Yesterday Brett Favre played in his first game for the Minnesota Vikings. The fans were very excited to see #4 in purple after all the year of torment they caused for him when he was a member of the Green Bay Packers. I for one think that the fans have a right to be very excited and that Brett Favre is the missing piece that will bring the Vikings to the superbowl.
This may sound like a bold statement to some but let’s look at a few things that are already in place for the Vikings.
A strong running game: The Vikings already have possibly the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson. Last year the all pro ran for over 1,700 yards and scored ten touchdowns and this was without an established quarterback. Defenses had the luxury of keying in on him and stacking the box with as many players as needed to try and stop the run. With Favre in place it forces the defense to respect the option to pass and may free up Peterson for a big season.
A Stout Defense: The Vikings over the recent years have built a respectable defense that can shut down even the best offenses in the league. Last year, the Vikings defensive unit ranked 6th overall in the NFL and first against the run, their third straight year they led the league in that category. The number six ranking was their highest ranking since 1994. But despite fielding one of the best defensive units in the league, the Vikes feel like they can get better. They return all but one starter from this great defense from a year ago and have looked good in preseason and in camp.
Familiar environment: Brett Favre said that the reason he struggled so much with the Jets last year is because he spent all week trying to figure out the offense and he did not have any time to work on the opposing defense. In Minnesota he gets to work with the same offense he had for 16 years in Green Bay. This will give him time to focus on the defense and attack it better every Sunday.
Here are the latest NFL Future odds for the Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are +1200 to win the Superbowl
The Vikings are +500 to win the NFC Championship
The Vikings are +140 to win the NFC North
One player cannot win a Superbowl it takes an entire team to go the distance in the NFL. For the Vikings they now have all of those pieces and this year have the best shot they have had in a long time to go all the way and play in the Superbowl!