Drew Brees believes Brett Favre will return

Count Drew Brees among those who believes that Brett Favre will be on the field –in uniform -- in the Superdome when the Saints and Vikings kick off the 2010 NFL season on Sept. 9.

Favre remains undecided on whether to return for a 20th season, but most believe the 40-year-old will be back. He might just wait until the Vikings have gotten the Mankato, Minn., portion of training camp out of the way.

Brees, in an interview with Nancy Gay of Fanhouse, is counting on seeing Favre nine months after they tangled in the NFC Championship Game.

“I don't think there's any doubt that Brett Favre is coming back, and he's going to be as good as he's ever been," Brees told Gay. "We're going to need our best game to beat him, I know that. They're a good team. A very good team.”

That is a departure from the silly back-and-forth Darren Sharper and Visanthe Shiancoe have had earlier this offseason, including Shiancoe’s reference to Sharper as Osama bin Laden.

“There has been some chatter back and forth between our team and their team, and I just kind of hear about it. I don't really do much of it," Brees said. “Listen, we know that's going to be a big game.”

A big game? It’s a big season for the Saints, who will try to avoid the pitfalls that can await defending champions. They are going to open the season with a giant target on their back as they try to make a path to Dallas and Super Bowl XLV.

“I think the biggest task for us is, having experienced that level of success, how do you not let it go to your head?” Brees said. “How do you stay humble, stay hungry and continue to almost approach it as if you haven't accomplished anything yet?

“We've still got a lot to prove. There's always another challenge ahead.”

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