With Brett Favre, the Minnesota Vikings Will Be the Favorite in the NFC

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IJune 16, 2009

What can I say, I love that picture of Brett Favre in a purple and gold uniform. It's been used a hundred times, but it never really gets old, does it?

We are less than two months away from training camp, and less than a few weeks away from saying that Brett Favre is now a part of his once bitter rival, the Minnesota Vikings.

Perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions on the situation. Say what you want, but ultimately, Brett Favre will be a part of the Vikings team one way or another.

Moments ago, I saw Brett talk for nearly 15 minutes on Joe Buck Live. After viewing his appearance there was no doubt in my mind that Brett wants to be a part of Minnesota's team.

When he said if he's going to return to the NFL, Brett simply said "maybe." Let's not pretend like that's what he really means. When Brett says maybe, it typically means "Yes, I am coming back to the NFL again."

Most of you probably read the title and thought "How are they the favorite just by getting Brett Favre?"

I will tell you why if you keep reading.

Minnesota is an 11 win team if they are without Favre. Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are both mediocre quarterbacks at best, but they would still be able to manage Minnesota to a playoff berth.

They still have a great running back in Adrian Peterson, two talented wide receiver in Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin, and a good offensive line that includes Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie.

Brett Favre is a good enough quarterback to make the Vikings a 13 win team. He will be able to make the other players around him much better.

He's been running the Vikings style of offense for 16 years when he was with the Green Bay Packers. He will not have to adjust to a different style if he signs with Minnesota. Every piece of the puzzle will be set in place.

The only thing that is ultimately effecting Favre from coming back to the NFL is his shoulder that he had surgery on nearly three weeks ago. Dr. James Andrews said that Favre will be able to throw the ball like he used to in about five weeks from when he had the surgery.

Brett claimed that he can still throw the ball, but he not at 100 percent because his surgery has not yet healed.

If the Vikings want to succeed, they will have to wait another couple weeks to get Brett to make up his mind and come to a decision. That decision will likely be a resounding yes.

Minnesota has all the tools to win at least 12 or 13 ball games. They will have a great offense, and a defense that is young and has always been one of the better ones in the NFC.