**Teddy Bridgewater is set to make his second start against Green Bay when the Vikings (7-2) host the Packers (6-3) Sunday and attempt to defend first place in the NFC North.
With the matchup approaching, Mark Craig of the Star Tribune took a look at how Bridgewater's use of mobility and how it contrasts with Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers, who has been known for escaping pressure to buy time and allow receivers to break free.
Bridgewater's decision to scramble was quite important in leading a comeback at Chicago earlier this month, Craig writes:
*Things looked bleak. But Bridgewater could sense before the next snap that he was about to run free for a first down and reclaim the lost momentum. *
*The Bears were about to rush four defenders and play a coverage scheme that would blanket Bridgewater's four targets but leave no one to account for Bridgewater's most underrated strength: His legs. Bridgewater and offensive coordinator Norv Turner have had many discussions about recognizing that particular coverage and knowing what to do and how quickly to pull the trigger and go. *
"I just knew this was the coverage we had talked about," Bridgewater said. "By the time I hit my third step on my drop and the ball wasn't out of my hand, I just knew I had to make a play."
Craig writes that the Vikings must "be mindful of Rodgers' elusiveness and deceptive speed."
Most likely young QB to succeed with team
NFL Media editor Jim Reineking took a look at young talented QBs across the league and decided that Bridgewater is most likely to succeed with his current team. Reineking placed Bridgewater ahead of Derek Carr, Jameis Winston, Blake Bortles, Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel in a six-player list.
Of Bridgewater and the Vikings, Reineking wrote:
*Front office/coaching stability: Head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman appear to have the Vikings ahead of schedule, and already contending for a division crown against the heavily favored — and four-time defending NFC North champion — Green Bay Packers. *
Other building blocks on roster: The Vikings have a young, talent-laden defense that's currently ranked ninth in the NFL. The Vikings invested heavily on that side of the ball in recent drafts. In 2015, the Vikings used a first-rounder on cornerback Trae Waynes and a second-rounder on linebacker Eric Kendricks.
Vivid memory of Favre's last sack with Pack
Vikings veteran defensive end Brian Robison was the last player to sack Brett Favre as a member of the Packers in 2007. Two years later, they became teammates, and Robison still remembers, writes Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press.
"The first day I saw him, I'm like, 'Hi, I'm Brian, the last Viking to sack you,' " Robison said Wednesday.
With the Vikings preparing to face Green Bay on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium, Robison was asked to name his *favorite moment against the Packers. The nine-year veteran didn't hesitate, recalling his rookie season and a Sept. 30, 2007, sack at the Metrodome. *
"Sacking Brett Favre, that's got to be the top memory of all time," he said. "I just remember kind of beating (an offensive lineman) and running around and grabbing him by the legs and taking him down.
"I was like, 'I just sacked Brett Favre.' ... He's one of the few guys that I've looked at from the defensive side of the ball, and as you get in your stance, 'That's Brett Favre.' So that was probably my welcome-to-the-NFL moment."
Plans for legacy ship on Medtronic Plaza unveiled
Rochelle Olson of the Star Tribune reported on the Vikings plans to build a legacy ship that will highlight the 3-acre Medtronic Plaza to the west of U.S. Bank Stadium. Olson wrote:
*The ship, similar to the one outside the team's Winter Park headquarters, will rest in front of the five pivoting glass doors of U.S. Bank Stadium that face downtown Minneapolis, below the peak of the $1.1 billion structure. A 2,000-square-foot video board will serve as the ship's 55-foot-high sail. The bow will be a 43-foot-high dragon's head with Vikings horns and purple eyes that light up. *
"We have this amazing three-acre plaza that we wanted to bring to life with something fans would be drawn to," Vikings vice president Tanya Dreesen said, adding that the ship has significance both for the team and the ancestry of some Minnesotans. "It also provides a nice dotted line to the spirit of the art collection" inside the stadium, she said.
Click here* *for more information about the ship and the legacy bricks that will be used in its construction.