Brett Favre in Purple: Viking Fans Now Certain This Is the Year, But Is It?
Remember Bizarro world from the Superman comics? It was this alternate universe, where Superman was an evil mutant maniac and Lex Luthor was the world's greatest hero.
Topsy turvy, right?
This is good news, obviously, for Lions fans. Because the only thing that's going to top this escalating, unstoppable NFL weirdness is that the Lions go 13-3, send 10 players to the Pro Bowl, and breeze their way to a Super Bowl victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Ha ha. Seriously, though, that's not going to happen.
I know another thing that's not going happen this NFL season as well.
The Packers aren't going to win the Super Bowl this year. Sigh.
I mean, it could happen. The Packers certainly have some talent and a pretty cake schedule, but I think Green Bay has too many questions to answer to compete with the NFC big boys this year.
Thankfully, it looks like things are moving in the right direction, and with the youngest roster in the league, the future is super bright.
A realistic goal for Green Bay this year is to make the playoffs and to compete with the Vikings for the division.
Which brings us to the Vikings. Brett Favre's Vikings.
Brad Childress now seems to find himself in a situation where he absolutely has to win. The Vikings are a team used to controversy and offseason soap operas (would anyone care to take a boat ride? No? Just checking), but these last few months have been ridiculous.
If Favre can't win for Childress, his team will most likely turn against him. I know the fans and media certainly will.
My thinking is that Childress has to either win the Super Bowl this year or lose his job the next. He could be gone this year if the Vikings stumble badly in the first half.
So, can the Vikings win the Super Bowl to save their coach's job and validate all this preseason hype and hoopla?
Um, probably not.
OK, OK. Calm down any Vikings fans that are still reading this. I know all the reasons why you can't be stopped now that you have No. 4. Believe me, I've heard them enough.
I said probably not. The Vikings now have a way better shot at the Super Bowl than most teams in the NFC, baring injury. If I think it could happen for the Packers, I'd have to be insane to think it couldn't for the Vikings just because I detest them.
Oh, there it is. Yup, detest. But hey, I'm a Packers fan—they hate me too, and I'm good with that.
You guys signed Darren Sharper, my favorite player, away from my team. Granted, he was getting a little long in the tooth, but still, that sucked.
Then Ryan Longwell went to the Vikings, which wasn't nearly as heart-wrenching, but Mason Crosby still hasn't fully lived up to expectations, and Longwell was (is?) Green Bay's all-time leading scorer.
What did the Packers ever do to you, anyway? Was it those Super Bowls they won? Yeah, that was awesome. You should try it sometime.
So, is it all attitude, or do I actually have some reasons why I don't like Minnesota's chances, even with the quarterback the Vikings so desperately needed?
The Vikings, and every other team in the league, have to figure out how to get past these monsters. I guess you could include the Giants in that group too, because they play hard.
I don't like the Minnesota secondary much past Antoine Winfield, and its linebackers are a little thin as well. But the defensive line is one of the top four in the NFL, that's a given.
I've been a Packer fan for the last 20 years and I know my Brett Favre. I'll let you in on some things, Minnesota, just for fun.
Your new quarterback doesn't do too well on turf. He prefers grass, and I don't like to think of the pounding someone over 40 is going to take on that surface.
Favre gets impatient and tries to force things, putting a lot of pressure on his receivers to make great plays—which is awesome when you've got great receivers. The Viking receivers are good, but not great. Percy Harvin is an unproven rookie, and the list of highly-touted wide receiver busts is a long and painful one.
Does anyone remember Jaquez Green? No, you don't, do you?
The Vikings have great running backs and a huge offensive line, which should offer Favre better protection than he had in New York, which is encouraging if you're a Vikes fan.
So, Minnesota has a great running game and is great at stopping the run. Everything else is pretty much question marks. To me, it doesn't seem to add up to a Super Bowl. But hey, like I said at the start of the article, Arizona went last year.
Ah, preseason speculation is fun. I suppose one of the reasons I'm a fan of the NFL is that you really can never tell what's going to happen next. The only thing that is certain is that it's going to be a heck of a season, no matter who your team is.
Isn't it always?
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