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Bears need not fear Favre

August 20, 2009 - Ron Deuter
Upon learning that Brett Favre had officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings, a friend and fellow Bears fan e-mailed me asking how many interceptions Favre will throw to the Bears this season.

My answer was zero, figuring Favre will be injured, ineffective and benched or re-re-re-retired long before the Bears and Vikings meet during Week 12 of the season.

But pretending that No. 4 does make it to Week 12 against the Bears. Should us Bears fans worry?

There was a time when Favre meant two losses each season for the Bears. But I think that was before Bill Clinton was impeached and it cost less than $1.50 a gallon to gas up for a trip between Green Bay and Chicago.

More recently, the Bears have feasted on Favre.

Borrowing some stats from ESPN.com, since Lovie Smith took over as Chicago’s head coach in 2004, Favre is 2-6 against the Bears - and those two wins were in meaningless games at the end of a season. Pre-Lovie, Favre went 20-4, tossing 48 touchdowns against 23 interceptions. During the Lovie era, Favre has just five touchdowns and 15 interceptions against the Bears.

It gets even better.

Favre has zero touchdowns and eight picks in the fourth quarter against the Lovie-led Bears. In games which Favre trailed Lovie’s Bears, the numbers are two touchdowns and 12 picks.

As a Bears fan, I guess you could say I was worried about Minnesota this year - until they got Brett Favre.

 
 

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