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    Default Favre offers an age-old problem for the Steelers

    As many have said in other threads, we HAVE to put pressure on Favre tomorrow... IMHO, I think our secondary has played rather soft at times this season, so the pressure will be crutial so as to keep his passing success to a minimum.
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    October 23, 2009
    Favre offers an age-old problem for the Steelers
    BY ALAN ROBINSON
    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — Nearly all the players in the Pittsburgh locker room can remember a Brett Favre highlight or big pass he completed when they were youngsters.

    Some wore his No. 4 jersey.

    Some are so young they can’t remember him breaking into the NFL in 1991, when linebacker LaMarr Woodley was 6.

    Only one member of the Steelers defense was on the team the last time Favre played in Pittsburgh 11 years ago.

    “I was a kid watching him,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday. “I’ve always been a big fan.”

    While Favre already has retired and returned a couple times, the Steelers are very aware the three-time NFL MVP can beat them if they let him on Sunday.

    Favre threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns as Minnesota beat Baltimore 33-31 last week, proving again that age is just a number.

    Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau realized that when he flipped on a video and saw a Favre pass travel 63 yards.

    “He throws it plenty far enough,” LeBeau said. “I suppose when he was 21 he could throw it a little farther, but 63 yards in the air, that’s far enough.”

    Enough for the Steelers (4-2) to know what they’re facing Sunday in the Vikings (6-0) and their 40-year-old quarterback.

    “Whoever gave you that information (that Favre is done) is a doofus,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “They weren’t watching this guy. He starts out 8-3 and is doing really well with the Jets last year, and it’s documented now that he had arm problems. It wasn’t that he was old, the guy had an injury. He’s a Hall of Famer, and he’s playing like it.”

    Favre had a torn biceps muscle last season and needed arthroscopic surgery in May on his throwing arm. So far it’s holding up, and the Steelers now find themselves going against a quarterback most have seen only on TV – and, for some of them, a long time ago.

    “You don’t get in awe, but you know he’s capable of doing things other guys can’t do,” cornerback Deshea Townsend said.

    “When you’re out there playing against him, you better make sure you cover those traps, because he can find it.”

    The last time Favre played in Pittsburgh, cornerback Deshea Townsend, now 34, was a 23-year-old rookie.

    “You want to go out there and try to confuse him, make him think a little bit before he throws the ball, but one thing about him is he’s seen so many defenses,” Townsend said. “You’ve got to think about his career and all the defenses he’s seen. You might make him think, go into his mental playbook a little deeper, but you’re not going to confuse him.”

    The Steelers do that, Favre said, with the various blitzes LeBeau can throw at an offense.

    The Steelers haven’t blitzed as often this season, partly because safety Troy Polamalu (knee) was hurt for four games, but Favre said they’re as confusing as ever.

    “They give you so many looks that it’s hard to pin down who’s coming,” Favre said. “Most of the guys have been in the scheme for a long time. Obviously, their defensive coordinator has been in it forever. He knows it all, he’s seen it all and he can dial up things. It’s just a lot of exotic looks. ... Physically, you have to beat them. They get after you.”

    The problem with gearing an offense to take away Favre’s deep throws – Sidney Rice had 176 yards receiving against Baltimore – is that Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 624 yards rushing. He’s also scored seven touchdowns.

    “It’s going to be a challenge, man, but it’s never about the other team, it’s always about us,” nose tackle Casey Hampton said. “If we do our thing and do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be all right.”

    In their past 26 regular-season games, dating to a 29-22 loss to Jacksonville on Dec. 16, 2007, the Steelers haven’t allowed a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher or a 140-yard receiver.

    With Favre, Peterson and Rice, the Vikings have a chance to have all three.

    “You like stopping guys and if he (Peterson) gets 150 and we win, who’s going to talk about it?” Hampton said. “It doesn’t matter. He got a lot of yards (143) on Baltimore, and Baltimore had a chance to win in the end, so that really doesn’t matter.”

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    Week 7 preview: Time for Favre, Vikings to fall
    by Kevin Hench
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    Updated: October 23, 2009,

    He's too old. His arm problems have reduced him to a dink-and-dunker. He's a selfish, schism-inducing team-wrecker.

    Ah, August. It seems like a long time ago.

    Since then, all Brett Favre has done is prove 40 is the new 30, throw lasers all over the field and unite the Vikings by making them a leading Super Bowl contender.

    But one thing the Ol' Gunslinger will not do this season is run the table.

    Yes, this is what Favre's exploits have reduced us to — proclaiming he will not go 16-0. (Take that, old man!)

    The first loss will arrive this Sunday courtesy the defending champion Steelers.

    Pittsburgh is averaging 404 yards of offense per game and allowing 275 on defense, a difference of 129 yards per game.

    The Vikings, meanwhile, are averaging 348 on offense while allowing 342 on D, a paltry six-yard difference. This is why some observers think their 6-0 mark has a little smoke-and-mirrors to it.

    If not for the Favre-to-Lewis Play of the Year and a missed field goal by the Ravens, the Vikings could easily be the 4-2 team entering this game.

    And if not for two missed field goals by party animal Jeff Reed against the Bears and two late fourth-down conversions by the Bengals, the Steelers could easily be the undefeated team in this game.

    Things will start to balance out on Sunday.

    He may not be Adrian Peterson, but Rashard Mendenhall has given the Black and Gold a huge lift, averaging over five yards a carry after supplanting Willie Parker as the starter.

    Hines Ward leads the NFL in receptions and amazingly — for someone considered a possession receiver — in receiving yards.

    And it's worth remembering that 27-year-old Ben Roethlisberger, who is completing a staggering 72.5 percent of his passes, has won twice as many Super Bowl rings as the 40-year-old Favre.


    Jeff Reed's misfires on a few field goals have cost the Steelers dearly. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

    There's no ring on the line, but in this rematch of Super Bowl IX and possible preview of XLIV, Big Ben will prevail.

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    Like I said in another thread, of course it is up to our defense ultimately to stop the Vikings, but our offense absolutely HAS to aid them. To do this our offense needs to come out shotgun-no huddle and march down the field the entire first half. Get up by 2 TD's on the Vikings, force them to pass to catch up and pin our ears back and go after Favre. After hitting him a few good times he will get jumpy like he always does, and start throwing the ball up for grabs like he always does when he gets jumpy and tries to force things.

    If we sit back, try and get into a meathead matchup where we try and run on them and run, run, pass....we will lose.

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    Like I said in another thread, of course it is up to our defense ultimately to stop the Vikings, but our offense absolutely HAS to aid them. To do this our offense needs to come out shotgun-no huddle and march down the field the entire first half. Get up by 2 TD's on the Vikings, force them to pass to catch up and pin our ears back and go after Favre. After hitting him a few good times he will get jumpy like he always does, and start throwing the ball up for grabs like he always does when he gets jumpy and tries to force things.

    If we sit back, try and get into a meathead matchup where we try and run on them and run, run, pass....we will lose.
    You are exactly correct IMO.... And I have no worries that our offense can do that tomorrow, as long as we keep them honest with the run/pass mixing. But I am just scared to death as to what will happen in the 2nd half with our defense... We've all seen it this year, and know it's an issue. Hopefully this Sunday is different, but I really look at this game as one of our first true tests.
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    The Steelers seem to play to the level of the competition, and add to that the Steelers are playing at home. That seems to spell trouble for the Vikes and I believe it is. I predict that LeBeau is going to dial up something special for Favre and Co.
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    Default Re: Favre offers an age-old problem for the Steelers

    It all comes down to basics for our D. If we can get the basics in place (for once this year), the rest will follow. Last week was almost a progression from the Titans game stylistically (can we write off a couple of the intervening weeks as a dream?).

    Remember, smack 'em and take the ball off 'em. Drop Favre on his dickie shoulder a few times and see how happy he is, purely by way of an experiment.

    Dammit, is it game time yet?

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    If we can hit him early and often, he will be good for 3 int's. While he is playing well, we have Dick LeBeau who no doubt has something special planned for this afternoon.
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