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MINNEAPOLIS | Brett Favre’s consecutive games played streak could be in trouble again if his sprained shoulder doesn’t get better by next weekend.
The Vikings have found a groove under interim head coach Leslie Frazier, however, regardless of who’s at quarterback.
Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes to Sidney Rice in relief after Favre hurt his shoulder on the first series, Adrian Peterson rushed for three touchdowns on a sprained ankle and the Vikings rolled over the Buffalo Bills 38-14 on Sunday.
With All-Pro left guard Steve Hutchinson (thumb) and wide receiver Percy Harvin (illness) out, the Vikings (5-7) outgained the Bills 387-239 and gave Frazier a fun afternoon on his first home game since replacing the fired Brad Childress.
Frazier didn’t hesitate to declare that Favre is still the starting quarterback if he’s healthy enough to play.
The question about returning to the field, Favre said, wasn’t about whether he wanted to endure the pain but whether he could be effective. Which he couldn’t on Sunday.
“That’s saying a lot for me,” Favre said, leaving his status for the next game against the New York Giants uncertain.
Jackson threw three interceptions but after Drayton Florence returned the first one for a touchdown, Jackson led the Vikings to touchdowns on their next four possessions to put the game away before halftime.
Jackson, finished 15 for 22 for 187 yards, smiled when asked whether he thought Favre was too beat up to start next week.
“He’s played 15,000 games straight now, so he’ll probably play 15,001 next week,” Jackson said.
Peterson, who was listed as questionable this week, rushed 16 times for 107 yards against the league’s most porous run defense including a 43-yard score.
Although the Bills (2-10) have played better recently, they reverted to early season form and suffered another blowout. They turned the ball over five times for 14 Vikings points and had three personal foul penalties.
The complexion of the game changed quickly when Favre, inching forward for more room in the pocket, was flattened by a jarring hit from Arthur Moats that forced the ball to float slowly in the air.
Florence picked it off, and Favre walked off the field with his throwing shoulder sagging slightly.
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