Friday, August 21, 2009

Preseason Week 2: The Vikings Vs. The Chiefs


The preseason game where Brett Favre is scheduled to make his first appearance for the Minnesota Vikings is all set to take place today. The Vikings will play host to the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that has the Vikings as 3.5 point favorites. News surrounding Favre refuses do die down, and this is a match that is bound to receive a lot of coverage, with all eyes set of Favre.

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Favre’s one year contract with the Vikings will see him as the team’s new offense commander. Reports about Favre not being up to the mark during practice sessions have been doing rounds and whether he is to receive any playing time in his comeback game remains to be seen. However, reports coming in about the quarterback Sage Rosenfels are all good.

The Chief’s second team will need them to play harder if they are hopeful of a positive result. Tom Haley, the team’s new Head Coach, has been involving his talented rookie running backs with the offence during the team’s practice sessions. Also, while quarterback Matt Cassell’s appearance in his debut for the Chiefs was quite brief, one can expect to see much more of him in this game against the Vikings. His back-ups, Brodie Croyle and Tyler Thigpen are being looked upon as good preseason tandems for people betting during the preseason.

The focus of this game, however, will remain on Favre. While some are viewing this as simply the tail end of his career, the fact remains that he has considerably improved the Vikings’ chances of winning the NFC North, the NFC championship, and the Super Bowl. As of now the Vikings are listed at +130 for winning the NFC north, at +500 for winning the NFC championship, and at +1300 to take home the Super Bowl.

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Favre, despite his age, has proved his skills as a quarterback time and time again. If his shoulder doesn’t give him too much trouble because of the offseason surgery he underwent, he will continue to be a force to be reckoned with; and definitely quite an improvement over Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels.

If Favre plays to his potential and helps the Vikings achieve success this season, he could also be a contender for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, for which his chances stand at +1800.

However, not everybody favors the possibility of Favre taking the Vikings all the way. This was made quite clear in Bloomberg Television’s interview with ex-broadcaster and Hall of Fame coach, John Madden. 73 year old Madden is of the opinion that Favre’s fitness levels do not really matter now, in a week from now, or in a month. What matters, according to Madden, is how Favre will feel when it gets to the playoffs. “I don’t know if he can hold up”, is what he said.

With the playoffs still a while away, all eyes are now focused on this upcoming preseason game between the Vikings and the Chiefs.

Written By Rajiv Baniwal