There is only one way the Brett Favre comeback rumors will ever cease – when No. 4 goes six feet under.
The great ones never believe their time is truly past. Jim Brown retired from the Cleveland Browns in 1966 – in 1983 he famously contemplated a comeback in the name of preserving his career rushing record.
Put me in coach, I’m ready to play…
And there are teams that could potentially use No. 4, starting with one of the two teams on a bye this week. If Aaron Rodgers hypothetically went down, who would make a better Green Bay quarterback at this point, Favre, or Seneca Wallace (who briefly retried himself earlier this summer)?
If Rodgers had a trick knee give out, the levee would be completely breached on holding those rumors and watches back. And I’m sure Ted Thompson would really look forward to answering media questions.
So in honor of Week 4, this week’s picks have a No. 4 twist.
WEEK 3: 5-10-1
WEEK 3: 0-3
San Francisco 49ers (1-2) -3 at St. Louis Rams (1-2)
These two games were played to a virtual standstill last year. Jim Harbaugh goes into this game 0-0 in his NFL coaching career coming into games with a two-game losing streak. There are already whispers that the Niners did not make the right move by unloading Alex Smith. If Kaepernick were to stink it up again they could correct that by bringing Favre in for competition. ATS PICK: Niners
Baltimore Ravens (2-1) -3.5 at Buffalo Bills (1-2)
Has E.J. Manuel been thrown into the fire too soon as a rookie? If so, the Bills could sign Favre for a nice steadying veteran presence. ATS PICK: Bills
Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) -4 at Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Getting rid of Trent Richardson is already turning into addition by subtraction for the Browns. Now all that’s left is to upgrade the quarterback play. Brett Favre in place of Brian Hoyer is a no-brainer. ATS PICK: Browns
Chicago Bears (3-0) +3 at Detroit Lions (2-1)
No potential employers for Favre in this game. In fact the Bears already have a poor-man’s/latter day version of Brett in Jay Culter, complete with the Bus Cook representation. ATS PICK: Bears (LOCK)
New York Giants (0-3) +4 at Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
The Chiefs’ defense was the hottest pickup in fantasy football this week. If Eli Manning continues to struggle, the Giants could take a look at Favre. He worked well in the Big Apple once before for about 11 weeks. ATS PICK: Chiefs
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) -3 at Minnesota Vikings (0-3)
The London Curse strikes again, in soccer this would be a relegation battle, with the loser playing the rest of the schedule in the Big Ten. In fact the four teams scheduled for London this year are a combined 1-11.
Christian Ponder is iffy with bruised ribs. The Vikings should re-sign Favre, you know Greg Jennings is campaigning for him as I type this. ATS PICK: Steelers
Arizona Cardinals (1-2) +2.5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3)
As expected, coach Greg Schiano has pulled the plug on Josh Freeman and is going with rookie Mike Glennon. If Glennon cannot light a spark and the Bucs fall to 0-4, Tampa may not have a choice but to give Favre a call. ATS PICK: Cardinals
Indianapolis Colts (2-1) -8 at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)
A recent Tim Tebow campaign outside Jaguars stadium drew a scant audience. That’s probably because they were holding out for the sign Brett Favre rally. ATS PICK: Colts (LOCK)
Seattle Seahawks (3-0) -2 1/2 at Houston Texans (2-1)
This is a potential Super Bowl preview, to be followed a possible Seahawks/Colts Super Bowl preview next week.
The question continues to be asked if Matt Schaub is the man to get Houston to the promised land. If not, the Texans only need to look down the Gulf Coast to find the solution. ATS PICK: Seahawks
New York Jets (2-1) +3.5 at Tennessee Titans (2-1)
Can Geno Smith really carry the entire load? At the very least he could use a mentor. Favre knows the Jets organization and the massage therapists there very well. ATS PICK: Jets
Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) -10.5 at Denver Broncos (3-0)
Brett Favre would be such a great fit in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offensive attack. Wait, maybe he wouldn’t. ATS PICK: Broncos
Washington Redskins (0-3) -3 at Oakland Raiders (1-2)
A concussed Terrell Pryor is all but ruled out, meaning Matt Flynn may finally get a start. Should he? Favre in silver and black makes way too much sense, and would be an instant upgrade over most of the 15 quarterbacks that have preceded him over the last dozen years. ATS PICK: Redskins
Dallas Cowboys (2-1) -2 at San Diego Chargers (1-2)
Tell me you didn’t Charger Fan? Tell me you have not sold your seats to people wearing metallic blue have you? All you are going to do is turn this into a de-facto Cowboys home game while setting a single-game Qualcomm Stadium arrest record.
I really don’t have a Favre angle on this game since the Cowboys already have downloaded the updated version in Tony Romo. ATS PICK: Cowboys (LOCK)
New England Patriots (3-0) +2 at Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
It all started for Favre 22 years ago in the A-T-L, before Jerry Glanville foolishly shipped him out of town. Now Favre is plotting a historic comeback while Glanville is long out of football, NASCAR, and anything else he ever moonlighted in.
It is time to correct the wrong and have Brett where he belongs, holding a clipboard on the Falcons sideline. ATS PICK: Patriots
Miami Dolphins (3-0) +6.5 at New Orleans Saints (3-0)
A battle between unbeatens on Monday Night football will be overshadowed by continued talk of Favre’s next landing spot. If the Dolphins are not completely sold on Ryan Tannehill, then a Mike Sherman/Favre reunion could be in order. And if Drew Brees ever went down? Well, as the crow flies, Kiln, Miss. is just an hour away. ATS PICK: Saints