Arizona Cardinals Face Dilemma Between Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson

With the ageless Brett Favre coming to Arizona on Sunday night, the Cardinals find themselves in a familiar place they've been before. Last year, they shot out to a comfortable lead in the NFC West, only to drizzle and win 2 out of the last 6 games of the year. In that span they were out-scored 198 - 138, and their only two wins came against theSeahawks(4-12) and Rams(2-14). One of the teams they lost to in that stretch were the Minnesota Vikings. With Tarvaris Jackson at the helm, the Vikings came to Arizona and out-muscled the Cardinals to a 35-14 beating. Jackson threw 4 touchdowns on only 17 attempts and the Cardinals home crowd was stunned.

This year Jackson has taken a back seat to Brett Favre, who is now running the show. After contemplating retirement once again in the off-season, Favre shocked everyone when he signed with Gre

Favre by Month Cmp Att Yds Cmp% YPA TD INT Sack Rat
September 61 94 566 64.9 6.02 5 1 9 94.5
October 96 134 1115 71.6 8.32 7 2 9 107.6
November 91 130 1193 70.0 9.18 12 0 4 129.4
en Bay Packers rival - the Minnesota Vikings. He was brought in to run the offense and let Adrian Peterson carry the bulk of duties. Instead, Favre has recorded one of his best seasons yet, and has been on a tear as of lately.

Favre has currently attempted 358 passes, completing 69% of them. He's also 8th in the league with 2874 passing yards and is tied for 2nd in the league with 24 touchdown passes. Favre has had the advantage however, of playing against some less-then-stellar pass defenses. The average pass defense he's faced this year has been 18th. That isn't significant to a Cardinals team that's been burned through the air, most recently by Vince Young last week. Looking at the chart, it's evident that Favre has gradually increased his production over the last three months.

The Cardinals defense could try to limit Favre and make him hand the ball off more, but if that happens, the Cardinals will face Adrian Peterson. Although Peterson's play has been over-shadowed by Brett Favre's resurgence at the age of 40, it wouldn't be wise for the Cardinals to forget about the All-Pro running back. Peterson has run for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns when Favre throws 20 or less attempts in a game. After the Cardinals allowed over 150 rushing yards to Chris Johnson last week, that may be the last part of the defensive game plan on Sunday. What are your thoughts on the game and who should the Cardinals attempt to stop?

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