Three weeks ago, many people around the NFL were arguing that the Vikings, despite a loss on their record, were the best team in the league. Better than the undefeated Colts and better than the then-undefeated Saints.
Now, the Vikes have dropped two out of their last three, and to make matters worse, they've got some Brett Favre drama on their hands.
The quarterback got into an argument with head coach Brad Childress on the sidelines Sunday night when Childress wanted to pull Favre from the game.
"Yeah, there was a heated discussion, I guess you would call it," Favre said in his postgame news conference. "No secret, I was getting hit a little bit. I felt the pressure on a lot of plays. We had seven points. So I think everyone in the building was like, 'They're not moving the ball, they're not getting points.' Brad wanted to go in a different direction and I wanted to stay in the game."
The winner of the argument appeared to be Favre by a landslide, as the 40-year-old stayed in.
"We were up 7-6. Yeah, it's not 70-6, but we're up 7-6," Favre said. "So I said, 'I'm staying in the game, I'm playing.' … I didn't have time to sit there and say why or what. My response was, 'We've got to win this ballgame and I want to stay in and do whatever I can.' Now, unfortunately, I didn't do that, but that was my intention."
Childress spoke to the media before Favre, so reporters didn't have the chance to ask the coach questions about the discussion.
"We were just having a good conversation about the game was heading at that point and time," Childress said after the game. "And what we needed to do to head the other way."
Childress will address the media at 4 p.m. EST on Monday, so the story is not dead just yet.