Favre’s streak won’t be struck down by these injuries

To the surprise of no one, Brett Favre believes he’ll be able to start today against the Patriots.

Before boarding the Vikings charter bound for New England yesterday, Favre told ESPN reporter Ed Werder that his injuries have healed significantly and he expects to start.

It is quite the turnaround from a week ago, when Favre limped off the field in Green Bay after the Vikings lost to Favre’s former team, and he limped off the podium after his postgame news conference.

Early in the week, he was wearing a walking boot on his left foot, and it was announced that he had two fractures, in the ankle and foot. But an NFL team orthopedist (who is not treating the quarterback) told Sports Illustrated that the injuries — a stress fracture of the ankle and an avulsion fracture of the calcaneus, also known as the heel — were a “glorified ankle sprain.’’

Favre didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, and his participation Friday was limited.

But with an NFL-record 291-game streak of starts on the line, it was clear to many that the 41-year-old Favre would try to play as long as he was able to walk, and he confirmed that with his comments yesterday.

Favre told Werder he would not have boarded the plane unless he believed he would be the starter.

For his part, Vikings coach Brad Childress has said he probably will wait until a few hours before kickoff to decide whether it would be Favre or backup Tarvaris Jackson who gets the nod.

Childress also didn’t directly address the issue of whether he would sit Favre because of his injuries or because of his performance. Favre is responsible for all but one of Minnesota’s 15 turnovers this year, with 10 interceptions and four fumbles. Against the Packers, he had three picks, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

“I’m not losing any sleep over it,’’ Childress said during the week. “It will all sort itself out.’’

They’ll have hands full
While Favre’s left foot has gotten more attention than the midterm elections, today’s game also marks the return of Randy Moss to New England, less than a month after he was traded back to the team that drafted him in 1998.

On Friday, Patriots defensive backs coach Josh Boyer discussed his unit’s preparation for covering Moss.

“We covered him a lot every day in practice — some good, some bad,’’ said Boyer. “That’s how it goes when you go one-on-one.

“The thing for us is to improve the techniques we’re doing each and every day.’’

The Vikings receivers as a whole could pose a challenge to New England’s secondary.

“There’s not a week where we can go, ‘Well, the receivers are no good,’ ’’ said Boyer. “This week, it’s very challenging, like the rest of them.

“They have Randy, they also have Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo, Bernard Berrian, so it’s a big challenge for us.’’

Haunt the house
Though the Patriots have played seven times on Halloween, this is the first time they are playing at home. They encourage children to wear their costumes to Gillette Stadium, and bags of candy will be handed out to young fans. In their previous seven Halloween games, the Patriots are 2-5. But over the last eight years, they are 28-5 in October, including 3-0 this month . . . Today is the 11th meeting between New England and Minnesota. The last was four years ago, nearly to the day, when the Patriots trounced the Vikings, 31-7, at the Metrodome on “Monday Night Football.’’ 

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