I pointed out last week that QB Brett Favre's first three games of 2007 were very similar to 2006. Now we're past week 4 and Favre is still playing great. What is different about this season? Here's his take on the difference:
The first possible answer is that it's early. Just wait, he'll start gunslinging and throwing ill advised passes any day now. The other possible answer is that he is much better when playing alongside WR James Jones, who is a reliable second option. Favre played well over the first nine games of 2006, throwing 13 TDs and 7 INTs. He played well after Jennings was hurt in the 6th game of 2006 because former Packer TE David Martin stepped up as a second option to WR Donald Driver. But after Martin got hurt in the 9th game at Minnesota, the wheels came off. Jennings had come back three weeks earlier, but he wasn't the same after his injury. Yes Jennings has caught 2 TD passes in 2 games since his return in 2007, but Football Outsiders still rates him as below average, in part because Favre only completed 54% of his passes to Jennings while almost 66% overall. While Jones isn't WR Randy Moss good, he is above average, and so is WR Ruvell Martin according to FO, and he has played in every game this season. The simple answer is probably the correct one; when Favre plays every game alongside another above average wide receiver not named Donald Driver, he is a much better player.