Favre’s Odds to Complete a Full Season

Baseball has certainly had its fair share of “iron men,” including two of the most notable in history with Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken, Jr. Consecutive starts streaks happen in every sport, and with a 162-game schedule in baseball it seems a bit easier to amass monster stats if you can stay healthy – although some argue that it’s even harder to do.

The point: the NFL, with monsters posing as men colliding with one another at incredible speeds, rarely produces an ironman, especially at the quarterback position. Whether it’s something as simple as an ankle spur or something severe as a broken jaw or torn ACL, QBs go down quicker than Vern Troyer on a pint of whiskey.

But then there’s Brett Favre.

As of right now, Brett has started an astonishing 285 consecutive NFL games – 309 straight if you count the playoffs. And what’s maybe even more astonishing is that Favre owns countless passing records in the NFL. This means that he doesn’t hand the ball off and strafe his way out of danger. He’s a pocket passer who sits in there, delivers the ball downfield, and takes 300 pounds of punishment at a go.

Last year with the Vikings, at age 40 no less, Brett had his most impressive season as an NFL quarterback and came within a few bad calls and a couple missed opportunities from facing off against the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl. He’ll be a ripe 41 this year with Minnesota, and many experts are predicting that his body won’t hold up to the pounding.

Firstly, let’s all collectively hope that these “experts” aren’t also trying to play black jack. After all, they’re the same ones claiming Favre’s retiring every time he doesn’t emphatically say he isn’t. They’re the same ones claiming Favre’s best days are behind him when, like something truly majestic and unexplainable, he seems to perform better as the hilltop approaches.

Realistically, Favre was getting 5:1 on retiring for good after the NFC Championship game all but ended on his interception (maybe really before that due to the beating he took at the hands of the Saints’ defense). Just last month, he was back to around 5:3, after the new surgery and piqued interest.

Now that he’s back, though, it’s all about whether or not Brett can stay healthy through the season.

With the type of offensive talent the Vikings have with their hard-knock O line and, let us never forget, AP in the backfield, Brett doesn’t have to do much. Even though he still did a lot last year, the Vikings running game can always work out as a crutch. So this bodes well for his chances to at least start every game pending anything drastic. He’s around 8:6 there.

With some tough defenses on the schedule, including a first week romp with the Saints, the key to Favre’s health, obviously, is the O line’s effectiveness in protecting him. However, it’s popping off at about 5:1 that they can’t through the entire season, and about 8:1 that Favre can’t take the same type of punishment he’s known for.

But if the past few years have proven anything, it’s that you should never bet against Brett. Even if you find odds 20:1 for a 16 game season, don’t be shy about putting the money down. I mean, we’re only talking about Brett Favre here. You might strike lucky like a huge online casino bonus by sticking with the NFL’s ironman.

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14 Responses to “Favre’s Odds to Complete a Full Season”

  1. Fran the Man says:

    Well that was a big nothing.
    Just Childo looking bald and sounding stupid.

  2. Fran the Man says:

    At Childo’s presser a few minutes ago, he said we’re fine at WR.
    He also said when asked why he took AD out of the game;

    “It’s just we weren’t able to go back and continue to lean on the run and be patient with the run because when you’re three-and-out you’re typically behind on down and distance.”

    Really? behind on down and distance when you’re 3 and out?

    No Sh*t Sherlock.

  3. Fran the Man says:

    Childress doesn’t need an eye doctor Johnny.
    What he needs is fired.

    • Purple Charlie says:

      Fran,
      I don’t think you will get anyone to disagree with ya,
      I guy makes me want to barf at times…

      The sad part is by the time they decide to get rid of him, they will be in rebuilding mode…

  4. Fran the Man says:

    Actually Charlie, they ony have 6 days.
    Childo, in his infinate wisdom, has given them today, Sunday and Tuesday off.
    Why not? They only lost by 5 points.

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