Tonight in Canton, Ohio, eight NFL legends will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. One of those players/contributors receiving his gold jacket is former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
In a Good Morning Football interview this week, host Nate Burleson asked Favre which players he most enjoyed watching, even while playing against them.
"If you go back and watch footage of me, I was always watching," Favre said. "I was very rarely on the bench."
Two players on Favre's list were former Vikings Robert Smith and Randy Moss.
"I hate to say I enjoyed watching them, but you knew it was going to be painful when you watched them," Favre said. "The first time I saw Randy play was against us, and he had 200-and-something yards – I think it was 290 or something – and on Monday Night Football, and he had a 70-yarder called back. I thought, 'This is incredible.'
"I was always a fan of the game," Favre added.
Favre also identified Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Steve Young as opponents he greatly respected.
Note: Moss finished the game Favre referenced with 190 yards on the official stat sheet and had a 75-yard touchdown nullified by penalty.
Teddy Bridgewater ranked 5th most likely QB to win first Super Bowl in 2016
With NFL training camps in full swing and the 2016 season fast-approaching, NFL Media's Gil Brandt ranked 12 quarterbacks in the league by likelihood of taking home their first Super Bowl Trophy. Brandt listed Teddy Bridgewater at No. 5. He wrote:
The third-year pro has athletic ability and can execute the script to a T. Minnesota depends more on its top-notch running game and defense than it does on elite quarterback play, but both are strong enough to give Bridgewater, who does a good job moving the chains, a healthy chance of capturing a ring in February. At worst, Bridgewater won't get in the way of the Vikings' twin engines – at best, he can develop a rapport with first-round pick Laquon Treadwell and provide Minnesota with a significant boost.
Ahead of Bridgewater, Brandt listed Alex Smith (Chiefs), Andy Dalton (Bengals), Carson Palmer (Cardinals) and Cam Newton (Panthers) in the fourth through first spots, respectively. NFC North division rival Matthew Stafford was included in Brandt's rankings at No. 12.
Vikings looking to create more turnovers in 2016
The Vikings defense had a successful year in 2015, but Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer always wants his team to improve. The Star Tribune's Andrew Krammer wrote about one way the defensive unit can develop more in the 2016 season: creating more turnovers.
"I'm kind of preaching turnovers more this year, because I think that can help us get to somewhere else," Zimmer told media before adding this caution: "I don't ever want it to be in expense of fundamentals."
The Vikings' 22 forced turnovers (13 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries) ranked middle of the pack (18th) last season and tied for the fewest by a Zimmer defense in 14 years as defensive coordinator with the Bengals, Falcons and Cowboys.
Scheme and technique are still most important, but causing turnovers could aid a Vikings offense that struggled in red zone and third-down situations.
Terence Newman told Krammer that takeaways "change the whole outcome of a game."
"This is a very technical team, that's what we pride ourselves on," Newman told Krammer. "So we're going to try to be in the right positions to make those plays and take less chances."