Harvin's absence looms large

MINNEAPOLIS -- We’ve seen at least one play here at the Metrodome where Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre clearly missed receiver Percy Harvin.

On a 3rd-and-5 situation at the Bengals’ 36-yard line, Favre was under heavy pressure and didn’t have much time to scan the field. More than anyone else in 2009, Harvin has been his target in those situations.

But with Harvin sitting out this game because of migraine headaches, Favre forced the ball toward receiver Bernard Berrian. Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall stepped in front of Favre to make a pretty routine interception.

Both offenses have been out of sort so far in this game. For his part, Favre has missed on four of his first five throws.