Minus Brett Favre, Vikes lose elite status

Originally Published: August 3, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

If Brett Favre follows through on his text message to the Minnesota Vikings and officially retires, the Vikings might find themselves in third place in the NFC North, and the balance of power in the conference would shift decidedly toward Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.

That's the impact Favre has on the conference, which is why Vikings management huddled Tuesday to see if it could talk him out of retiring. With Favre, the Vikings are a 12-win team with hopes of going to the Super Bowl. ...

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