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Favre Versus Cassel: The Rubber Match

Brett Favre and Matt Cassel in 2008.

After waffling more than an IHOP chef, Brett Favre is back in action. He picked a great time to do it, too. On Friday at 8:00, Favre’s Vikings will face Matt Cassel’s Chiefs in Minnesota. Last season, Favre’s Jets and Cassel’s Patriots split the season series one game each, with the Pats winning in Week 2 and the Jets in Week 11. Both games were won by the road team.

With both quarterbacks lining up for a rubber match (albeit one that won’t spotlight the two players due to it taking place in the preseason), it will be interesting to see how they match up. Favre hasn’t thrown since last season, when he did his part to blow the division lead due to a sore shoulder.

In Week 1 of the preseason against the Houston Texans, Cassel went a scant 2/5 in passing attempts for 15 yards on three possessions. Despite a lack of interceptions, Cassel not only did not throw for a touchdown, he didn’t even lead his team into Texan territory.

Whether or not the speculation about Favre’s age and surgery affecting his throwing strength is true, he is sure to bring his experience and familiarity with the Vikings’ playbook to the field. Both of the quarterbacks will likely be used to test the waters of their playing abilities while the rest of the game will likely be used to sort out backup quarterback pecking orders.

It should be a close game, but look for the 1-0 Vikings to pull it out over the 0-1 Chiefs.

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