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Sam Bradford takes all the first-team snaps at practice

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis. The Eagles traded Bradford Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, to the Minnesota Vikings for a pair of draft picks. Bradford replaces Teddy Bridgewater, who went down for the season after suffering a gruesome knee injury this week. The Eagles receive a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File) AP

The Packers are preparing to face Sam Bradford in Sunday’s game against the Vikings, and that appears to be wise.

Bradford took all of the first-team snaps at practice today, according to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has refused to say who he’ll start on Sunday and probably won’t make any announcement at all until game time, but all indications are that Shaun Hill will be benched in favor of Bradford. Although Hill was competent in Sunday’s win over the Titans, the Vikings didn’t trade a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick for Bradford in order to settle for “competent” play from Hill.

The hope in Minnesota is that Bradford can be a lot better than competent and can lead the Vikings to the playoffs, so that first-round pick they sent to Philadelphia is late in the first round. If Bradford can lead the Vikings to a win over the Packers on Sunday, that would go a long way toward getting the Vikings on a path to the playoffs.

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  1. ariani1985 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:02 PM

    The traditioanaly horrible Packers defense just wet itself!

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 14, 2016 6:04 PM

    It’s great he got out of Philly all that iggle fan passion is all a bunch of nonsense !

  3. mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:05 PM

    Makes no difference. GB wins by 2+ scores.

  4. buds4grant says: Sep 14, 2016 6:07 PM

    Cue the churlish and pedantic chorus between MN and WI.
    And a one, and a two……

  5. zoellner25 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:08 PM

    YES! ~Packer fan

  6. Bluestree says: Sep 14, 2016 6:09 PM

    How do you prepare for Sam Bradford? Stand in front of the mirror and practice saying “I wish him a speedy recovery.”

  7. djvh2 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    Whoever has the Packers defense in fantasy football is pretty happy this week.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 14, 2016 6:11 PM

    I think this is the right move because they have to start scoring touchdowns, but I wouldn’t expect greatness right out of the gate. Remember when they got Favre in 2009, he was there for a couple of preseason games, he was running an offense he knew very well, and he was a Hall of Famer. It still took him until the third game before he was really slinging the ball around. Look for Bradford to be game manager guy for three or four weeks and then the offense will really open up when he’s comfortable.

    For this week, it’s going to be tough. I still expect a win because we’re opening our house and it’s going to be electric. Zimmer will “find a way.”

  9. bringbackwayne says: Sep 14, 2016 6:13 PM

    mkesfinest says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:05 PM

    Makes no difference. GB wins by 2+ scores.

    ***********************
    Typical Packers fan arrogance.

  10. skol4life says: Sep 14, 2016 6:14 PM

    I hope the Packers stack the box like the Titans did. Could be a huge day for Bradford.

  11. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 14, 2016 6:18 PM

    Bradford is now icing his wrists and is listed as questionable.

  12. vusnu says: Sep 14, 2016 6:20 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Shaun Hill outperformed Sam Bradford. Tee hee.

  13. golforepar says: Sep 14, 2016 6:23 PM

    Run blitz all night! Little Sam meet the Claymaker!

  14. Ron Jull says: Sep 14, 2016 6:28 PM

    Does anybody know the over/under for when Sammy Sam I Am joins Bridgewater on the IR?

  15. djvh2 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:28 PM

    “Look for Bradford to be game manager guy for three or four weeks and then the offense will really open up when he’s comfortable.”

    I will admit that it’s more likely their offense will open up with Bradford at QB than it would’ve been with Teddy or Hill, but will Bradford even be healthy after that many weeks?

  16. xavier179 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:28 PM

    This will be a true test for the Packers. I feel their defense is suspect at best so we shall see.

  17. mkesfinest says: Sep 14, 2016 6:30 PM

    Will the anemic Vikings offense find a way to score 20 points? Doubt it. Packers win big.

  18. vikesfansteve says: Sep 14, 2016 6:33 PM

    and so it begins.

  19. skoodsports says: Sep 14, 2016 6:40 PM

    Vikings fans sound a lot like Eagles fans did last year.

    “Wow, look at that precision accuracy!”

    “Bradford is tearing up the preseason! He’s going to the Pro Bowl this year!”

    Aaaand then reality unveiled itself and Sammy continued to prove why he is and will forever be another in a long line of #1 pick BUSTS.

    Not only can the guy not stay healthy. But, when he is healthy, he’s a turnover machine.

    Good luck Minny, you’re going to need it.

    Oh, and pretty high and mighty this week for a team that needed two defensive touchdowns to overcome the worst team in the NFL last year.

  20. dwilkinson1968 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:43 PM

    Minnesota couldn’t score an offensive TD against a horrible Titans defense – they’ll be lucky to get past midfield against a much better Green Bay D.

    Look for Green Bay pass rushers to easily get by the Viking turnstiles – er, I mean the Viking offensive line – and tee off on Sam Bradford. In fact, don’t be surprised if Bradford gets injured in this game, thus ending the Bradford Experiment before it’s really begun.

  21. twcham67 says: Sep 14, 2016 6:59 PM

    the Vikings are going to torch the packers this sunday evening!!!!

  22. pkrlvr says: Sep 14, 2016 7:07 PM

    Viking fans seem to forget we beat them at home last year by three scores with a struggling offense. Now their franchise QB is on IR, Peterson looks like a shell of himself, and they’re starting a guy whose been on the team two weeks. It’s gonna be fugly Sunday night

  23. beerbratscheese says: Sep 14, 2016 7:14 PM

    Welp, now we know which retread QB is going to get sacked seven times on Sunday night.

  24. FlashPatterson says: Sep 14, 2016 7:19 PM

    Although Hill was competent in Sunday’s win over the Titans, the Vikings didn’t trade a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick for Bradford in order to settle for “competent” play from Hill.
    ——————————–

    Ok, we get it. The vikings “Gave up the farm” “Mortgaged the future” “paid a king’s ransom” Whatever man, you’ve made your point.

    Time to move on. Bradford is on the team now. Using a first round pick doesn’t mean they NEED him to start every game. Goff cost the Rams more that Bradford cost the Vikings and he may not play all season.

  25. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:20 PM

    The Viking offense hasn’t scored a point in over 9 straight quarters now. That is really bad – even by their meager standards.

  26. absodefinitely says: Sep 14, 2016 7:22 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    Whoever has the Packers defense in fantasy football is pretty happy this week.
    —————————————————————-
    No one is dumb enough to draft the Packers D in fantasy football……

  27. h0metownzero says: Sep 14, 2016 7:27 PM

    Mike Zimmer has never won a home game against Mike McCarthy and has a lifetime .250 record against the heavily favored 13 time World Chapion Green Bay Packers.

    Next Monday you can bet that the Purple will be feeling blue.

  28. screamingyellowzonkers says: Sep 14, 2016 7:39 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Remember when they got Favre in 2009, he was there for a couple of preseason games, he was running an offense he knew very well, and he was a Hall of Famer. It still took him until the third game before he was really slinging the ball around.
    ———————————

    Apparently you forgot Favre’s first game as a Viking. Throws a pass in the perfect spot in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to beat SF with no time left on the clock.

    Bradford is no Favre’s.

  29. contra74 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:40 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Sep 14, 2016 7:07 PM
    Viking fans seem to forget we beat them at home last year by three scores with a struggling offense. Now their franchise QB is on IR, Peterson looks like a shell of himself, and they’re starting a guy whose been on the team two weeks. It’s gonna be fugly Sunday night
    ——–
    Packer fans seem to forget the Vikings beat them at lambeau in a game that Aaron Rodgers said was for all the marbles.

  30. glenne81 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:48 PM

    I am from Minnesota.

    Nobody in this State believes a word of what Charley Walters writes.

    His Stories are so phony they embarrass The Onion.

  31. MichaelEdits says: Sep 14, 2016 7:55 PM

    If Cam Newton was out for the year, and Sam Bradford was a free agent waiting by the phone, I’d still rather start Derek Anderson. #KeepPounding

  32. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:56 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    Whoever has the Packers defense in fantasy football is pretty happy this week.
    __________

    Nobody wants the Packers’ D.

  33. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 14, 2016 8:04 PM

    I am SO glad this game is on Sunday night!
    Come Monday morning Green Bay will have lost all those fair weather fans, and the love affair of analysts that pick the Packers to be in the Super Bowl EVERY YEAR, no matter how bad they may have been playing! There are going to be
    lots of call-in sick for work messages in Packer-Land Monday morning. Bosses just hate Packer losses!

  34. wellthatsinteresting says: Sep 14, 2016 8:05 PM

    Alright, Bradford. Do what you need to do. If the Vikes are on the plus side of turnovers, we win. This game will be exciting as all get up. I think it’s a Vikes win if we rush Rodgers (who, even as a Vikings Fan, I really do respect) to the point that he needs to throw earlier than he’d like. It will lead to mistakes, maybe turnovers, but at the very least there will be some Packer drives that stall. If our ‘D’ is rested for the 2nd half, it will dominate. Think Baltimore Ravens c.2000. I’m amazed at how Aaron keeps his composure in the pocket, constantly buying time to make plays. If we disrupt that, we will win. And the Pack are on their 2nd week on the road…good news for us. We will need to score some TD’s. This 4 FG’s and 2 defensive TD’s thing won’t work against the Pack. But I’m cool with the fact that Bradford played in a dome for most of his career. GO VIKINGS!

  35. h0metownzero says: Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    This is almost like the Super Bowl to Viking fans.

  36. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 14, 2016 8:17 PM

    I never followed Bradfore, but the games I watched him play I remember how accurate his passes were and how many of his receivers dropped passes from him!
    Sam has had about 3 players worth of bad luck in his career,
    Minnesota has been known to get the most out of Veteran
    Qb’s, remember a washed up Cunningham, or a guy named Favre who both had career high stats playing in Minnesota.
    I honestly believe Sam Bradford is going to have a Renaissance in Minnesota. He throws a very accurate deep ball, there were 3 last week that Bradford hits, one is the easy TD to 14 Stefon Diggs Hill missed.

  37. dirtyhelmet says: Sep 14, 2016 8:25 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 14, 2016 7:27 PM

    Mike Zimmer has never won a home game against Mike McCarthy and has a lifetime .250 record against the heavily favored 13 time World Chapion Green Bay Packers.

    Next Monday you can bet that the Purple will be feeling blue.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Heavily favored?!! The spread is 2 points.

  38. chris1cat says: Sep 14, 2016 8:26 PM

    Get on the ship and ride Sam!
    Rock n’ Skol beat the Packers!

  39. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:29 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    This is almost like the Super Bowl to Viking fans.

    _____________________

    This IS the For-All-The-Marbles Bowl for Erin Rodgers and all the Packer trolls.

    This should be a good game- can’t wait until Sunday!

  40. skol4life says: Sep 14, 2016 8:30 PM

    When Teddy was hurt cheese nation rejoiced. There is something they will find out Sunday night. The Vikings don’t need Hail Marys, league officials with marching orders, or a HOF quarterback. This is Teddys team when and if he comes back but there will be no excuses from Zimmer and this team win or lose. I wonder if the Packers will have any excuses if they lose. Interesting

  41. 2ruefan says: Sep 14, 2016 8:41 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    Whoever has the Packers Vikings defense in fantasy football is pretty happy this week.

    There. Fixed it for ya. 🙂

  42. sc5000 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:43 PM

    Below is a picture of the Vikings trophy case.

    I know it’s breathtaking.

  43. 2ruefan says: Sep 14, 2016 8:45 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    This is almost like the Super Bowl to Viking fans.

    *****************************
    Nope. Not even close.

    Been a fan since 1965 or so, and it’s just another game to me. Only significance these days is the highly annoying Packer trolls who constantly chirp about how much the Vikings fans care about Green Bay etc. Another Vikings thread that has MORE Packer troll comments than anything else.

    Makes we want to PUKE….

  44. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 14, 2016 8:50 PM

    djvh2 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:10 PM
    Whoever has the Packers defense in fantasy football is pretty happy this week.
    ——————–
    Oh c’mon. . . Nobody has the Packers defense in fantasy football

  45. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:52 PM

    Zimmer has beaten McCarthy a grand total of 1 time in 4 tries. Only in MN does your .250 record make you a genius.

  46. h0metownzero says: Sep 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    Does Philly have to give all those picks back if the Vikings lose on Sunday?

  47. 2ruefan says: Sep 14, 2016 8:56 PM

    This game may actually come down to the RUNNING game. For some reason the Vikes have trouble with Lacy, even though not many other teams seem to.

    But I’m more worried about Rodgers picking on Trae Waynes if Rhodes is still out.

    Couldget ugly.

  48. All Knowing says: Sep 14, 2016 8:58 PM

    Pam needs all the reps he can get. Packers D is going to face plant him into the MetroDump II’s turf.

  49. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 14, 2016 8:58 PM

    I heard Eddie Lacy is back eating with the first team offense.

  50. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:59 PM

    Bradford got beat out by a rookie QB from North Dakota State.

    LOL

  51. filthymcnasty3 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:02 PM

    “When Teddy was hurt cheese nation rejoiced.”

    Huh? Packer fans are way too classy for the kind of nonsense.

    And it’s not our fault the Vikings love delicate QB’s.

  52. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:03 PM

    Vikings fans are so cute.

    Do you think we’re scared of Sam Bradford?? Look, your OL STINKS and your QB is made of glass and freezes in the face of a stiff pass rush. Oh, did I mention that Green Bay’s pass rush is really good?

    The fact is that the ONLY way you win is if you force 2 or more turnovers and get short fields on offense. I could see ONE MAYYYYBE, but two? No. No way. Not with the most INT-averse QB in the history of the game throwing to his finally healthy WR core and Phat Ed and James toting the rock.

    In all likelihood, you are going to get KILLED on Sunday.

    A little piece of advice purple fans: Just sit down and take your medicine quietly. People will respect you for your honesty and humility.

  53. cheeseisfattening says: Sep 14, 2016 9:04 PM

    I also heard Rodgers is busy working on brushing up his coin flip excuse.

    Look out Packer WRs. There might be a lot of stink eye coming your way Sunday night.

  54. whatjusthapped says: Sep 14, 2016 9:04 PM

    I would agree with Viking fans that Sam Bradford is a better Qb than Hill but that’s not setting the bar that high. The point is, he is not better by a 1st and 4 round pick better but let’s save that for another day.

    Bradford has been in the league 6 years now and while he is not as big of a bust as a Ryan Leaf, he is nowhere near the level of an Andrew Luck, another overall 1st pick in the draft. That’s why the Eagles are giddy over the trade, he sucks and they would have been happy with a 7th rounder and a ham sandwich. And now the Vikings are about to find out why.

  55. lp5710 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:22 PM

    hey Arianii1985 funny thing about that horrible Packers defense, they had almost identical stats as the Vikings last year ,only difference is the Packers D got better, so when the Vikings lose the Super Bowl Sunday because we all know playing the Packers is as close to a Super Bowl a the Vikings will ever get, I guess you can say, ” well if only Bridgewater was playing we would have won” . not

  56. thisjplostadigittoo says: Sep 14, 2016 9:25 PM

    Intriguing match up. Gotta give the nfl credit. Unless I missed it, everyone fails to mention the 12th man. New stadium, prime time, division rivals….. That stadium will be wild. Guessing news will come out that The Pack is practicing for the noise. They’ll almost certainly come out with deep plays from the start to try and take the fans out of the game.

    If I was MM, I’d have more concern for opening a new stadium- in prime time- on the road… then any nfl player on any opposing team. No team wants that.

    If the Pack can’t get up early…. Including 0-0, they lose to the crowd before they lose to the Viks D which will surly be pumping them up.

    Only prediction I make is that ratings are up for this one vice down across the board. Oh, and all Packers and all Vikings players stand for the anthem. It’s the Midwest.

  57. fmc651 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:36 PM

    Sit Sam out another week let him study the playbook. Have him ready for when the Vikings play the good teams this year.

  58. fmc651 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:38 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:52 PM

    Zimmer has beaten McCarthy a grand total of 1 time – when the game meant the winner wins the division.

  59. stcroixvalleylp says: Sep 14, 2016 9:44 PM

    -Apparently you forgot Favre’s first game as a Viking. Throws a pass in the perfect spot in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to beat SF with no time left on the clock.

    Bradford is no Favre’s.-
    ———————————————————–
    Favre’s first game as a Viking was against Cleveland. The SF game was two games into the season.

  60. fmc651 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:03 PM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM

    This is almost like the Super Bowl to Viking fans.
    )))))))))))))))

    That has never been the case, ever. Quit stealing Bud Grant’s line on the packers for this match up.

  61. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 14, 2016 10:10 PM

    Bradford, Hill, doesn’t matter. Vikes put em away at home. No worries. The Fudge almost lost to the Jags last week – yikes! Are we sure Fudge fans will be able to find the bathroom? There’s no troughs here.

  62. steves11 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:12 PM

    I hate to burst any bubbles, but it’s doubtful that the Vikings will get anything better than “competent” from Sam Bradford either.

  63. pau49ers says: Sep 14, 2016 10:21 PM

    I can’t believe 3 teams have spent a first rounder on this guy!

  64. 49tinakane says: Sep 14, 2016 10:25 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Sep 14, 2016 6:11 PM

    I think this is the right move because they have to start scoring touchdowns, but I wouldn’t expect greatness right out of the gate. Remember when they got Favre in 2009, he was there for a couple of preseason games, he was running an offense he knew very well, and he was a Hall of Famer. It still took him until the third game before he was really slinging the ball around. Look for Bradford to be game manager guy for three or four weeks and then the offense will really open up when he’s comfortable.

    For this week, it’s going to be tough. I still expect a win because we’re opening our house and it’s going to be electric. Zimmer will “find a way.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Dude you are killing me, last week you posted some non-sense about Culpepper that couldn’t have been more off-base and flat out wrong, now again you have some hair brain take…… Bradford and Favres situation arent all that similar….Favre had surgery after the 08 season and didn’t attend OTA’s or most of training camp because he was retired and recovering from the surgery to which chilly said he was on a pitch count, it wasn’t so much about knowing the offense as it was getting him ready to physically play. Bradford has attended all OTA’s all of training camp and ran a similar offense in Philly. He may be limited by play book restrictions but physically he could sling it 40 times if needed.

  65. golforepar says: Sep 14, 2016 10:54 PM

    Geeez to early to play this game and watch all the Vikings fans vanish! #wide left

  66. siuleno says: Sep 14, 2016 11:40 PM

    as a packer fan, it may be easy to dismiss this, but Bradford is still an NFL player. we’ve lost to Charlie Batch before. not gonna get on my high horse. #AnyGivenSunday

  67. kevpft says: Sep 15, 2016 12:37 AM

    Bradford will likely have a tough start. Brady would have a tough time just being dropped into another team with no notice. It’s kind of crazy.

    They brought him in for the prospect of a higher ceiling, which won’t be reached right away.

  68. LombardisHouse says: Sep 15, 2016 1:47 AM

    h0metownzero says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:15 PM
    This is almost like the Super Bowl to Viking fans.
    ///////////////////////////////////
    Not almost….this is!

  69. harness88 says: Sep 15, 2016 3:40 AM

    Skoal..

  70. lambeauwest says: Sep 15, 2016 6:45 AM

    If the Vikes win, it will because of their defense, not Bradford.

    Just wondering how Adrian Peterson is on the injury report after sitting out the entire preseason. I’m going to bet Lacy out rushes Peterson this week.

    I predict this week will be the Jared Cook show.

  71. revelation123 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:33 AM

    It wouldn’t be smart to start Bradford this early. At least according to Zimmer himself.

    Zimmer said they didn’t start him last week because of the type of defensive looks and blitzes he’ll be facing. Green Bay runs the same looks…

    If they do start him, it probably has more to do with the venue and the timing more than anything else.

  72. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 15, 2016 9:48 AM

    Apparently you forgot Favre’s first game as a Viking. Throws a pass in the perfect spot in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to beat SF with no time left on the clock.

    ————————————————————-
    Apparently you have no idea what you’re talking about. That was the third game of the season. The first one was where AP basically took a Brown’s defender and threw him out of bounds when he tried to tackle him.

  73. allight59 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:04 AM

    Good idea to give him his first start against one of the softer defenses in the league…it will help build his confidence for the Carolina game in week 3. Vikings by at least two scores….

  74. minnescrotums says: Sep 15, 2016 12:45 PM

    In 6 career games against NFC North opponents, Sam Bradford is 0-6 with a QBR of 26.2. He’s been sacked 21 times in those 6 games.

    The Packers should win by more than 40.

  75. contra74 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:11 PM

    Packers are acting like they really matter to Vikings fans.

    They want to be our rivals SO BAD but they really are not that important.

    There are other teams that deserve to be our rivals…Packers, not so much.

  76. siuleno says: Sep 16, 2016 4:44 AM

    contra74.. huh? what did you say? cant hear you over the sound of these 13 NFL championships.

  77. vikingferd says: Sep 16, 2016 10:37 AM

    A few late hits early in the game on Sharon Rogers and he’ll be hearing foot steps the rest of the day. The Fudge Packer defense will be on the field late with AP running all over them.

  78. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 16, 2016 11:53 AM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Sep 14, 2016 7:39 PM
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Remember when they got Favre in 2009, he was there for a couple of preseason games, he was running an offense he knew very well, and he was a Hall of Famer. It still took him until the third game before he was really slinging the ball around.
    ———————————

    Apparently you forgot Favre’s first game as a Viking. Throws a pass in the perfect spot in the back of the end zone for a touchdown to beat SF with no time left on the clock.
    _______

    Uh, no, I didn’t forget Favre’s first game as a Viking, which was at Cleveland. He was 14 of 21 for 110 yards and a touchdown. I also didn’t forget his second game as a Viking, which was at Detroit. He was 23 of 27 for 155 yards and two touchdowns. Then in the third game, the one to which you are referring, he really started slinging it around.

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