Woodson: Jackson gives Vikings best chance

Would Brett Favre really sit out a game, thus ending his NFL-record streak of 289 consecutive-games played, as he suggested earlier this week? Really, it’s difficult to imagine.

Favre could be faced with that decision this week as he deals with tendinitis in his right elbow which he said impacted the accuracy of his throws against the Jets. Favre, 41, has been limited in practice and admitted on Wednesday the process of sitting out would begin with him going to the coaches if he doesn’t think he can make the throws necessary to play.

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who would presumably be involved in the process, put it simply: “If he can’t make them, then you’ve got to put someone else in there who’s going to make them.”

As you would imagine, Favre is never too far removed from any conversation at NFL Network (we do after all talk about football), and a focus of Thursday’s production meeting for “NFL Total Access” was whether Favre should sit out Sunday against the Cowboys.

As the discussion kicked around the room among Rod Woodson, Jamie Dukes, Rich Eisen and others, it came down to this: Does a less-than 100 percent Favre give the Vikings a better chance to win than Tarvaris Jackson? Woodson doesn’t think so.

“The biggest thing for me is who gives your team the best chance to win, at any position? I think a lot of people are surprised this season to see quarterbacks shuffled in and out,” Woodson said. “But if Favre is playing poorly and not giving the team a chance to win, then why play him? Even if it is Favre. Looking at Jackson, if he plays, he’s 100 percent healthy and is making more plays with his feet, obviously. We know the offensive line had some issues with keeping pass rushers off of Favre.

“I think Jackson gives them a better chance, right now, to win games. That’s what they need. They need to win the game. If they don’t win this game, they’re 1-4, and their chances of making the playoffs are next to none.”

While Favre ponders sitting for the first time in 20 seasons, the Vikings are looking at a playoff window that could be slammed shut without a win Sunday.

– Frank Tadych

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