While he has not yet announced whether he will play in 2010, most people believe he is coming back. He may not play in the first couple of games for Minnesota in 2010 NFL preseason betting so keep that in mind when you bet the Vikings.
2010 NFL preseason odds list Minnesota at 10-1 to win the Super Bowl. Even though the Vikings are a contender to win it all, they are not the favorites in the NFC North. That honor goes to Green Bay who is -130 to win the division. Minnesota is the 6-5 second choice.
Minnesota begins their preseason schedule with a game at St. Louis on August 14th. They stay on the road in Week 2 as they visit the San Francisco 49ers in a game that can be seen on NBC. Their last two preseason games are at home against Seattle and Denver.
Minnesota is likely to be favored in NFL preseason betting in their last two preseason games, especially if Favre is playing. The Vikings will be looking at the preseason to find a backup running back for Adrian Peterson. The two contenders figure to be running back Ryan Moats and Toby Gerhart. Remember that the Vikings lost Chester Taylor in the off-season.
The Minnesota offense last season was actually led by Favre and not Peterson. Favre threw for 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions but in the playoff loss to New Orleans he basically threw the game away with a late turnover. Whether or not he can duplicate the success he had last year is a major question considering he will be 41 in October. The Vikings still have Peterson and although he wasn’t quite as good last year, he is still a great running back. He just needs to learn to hang on to the ball.
The Minnesota defense was very good last year and they should be even better as they get E.J. Henderson back from injury. They also added Lito Sheppard who may provide some support in the secondary. Minnesota has a tough early regular season schedule so they need to be ready. They open with New Orleans and then play Miami.