Is Vikings' Sam Bradford ready to be an elite NFL QB?
Sep 15 2017
Vikings fans have one more thing to celebrate after a stinging week one win against the New Orleans Saints Monday.
"I think he can", said Joe Theismann, a former Washington Redskins all-pro quarterback.
With the Vikings previous year, Bradford set career highs in completions, yards, touchdowns, and rating, while setting a career low in interceptions per game, and an National Football League record in pass completion percentage with 71.6. "He's shown that if you give him time, he's going to hurt you". Upstaged during the week by the storyline of Adrian Peterson's return to the Minnesota, Cook stole the show during the game and finished with 127 yards rushing on 22 carries, a performance that included runs of 32 and 33 yards in the 4th quarter as the Vikings were putting the game away.
Bradford made on-target throws all game, including on several deep passes well over 20 yards downfield. "With the Vikings offensive line looking much more capable than a year ago, we could see the best of Bradford in 2017". Unfortunately for Peterson, it was rookie Dalvin Cook's time to shine. His 122 yards were the second-most ever by a Vikings on a Monday night game behind Chuck Foreman's 148 in 1976 and the most ever by a rookie in his first game with the team.
In any event, the star young running back served up chicken and shrimp lo mein, both of which were very much to the liking of the family. "He just told me to keep on balling", Cook said.
"They drafted me, and they took a chance on bringing me in the organization", Cook said. "I wasn't surprised by his performance on Monday night". "It's important for me to come out and compete for those guys". This year's starting offensive line includes four newcomers: left tackle Riley Reiff, left guard Nick Easton, right tackle Mike Remmers and rookie center Pat Elfein.
The line, which allowed just one sack, received plenty of praise for their play in the opener.
"I hope Sam has games like this for 16 weeks", Zimmer said.
"We didn't do anything different or try to out-trick them", Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said.