The Return Of Brett Favre Could Hurt The Packers

Matthew WilderContributor IAugust 19, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings participates in his first morning practice since returning to Vikings Winter Park on August 18, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre injured his ankle last year and had been reportedly considering retiring after one season with the Vikings.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

It's official! The legend in flesh and blood is back for one more season! Could this derail the Packers chances of winning the division? Well, the Vikings beat out Green Bay last year. Why not?

The glorious return of the famed quarterback will rejuvenate the Vikings and electrify the fans in the state of a thousand lakes. The fans and the team should be very excited about this. Favre passed for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. Not bad for an old man. Not bad at all.

The Vikings offense will be impressive again as Favre rejoins his buddies Adrian Peterson (1,383 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns), Sidney Rice (1,312 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns) and Percy Harvin (790 yards and 6 touchdowns). Folks, the four-headed monster is back in action.

Of course, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns) is still the best quarterback in the league.  Having Rodgers with Greg Jennings (1,114 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns), Donald Driver (1,061 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns), and Ryan Grant (1,253 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns) is always a great thing.

Both teams also have solid defenses. Minnesota has a great defensive unit which gave up 305.5 yards and 19.5 points per game last season. Green Bay also has a high-powered defense. They gave up 284.4 yards and 18.6 points per game last season.

Fans should consider that Brett Favre is far more established than Tarvaris Jackson.