect to be sitting here 0-and-2," he told a post-game news conference.

The only Minnesota score came after Miami's Ricky Williams turned the ball over deep in his own territory that allowed Adrian Peterson to make this game closer than it deserved to be.

Minnesota's problems run deeper than Favre. They began with the loss of Favre's favourite receiver Sidney Rice in pre-season--and that was simply emphasized yesterday as when Visanthe Shiancoe dropped a ball that hit him in the chest on a do-or-die last drive.

The Vikings' hopes died on a final drive that saw three incompletions. Where last season similar situations saw Favre pull out wins, such as one against the 49ers, this year the magic is gone.

It ended a day in which he threw for 225 yards but there was never any flow to the passing game. Percy Harvin caught five passes to open the game and seems recovered from his migraines; it's just that now the rest of the passing game is giving Favre headaches.

He was intercepted three times. The team has one touchdown in two games and Favre also fumbled once. Last year, Favre was intercepted at home only twice ALL season.

Where last season fortune smiled on the Vikings, it now seems to have deserted Favre. Every gamble fails. The opening drive stalled on the 27 when Favre had a pass knocked down on fourth down.

Normally Ryan Longwell should've been in the game to kick the field goal. But head coach Brian Childress is making calls like Favre is throwing balls. They're both coming up short. This looks like a team desperate to make something good happen; and the harder they try the worse the results.

Down 7-0 he was intercepted at the Miami goal line.

Favre, then throwing from his own end zone, had the ball stripped by Cameron Wake and Koa Misi fell on it for a TD and a 14-0 Miami lead.

Fumbles by Miami running backs Ronnie Brown and Williams kept the Vikings close but Favre responded by hitting Jason Allen with another interception. For the first time in his career, Favre is acting his age. Not a good sign.

Much more of this and Minnesota might not even make the playoffs.

Both Green Bay and Chicago are 2-0 and looking good. The Vikings look disorganized, confused, which is understandable because at 0-and-2 they suddenly are just as close to the Super Bowl as the Detroit Lions.

Actually there is a difference. At least the Lions have an offence.

And, it's not just Favre. The Dolphins beat them on both the offensive and defensive line.

CHIEFS BELIEVE

The Kansas City Chiefs are beginning to believe in themselves. They are 2-0 for the first time since 2005.

"This win says a lot," head coach Todd Haley said after a 16-14 win over Cleveland. "These guys are understanding what it is all about, and that's becoming a team. I'm not saying we're there yet, but we stuck together and won."

Thomas Jones leapt through the line to convert a fourth down that sealed the win. The Chiefs also knocked off AFC West champion San Diego last week.

QUICK HITS

With the 31-14 win over Seattle, Denver won its 11th home opener in a row and improved to 24-3 in home openers since 1984, the best mark in major professional sports ... Tim Hightower had a career-best 80-yard TD run but Arizona was no match in a 41-7 loss to the Falcons ... Broncos' Kyle Orton threw for 307 yards and two TD passes against the Seahawks. And so ends the We Want Tim Tebow campaign.

bill.lankhof@sunmedia.ca


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