Brett Favre's showdown against his former Packers is just hours away
The Minnesota Vikings can stay undefeated and keep a one-game lead in the NFC North Division by beating the Green Bay Packers tonight in Minneapolis. But the big question is how quarterback Brett Favre will perform against the team he helped bring back from obscurity in the 1990s and the team which let him go when he wanted to unretire last season.
Favre, who turns 40 on Saturday, will make his NFL-record 273rd consecutive start.
And for some, tonight's game brings back memories of Monday nights past - including the one in 2003 in which Favre's Packers beat crushed the Oakland Raiders two days after his father died. Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson says he wants to win tonight's game both for the team and for Favre.
Peterson, among the league's top running backs, says he'll feed off Favre's passion and energy.
Tonight's contest is also a measuring stick for Favre's successor in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers.
He's built up some big numbers the past two seasons. But Rodgers never engineered a game-winning drive until three weeks ago, when the Pack won its opener against the Chicago Bears.
Green Bay comes in at 2-1. Minnesota is 3-0, and the Vikings are a four-point favorite tonight. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.