Personally, I don't like how Minnesota is relying so much on Favre. Why haven't they found a young QB to learn under Favre like Green Bay did with Rodgers. Okay, we all saw the parody of Favre in 2020, but it's not going to happen.
Last season was arguably Favre's best ever. 107 QB rating, 7 INTs, and 68% percent completion rate were all BY FAR his best ever. Now there are two ways to think about it, and I'm not sure which will come to pass.
1. He's so experienced that with age comes wisdom. He's living in a dome, not outside like all his career. These are the numbers we should expect from Favre.
2. This was the least Brett-Favre-like season in his career. Everything went right, including a miracle TD against San Francisco. Every great player has a freak year that they'll never match, like Brady's 50 TD year. This year, he'll look more like Brett Favre, so expect at best 13 INTs.
If No. 1 is right, then the Vikings have little to worry about this season. They're very solid and the Favre piece just gave them the right tool to go from winning the division on defense (like 2008, sorry T-Jack) to winning on being a complete team. They have the tools, but Favre is definitely the key.
If No. 2 is right, then the Vikings will still be a winning team. However, they're not as good as they would be with No. 1. This is the reason I worry about them not grooming a new QB. You may have the best ever, but there's no way (well...) Favre stays two more years to find a better QB than T-Jack.
They'll be neck-and-neck with Green Bay for much of the season. They have pretty good matchups all around, but the NO game at the start will set them back one pace, and Favre's umpteenth curtain call at Green Bay won't be as warm and fuzzy and won this year.
I do have them losing at Chicago, because that always seems to happen no matter how good the Vikes are and how bad the Bears are. And yes, I have them losing to Detroit at the end, but wouldn't you rather see them rest and go deep in the playoffs than beat the Lions? Well...
I will say the Vikings have a really winnable schedule. Each game is winnable, except maybe the Saints (ask Detroit how tough that one is).
Predicted Record: 10-6 (3-3)
Predicted Wins: Miami, Detroit (H), New York Jets, Dallas, Arizona, Green Bay (H), Washington, Buffalo, New York Giants, Chicago (H).
Maybe: Green Bay (R), New England, Chicago (R), Philadelphia, Detroit (R)