NFL Betting: Favre to rally Minnesota Vikings

By: Adam Markowitz | Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Brett Favre

Yawn. Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre decided not to retire afterall.

On Tuesday night, the most important private jet of the year landed in the great state of Minnesota. The Vikings look like they've snared their man once again. Just a few days after playing its first preseason game, Minnesota looks like it has convinced QB Brett Favre to come back for yet another season.

Thanks to the blitzing defense of the New Orleans Saints, Favre suffered a beating in what could've been his final game, getting knocked down seemingly a million times in the NFC Championship Game. Apparently though, Favre doesn't want his final NFL memory to be the one where he threw an interception to essentially end the NFC Championship Game.

It's a good thing, too. Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels under center would've been a scary situation, as it would leave Minnesota as a completely different team without Favre's leadership and gunslinger abilities. Jackson threw the ball just 21 times last year, completing 14 for 201 yards and a score. He only completed two of his four passes in the preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams, throwing for 11 yards.

Rosenfels hasn't been a full time starting quarterback for a full season at any point in his career having been a backup quarterback both in Minnesota and Houston in recent years.

However, he had a great debut in 2010 coming off the bench for the Vikes against St. Louis, as he was the passer that threw for the most yards in Week 1. Rosenfels went 23-of-34 for 310 yards with three TDs, putting himself in a position where he could have snared the starting role from Jackson with more solid efforts.

The good news for whomever is going to be playing quarterback next is that this is a team chock full of wide receivers. Sidney Rice had a breakout year with Favre throwing him the pigskin last year, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight TDs. The addition of Percy Harvin also made a huge difference last year. Harvin proved to be incredibly dynamic, rushing for 135 yards and caught 60 passes for 790 yards. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe led the team with 11 TDs as well.

The rushing game will probably be even stronger this season in spite of the fact that Chester Taylor is now playing for the Chicago Bears. Adrian "Purple Jesus" Peterson is one of the best backs in the NFL. He "only" rushed for 1,383 yards last season, but is quite capable of rushing for 2,000 yards if given the chance. Peterson accounted for 18 TDs last year.

Former Stanford Cardinal back, Toby Gerhart joins the fold after the Vikings traded up to get him in the second round of this year's draft. Gerhart is the perfect reserve back for Peterson when he needs a spell, and he is a great rusher to bull for a few yards when you need them.

More good news for the Vikings come in the form of a stellar defense, which returns the mass majority of its starters. They ranked second in the NFL last year against the rush at 87.1 YPG. Allowing 19.5 PPG was good enough for tenth in the league, while a total defense of 305.5 YPG ranked them No. 6.

The pressure on this unit is going to be immense if Jackson or Rosenfels is taking snaps, as there are inevitably going to be more turnovers than there were last year when Favre only tossed seven picks.

The NFL odds are difficult to read on the Vikings this year. They have a season win total were at 9.5 victories, a number which will probably fluctuate now that we know that Favre is coming back to dress in purple once more.

Prior to announcing Favre's return, Minnesota was the second choice on the NFL betting lines in the NFC North, as it was a plus 145 second choice behind the Green Bay Packers.

In the NFC, the Vikings were the fourth choice at plus 700. The Super Bowl XLV odds had the men is purple and gold at plus 1200. Expect all of those odds to drop when lines open once again with Favre under center once again for Minnesota.

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