Monday, November 24, 2008
In-depth look at Favre's tidy afternoon
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
To glance at the box score, Brett Favre didn't have one of the greatest games of his legendary NFL career. This one ranks somewhere around No. 67 on his list.
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But hanging the first loss on the Tennessee Titans and establishing the New York Jets as the AFC's new team to beat has to rank near the top of Favre's regular-season game log.
Favre had a tidy stat line to be sure. He completed 25 of his 32 attempts for 224 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.
Jason Paradise of ESPN Stats & Analysis broke down the film and came up with interesting angles on Favre's satisfying afternoon:
- As has been the Jets' plan, Favre kept most of his throws short. He was 22 of 26 for 171 yards and two touchdowns on passes that went less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. His passer rating was 119.7 on those throws.
- He threw 10 yards or longer only six times, completing three for 53 yards with an interception.
- When the Titans brought four or fewer pass rushers, Favre was 21 of 24 for 196 yards and both TDs. But he also threw his interception in this situation.
- When the Titans sent five pass rushers, Favre was 4-of-8 for 28 yards.
- Jets receivers didn't drop any passes. The Titans, conversely, dropped four in the first half.
- Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery and Dustin Keller each had at least six catches. Favre targeted Coles a game-high 10 times, completing seven attempts.
- Favre was best between the numbers, where he was 8-of-9 for 76 yards and both TDs.
- No surprise that Favre's interception came outside the numbers. Of his 13 interceptions this year, only two of them were caught in the middle of the field.