From his days as a secondary coach with the Cowboys, and later as a defensive coordinator with Dallas, Atlanta and the Bengals, Mike Zimmer has had to draw up plenty of schemes to contain Favre. So you have to heed his warnings when he thinks that this Vikings team might have one of the best supporting casts of Favre's career.
"They've become a throwing team. I can see why when watching the tape," said Zimmer about Minnesota. "He has the security blanket with the back behind him but he has really talented receivers. These four receivers are pretty dangerous and the tight end is playing well along with the offensive line."
In the nine games between Zimmer and Favre, Zimmer leads 6-3, but Favre did win last year's meeting when he was with the Jets.
Zimmer did say that Favre looks like he's 20 and shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down. The main key this week is going to be discipline, as in no missed tackles or breakdowns in coverage.
"You can't be undisciplined at all this week because he'll find a guy open. He can look this way and throw that way," Zimmer said. ‘We're going to have to be on our toes.
"I think he's a hell of a winner and a competitor. He has all the intangibles — strong arm and he's a little street-ballish. He's not afraid. He's got no fear. His arm strength is what makes you the most concerned."
When asked if this is the most dangerous offense the Bengals have faced all year, Zimmer said, "Probably, but Houston was good too. Their team is built for the dome. It's a fast track with receivers and skill players and Favre gets the ball in really tight spaces."