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Vikings and Brett Favre Favored By 2.5 Over Chiefs

NFL News - August 21st, 2009 - Written by Bruce

Friday night's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs will be one of the most anticipated preseason games in recent memory. After many months of speculation, Brett Favre finally signed with the Minnesota Vikings this week. Favre is expected to start in tonight's game which will be played in Minnesota. Though Favre is without question one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, it remains to be seen how much Favre has left in the tank at the age of 39. There will be plenty of attention on Favre tonight, but he is not the only quarterback to keep an eye on. The Chiefs' Matt Cassel will be looking to improve off of his Kansas City debut, as he and the first team offense were unable to score in four possessions in the team's first preseason game. Betting Lines have the Minnesota Vikings listed as 2.5 point home favorites tonight. The Over/Under for the game is set at 37 points. For all of the betting odds on tonight's preseason games, make sure to visit BetUS, one of the best online sportsbooks.

There is no question that the biggest story of tonight's game will be the Vikings debut of future Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre. He is coming off of a Pro Bowl birth last year with the New York Jets, but Favre struggled down the stretch of the season after playing well early on. He is expected to play for only a drive or two tonight, so the outcome of the game could depend largely on how the Vikings' other quarterbacks perform. Sage Rosenfels is expected to be Favre's backup this season, and he is coming off a good performance in the team's first preseason game this year. Rosenfels should see most of the playing time in the first half tonight. Tavaris Jackson and John David Booty will both be competing to be the team's third quarterback this year. Since one of them is likely going to be released before the start of the season, they both have something to prove when they take the field tonight.

Kansas City is hoping to see a better performance tonight from their big off season acquisition quarterback Matt Cassel. In his team debut last Saturday, Cassel was unable to get much going in a 16-10 loss against the Texans. In contrast, the Chiefs' backup quarterback Brodie Croyle played very well completing 12 out of 18 passes for 145 yards. The team's third string quarterback also found success, as Tyler Thigpen completed 7 of 14 passes and also threw for a touchdown. Wide receivers Dwayne Bowe and the newly acquired Ashley Lelie should both see a good amount of playing time tonight. Head coach Todd Haley will be looking for the Chiefs to play much better tonight than they did in their first game, which could bode well for Kansas City covering the 2.5 point spread.

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