How far do the Vikings fall without Brett Favre at the helm?

Without Brett Favre, Vikings No Longer Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders

If, for some reason (perhaps a bad ankle?), Brett Favre does not return to the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, the NFC playoff picture will take a drastic turn. More specifically, the picture might not include the Vikings at all.

While the defense isn’t likely to be an issue outside of an uncertain secondary due to injuries at the end of the season, the offense could be in serious trouble. Sidney Rice came on and looked like a superstar, but a lot of that had to do with the rapport he and Favre had.

Visante Shiancoe seemed to do nothing but catch touchdowns but, again, that had a lot to do with Favre. Even the offensive line looked a whole lot better than it actually is because Favre is willing to stand in the pocket, stare down the gun barrel, and make the difficult throw.

If there were a slightly more skittish quarterback behind them, say Sage Rosenfels or Tarvaris Jackson, the offense would have had a very difficult time getting anything moving.

Adrian Peterson is perhaps the only guy who would benefit from Favre finally retiring, as last season was his worst as a pro due to the increased number of pass plays. But, without the threat of a passing game and an overrated offensive line, Peterson might be on his hands and knees begging Favre to come back after a week or two.

This isn’t to say the Vikings wouldn’t be competitive. A 9-7, or even 10-6, record is not out of reach for a Favre-less Vikings teams, but they would be a Wild Card team, and nothing more. The Green Bay Packers will give them a run either way, but without Favre the Vikings are clearly the inferior squad.

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  • michael irvin jersey

    I partly agree with you on that. But how did the Vikings survive anyway before Favre came to them?

    • Bob Cunningham

      I’m not saying they won’t be a good team, but they’re not Super Bowl contenders. Wild Card team? Sure.

  • Troy Weaver

    WHAT??? Where did you get your crystal ball, K-Mart blue light special??

    With Peterson in the backfield and a new RB Gerhart to pound on the defenses when he is not in there the Vikings will be just fine. Now add in any QB to threaten the throw and that will spread out the defenses even more. Shiancoe, Harvin, and Rice can catch, period. It doesn’t matter if TJ or Sage is back there, these guys will go get it.

    Gerhart has been gifted with great athleticism and versatility; both were factors leading the Vikings to trade up and grab him in the 2nd round. Childress also noted after the 1st day of the 3-day rookie minicamp on his overall impressions of the 6-0, 231 pound RB out of Stanford.

    All of this will be moot if Farve returns. In which my gut feeling is he will.

    • Bob Cunningham

      I think Favre comes back too, but if he doesn’t, they’re not Super Bowl contenders. Like I said, they could be a playoff team, but their line is overrated and neither TJ nor Sage will scare defenses.

      Those guys broke out because of Favre, so a different quarterback might not get the same results out of those guys.

      • Brad

        If you throw in any other QB into the picture with the vikes then they will not come close to winning the super bowl. I know that defence wins the game but a good offense is a good defence and without favre their will be hardly any offence.

      • Troy Weaver

        Or you will be wrong and be eating humble pie come February 2011.

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  • frank

    With an early bye week Favre won’t hold up through the end of the season. He won’t show up for spring training and will do very little in the pre-season. By the end of the season he will be playing in empty both physically and mentally. His mistakes will cost the team plenty in the final run. Hey, the changed how the NFL runs playoff games because the don’t want Favre to throw his famous playoff interception and have the other team win.

    • Bob Cunningham

      Brett Favre won’t make it through the season? Well now I’ve heard it all.

    • Troy Weaver

      This is the same crap the nay sayers were saying last year… He made them eat their words then but how quick they forget….


    Cry Baby Farve…. Will not return to the Vikings; he feels that the Lions have a better shot at the Super Bowl this year.