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The impact Favre would have had on the NFC North.

A lot of people say that Brett Favre is the missing piece to the Minnesota Vikings’ chance for a run at the Super Bowl. Well since Favre has decided to remain retired, we will never know if that is true or not.

Personally, I am somewhat disappointed to hear that Favre will not be the Vikings’ quarterback this season. Reason being is because I think that Favre would have made the Vikings’ 2009 season a rocky one, and left the door wide open for the Bears in the division. Grant it, Minnesota has the best running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, and arguably the best defensive line with Jared Allen and the “Williams Wall.” However, Favre’s atrocious win-loss record in dome stadiums (which happens to be where the Vikings play eight of their games), and his tendency to turn the ball over in pressure situations would have helped the Bears in the NFC North a lot this season. I also feel that Favre’s only reason for wanting to come back to the NFL was to have an opportunity to get back at the Green Bay Packers. With that being said, Favre would have only been motivated to play two games out of the season (those being against the Packers), and would have just gone through the motions for the other 14 games of the regular season. If Favre had played the Packers last season while with the New York Jets, I don’t think that he would have even considered coming back for the 2009 season.

All in all, Favre would have at best lead Minnesota to an 8-8 record; the same as he did with the Jets last season. Now, since there isn’t really any other competition in the NFC North, all the Bears have to do is to take advantage of the key acquisitions they made this off-season, as well as the Vikings not having a proven quarterback this season.

Clyde A. Speller

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