Favre Continues Efficient Play

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2009 – 12:21 pm

Vikings QB Brett Favre has completed a lot of passes for a lot of yards and many touchdowns over his 19-year pro career. He is the NFL record holder in all 3 categories, in fact. And that has led to a lot of success for him and his teams (he’s also the NFL record holder in wins as a starting QB).

But Favre also holds the NFL record for career interceptions. So while his ability to find the right receivers in the right place at the right time have led to a record number of completions, yards, TDs and wins, his penchant for throwing INTs hasn’t allowed him to set a career record for passer rating.

Over the first 6 games of his Vikings career, however, Favre has had a different mode of operation. He’s been efficient, precise and judicial as the Vikings QB and that has led to a passer rating of 109.5 on the season, which is 23.6 points higher than his career passer rating.

Against Baltimore on Sunday, Favre was 21 of 29 for 278 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs, which gave him a passer rating of 136.9. Sunday’s effort was his 3rd consecutive game with a passer rating over 100, making him just the 4th QB in franchise history to accomplish such a feat. The all-time record for consecutive games with a 100+ passer rating is 4, set by Daunte Culpepper in 2004.

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5 Responses to “Favre Continues Efficient Play”

  1. By PackCat on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    If the defense wasn’t a no-show during the 4th quarter yesterday, he could have rested with a 145 passer rating for the game.

  2. By lokifeyson on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Bret is doing a great job, keep it up!

  3. By Bruce on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    The media ALWAYS brings up Brett’s interceptions. Of course he has the most! He has the most passing attempts and they go hand in hand. If you really want an accurate picture of his interception tendencies, then look at his career interception rate in comparison to other well know quarterbacks. That tells you how many interceptions he throws for every number of throws. Here is some career interception rates that will SHOCK most fans because they always thought that Brett was the interception King and he is NOT!

    Dan Marino Career Interception Ratio = 3.0%
    John Elway Career Interception Ratio = 3.1%
    Brett Favre Career Interception Ratio = 3.3%
    Fran Tarkenton Career Interception Ratio = 4.1%
    Bart Starr Career Interception Ratio = 4.4%

    The following link will show you that there are also some Hall of Fame QBs that have a worst rate than Brett. The simple fact is that Brett has been getting the shaft all these years because of the interception stigma attached to his name.

  4. By Bruce on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    These are all Hall of Fame Quarterbacks with a WORSE interception rate than Brett Favre. That means for every set number of pass attempts they threw more interceptions. Some pretty impressive names on this list that have thrown MORE interception per number of attempts. I wish some media writer would write an article about this FACT and then maybe all the writers, reporters and fans would apologize to Brett for all these years of associating his name with interceptions. It really isn’t fair at all and they should have more brains than that and realize the total number doesn’t define his tendencies because he has more pass attempts than any QB in the league! It’s the RATE that defines his tendencies!!!

    Warren Moon+ 3.4%
    Jim Kelly+ 3.7%
    Roger Staubach+ 3.7%
    Fran Tarkenton+ 4.1%
    Dan Fouts+ 4.3%
    Bart Starr+ 4.4%
    Sonny Jurgensen+ 4.4%
    Johnny Unitas+ 4.9%
    Len Dawson+ 4.9%
    Bob Griese+ 5.0%
    Otto Graham+ 5.1%
    Terry Bradshaw+ 5.4%
    Y.A. Tittle+ 5.6%
    Joe Namath+ 5.8%
    Norm Van Brocklin+ 6.1%
    Jim Finks+ 6.4%
    Bobby Layne+ 6.6%
    Sammy Baugh+ 6.8%
    George Blanda+ 6.9%
    Sid Luckman+ 7.6%
    Bob Waterfield+ 7.9%
    Arnie Herber+ 9.0%

  5. By Bruce on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply


    Your statement “his penchant for throwing INTs” is NOT an accurate reflection of his play over 19 years! Perhaps it was because he threw some interceptions during a high profile game like a playoff game, but none the less Brett Favre has always been under the media microscope when it comes to his interceptions. And when guys like the Mannings for example throw 4-5 interceptions in one game, it is swept under the rug by the next week!

    Brett, I would like to apologize on behalf of all sports writers, commentators and fans that have ridiculed you for your interceptions that you have thrown. It’s your body of work that counts and not just a few snap shots in your career that defines you.

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