It's time for Vikings' Tarvaris

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:43 PM ET

Its another will-he-or-wont-he week for the damaged goods known as Brett Favre.

For the past two seasons, make that the past two off-seasons, it was: Will he come back for another season or will he finally retire?

Now, thanks to a couple of fractures in his left ankle sustained Sunday night, its: Will he be making his 292nd consecutive start this weekend or succumb to the injuries and be on the sidelines as the backup to Tarvaris Jackson?

This should really be an easy call.

Even if Favre gets the go-ahead from the team doctors, just how effective and mobile will he be for Sundays road game against the 5-1 New England Patriots? How much can you expect from your quarterback when he is operating out of a wheelchair?

Through their opening six games, Favre has been mostly a disappointment and it his lack of crisp play, his missed passes and interceptions, that have left the Vikings with a 2-4 record in the NFC North.

Through the opening six games, Favre has completed 104 of 179 passes for 1,191 yards, seven touchdowns, thrown 10 interceptions and has a quarterback rating of 68. His longest pass play has gone for all of 37 yards. That, folks, isnt getting it done. It is not the stuff of legends.

With Green Bays tail-lights still within viewing distance, perhaps Minnesota coach Brad Childress still harbours hope that somehow Favre will rekindle the magic that he flashed in 2009, that he is their best bet to keep the Vikings within sniffing distance of the division crown.

But that is an unrealistic goal. It is like mining fools gold. If a healthy Favre couldnt get it done, what chances he have one leg and battling off-the-field distractions in the form of the Jenn Sterger accusations.

It is time to turn the page and turn the offence over to Jackson. Who knows, maybe hell provide the team with a lift, becoming a figure they can rally around.

Despite getting slapped in the face by Favre the past two seasons, Jackson has been a team player and has not moaned and bitched. He remains that way.

Brett, hes a warrior, so Id be real surprised if he dont play, Jackson said of the issue facing the Vikings. But Im going to be ready to play if my number is called.

Memo to Childress: Call his number.

IN WADE I TRUST

Few teams are sinking out of sight as fast as the 1-5 Dallas Cowboys, who now will be without quarterback Tony Romo from six to eight weeks with his broken left collarbone.

Following their latest ugly loss at home, this one 41-35 to the Giants, the cries to fire the wildly unpopular Wade Phillips reached a fever pitch.

Once again, though, owner Jerry Jones has turned a deaf ear to the mounting fan frustration and criticism.

I dont think about doing anything differently, having only played six ball games, period. I dont, Jones told ESPN, Dallas. I just dont want to answer the question, and any way I answer the question can be termed negative and it shouldnt be.

As for a coaching change, its out of the question.

Weve got a big challenge here and I dont need to be mixing and matching at this stage, I just dont, Jones said. We got a long way to go.

The way the Cowboys have been playing Giants players said the Boys quit as soon as Romo went down the only direction theyll be going is deeper into the basement.

Phillips, meanwhile, hes staying put.

STATS ARE FOR LOSERS

In San Diego, toupee sales are going through the roof thanks to Chargers fans ripping their hair out by the roots.

Of all the goofiness that has beset the NFL this season, there is nothing quite as bizarre as whats happening with the Chargers, a team that was expected to romp in one of the weakest divisions in the league the AFC West.

But seven games into the season, the Chargers are 2-5 and defying all logic when you look at their team statistics.

Overall, the Chargers are No. 1 in total offence, averaging 422.7 yards per game. At the same time, they are No. 1 in total defence, allowing just an average of 244.3 yards per game.

They are also No. 1 in passing offence with 317.4 yards per game while sporting the best pass defence, allowing an average of 158.6 yards per game.

Last Sunday, in a 23-20 loss to the Patriots, the Chargers held Tom Brady and friends to just 11 first down and 159 passing yards and still lost the game.

So why and how are the Chargers, who have dropped three consecutive games, losing?

In a word, turnovers.

In their past three losses the Chargers have turned the ball over eight times and have zero take-aways of their own.

On the season they have committed 18 turnovers, one more than they totalled all of last season and the 12 fumbles they have committed are five more than they had in all of 2009.

The Chargers are literally fumbling their season away.

mike.rutsey@sunmedia.ca


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