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Favre retirement would help AFC East

Looks like I'll have to change my preseason pick for the Super Bowl champ.

With Brett Favre at quarterback, the Minnesota Vikings were my prediction to win it all. Not with Tarvaris Jackson.

Similarly, schedules in the AFC East will get a tad easier if Tuesday's rumors Favre will retire hold true. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter Judd Zulgad writes Favre has been informing Vikings personnel he won't play this year because his surgically repaired ankle remains a problem.

The AFC East plays the NFC North this year, meaning each team would have an easier game.

But don't discount the possibility -- even if Favre officially declares he's done today -- he returns once the season begins. As his ankle feels better, perhaps he decides to join the Vikings in the fall.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the Vikings' schedule against the AFC East. The later the game, the more time Favre will have to reconsider.

Week 2: Miami Dolphins

Week 5: at New York Jets

Week 8: at New England Patriots

Week 13: Buffalo Bills