Minnesota Vikings Odds Preview

When Brett Favre finally announced he’d hold off retirement for another year, many Vikings fans started planning Super Bowl parade routes. They shouldn’t get ahead of themselves, however.

While Sportsbook.ag gives Minny solid +1200 Super Bowl odds, there are plenty of questions to be answered-and Favre is one of them. Odds to Division: +165 Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 (OV even, UN -120) Super Bowl Odds: +1200 Love him or hate him, Favre produced arguably his best season as an NFL quarterback in 2009. That said, can he do it again? Sure, he’s an ageless wonder, but his numbers were absolutely crazy, and it’s hard to imagine everything going so smoothly again. More importantly, Favre’s health could be an issue. Yes, he gutted his way through another 16 games plus playoffs, but the word in Minnesota is his surgically repaired ankle hasn’t improved. One of the reasons Favre contemplated retirement despite coming so close to the Super Bowl last season was the ankle. Favre is in constant pain now; since surgery didn’t do anything to help, it wouldn’t be that surprising if the quarterback finally missed a start or two.

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Favre also won’t have the benefit of his No. 1 receiver, Sidney Rice. Rice will miss half, or perhaps even all, of the 2010 season after getting shut down a few weeks ago for hip surgery. It will not be easy to replace 1,300 receiving yards and eight touchdowns, not to mention the team’s best deep threat. Considering Percy Harvin has struggled with migraines throughout training camp and the preseason, there’s a whole lot that could go wrong on the Vikings’ offense. Defensively, the team looks a little thin at corner. Antoine Winfield and Lito Sheppard are solid starters, but after trading Benny Sapp there is little depth-especially with Chris Cook, who was expected to win the nickel job, hurting his meniscus recently. The pass rush, however, can cover up some of the secondary’s shortcomings. Jared Allen was a terrifying beast in his second year with the Vikings, racking up 14.5 sacks. Allen is probably the best pass rusher in the entire NFL. With Ray Edwards, Pat Williams, and Kevin Williams also on board, the Vikings have a very threatening line. There’s a lot of talent in Minnesota, but there’s a lot that has to go right, too. Favre rode in like the hero in a cowboy movie last season and everything seemed to fall perfectly into place-but it wasn’t enough to win. What if everything doesn’t go perfectly in 2010?