It’s hard to ignore the hype that continues to build around this Monday night’s Vikings-Packers matchup. With QB Brett Favre now under center for the Vikings, the already-intense rivalry has grown even nastier. But Favre and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress insisted to reporters on Wednesday that this week’s game is, in fact, just another game.
“When I watch film of the Packers during the week, it’s not like it seems that odd to me,” Favre explained Wednesday. “It doesn’t. It makes for a good story I guess for everyone else. But we’re focused on the team here. We talked about that this morning. That’s important every week. You let everyone else make a game bigger. Every game is big that we play in. So it’s just another game.”
Childress sent a similar message to reporters when he met with them on Wednesday, saying he thought Favre was more focused on this week’s game plan and determining how to attack the Packers defense. However, when asked if he’d been associated with a regular season game that came with this much hype, he thought for a second and then simply said, “No.”
Speaking of the hype, Favre further explained his ability to ignore it by saying he literally doesn’t see it on TV or read about it.
“I don’t go home and watch TV and read the papers,” the QB said. “I usually help (my kids) with homework. We went to a movie yesterday…trying to lay low.”
While it might be hard to believe, especially in Favre’s case, that Monday’s game is “just another game,” it’s clear that taking such an approach is wise. The season is 16 games long, and focusing on just the 2 games being played against the Packers would make for a long rest of the season.
“I don’t know how many games I’ve played in, but this game is no different than the fourth game I played in last year,” Favre said. “This is a Monday night game; yeah that’s the only game playing and there’s more excitement because of that game. But you can’t treat it any differently.
“It gives us a chance to go 4-0. I can’t look at it any differently. Obviously everyone else is excited about it; not that I’m not excited. This is one game, it’s a big game, it’s a division game, and one that we hope to go 4-0 with.”
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