As I'm sure all of you are aware, Brett Favre is the cover boy for Madden 09. Only problem is he's in a Packers uniform, and in the time span of a week, he could very well be on another team.
That, of course, isn't good news for EA Sports, which sells Madden 09. In fact, they're already working on different covers for the game - like this one of Favre in a Ravens uni you see here.
But, in addition to that, EA Sports also decided, hey, what the hell, since Favre could be going to a bunch of different locations, let's run simulations to see how he would do in each locale.
Luckily the Sporting Blog (who I can't thank enough) got their hands on EA licensed images of Favre's potential landing places and got the numbers of EA's simulations for how each team would fare over a full simulated season with and without Favre. So, let's get to it and see how teams did.
As you know, the Vikings are the team Favre most wants to be with. But according to EA's simulation, Favre didn't help them all that much.
- With Favre: 10-6, Lose Wild Card Game vs. Bucs (11-6) 3356 yards, 29 TDs, 100.7 QB rating
- Without Favre: 5-11, No Playoffs Tarvaris Jackson -- 2962 yards, 11 TDs, 66.8 QB rating
One of the other destinations that makes a lot of sense for Favre is Tampa Bay. So how'd Favre do in the sim?
- With Favre: 12-4, Lose Div. Playoff Game vs. Eagles 3827 yards, 34 TDs, 98 QB rating
- Without Favre: 11-5, Lose Div. Lose Conference Championship vs. Eagles. Jeff Garcia -- 3508 yards, 19 TDs, 80 QB rating
The New York Jets have also been in the Favre mix, since Pennington and Clemens suck. Here's the sim results.
- With Favre: 11-4-1, Lose Wild Card Game vs. Browns (22-19) 3964 yards, 31 TDs, 103.1 QB rating
- Without Favre: 9-7, No Playoffs Chad Pennington -- 3542 yards, 22 TDs, 108.4 QB rating
But there's also one last sim that EA Sports did which I know you're all interested in. How would the Packers do with Favre at QB versus Aaron Rodgers? Here's your answer.
- With Favre: 9-7, Lose Div Playoff Game vs. Cowboys (25-17) 3729 yards, 24 TDs, 100.7 QB rating
- Without Favre: 12-4, Lose Div. Playoff Game Vs. Vikings (37-31, OT) Aaron Rodgers -- 3211 yards, 26 TDs, 95.6 QB rating
Favre Swaps Uniforms in Madden 09 [Sporting Blog]