It is that time of year again, the time everyone especially the Minnesota Vikings goes on Brett Favre watch. Will he play or will he retire is a philosophical enigma. Minnesota Vikings will make a Super Bowl run if Brett Favre is their quarterback. The Vikings with Favre are far better team than having the alternative, in this case, it would be Tarvaris Jackson. It is not a knock on Jackson, anyone can look at Favre’s resume to determine who they want taking the snap with the game on the line.
Since Favre is still tossing the pigskin with high school students, I would move on to what makes the Vikings a dangerous team in the NFC. Vikings is one few teams in the entire NFL with a very good offense and defense. Last year, the Vikings fell to eventual Super Bowl Champions, New Orleans Saints but for the season they played well from both sides of the ball.
Jared Allen is ready to lasso opposing quarterbacks for the Vikings. He was able to leave opposing quarterbacks fit to be tied because of his fellow defensive linemen Pat and Kevin Williams’ strong defensive line play. Defense will be glad to see E.J. Henderson heading the Linebacker corps who has proven to be a good unit of players. The secondary is packed with veterans such as Lito Sheppard and Antoine Winfield. Winfield if he is 100 percent after the foot injury suffered last year, he should contribute to a good defense. Vikings’ defense if they play like last season then Minnesota can contend for the NFC spot in the Super Bowl.
The offense has a few weapons and at the top of the list is the Cashier or Mr. Fumbles depending on which Adrian Peterson takes the field. Peterson’s ability goes without question, but the frequency of putting the ball on ground has to be addressed. He cannot be on the sidelines when the game on the line because his carrying the football is unreliable. Percy Harvin is listed as a wide receiver but he does it all. The drafting of Toby Gerhart will add the big bruising runner who will provide good change of pace to Peterson’s speed.
If Favre can have repeat of the season he had last year, the Vikings will do well. He and Sidney Rice seem to form a Corsican Brother- type wide receiver and quarterback connection with few big plays as result of the bond. Sidney Rice numbers is great reflection of what Favre means to team under center. Rice had a great season. If Peterson can protect the ball then offense will be able to give him the ball more and control the clock. Favre still has the gunslinger mentality encoded in his DNA but he should keep it to minimum because the Vikings will be better team for it.
Vikings are easily one of the Top Three teams in the NFC. Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints are the other two teams. Favre wants to walk off into the sunset with the sun reflecting off a Super Bowl Ring that he wins as a Minnesota Viking; before that happens, he must decide to walk back on to the field to play just one more season to get a chance to touch another Lombardi Trophy.