NFL analyst Peter King of SI.com and NBC Sports, in his weekly interview with the Dale & Holley Show, discussed a number of pressing issues in the NFL. He insisted ("Take it to the bank") that the decision by Vikings head coach Brad Childress as to whether or not to start Brett Favre on Monday against the Patriots will be made solely based upon whether he is able to handle practice on Friday and then bounce back reasonably well on Saturday.

 

FOXBORO --  Bill Belichick isn't relying on media reports that have Vikings coach Brad Childress leaning toward sitting out star quarterback Brett Favre because of broken bones in his ankle. The Patriots coach was asked Friday morning how much stock he puts in those reports that indicate backup Tavares Jackson is the likely quarterback to end Favre's NFL-record games-played streak at 291. 

 

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor, safety Jarrad Page and practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins were the only players missing from Patriots practice on Friday on the main stadium field at Gillette Stadium. 

 

The team practiced in sweats and shells in ideal conditions as they made final preparations for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Foxboro. Taylor injured his toe during the Sept. 26 win over the Bills at Gillette while Page injured his calf last weekend in San Diego. Jenkins has been at practice this week until missing Friday.

 

Appearing on the Dennis & Callahan Show, ESPN’s Adam Schefter talked about the decision Vikings coach Brad Childress is faced with in regards to whether an injured Brett Favre will get the start Sunday against the Patriots. Schefter said that while he didn’t know if it would be Favre or Tavaris Jackson in the Minnesota starting lineup, he did say that the quarterback situation goes beyond just determining whether or not Favre’s injured ankle was OK.

 

A source has told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Vikings head coach Brad Childress is "leaning toward" starting Tavaris Jackson at quarterback, which would end Brett Favre's record streak of 291 consecutive starts. Favre hasn't practiced all week due to a stress fracture in his left ankle. According to the NFL Network Favre has "confided" in some close to him that he's not convinced Childress will allow him to play Sunday in Foxboro.

Randy Moss spoke to the Boston Herald on Thursday, as his Minnesota Vikings continue to prepare for Sunday's game vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Moss was asked if, more than three weeks after the trade from New England to Minnesota, he was happy with the Vikings.

 

"Everything's fine, man," Moss said. "I'm content. I'm OK. Ain't no problems."

 

One man's Week 8 NFL picks, made while basking in the sweet glow of an 8-6 record last week. Come on, you can smell an 11-2 week, right? The stars are aligned, it just seems right. I only wish I could have done it while Tom Bosley was alive.

To the picks we go ...

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Vikings injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Participate

QB Brett Favre (foot/ankle)

Limited Participation
T Chris DeGeare (ankle)
DT Letroy Guion (hamstring)
G Steve Hutchinson (quadriceps)
CB Lito Sheppard (hamstring)
C John Sullivan (calf)
DT Pat Williams (quadriceps)

Full Participation
S Husain Abdullah (concussion)
CB Chris Cook (knee)
 

Patriots Injury Report for Thursday
Did Not Participate

S Jarrad Page (calf)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)

Limited Participation
WR Deion Branch (hamstring)
S Patrick Chung (knee)
WR Matthew Slater (ankle)

Full Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

FOXBORO -- A good sign for the Patriots as safety Patrick Chung returned to practice on Thursday as he returns from an apparent minor knee injury in last Sunday's win at San Diego. 

 

Running back Fred Taylor (toe), safety Jarrad Page (calf) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (unknown cause) were the only players missing at the open portion of Patriots practice. The team's second practice in preparation for the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday was held outdoors on the upper practice fields in full pads.