"Brett Favre signs with the Minnesota Vikings." Once I heard this I smiled and got ready to hear the predictions and the new expectations made for the Vikings. Many fans have immediately jumped onto the Vikings bandwagon, claiming they will win the NFC North. Some even said they will win the Super Bowl this year.
Now truth is they do have a solid chance at making it to the playoffs. All Favre is really going to have to do is hand it off to Adrian Peterson, right? Yes, everyone knows Favre is an upgrade over Tavaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte, the two quarterbacks that the Vikings managed to win 10 games with in 2008.
Minnesota Viking Fans, I have a question. Do you truthfully feel Favre is a liability at quarterback? Can anyone honestly believe that Brett Favre is the answer to the Vikings Super Bowl run this year? This is the man who couldn't manage to take the New York Jets to the Super Bowl or even the playoffs and he has every single thing in Minnesota that he had in New York.
"Oh, but he has Adrian Peterson and a great offensive line in front of him this year." He had the same exact thing with him in New York. Let's not forget that Thomas Jones led the AFC in rushing yards with 1,312 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns, out scoring Adrian Peterson in less touches. Thomas Jones has also proven to be a better receiving back with 36 receptions and a pair of receiving touchdowns. Thomas Jones only fumbled the ball twice versus Adrian Peterson's nine fumbles in 2008.
Favre also had better receivers in New York than he has in Minnesota with Laveranues Coles and Jerricho Cotchery, who by themselves managed to out score Minnesota's top three receivers in Bernard Berrian, Bobby Wade, and Sidney Rice 12-11.
Now here comes the funny part. Even with all this in 2008, Favre managed to lead the league in interceptions and only managed an 81.0 quarterback rating. Although Favre started the season out flaming hot, he started to decline late in the season. If Favre throws as many interceptions as he did in 2008 in 2009 and Adrian Peterson fumbles nine or more times, that is a lot of turnovers. If these turnovers seem to happen in the first four games of the season the Vikings could be in some trouble. Without Kevin Williams and Pat Williams you might just see teams run it down Minnesota's throats.
Now this is my first "Favre to Vikings" article and I know I'm going to get some comments and get "bashed" for saying that Minnesota won't be as amazing as everyone makes them seem, but I really don't care. If Adrian Peterson fumbles as much as he did in 2008 and Favre leads the league in interceptions, that means a lot of drives ending and a whole lot more chances for an opposing offense to score.