It would have been so nice to see Brett Favre go out in the style of John Elway, who won the Super Bowl in each of his last two years. After all, Elway bellyached for years about how one of the greatest plays in football history -- the seven-lateral kickoff return Cal used to defeat Elway's Stanford team in 1982 -- was illegal and should not have counted. He also totally got a free pass on refusing to play for Baltimore when the Colts drafted him in 1983.

Favre, meantime, has always gracefully handled some very tragic moments. But the numbers don't lie: Take out games against the useless Saints and Vikings, and Favre is 0-5 as a starter.

The streaks keep falling: A 17-3 loss to Detroit was the fewest points the team scored since 1992; they started 0-3 for the first time since 1988; Tampa Bay won in Green Bay for the first time since 1989; Favre's five interceptions against Cincinnati last week were the most he had thrown in a regular season game.

"I said to myself, 'This is way too difficult, week in and week out,' " Favre said after the loss to the Bengals. That's my sentiment about him, too.

-- Christian Swezey