Brett Favre Retiring, 2010 Minnesota Vikings Odds

Last Updated: August 3rd, 2010 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)

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Brett Favre has decided to retire. The former gunslinger of the Minnesota Vikings told the team on Tuesday his intentions to not come back this year following a season in which he led the team to the NFC Championship Game.

The Vikings are now in trouble at the quarterback position, as the only viable options seem to be Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson was the backup to Favre last year, and he filled in admirably when called upon in mop up duty. He threw for 201 yards and a TD without throwing a pick. Over the last two seasons, the former Alabama State quarterback has completed 102-of-170 passes (60.0%) for 1,257 yards with ten TDs against just two INTs. He has also only been sacked 14 times and lost three fumbles. For that reason, HC Brad Childress is probably more inclined to put Jackson back under center once again.

Jackson was the signal caller for the team down the stretch in both 2007 and 2008. As a starting quarterback, he has struggled, completed just 57.6 percent of his passes for an average of 164.1 yards per game with 18 TDs and 17 INTs. Jackson also has rumbled for four scores on the ground. He guided the Vikings to the playoffs in 2008. The Philadelphia Eagles knocked off Minnesota in the first round 26-14.

Rosenfels has never been asked to be a full-time starter, and he has never started in Week 1 for a team coming out of training camp. In just 12 career starts, the 32 year old is averaging just 203.0 yards per game. Rosenfels has tossed 13 TDs against a woeful 20 INTs and has fumbled eight times in those 12 games. Part of what Childress loved about Favre last year was that he kept his turnovers low, throwing just seven INTs. Rosenfels clearly doesn’t have that type of capacity. He also hasn’t taken a snap since 2008 with the Houston Texans.

Prior to the announcement of Favre’s retirement, the Vikings were the second choice on the board on the NFC North odds at +145. Though we expect to still see Minnesota only behind the Green Bay Packers in this division at the outset of the season, the Pack could very well become odds on favorites.

Minnesota was tabbed to win 9.5 games on the pro football odds and was lined at +1200 to win Super Bowl XLV.

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