Win this game for Brett? You’d be hard-pressed to get a coach to admit that his team was motivated to win a game for a teammate also playing in the game. In fact, Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said on Friday that it wasn’t happening, and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has been down-playing the hype all week as well.
As explained in an earlier blog entry, that’s probably the wise approach to take, and Vikings fans should be grateful it’s the approach being taken by this staff.
And even though Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is on message with that approach, he also showed a human side during his meeting with local reporters on Friday, saying that a part of him does want to win on Monday night for Favre.
“Well, I can speak for myself and I would say, ‘yeah, of course,’” Peterson said when asked if there was a part of him that wanted to win the game for Favre. “He was with the Packers for 16 years, so coming up against these guys in a Monday Night game, (it’s) a big rivalry, to take a firm hold right now in our divisional lead, it’s a big game not only for Brett, but for the Minnesota Vikings. But, inside, I definitely want to get this win for him, too.”
Again, members of the coaching staff have been 100% on the money in their approach to this game – down-playing the hype surrounding Favre facing his former team and instead focusing on the team aspect of this game and the implications this game has on the NFC North. But it is also nice to see the human side of things and see a player acknowledge a source of extra motivation in the face of one of the most-hyped regular season games in this franchise’s history.
Plus, it’s not as if extra motivation for the league’s best RB as he faces the team’s biggest rival in a home game on Monday Night Football for a chance to get to 4-0 is a bad thing, right?
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