All indications are that Favre will return to lead the Vikings and his addition might make them a serious Super Bowl contender.
Football odds were not as successful on the Vikings as you might have thought. The Vikings went 10-6 straight up but they were 6-10 against the football odds. Minnesota was able to win the NFC North last season but they still have weaknesses and if Favre doesn’t join the team they would have a major hole at quarterback.
Minnesota was 12th in points scored in 2008, mainly because of their running attack which was 5th best in the league led by Adrian Peterson. Gus Frerotte led the team at quarterback and was more efficient than Tarvaris Jackson. The team added Sage Rosenfels in the off-season but unless Favre joins the team, the quarterback position is weak. Minnesota suffered a big loss in the off-season that will probably go unnoticed. They lost All-Pro center Matt Birk to the Ravens and his loss is huge. The holes for Peterson and Chester Taylor are not going to be as big. The Vikings picked Percy Harvin in the draft and they are hoping he can team with Bernard Berrian to give Minnesota a downfield threat.
Minnesota had an excellent defense in 2008 as they were 6h in yards allowed and 13th in points allowed. Jared Allen was a great pickup as he had 13.5 sacks. The team needs to resign Antoine Winfield and they need to find a replacement for Darren Sharper in the secondary. Overall, the Vikings look weaker defensively than they were last year.
Minnesota is going to be a popular pick if Favre is leading the team. The Vikings have problems though. They have questions on the offensive line and their defense looks vulnerable. The other main problem for Minnesota in football odds is that Brad Childress is still the head coach. That fact alone should worry anyone looking to wager on the Vikings in football odds at the sportsbook.
Minnesota is already getting a ton of respect in future football odds as they are just 16-1 to win the Super Bowl at the online sportsbook. Those are very low football odds considering some of the question marks the Vikings have even if Favre does announce he is joining the team.