12-4 (9-6-1 ATS), 1st Place NFC North in 2009
Will he, or won't he? After arguably his best season as a professional quarterback, QB Brett Favre has the ultimate question to answer. This is the third straight season that various teams have wondered whether or not Favre is going to suit it up yet again, and it feels like he just keeps coming back and getting better and better, year after year. The answer to this question will probably determine just how successful the 2010 Minnesota Vikings will be.
2010 Draft: The Vikings traded out of the first round and ended up taking DB Chris Cook with the second pick of the second round. The UVA product will most likely end up rotating in and out of the secondary all season long in Minnesota. The more valuable draft pick was clearly Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, who will complement RB Adrian Peterson in the backfield and replace the departed RB Chester Taylor, who signed a free agent deal with the Chicago Bears in the offseason.
Offensive Outlook: Answering how well the Vikings are going to play on offense is difficult without knowing what's going on with Favre. Sure, if someone can throw for 33 TD passes and 4,000+ yards against just seven INTs on the season, the Vikes are going to be an incredibly dangerous team. If not though, there's a big, big question mark floating around. One thing is for certain, and that's that the offensive weapons for whomever the quarterback is are fantastic. WR Percy Harvin did a little bit of everything for Minnesota last season, rushing for 135 yards, receiving for 790, and returning for 1,156. WR Sidney Rice became a Pro Bowler last season as well after catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards, and eight touchdowns. TE Visanthe Shiancoe had 11 touchdown catches. As always, "Purple Jesus" had another great year, amassing 1,852 yards of offense and 18 TDs.
Defensive Outlook: The defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams have been key cogs in the middle of the Minnesota defense for several seasons now, but they may not have had a better year than they did last season, particularly in the rushing game. The Vikes held their opponents to just 87.1 rushing yards per game in '09, and as a result, the team ended up ranking sixth in total defense (305.5 yards per game) and tenth in scoring 'D' (19.5 PPG). DE Jared Allen had 14.5 sacks in his second season in Minnesota. The former Kansas City Chief has now had 44.5 sacks over the L/3 years. The secondary was suspect at times, which is why Cook was the team's primary draft choice this year. The members of the back four only accounted for six interceptions during the entire season.
2010 Betting Outlook: Obviously if Favre doesn't come back, the Vikings are probably going to be a significantly overrated team. Even if he does though, is there really any way that the great #4 can really pull off another Pro Bowl type of a season at 40 years old? We tend to believe that last year's 9-6-1 ATS record will be reversed by year's end, as it is really hard to fathom how the Vikings can have as good of a season as they did a year ago.
Minnesota Vikings Predictions: 10-6, 2nd Place in NFC North 2010 Minnesota Vikings Schedule
All Odds for 2010 NFL betting season can be found at Brobury Sportsbook.
Minnesota Vikings Odds To Win NFC North: +140
Minnesota Vikings Odds To Win NFC: +700
Minnesota Vikings Odds To Win Super Bowl XLV: +1500
Minnesota Vikings Regular Season Win Total: 9.5 over -120
This type of a season win total is very nonchalant and probably won't still be on the board one way or the other once Favre makes up his mind whether or not he is coming back. It is hard to make a prediction for this team without having all of the information, but we tend to believe that the future Hall of Famer is going to come back. If that's the case, anything less than ten wins and a bid to the playoffs once again would be brutally disappointing.
Week 1 - Away @ Saints
Week 2 - Home vs. Dolphins
Week 3 - Home vs. Lions
Week 4 - Bye
Week 5 - Away @ Jets
Week 6 - Home vs. Cowboys
Week 7 - Away @ Packers
Week 8 - Away @ Patriots
Week 9 - Home vs. Cardinals
Week 10 - Away @ Bears
Week 11 - Home vs. Packers
Week 12 - Away @ Redskins
Week 13 - Home vs. Bills
Week 14 - Home vs. Giants
Week 15 - Home vs. Bears
Week 16 - Away @ Eagles
Week 17 - Away @ Lions
Minnesota Vikings Predictions: 10-6, 2nd Place in NFC North
2010 Minnesota Vikings Schedule