Brett Favre Saga: What The NFC North Looks Like If No. 4 Doesn't Return

Hamza AhsanCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings walks on the field under a sign which reads 'Emergency Exit' against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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The Brett Favre era is finally over folks, or is it? Well, with all the back and forth rumors of Favre either staying or leaving it's hard to know what to believe these days. At this point, people will probably start spreading rumors that Favre will be changing sports to basketball so he can team up with LeBron to join the Miami Heat and win a championship.

Like I said, nothing is set in stone for this whole Favre situation. I mean this guy seems like he retires every year and we always seem to hear the same story in which he comes back and tries to lead his current/new team into the playoffs. I know that everybody has been annoyed by the whole retiring news all the time and the promises Favre has made to football fans about not playing anymore.

Even though most people might not be big fans of the whole Brett Favre retiring situation, the rest of the teams in the NFC North couldn't be happier knowing that one of the best players in the division might not be playing another snap to help his Vikings beat down on their teams. They know that without a proven, winning quarterback under center for the Vikings, the other teams have a little advantage seeing that the NFC North's quarterback's are all very good.

The NFC North will see the big change in momentum if Favre decides to retire. There will be a huge change I believe in rankings of the NFC North rankings because of the big loss of Favre. The Vikings will have to prove themselves this season and that will have to be by beating some of the best teams and beating some good teams in their division. Looking at the division here are the current rankings if Brett Favre does decide to leave.

4.  Detroit Lions

Previous Ranking:  4 out of 4

Key Players:  Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Louis Delmas, Ndamukong Suh

The Detroit Lions will unfortunately be at the same ranking as they previously were. They have improved greatly from last season with the new players they drafted and with a healthier team they should be able to win a few more games than last season. The Lions have a young team that will only get better from season to season and I know that with solid play from their players this season they could build off that and get better. The additions of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Julian Peterson will add experience and will strengthen up their poor run and pass defense from last season.

Prediction:  5-11

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