Getting one win against the Packers doesn’t mean that Brett Favre relishes talking about facing his former team.
Favre was subdued Wednesday in his weekly press conference, similar to his approach before the first Packers-Vikings tilt. Of course, this one is at Lambeau Field, which is sure to bring a host of emotions to the surface for everyone in the house Sunday. Or not. According to Favre, he thinks his emotions won’t be as bad as they were in the Metrodome.
“But there’s no sentiments, really, one way or the other. We need to win this football game,” Favre said.
Favre is peddling the standard just another game line. He called the matchup just “one of 16” before recognizing its importance for “a lot of reasons.”
Juicy melodrama aside, Sunday’s game is huge because Minnesota can put a stranglehold on the NFC North with a win. A Vikings victory would put the Packers two games behind in the loss column and they would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The game’s buildup will still largely be framed on Favre’s relationship with the Packers faithful and its organization. Favre says he hasn’t thought about what the trip will be like “as much as you may think.”
Here’s more of Favre in his own words from Wednesday.
On whether he’s hurt by fans who don’t like him any more: “No, because in my opinion, if you’re a true fan, you’re a true fan.”
On those people who have jumped ship: “What can I do? And I’m not gonna concern myself with it.”
On how things worked out with the Packers last year: “I totally understood the direction they wanted to go in. . . . It’s probably worked out best for both sides.”
Much of Favre’s appeal throughout his career has come from being an open book with the media, and thus, the fans. Favre’s reasons for keeping things close to the vest this week and this season are understandable.
But it would be great to hear how he really feels.