Favre gets last word

KEN FIDLIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:36 PM ET

They booed. They screamed his name, and not in a good way. They vented their anger on T-shirts and signs. One even hired a sky-writer to get some frustration off his chest.

But Brett Favre had the last word: Vikings 38, Packers 26.

After 16 years spent building an iconic presence in Green Bay, Favre came back to Lambeau Field as the devil incarnate to lead Minnesota to a dominating victory over his old team. The Packers may have been crushed, but not as much as his former fans.

Favre and his new playmates already had beaten the Packers in Minneapolis earlier this year but this was the first opportunity for his fans, both present and former, to let him know how they feel. Most of them felt betrayed that he would turn his back on them but they welcomed the opportunity to put him in his place.

"I hope they love me as much as I love them," said Favre when the game was over. "I know what I did here and what I left behind. I spent a lot of years here. It was a pretty special day."

Alas, maybe the Packers wanted it too much. The Vikes built a 21-point lead early in the third quarter. The Packers rallied to get within four points by the start of the fourth, but Favre had saved two TD passes for the final quarter to sock it away.

When all the emotion is stripped away, this was a huge victory for Minnesota, which, at 7-1, now wields total control in the NFC North. The Bears and Packers, both at 4-3, are just specks in the Vikings' rear-view mirror.

Broncos busted

The tone was set on the first play of the game. Baltimore linebacker Jarret Johnson blew into the Denver backfield untouched and dropped quarterback Kyle Orton for an eight-yard loss.

And that's how it would be all day long. Baltimore's defence, which had gone missing during its recent three-game losing streak, dominated. Denver had ridden a similar formula to a 6-0 record but by the end of this 30-7 blowout, the ranks of the NFL unbeatens would be reduced to two.

More importantly for the Ravens, they are still very much in touch with the AFC North co-leaders, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Baltimore is now at 4-3, while the Steelers and Bengals are at 5-2.

Denver had come to this game having outscored its opposition 76-10 in the second half this year but the Ravens took a 6-0 lead into halftime, then gashed the Broncos for 24 second-half points, again setting the tone for the final 30 minutes with a 95-yard TD return of the opening kickoff by Lardarius Webb.

After Denver got within six with its only TD of the day, Joe Flacco engineered three scoring drives that resulted in 17 unanswered points to end the game.

Giant collapse?

What in the world has happened to the New York Giants? Five games into the season, they looked like best team in the league. But the past three? They'd have a hard time beating the Argos.

The Eagles raced away to a 30-7 first-half lead then coasted to a 40-17 rout and another sub-par effort by Giants' QB Eli Manning.

In their first five games, all wins, the Giants outscored their opponents by an average of 16 points. In this recent three-game losing streak, they have been outscored by an average of 17.

The secondary is porous. Donovan McNabb torched them for 17 of 23 for 240 yards and three TDs, doing most of the damage in the first half. But mostly, Manning has been struggling. In the first five games, he threw 10 TDs and just two interceptions. In the past three, he's had just three TD passes to go with six picks.


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