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NFL Week 8 live: Brett Favre expects to start for Vikings against Patriots

Brett Favre expects to make his 292nd consecutive start today against the New England Patriots, to the surprise of utterly no one.

"My expectations are to play and play well enough for us to have a chance to win this game," Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder on Saturday. (You just knew there'd be some sort of Billy Ray Valentine "I've got legs!" moment when game day would near and Favre's ankle and foot fractures would heal, allowing him to start despite practicing only once.)

Favre also dropped the new version of "if I ain't startin' I ain't departin' on Werder, telling him that he wouldn't have flown to New England if he didn't expect to start. All of which means that, in case there was any doubt in your mind, you should have listened to Patriots Coach Bill Belichick.

"Of course. He's started 8,000 games in a row," Belichick said last week when asked if he thought Favre would start. " ... Favre, it's like playing Lou Gehrig. Of course I expect him to be there."

First, though, there are 1 p.m. games, including the Redskins and Lions in Detroit. Join me when that one concludes for a chat.



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By Cindy Boren  | October 31, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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