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Favre Reportedly Retiring, Gives Fins The Edge In Week 2 Matchup?

With Brett Favre reportedly telling sources today that he is going to retire, this leaves the Minnesota Vikings in a limbo for the start of the season.

It just so happens that your Miami Dolphins face off against the Vikings in Week 2. Week 2 is still the very beginning of the season, and the Vikings will still very much be trying to figure out what they have at the quarterback position.

Favre may be missing from the Vikings roster come Week 2, due to his reported retirement today.

Even though Favre has been absent from Vikings training camp so far, and Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have been getting reps during his absence, the Vikings would much rather have Favre than either of those two, and the team as a whole have appeared to lose all confidence in Jackson as a capable NFL quarterback, in his ability to lead the team to the promised land.

If it turns out that Favre has indeed, for a fact, 100% retired, it will be because of his worn down ankle, not because he has lost the will to play a 16 game season.

The Dolphins and Vikings game was shaping up to be a dog fight in Week 2. Both teams can either run it down your throats, or pass the ball till the opposing secondaries legs fall off. Both defenses are potent enough to hold the game to a reasonable score, and not a shootout.

But without Favre, suddenly the Vikes face life without a capable, former MVP-caliber quarterback to ensure that those receivers get the ball in accurate places all of the time.

Jackson will be the favorite to win the job in Minnesota, and he has been noted for his accuracy issues, so you certainly cannot count on the Minny passing attack to be as lethal as it was last year.

This will allow the Fins to stack the box, and rush the passer, with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s creative schemes. If the Fins can shake Jackson, and make him force the issue with his passes, the Vikings will suddenly become one dimensional, and while it will be a hard task, the Dolphins will soley have to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson, and the rest of the Minnesota run game.

Favre certainly means a lot to this team, and while his absence makes it easier on the Fins come Week 2, it does not bode well for ticket sales now.

All over the place fans wanted to see Favre play on his comeback tour. Minnesota was sold out in almost every home game last year. That will most likely not be the case this year, with Jackson leading the way.

So the Fins do not completely get off the hook against the Vikings, and their absence from elite status without Favre, but Favre missing only benefits the Dolphins once Week 2 rolls around.


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