The Giants began preparations Wednesday for not one, but two quarterbacks in Minnesota -- Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson. The question is, whom would they rather face?
The problems each presents are different, as are their potential playing statuses. The Hall of Fame-bound Favre’s sprained shoulder kept him out of Wednesday’s practice and will render him a game time decision, thus putting his streak of 297 straight starts in jeopardy. Jackson is healthy, strong-armed, mobile, and comes off engineering the 5-7 Vikings’ second straight win, 38-14 over Buffalo.
“You obviously have to be very aware of what each quarterback is capable of doing,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “The thing that struck me is that, two weeks ago, they were putting Brett on the corner and they were running naked [bootlegs], and they were doing the same thing with Tarvaris.”
The Giants (8-4) have faced both in the past, but Favre has done a tremendous amount of damage. He’s 5-2 against them as a Packer and Viking, with 14 touchdowns against five interceptions. But the 41-year-old isn’t no longer the vintage quarterback who once terrorized the league. And now he’s hurt, unable to pull on his socks or lift his arm without pain.
The 8-4 Giants might be better off defending Favre than a healthy, younger gun like Jackson.
“I think [interim Vikings coach Leslie Frazier] explained very well that if he can play, he will play,” Coughlin said. “If he can, and if he thinks he’s ready, then he’ll go.”