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Is Favre still the guy?

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Vikings offense, Antoine Winfield, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: October 25, 2010 - 10:34 AM

Brett Favre threw three interceptions in the Vikings' 28-24 loss at Green Bay on Sunday night, marking the second time this season he has been picked off three times in one game. He is tied with the Saints' Drew Brees for the league lead with 10 interceptions after throwing seven last season. (Brees has 287 attempts; Favre has 179.)

Favre also reinjured his surgically repaired left ankle as he threw his first pick of the second half and was having trouble getting around after the game.

So is any of this enough to get Favre replaced as the Vikings' starting quarterback for next Sunday's game in New England? Vikings coach Brad Childress admitted Sunday night he thought about pulling Favre and putting in Tarvaris Jackson.

Cornerback Antoine Winfield had an interesting response during his weekly appearance with Paul Allen on Vikings flagship station KFAN this morning when asked if Favre should be the quarterback if he's healthy. "Really that's not my decision," Winfield said. "That question would have to go to Coach Childress. I'm sure he'll be answering a lot about that today."

The easy answer for Winfield would have been "yes," but he is well aware that Favre has accounted for 14 turnovers this season, including four lost fumbles. That has led to 51 points for opponents.

Childress will hold his day-after-game news conference at 2:30 p.m. today and there are sure to be plenty of Favre questions. The 41-year-old has started an NFL record 291 consecutive games but this latest ankle injury could put that record in jeopardy. Favre's performance also could play a role in bringing an end to the mark.

No matter what the decision, this promises to be an interesting week around Winter Park.

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