Camera flashes illuminated the Minneapolis Metrodome on each of Brett Favre’s eight plays for Minnesota. Captured on film? Only one completed pass.
Favre’s debut was a dud in terms of on-field action, a predictably brief exhibition performance in the 17-13 victory by the Vikings on Friday over the Kansas City Chiefs preserved by a goal-line stand by the third-stringers.
Cheered loudly by the same fans who used to loathe him when he played for Green Bay, Favre played two series and went 1-for-4 for a whopping 4 yards. He moved around all right and his passes had zip, just no direction.
Tarvaris Jackson, whose job was taken when Favre ended his retirement this week, was the more polished quarterback for Minnesota: 12-for-15 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Favre’s night ended with a jarring hit by Chiefs linebacker Corey Mays, who buried his head in the 39-year-old’s chest as he drove him into the turf to force an errant throw. Favre got up and walked off fine, his purple No. 4 jersey pulled down and exposing his left shoulder pad.
Cowboys open stadium, win
Dallas Cowboys fans got a glimpse of everything they were hoping to see Friday night.
Their new stadium dazzled. Tony Romo was darn good. And the Cowboys won, pretty easily.
In the first football game at the nearly $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium, Romo looked right at home, going 18 of 24 for 192 yards and sending Dallas on its way to a 30-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans in an exhibition game.
“It was incredible,” Romo said. “It’s really exciting to be a part of something this special. It’s only going to continue and get better as the year goes on.”
The Napa, Calif., police department reopened its investigation into an attack that left Oakland Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson with a broken bone in his face. ... A lawyer for the woman who claims Ben Roethlisberger raped her at Lake Tahoe last summer is asking a judge to sanction the Steelers quarterback’s legal team, saying they tried to “bully” her into dropping her civil lawsuit. ... Tennessee Titans receiver Chris Davis has been charged with DUI after being stopped by police early Friday for speeding in downtown Nashville. ... Buffalo Bills first-round draft pick Aaron Maybin signed a five-year contract. ... The NFL has fined Carolina Panthers running back Mike Goodson $7,500 for making a throat-slash gesture after scoring a touchdown in Monday’s exhibition game against the New York Giants. ... The Jets re-signed free-agent quarterback Chris Pizzotti. ... Convicted murderer Adrian Gilliam of La Vergne, Tenn., pleaded not guilty to selling the gun that was used to kill ex-NFL quarterback Steve McNair.