Week 1 of the NFL regular season is upon us, and with it, new speculation on how teams will do in 2016.
Each summer, Pete Prisco of CBS Sports **plays out the entire season on paper**, picking winners of each game through the regular season, postseason and finally the Super Bowl. Prisco put out his league evaluation Tuesday and said he believes Minnesota will do well, even without Teddy Bridgewater in the huddle. He wrote:
*I still have the Vikings in the playoffs, based on them beating Dallas in the regular season. Even with Teddy Bridgewater out for the year with a knee injury, the Vikings are built to run it and play good defense. *
Prisco predicted the Vikings to finish the 2016 season with a 10-6 record. Within the NFC North, he opined that Minnesota will fall to Green Bay twice, beat Chicago twice and split wins with Detroit.
Brett Favre: Bringing Sam Bradford in was 'good move' by Vikings
Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre discussed the loss of Bridgewater and acquisition of Sam Bradford on SiriusXM NFL Radio's "The Blitz" Tuesday morning.
Favre said he "felt like Teddy was really starting to come into his own" and that his injury was unfortunate timing for Minnesota. How the Vikings responded to the curve ball, however, he applauded.
"But I thought, from the outside looking in, it was a good move," Favre said. "By no means am I knocking Shaun Hill. Whether Sam plays right away or not, you have to have someone else […] I think [Sam's] tailor-made for that type of system."
Favre said he **believes Bradford fits the Vikings offensive system** "to a 'T.' "
"The focus is on Adrian Peterson and the run game," Favre added. "That's great. You can kind of transition slowly. It really fits what his style of play is, so I thought it was a good move."
Lions DT Ngata pegs Vikings O-Line as best in division
In a recent interview with Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata discussed Detroit's competition in the NFC North. Ngata said **he fears the Vikings offensive line** heading into the 2016 season. Monarrez wrote:
The Vikings made a big push in free agency by adding San Francisco guard Alex Boone and Cincinnati tackle Andre Smith […]. Ngata said he considers the Vikings' O-line the division's best.
"They paid a lot of money to a lot of good offensive linemen that came from different teams," Ngata told Monarrez. "You think Minnesota has a really good offensive line. Green Bay (too).
"So you always have solid guys on each O-line," Ngata added. "But you think of Minnesota having so many guys signed in the offseason thinking that they could probably do a lot of good things."