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Jason Miller, Published October 06 2009

Miller: No. 4 delivers 4-0 start

Just five days shy of his 40th birthday, the old man proved Monday night he can still play ball.

Brett Favre was magical on Monday Night Football in the Minnesota Vikings 30-23 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Favre was nearly flawless and sparked Minnesota to numerous big plays, including a touchdown pass to Sidney Rice in the first half that reminded everyone that he’s still got that powerful right arm.

He later found Bernard Berrian down the sideline to put the Vikings up two scores, his third TD pass of the game.

Favre “managed the game” beautifully, finishing 24-for-31 passing with 271 yards and no interceptions. Despite a little late drama, the Vikings for the most part cruised to this victory.

After four games, there’s no question that No. 4 makes the Vikings better.

Favre already helped the team pull out a victory with his late touchdown drive last week against San Francisco.

A 2-1 record, at best, would have been a certainty with Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels starting against the 49ers.

Favre said when he signed with the Vikings in the offseason that it was a perfect fit.

So far, he’s right.

The million-dollar question is if he can hold up for the entire season.

After this start, it’s clear anything short of a deep playoff run will be a disappointment for this loaded team.

So far, Favre has done everything Brad Childress envisioned when he talked the veteran out of retirement in the offseason.

Favre’s well-known knack for throwing ill-timed interceptions hasn’t reared its ugly head yet this season.

If he maintains this pace for 16+ games, Minnesota will be one of the favorites in the NFC.

Aaron Rodgers, very solid in his own right, and the Packers are the best team the Vikings have faced so far.

But Minnesota earned this victory on a night when superstar running back Adrian Peterson was quiet and made a costly mistake.

That’s why the Vikings so badly wanted Favre.

He’s almost 40 but the Vikings are also 4-0.

No offense to Jackson or Rosenfels, but Minnesota needed a quarterback who could make plays when teams loaded up and focused on stopping AP.

So far, Favre’s done exactly that.

Readers can reach Forum Sports Editor Jason Miller at (701) 451-5651

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