Favre to Vikings; Ups The Stakes In NFC North

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Minnesota news station WCCO has reported Brett Favre signed an agreement to attend the Vikings' training camp come July. Should he actually start for them during the regular season, the Vikings will pose a considerable threat to the other NFC North teams.

It is no secret the Vikings have a serious running game; Adrian Peterson has proven that, but with the addition of Favre, they will have finally (or at least temporarily) solved their quarterback shuffle as well. The Vikings may also have a championship defense in the making.

This collection of talent might be the beginning of a new dynasty, but it could also be the start of some intensified competition.

The Bears signed a new quarterback to anchor their team this spring when they acquired Jay Cutler, and his talent will provide them with the opportunity for a solid passing offense. Devin Hester begins his second year as a wide receiver in the fall, and if he continues to improve, these two along with a healthy defense could be a dangerous combination.

The Packers have secured their passing game by signing Greg Jennings to a long-term contract extension, but they must improve their offensive line if they want to be contenders for the division title. Last season it was evident Rodgers' mobility couldn't make up for the collapsing pocket. It will be interesting to see if Ryan Grant can bring back the Packers' running game after recovering from his 2008 hamstring injury and participating in his first full training camp.

Detroit has to hang tight until their 2009 draft class matures, but they almost certainly will have a better season than last year. It would be a hard one to repeat.

With Favre in Minnesota, the Vikings will likely be the favorite to win the NFC North championship, but it won't be easy. They'll be pushed by division rivals as Rodgers enters his second year behind center in Green Bay, and Cutler becomes Chicago's starting quarterback. This season is certain to provide some exciting games, and with the rivalries heating up, football fans may want to consider finally getting that NFL Sunday Ticket to watch each one.

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