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Michael Taylor 10th Oct 2009 - 13:31

Favre can make it a perfect five for Minnesota

After pummelling his beloved Packers into submission last week, Brett Favre now has the opportunity to carry his Minnesota Vikings to an impressive 5-0 start, if he can get it going against the woeful St Louis Rams.

The veteran quarterback, on the trail of yet another post season appearance, was the deciding factor at the Metrodome last week, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings outlasted Green Bay.

Say what you want about the legend and his loyalty but he's certainly shoving it down the throats of all his doubters this season with the Vikings looking like a real contender - at least in the early rounds.

He's managing the game, finding his targets and providing everything Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte failed to last year; it's a dangerous combination when you have the NFL's best back alongside you in Adrian Peterson.

He may have issues later in the season, as he did with the Jets, but, for now, Favre is on fire and there just doesn't look to be any way the Rams can stay within the ten point spread.

Fair enough last week's 35-0 drubbing in San Francisco may be a little bit of a falsity after their second half surrendering but there is nothing to suggest this week will see major improvements in Missouri.

They do have a few bright spots on the defence, most notably rookie linebacker James Laurinaitis, but there is only so much they can do when their offence continues to throw possession away and leave them in the mire.

Marc Bolger and Kyle Boller are fighting it out for the starting quarterback role but neither come anywhere close to top-end hopes and as such they just haven't been able to establish a rush - it's a shame as well given the explosive speed of Steven Jackson.

Reports suggest Jackson is ready to break out and give the Vikings hell on Sunday...I have to think that Minnesota's tough rush defence will be quick to erase those thoughts though.

At 10/11 to cover a -10 handicap I'm looking at the Vikings as the NFL bet of the week, although there are other tasty clashes that could bring a little extra spice to the fifth round.

Of the TV games Atlanta and San Fran is shaping up to be an absolute cracker with Mike Singletary's 49ers continuing to impress.

They were without Frank Gore last week yet still found a way to get points on the board, but I think they may finally come unstuck this week against a well rested Atlanta unit.

Matt Ryan is coming off a shocker against the Pats in week three but they've been back to the drawing board in their off week and I expect them to come flying out of the blocks - even if the well drilled 49ers don't give up on any play.

They're +2.5 points up on the spread (10/11) but I might be tempted to ignore that and plump for the 6/5 about a Falcons win on the money line.





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