Dansby knows his target: Favre

Karlos Dansby is re-energized with a new team, but he knows all about Brett Favre from Dansby's days with the Arizona Cardinals. Now in a new system, Dansby is hoping for similar big plays against Favre and the Vikings.

The last time Brett Favre saw Karlos Dansby across the line of scrimmage, things didn't go too well for the Vikings and their warhorse of a quarterback.

Paced by Dansby's nine tackles, plus an interception and a pass breakup, the Arizona Cardinals handed a 30-17 loss to Favre, who finished the day with a mediocre passer rating of 79.4.

Now that Dansby has moved on to the Miami Dolphins, he hopes to bring a little more heartache to Favre's universe when the two meet again Sunday in Minneapolis. Maybe even a few more bumps and bruises.

Dansby's showing on Sunday, along with that of the rest of the Dolphins' revamped defense, bodes well in that regard.

The Dolphins pounded out a 15-10 win over the lowly Buffalo Bills, which won't inspire great confidence. But three sacks and eight quarterback hits on Trent Edwards might get Favre's attention. The first of those sacks came from Dansby, and it came three plays into the game.

Moving from his usual spot at inside linebacker, the $43 million free-agent prize came roaring off the right edge and planted Bills quarterback Trent Edwards into the turf at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"I was trying to hide behind Cameron (Wake) because he's such a threat," Dansby said. "I was just hiding behind him, and here I come."

Just two Week 1 starters a year ago (strong safety Yeremiah Bell and left defensive end Kendall Langford) were back at their same defensive posts Sunday, but that didn't stop new coordinator Mike Nolan from using his bottomless bag of blitz packages.

The Vikings went to max protection to keep Favre upright in last Thursday's season-opening 14-9 loss to the Saints, and they might want to do the same against Nolan's new charges.

"We were just having fun," Dansby said. "Mike Nolan makes the game fun."

Dansby, 1-2 in three career outings against Favre, certainly had a blast in his first real game since leaving the Arizona desert. Limited to one sack in his final season with the Cardinals, he appears energized by the possibilities of his new role and surroundings.

"I'm all over the place, man," Dansby said. "You can't really pinpoint me."

Yeah, but coming off the edge, from outside the left tackle?

"It took me back to my first and second year in Arizona," said Dansby, who started his career as an outside linebacker. "Y'all didn't get a chance to check that out, but it's cool. I just felt at home."

LINEUP WATCH: It didn't take Bobby Carpenter long to get over his release by the Rams. The ex-Cowboy got the start ahead of Tim Dobbins with regular inside linebacker Channing Crowder still out with a nagging groin injury. Carpenter contributed one tackle and added another on the first kickoff of the season. He also did a nice job in pass coverage, which would remain his primary role if and when Crowder returns.

TRENDING: Second-year wide receiver Brian Hartline was held without a catch for the first time in 10 games, dating to the second Jets game last year. Hartline was targeted three times and dropped two of those passes from Chad Henne. Undrafted rookie Marlon Moore was inserted for Hartline on several snaps late in Sunday's game, but dropped the only pass thrown his way.


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