Whether the Lions will be the final opponent of quarterback Brett Favre’s career remains to be seen.
Favre, whose most recent injury was a concussion, is questionable for this week’s regular season finale at Ford Field. If Favre is unable to start, rookie Joe Webb, who won in his first-ever NFL start Tuesday night, should go for the Vikings.
Head Coach Jim Schwartz confirmed following Wednesday’s practice that the Lions will “have to prepare for both.”
He also confirmed that quarterback Shaun Hill will be the starter for Detroit.
“We expect him to play well and lead us to a win,” said Schwartz.
Considering the Vikings’ unexpected record and the adverse conditions in which they have had to play their last three games (at Ford Field and TCF Stadium following a Metrodome roof collapse and in frigid weather Tuesday night), speculators believed Minnesota would “pack it in,” so to speak.
But after their win on Tuesday, it is clear the Vikings are doing nothing of the sort.
Schwartz: “I think that you saw a team that was predicted earlier in the year to be a Super Bowl contender and you saw them come out and play that way – even with a third-string quarterback. Webb made plays with his feet and made plays with his arm. I thought their defense played very, very well. They’ve had a couple injuries; they’ve lost (Steve) Hutchinson; they lost one of their corners, Cedric Griffin; then obviously the quarterback situation.
“A lot of those are guys that led them to that great season last year. You saw those guys come out and take one of the best teams in the NFC in adverse conditions on the road and came out and played the way everybody expected them to play this year.”
Schwartz acknowledges the talent level the Lions will be up against this weekend when they try to close the season with their fourth-consecutive victory.
Schwartz: “We almost put ourselves in a position of being faced with a must-win. Obviously it’s not a must-win for anything other than that particular week and our pride and our record, but there’s a lot of things that we have to play for. I think sometimes you need to manufacture those things, but any win that we have, we gain from. There’s an experience that comes from that.”
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