By Drew Olson Special to Published Sep 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM

A year ago, like just about everyone else, I figured that Brett Favre didn't need training camp.

Last night was a different story...

Favre looked uncomfortable and out of sync in the Vikings' season-opening loss to the Saints. His receivers corps was battered, but there was another major difference that makes me think I was wrong about the old man and training camp:

The Saints.

Last year, Favre and the Vikings opened the season with games at Cleveland and Detroit. They flattened both of those doormats, then won a nail-biter in their home opener against San Francisco.

The Saints are the defending Super Bowl champs. Last night wasn't a layup. Favre may find his groove in the coming weeks, but it won't be easy.

Chances are, it won't be as magical as last year.



Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.