Favre vs. Favre: a breakdown of MVP quarterbacks
Damn, I need to get me a pair of Wranglers.
After another stellar Sunday in which Brett Favre dissected an opposing defense with surgical precision for the 10-1 Purple, dude could probably slap #4's upon jars of Mississippi mud and we'd line up to buy them with a fervor matching the 40-year-old gunslinger's leather bullets.
Only Favre and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning can lay claim to thrice being named MVP of the National Football League, and through 11 games the two find themselves as frontrunners for the award alongside New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson, the NFL's leader in rushing with nearly 1,400 ground yards, is also in play for MVP.
With the aforementioned five games left to play, here's a look at how Favre's projected 2009 numbers compete with the stats for his three MVP seasons with Green Bay (BOLD denotes "league leader"):
Year-------Yards-------TD's------Completion %-------INT's-------QB Rating
2009 4180 35 69.3 4 112.1
1995 4413 38 63.0 13 99.5
1996 3899 39 59.9 13 95.8
1997 3867 35 59.3 16 92.6
Extending comparisons further, here's a look at how Favre's projected '09 numbers compare with the median stats for the 20 winners considered herein*:
2009 (projected) 4180 35 69.3 4 112.1
QB MVP average 4061 34 64.1 13 101.4
*(In 2003, Manning shared the award with Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair. Their numbers from that year have been averaged for number-crunching purposes).
To see how Brees' and Manning's numbers compare, please click here.
As discussed in this space last week, the Vikings' have opposed a fairly puffy schedule, with opponents offering a woeful collective win percentage of just .360 (up from .350 after 10 games). The Purple's ensuing two matchups against division-leaders Arizona and Cincinnati should offer more resistance than the cupcakes of the last three weeks -- results of these showdowns will offer a far better temperature of both the Vikings' merit as a title contender, and Favre's status as an MVP favorite.
For a preview of the Sunday eve game against Arizona, please check back later in the week. Until then: