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Jason Miller, Published November 02 2009

Miller: Favre deserved better reception from Green Bay faithful

The talk leading up to this game was about the reception quarterback Brett Favre would receive from the Lambeau Field crowd.

The last time I visited the Frozen Tundra was 2003.

A group of eight friends –six Vikings fans, one Packers fan and one Bears fan – attended the season-opening game between Minnesota and Green Bay.

The reception Favre got from the crowd that day has always stuck with me. I’d never heard anything like it at a sporting event. Still haven’t. It literally gave me chills.

Sunday’s reception, however, was far different.

During our 2003 trip to Lambeau, I was surprised at how friendly the Packers fans were.

After the Vikings – led by Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper – put the game away in the fourth quarter, we took off a little early to beat the crowd. On the way out, Packers fans in our row shook our hands, thanked us for coming and wished us a safe journey home.

Imagine that happening at a Raiders or Eagles game. I couldn’t believe it.

That’s why I was slightly surprised by the ovation Sunday as the boos rained down on No. 4.

At the risk of sounding like one of those national commentators who fall all over themselves over Favre, I’ll say this: Favre deserved better.

A standing ovation would have been more appropriate.

Vikings clearly the class of the North

With Sunday’s victory, the Vikings put themselves in perfect position for another division title.

At 7-1 heading into the bye week and with a sweep of Green Bay (4-3) in hand, Minnesota would have to implode down the stretch to give away the division.

As long as the Vikings don’t get swept by the Bears (4-3) in the second half of the season, look for an NFC North title and playoff bye to head Minnesota’s way.

Harvin has turned special teams around

It’s amazing what a speedy playmaker from Florida can do.

The addition of Percy Harvin has helped turn one of the Vikings’ biggest weaknesses into one of its strengths.

Harvin set up multiple scoring drives with long kickoff returns Sunday and added a highlight-reel touchdown catch in the second half.

The impact Harvin makes has probably been overlooked because of Favre’s arrival, but he’s been an extremely valuable addition.

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