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"I would be the first to admit, I don't think I am capable to make some of the plays I used to make," Favre said. "My mind might tell me I can, but I don't know physically if I can do that. Understanding my limitations, how it pertains to what we are trying to do is all a part of this process. All I want to do is win; that is all I came back for. There is nothing like it."
In his only extended action of the preseason, Favre completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown in three quarters against the Texans.
For the defending NFC North champions to be successful this season in what is expected to be an improved division, that's exactly what they will need from Favre.
Stay healthy. Be consistent. Don't make the big mistake.
"I think internally this team had extremely high expectations anyway so whether it had been (Favre) taking the snaps or one of our other quarterbacks, I think everybody felt the same way, knowing that we had a really good opportunity to play hard this year and win some games and play deep in the postseason," receiver Bobby Wade said.
Still, no matter how good this veteran defense is; no matter how dynamic Peterson is; Favre and the rest of the Vikings know they will likely reach a point sometime this year when the old gunslinger has to hop back up onto his horse and ride again.
"I have heard that this whole offseason, 'You don't have to do much; we have a great running game,'" Favre said. "We all know that, but there will always come a time when you need to make plays. You have to do certain things that you may not have to do on a consistent basis."
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