Favre surprised by Cowboys' slow start

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had a lengthy conversation with ESPN's Ed Werder on Friday. Werder, who's already done his first live shot today, shared some of the information he gleaned from that interview.

Favre told him that he was more surprised about the Cowboys' 1-3 start than the Vikings', which seems to indicate that he thinks Minnesota has more reasons to be 1-3 than a Cowboys team that has remained relatively healthy. Favre has great respect for Cowboys outside linebackers Anthony Spencer, DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff. He does not think the Vikings can block any of those players one-on-one for an extended period of time.

Favre thinks that starting center John Sullivan will be in uniform today, but that Jon Cooper could end up playing quite a bit. The quarterback joked that Cooper's as big as Ratliff's right leg.

Here's the column Werder wrote Thursday for ESPNDallas.com about how Cowboys coach Wade Phillips has created a culture where players are insulated from criticism. By the way, Keyshawn Johnson just said on ESPN that the Cowboys have the best chance to turn their season around today. Cris Carter thinks the arrival of Randy Moss will give the Vikings a major advantage. It should be noted that Johnson played for the Cowboys and Carter the Vikings.