Brett Favre Retires: Breaking Down the Vikings' Season Without Him

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistAugust 3, 2010

Brett Favre Retires: Breaking Down the Vikings' Season Without Him

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Quuarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings calls timeout against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Marti
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    Recent reports have revealed that Brett Favre has told teammates, "This is it."

    With his retirement, the Minnesota Vikings will have a different look.

    Quite possibly, the team turns from a Super Bowl contender to a team that may not qualify for the playoffs.

    Let's break down the upcoming season without him...

Week One: Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the ball as he was hit by Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisian
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    The Vikings and Saints meet the first week of the season for a rematch of last year's NFC Championship match.

    The defending Super Bowl champs will be too much to handle for the Vikings, who will most likely lose this matchup with or without Farve.

    Predicted score (24-10): Vikings lose without Favre

    Predicted score with Favre (24-17): They still lose to the Saints, but notch an extra touchdown thanks to a scoring drive in the game's last minutes and fail to gain an onside kick.

    Vikings' record with or without Favre: (0-1)

Week Two: Minnesota Vikings vs. Miami Dolphins

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Wes Welker #83 of the Miami Dolphins tries to evade Linebacker Heath Farwell #59 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at Miami Dolphin Stadium November 19, 2006 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter
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    The Dolphins are a much improved offensive team this year with the addition of Brandon Marshall.  They also have potent rushing threats in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown.

    Vikings lose again, predicted score: (14-6)

    With Favre and his veteran leadership, they convert two touchdowns and a field goal.

    Vikings win with Favre, predicted score: (17-14)

    Record without Favre: (0-2), Record with Favre: (1-1)

Week Three: Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Darius Reynaud #82 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Detroit Lions on November 15, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    This is a young Lions team with a lot to prove and an emerging star quarterback in Matthew Stafford.  But with a horrific defense that ranked dead-last last year, the Vikings are able to pull out a win.

    Predicted score without Favre: (24-14)

    Vikings win but a costly Favre initiated turnover makes it closer than it really is.

    Predicted score with Favre: (17-14)

    Record without Favre: (1-2), Record with Favre: (2-1)

Week Five: Minnesota Vikings vs. New York Jets

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts during the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Dani
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    After a bye week, the Vikings face the Jets. They are simply overmatched by the Super Bowl favorites.

    This is a blowout.

    Vikings lose, and it's not even close.  Predicted score: (31-10)

    With Brett?  They still lose and I actually see him getting hurt for staying in the game too long.  Questionable for the next week.  Predicted Score: (31-10)

    Vikings' record without Favre: (1-3), Vikings' record with Favre: (2-2)

Week Six: Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys

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    MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17:  Running back Chester Taylor #29 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Keith Brooking #51 of the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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    Tony Romo and the Cowboys takes it to this Vikings team.

    Vikes lose and offense is hurting, predicted score: (21-6)

    With Favre at less than a hundred percent, they still stand a chance and score the winning field goal in a last second drive.

    Predicted score: (24-21)

    Vikings' record without Favre: (1-4), Vikings' record with Favre: (3-2)

Week Seven: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 01:  Spencer Havner #41 of the Green Bay Packers leaps into the stands to celebrate his touchdown with fans during the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisc
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    Almost every single team in the league has learned to zero in on Adrian Peterson, and Tavaris Jackson is just not good enough of a quarterback to lead the offense.

    The Packers defeat the Vikings in this battle of rival teams.

    Vikes lose, predicted score: (17-14)

    With Farve, the Vikings win: (20-17)

    Vikings' record: (1-5), Vikings' record with Favre: (4-2)

Week Eight: Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on October 30, 2006 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Patriots won 31-7. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/G
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Week Nine: Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 06:  Runningback Chester Taylor #29 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes the football during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defea
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Week 10: Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 28: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Tim Shaw #58 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 28, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 36-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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Week 11: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 01:  Fans gather outside Lambeau Field before the start of the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings on November 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The Rest of the Season With No Favre

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 21:  Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field following a loss in his first start to the Green Bay Packers on December 21, 2006 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Vikings 9-7
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The Rest of the Season With Favre

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after the Vikings scored a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Sa
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