Vikings fans, I don't care much for Favre's antics but I have done my best to be objective with this piece. As for my bio, I am a broadcast journalist with Mid-Utah Radio in Manti and Richfield, Utah and am currently doing a team-by-team prediction series and the lot fell on the Vikings today. I'm sure there will be plenty of feedback so fire away.
Favre, of course, threw for 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions last year while completing 68 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,202 yards in 2009. In other words, he had one of the best statistical seasons of his decorated career.
Nevertheless, I’ll admit he has agitated me with his drama but if Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and head coach Brad Childress are willing to indulge him, that’s their choice. Regardless of my feelings toward him, he has put up impressive stats of late.
The good news for the Vikings is even if he can’t sustain this level of play in 2010 or gets injured (there’s a reason only a handful of NFL players have ever played well into their 40s), there are other options in the stable.
Of course, with weapons such as tailback Adrian Peterson (1,819 combined rushing and receiving yards in 2009 as well as 18 rushing TD’s), and wideouts Sidney Rice (83 rec, 1,312 yards, 8 TD’s) and Percy Harvin (I hope he gets over his migraines) engineering the Vikings offense is one of the more pleasurable gigs in sports.
Of course, Visanthe Shiancoe (56 rec, 566 yards, 11 TD’s) is about to make me a happy fantasy owner, but lest I should show my hand any further, I digress.
It also bears mentioning that the Minnesota defense was also an elite unit as they ranked 6th in league annals in 2009, including a stellar #2 against the run.
Jared Allen returns without his illustrious mullet (incidentally Jim Rome and I both cried when this occurred) but still maintains his impressive pass rushing skill which netted him 14.5 sacks last year.
Personally, I don’t think Favre will make it through the season, but fear not Vikings fans, as Jackson has improved enough and was able to quarterback the team for much of 2008 to a 10-6 record.
For all intents and purposes, I do believe this is the Vikings’ moment to strike. The cupboard is full and the special teams (Ryan Longwell, Chris Kluwe, Harvin and Darius Reynaud were all magnificent in helping Minnesota win what NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi calls the “hidden yards battle on a weekly basis last year) are as strong as any other unit on the team.
With that said, I see the Vikings winning anywhere from 10 to 13 games but I give no take on the postseason as all bets are off at that point. We’ll see what happens. Thanks for reading!