EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter makes only one or two road trips during an NFL season, and he was happy to have Minnesota as one of 2016's destinations.
Schefter, who works out of Bristol, Connecticut, said he enjoyed being in the Twin Cities and the "brisk Minnesota air."
Having worked as a Broncos beat reporter for 16 years before joining the national media, Schefter recalled the 1998 season in which Minnesota went 15-1 and fell just short of facing Denver in Super Bowl XXXIII.
"The Broncos did not want that Super Bowl," Schefter told Vikings.com. "Everybody that year was terrified of playing the Vikings. That was as good an offensive team as you could ever see. It was dominant."
The Vikings defense was strong in 1998, too, Schefter said, including the likes of John Randle and Orlando Thomas.
"Just a dominant team," Schefter said.
Now covering the 2016 Vikings team and Sam Bradford's impact since arriving via a trade with Philadelphia, Schefter said the current squad is the team to beat and may have an opportunity for a deep run in the postseason.
"They're the best team in football," Schefter said when Vikings.com's Mike Wobschall mentioned the team's hot start.
"We know how fragile that can be," he added. "But this team doesn't look like it's going to fade off the map very much. It looks like it's going to be real competitive all year long. It's got the elements in place. It runs the football well. It plays great, great defense. It has strong special teams. It takes on the personality of its coach. I think this team has a chance to have a great season."