With the Favre-Watch in full swing--which has come to be expected this time of year, like flowers blooming in April--Vegas oddsmakers are scrambling.
Whether or not Favre will play, as hackneyed of a story as it is, seems an eminently considerable factor in the way things will shake out in the NFC. The fact is, as our Josh Alper pointed out recently, the Dallas Cowboys stand to gain if Favre does, indeed, decide against a second season in Minnesota.
Per Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News:
“The MGM-Mirage Race and Sports book, which sets odds for 10 Las Vegas operations, started the week with Minnesota the top choice in the NFC to win the Super Bowl, at odds of 6-1.
“When news spread that Favre reportedly was going to retire, the Vikings went up to 10-1, and the Dallas Cowboys replaced them as the NFC favorite at 5-1.”
Of course, that’s not the end of the story--it rarely is when the story concerns Favre. These reports of an impending retirement were quickly and predictably refuted by Favre himself, which, of course, led to another shift in the odds. Interestingly enough, though, after this last change, Dallas remained the favorite to win the conference at 6-1, with the Vikes coming in at 7-1.
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