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Vikings guard to Bradford after hit: “Sam, don’t be dead”

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (56) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) AP

Don’t tell the Vikings that Sam Bradford is injury prone.

They think they got some guy who is half Brett Favre, half Chuck Norris, after the new arrival led them to a win over the Packers while taking plenty of hard hits last night.

“That dude is one tough motherf—–,” Vikings guard Alex Boone told Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “There was a couple times he got hit – I thought he was dead. He wasn’t moving, so I had to pick him up. I’m like, ‘Sam, don’t be dead.’ Next play: f—— bullet. You’re going, ‘Jesus, this guy’s a beast!’”

Officially, Bradford took 10 hits last night, including one to his left hand that sent him to the locker room for X-rays. But he didn’t miss a play, and completed 22-of-31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns on a night when Adrian Peterson was lost to a knee injury and wasn’t very good before leaving.

Bradford’s left hand was swollen afterward, which just gave his new teammates one more thing to be impressed by, two weeks after he was acquired in a trade with the Eagles for a first round pick and a conditional fourth.

“It was nice and fat,” tight end Kyle Rudolph said of Bradford’s hand. “But he’s gutsy. Just to stand in there and take hit after hit – it speaks volumes of him as a player and a person.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted he was unsure about giving Bradford his first start in the first game in U.S. Bank Stadium, hoping to get him some relief work last week. But starter Shaun Hill didn’t yield last week, making Bradford’s debut on a grand new stages.

“He can throw the ball,” Zimmer said. “He’s got some toughness about him. This isn’t his first rodeo, so he’s had opportunities to get in there and to go. He was pretty composed all night. . . . It was a good start.”

Now he just has to prove he can stay on the field, which has always been a bit of a challenge, but the Vikings are now counting on him to lead them, possibly without Peterson for some period of time.

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  1. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 7:35 AM

    It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that this is the most talented team Bradford has ever played on. Or the fact that his coach isn’t a total head case. Yeah, the little things I guess.

  2. pervyspankspackfans says: Sep 19, 2016 7:37 AM

    This Viking team is as tough as you get. They have taken on the personality of their Coach. I’m excited to see the offense, without AD….

  3. steelpenguin6687 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:38 AM

    He may have made it through all those hits last night, but no way he takes a whole season of hits like that without going down to injury. Especially when you consider all of the games he’s missed in prior seasons.

  4. edon8334 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:38 AM

    Vikings defense might get them to nfc north title again

  5. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Sep 19, 2016 7:44 AM

    Bradford was great. It’s tough for Peterson to be great when he is hit at the same time and spot he is receiving the handoff. Bradford won’t survive if the oline doesn’t figure something out.

  6. bucnasty says: Sep 19, 2016 7:46 AM

    Good I hope it works out for the kid. I love to see the Packers/ HGH stackers go down.

  7. housemusic1200 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:46 AM

    If AP is out, next man up! McKinnon and Aziata can carry the load, and CJ Ham up from the practice squad. Get the O line some more time to work together with Bradford, shore up some of the secondary issues (Waynes, Newman), and there’s no reason why this team can’t make the playoffs. That was a heck of a game last night, and it’s always better when both teams are at full strength. No excuses. This team is legit.

    Better Football. For Better People.

  8. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Sep 19, 2016 7:47 AM

    Being gutsy and being injury prone are not mutually exclusive. Yes, there are players who seem to lack toughness and tend to miss action with injuries other players would play through, but no one to my knowledge has ever said that about Sam Bradford. His injuries have been legit and serious.

    But that doesn’t change the fact that he gets a lot of them. Tough or not, the fact is that he misses a lot of games. Until that changes, it will be tough to feel totally confident in him.

  9. exinsidetrader says: Sep 19, 2016 7:51 AM

    Every guy that plays in the NFL is tough — playing football hurts and is very dangerous.

    The only issue with Sam is will his body again fail his spirit. Time will tell.

  10. laserw says: Sep 19, 2016 7:55 AM

    I am happy for Bradford. The Rams weren’t a good team and the mess he went into with the Philthydelphia football team was even worse.

    I hope he succeeds.

    And the fact that he just beat the Cheeseheads is even better!

  11. dreadnok89 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:55 AM

    Um no. He def will not last there

  12. pftwd3 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:57 AM

    Eagle fan here who was glad to see Sam go. He looked great last night. Like a completely different guy. He was confident and calm in the pocket and threw great passes (and not just the 5 yard variety).

    Trying to figure out the difference. I’m sure it helps having receivers that don’t drop every other pass but the Viking line was pretty bad. Maybe not being in a Chip Kelly offense helps too.

  13. Uptown Vike Fan says: Sep 19, 2016 7:59 AM

    Awesome game! A little worried that Sam couldn’t even make it through one game without having to leave for x-rays, but nonetheless and awesome victory!

  14. fallujahff says: Sep 19, 2016 8:01 AM

    Sam, quit whining…

    —Signed Cam Newton.

  15. dolphins4 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:04 AM

    Bradford is a really good quarterback who had the misfortune to get drafted by the Rams who had no offensive line or receivers back then. Now he is playing for the best team he has ever played for.

  16. idurenn says: Sep 19, 2016 8:04 AM

    SKOL! Excellent win, boys. Great football game.

  17. bd233 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:06 AM

    The Vikings are for real.

  18. ad28bestever says: Sep 19, 2016 8:06 AM

    All I can say is that Bradford was 10x’s better than Rodgers. GB was only in position to score because of bonehead penalties by Trae Waynes, but he sure made up just a little bit with that INT to seal the win.

    The play where Rodgers ran in for a TD, not only was it set up by penalties, but their OL was holding big time on his TD run. Like how the wimp acts tough after Sendejo hits him in the endzone then hides behind his guys. Typical Erin Munn. Easy to hate the guy, his own family does after all.

    If it weren’t for the Vikings keeping you in this game, you cheesenobs would have been in bed by 8:15. 5 sacks, 3 FF’s and a INT. Great night Erin, hope you’re flight home was nice.

  19. purpleten says: Sep 19, 2016 8:18 AM

    Bradford played a really nice game and beat the Packers, and the Vikings have an emerging superstar in Diggs. But none of this will really matter when the “experts” weekly team rankings come out later this week, and the Packers will still be ranked in the top 3, and the Vikings are lucky if they crack the top 10. Like I said a month ago, why all the Packer love? They’re not a bad team, but they’re not even the defending NFC North champions, and they just got beat by an all around better team…I just don’t get it…I guess that since the Cowboys won, they’ll be in the top 5 now too…

  20. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 8:20 AM

    Big PACK guy here. What a warrior scambo is! I’d take him on my squad any day of the week. My boy rogers was a little pouty last night…. not a good look. GO PACK!!

    >

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

  22. stellarperformance says: Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Congratulations to the Vikings and Viking fans. Great job by Bradforf, great job by Vikings defense. The Vikings defense is way better than the Packers. No comparison.

    The new stadium was impressive. The Viking fans around us were terrific before, during, and after.

    Congratulations all around. The Vikings are in the drivers seat and the team to beat. The Packers haven’t worked out their obvious offensive limitations since mid-season last year. Not very good.

  23. eagleswin says: Sep 19, 2016 8:24 AM

    If they are that impressed by one game with Bradford, they must’ve really hated Bridgewater.

    Neither offensive line was very good in this game.

    Congrats on the win but if you don’t fix that offensive line Carolina will put Bradford on IR.

  24. andyreidsbossoms says: Sep 19, 2016 8:25 AM

    Sammy sleeves was impressive last night for sure

  25. drakost says: Sep 19, 2016 8:27 AM

    If Bradford continues to play like this and stay healthy many will be eating crow. Myself included. Honestly though, I’m kind of rooting for the guy.

  26. nflfan4now says: Sep 19, 2016 8:37 AM

    Maybe instead of picking him up after every play the line should work more on knocking the other team down and protecting him…..

  27. uncommon1 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:39 AM

    I give credit to the Packers who have a good pass rush. But the O-Line has to play much better if there’s any hope to have a healthy QB in January.

  28. youngs79 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:46 AM

    Packers got beat by the better team. They might not have even scored, if not for Viking’s penalties. This was the 14th straight game where Aaron Rodgers QB rating was below 100. No one is even talking about that.

  29. youradarnfoo says: Sep 19, 2016 8:46 AM

    way to go Vikes. you beat the pack without your star RB and QB. that’s great great coaching zimmer. pack looked absolutely pathetic the last two games. that’s terwible tewwible coching. gerbschmidt you suck

  30. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 8:47 AM

    Sounds like both players and fans are happy that Teddy got hurt. I guess he wasn’t the future after all.

  31. dohczeppelin says: Sep 19, 2016 8:48 AM

    Yeah, gotta hand it to him. Bradford was surprisingly badass last night.

  32. lonespeed says: Sep 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    “He’s got some toughness about him. This isn’t his first rodeo, so he’s had opportunities to get in there and to go. He was pretty composed all night. . . . It was a good start.”

    That’s coach speak for…thank god he’s here. I don’t want to get too excited, but if he plays this way all year, he has saved our season.

  33. kissmysandwich says: Sep 19, 2016 9:00 AM

    If Boone played half as mean as he talks maybe I could take him seriously. The weakest part of this team is the o-line so Boone why don’t you shut your mouth about how tough Sam is and do your job! Game would’ve been a laugher if you and Khalil could actually block someone.

  34. regassert6 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:06 AM

    Bradford was tough in Philly; he took big hits and usually bounced up. He wasn’t prone to getting “hurt” he has a history of getting “injured.” No one who has watched him play has ever questioned whether he was tough. It’s just that he keeps getting injured. “Hurt” you can tough out, “injured” you can’t.

  35. bassplucker says: Sep 19, 2016 9:11 AM

    That Vikings D is legit. It’s nice to see form tackling that actually sends the ball carrier backwards, like it used to be. Doesn’t seem to be how many teams play anymore.

    As for the Packers, it was nice to see their “chuck it deep and wait for the PI” offense fail last night.

  36. jimmysee says: Sep 19, 2016 9:13 AM

    If Bradford shows he can win for the Vikings, is Bridgewater out of a job?

    The NFL can be a tough place to call home.

  37. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:14 AM

    Wow carl, us PACK fans have no grounds to complain about officiating! We’ve been getting the breaks for a really long time. GO PACK!

    >

  38. nhpats says: Sep 19, 2016 9:16 AM

    Remember when Vikings fans thought Teddy Bridgewater was the answer? So long Teddy…..we hardly knew ya….

  39. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:20 AM

    The Vikes were the better team last night. And they’ll be tough to beat if Bradford plays like that all year. IF he makes it through the year. Green Bay pummeled him all game.

    Green Bay still wins this division.

  40. fartweasel says: Sep 19, 2016 9:21 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    ********************
    Hahahahah, a packer fan complaining about holding? That’s like, well, a packer fan complaining about holding.

  41. officialgame says: Sep 19, 2016 9:23 AM

    Eagles fan here. Like I said at the time this was a trade that made sense for both sides. The Eagles received a #1 pick and a chance to step up Carson Wentz’s development, the Vikings with their defense have got a shot of a Championship, and the fans get to see a more complete team.

  42. vikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:29 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    ______________________

    OK, I am confused. Wasn’t the line out of Packers Central last week that the Vikings would be whining about the officiating?

  43. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:33 AM

    Yep, Bradford peaked in his first game last night. He played pretty darn well, that’s for tootin’ sure. But the Packers’ D-line manhandled, and I mean manhandled the Vikes’ offensive line. There is no “time to gel”, it’s WYSIWYG. Rick will need to use his first rounder next year……..oh, never mind.

  44. bd233 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:36 AM

    I’m really happy for Mike Zimmer. The Bengals were not smart enough to keep him.

  45. purenflfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:37 AM

    Seems strange though. Rogers great oline had all day to throw. Bradford no protection no run game and out played Rogers.

    If vikes had an oline they might go far but no way Bradford stays healthy playing behind them.

  46. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 9:41 AM

    Stellar, if you love them so much, go ahead and jump on their bandwagon. You better hurry though, it’s been my experience that their bandwagon fills up pretty fast in situations like this.

  47. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    Not sure, why people think the Vikings are giving up on Teddy. The guy is 23 years old and would have likely done what Bradford did had you seen his preseason. One of these guys will get flipped for a some picks, my guess is that it’ll be Bradford.

  48. contra74 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:01 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM
    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.
    —–
    You guys must be out of Lenies.

  49. dwilkinson1968 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:02 AM

    Just wait. This is the Minnesota Vikings we’re talking about. Something will happen to throw this season completely into the tank. The Vikings always find a way to mess up a great situation. Always have, always will.

  50. contra74 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:02 AM

    zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:20 AM
    The Vikes were the better team last night. And they’ll be tough to beat if Bradford plays like that all year. IF he makes it through the year. Green Bay pummeled him all game.

    Green Bay still wins this division.
    ——
    Green Bay will be lucky to beat the lions.

  51. jvw1982 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:07 AM

    Calm down everyone, this was one game, granted it was a big divisional game against their rivals but still one game….this Viking team is good, real good, Bradford will do well with a good coaching staff, solid defense and running game….with AP out lets see if they can get production from the back ups, if not Bradford will not make it through the season…I thought the front office had to pay that price for a veteran QB that can throw the ball well and I will expect them to find another diamond in the rough for a running back….be happy Viking fan, you got a good team, good coaching staff and top notch front office but we are only in week 2, don’t get ahead of yourselves, lets see what happens….one thing is clear, that’s a championship defense you got….

  52. waggie21 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    Sanka…you dead?

  53. packmanfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:10 AM

    ad28bestever says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:06 AM

    The play where Rodgers ran in for a TD, not only was it set up by penalties, but their OL was holding big time on his TD run. Like how the wimp acts tough after Sendejo hits him in the endzone then hides behind his guys.
    ———————————————————————————

    No. You are wrong. That is wrong, wrong, wrong.
    Aaron did not hide. If you watch the replay, he goes up and confronts Sandejo.
    Probably the reason why Aaron didn’t get into it was so that he wouldn’t get a penalty.
    Your jerk did a late cheap shot hit on Aaron and somehow you are OK with that?
    Stay classy Viking troll!

  54. taintedsaints2009 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    Bradford can throw. He’s better than teddy. Sucks saying that in a way but you can see the difference with the speed of his throws. I really really hope they can keep him healthy. Please vikings! For once keep a quarterback on the field the entire year!

  55. sgmjerry220 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:13 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    ********************
    Apparently that packer fan is doing that thing where they blame the refs for not calling the game in there favor so they could win? Hey Carl, 13 penalties for ~140 yards and held to less than 60 yards rushing and well, maybe you really ought to look inward.

  56. billh1947 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:16 AM

    AP is going to miss considerable time with his injury if not the whole season so old Sam is going to have to be at his best each and every week from now on in if they expect to win the division and make the playoffs. though he had a great grand opening I suspect that he wont be able to keep it up all season and it will cost them dearly.

  57. senxic says: Sep 19, 2016 10:27 AM

    GB just hasn’t figured it out on offense and its overly apparent in watching. This one goes on Rodgers for his fumbles and INT. Still, you cant argue he has made incredible plays over his career, so they are always in the game somehow. Their offense has been pretty inconsistent against good and bad defenses.

    The Vikings have a good solid Defense, but I don’t see it as an iron curtain type defense. It will still need help from the offense. Possibly without AP, Bradford will have to play like that and more against more talented defenses if they expect to win. I’m pretty sure he had the game of his life, so time will tell.

  58. njbrian67 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:28 AM

    Good for Sam. He did well in Chip’s crappy offensive scheme last year with a bad defense. He has talent, hopefully he can show it in MN.

  59. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 19, 2016 10:29 AM

    I’ve had that same reaction myself.

  60. John Teague says: Sep 19, 2016 10:35 AM

    Bradford looked like a pro quarterback last night. Offensive line, especially the tackles, have got to get pass rush under control. And if Sam and receivers can quicken his release times it will save him a lot of hurt. Aside from the rookie mistakes at the corners, the D looked great, again. Zimmerman knows he’s got to find ways to keep the O on the field more. Otherwise the defense will wear out. Good game, and great for Viking’s new stadium opener.

  61. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 10:37 AM

    Meanwhile, Li’l Aaron is now the world’s foremost authority on ETFE roofs after he spent so much time on his back studying it last night.

  62. 23rdusernameused says: Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM

    we knew he was good, I’m not so sure about 1st and 4th round pick good!

    You just gotta keep him clean ALEX BOONE! that’s on YOU!

    – eagles fan

  63. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:38 AM

    cribbage12 says:

    Yep, Bradford peaked in his first game last night. He played pretty darn well, that’s for tootin’ sure. But the Packers’ D-line manhandled, and I mean manhandled the Vikes’ offensive line. There is no “time to gel”, it’s WYSIWYG. Rick will need to use his first rounder next year……..oh, never mind.

    —-

    And the Vikings manhandled the Packers. Maybe Ted will use his first round pick on a QB with adequate sized hands to hold a football. Or on a receiver that can get open and catch. Or maybe a corner that can actually cover someone. Or a running back that isn’t obese. Or maybe a linebacker that can cover a tight end. There are so many options, I don’t know how he gets it wrong every year. Problem is, it’ll take much more than one first rounder to make the Packers competitive again. We’re looking at a full-blown rebuild that’s starting about 4 years late.

  64. sgmjerry220 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    packmanfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:10 AM

    No. You are wrong. That is wrong, wrong, wrong.
    Aaron did not hide. If you watch the replay, he goes up and confronts Sandejo.
    Probably the reason why Aaron didn’t get into it was so that he wouldn’t get a penalty.
    Your jerk did a late cheap shot hit on Aaron and somehow you are OK with that?
    Stay classy Viking troll!
    ———————————————————-
    Does he realize who the troll is? I do believe the title of the article is about Minnesota. The best part of being a Viking fan after beating the Packers, is the comedic relief we get from their fans!

  65. alfredogarciashead says: Sep 19, 2016 11:03 AM

    O line is just brutal. He will get injured soon as would any QB playing behind this mediocre group. Amazingly they are the highest paid o line in the league. Nice work Spielman

  66. stellarperformance says: Sep 19, 2016 11:04 AM

    Congratulations to the Vikings and Viking fans. Great job by Bradforf, great job by Vikings defense. The Vikings defense is way better than the Packers. No comparison.

    The new stadium was impressive. The Viking fans around us were terrific before, during, and after.

    Congratulations all around. The Vikings are in the drivers seat and the team to beat. The Packers haven’t worked out their obvious offensive limitations since mid-season last year. Not very good.

  67. vikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    I am loving all these comments from Packer fans about how the Vikings are in a precarious position now. Sam is going to get hurt, something is going to happen to blow the season, blah, blah, blah.

    Neither I nor you know what will happen the rest of the season. What we do know is this: Despite making a number of boneheaded mistakes last night, despite playing a QB with only two weeks in camp, etc., the Vikings manhandled the Packers last night.

  68. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM
    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    —————————————————————–
    The NFL admitted they missed sixteen (!) calls against the Pack last week in their meeting with the Jags so yeah congrats on PI calls being your entire offense last night. On a side note, props to stellar, tokyo, and any others I missed on the congratulatory posts, classy stuff. This coming after many wished Teddy a speedy recovery. Rivalries/smack talk are fun, but its still just a game and nothing to be taken too seriously. Good luck the rest of the way packfans, see you guys on the hallowed frozen tundra in December

  69. footballfan825 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Bradford looked really good but no one is mentioning that this years first round pick hasn’t even dressed this season. I hope this guy isn’t yet another first round WR bust for the Vikings… Still pumped when ever the packers loose.

  70. frank booth says: Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM

    stairwaytoharvin says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:11 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM
    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    —————————————————————–
    The NFL admitted they missed sixteen (!) calls against the Pack last week in their meeting with the Jags so yeah congrats on PI calls being your entire offense last night. On a side note, props to stellar, tokyo, and any others I missed on the congratulatory posts, classy stuff. This coming after many wished Teddy a speedy recovery. Rivalries/smack talk are fun, but its still just a game and nothing to be taken too seriously. Good luck the rest of the way packfans, see you guys on the hallowed frozen tundra in December
    ==================================
    Nope. The NFL admitted it missed 16 calls in the Jaguars/Packers game. They never said how many calls were against which team.

    Is 16 missed calls a lot for a game after reviewing the game film? I don’t know. You don’t know that either. My guess is that it’s not.

  71. proat17052 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:40 AM

    What are the best 4 years of a Packer fans life?

    The 3rd grade!

  72. vikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:47 AM

    I was at the game last night, and took a diehard Packer fan as my guest. We both agreed that the game was very well-officiated. At times one of us would dispute a call and then see on the replay that it was a good call. Neither team should be complaining about the officiating; the Vikings had many more penalties because they deserved them.

  73. vikesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    footballfan825 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM

    Bradford looked really good but no one is mentioning that this years first round pick hasn’t even dressed this season. I hope this guy isn’t yet another first round WR bust for the Vikings… Still pumped when ever the packers loose.

    _________________________

    Treadwell was dressed last night, as he was in Week 1. One thing we are learning about Zimmer is that rookies have to earn their place on the field. Treadwell has not yet done that.

  74. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 19, 2016 11:49 AM

    Vikings-Packers games are so much fun. The rivalry is fun because fans give each other such a hard time, but in the end we are friends, coworkers and family members. Hilarious when Wisconsinites make fun of Minnesotans and vise versa, since geographically and culturally we’re pretty near the same.

  75. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 19, 2016 11:51 AM

    I can really relate, “don’t be dead.”

    I’ve tried that, too, and it doesn’t work.

  76. ruvelligwebuike says: Sep 19, 2016 11:52 AM

    Bradford was money last night and the Vikes have a very good D, but let’s be honest. That game was one of a growing list of games where the Packers offense was just sorry.

    Dumb penalties and poor play calls where MM outsmarts himself almost every drive. Sloppy route running and pass protection. Poor ball security. And Rodgers missing open receivers over and over again, which happens almost every game. What the hell happened to the guy?

  77. beer4guy says: Sep 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    footballfan825 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:32 AM
    Bradford looked really good but no one is mentioning that this years first round pick hasn’t even dressed this season. I hope this guy isn’t yet another first round WR bust for the Vikings… Still pumped when ever the packers loose.
    ___________________________

    Treadwell has dressed for both games, and even got a couple of plays in last night. Remember, Diggs didn’t play at all in the first 4 games last year and now he leads the NFL in receiving, so I wouldn’t rush to judgement on this kid. Zimmer is just not a big believer in starting rookies early in the season. I have a feeling that Treadwell may get some opportunities in the next couple of weeks as CJ has been underwhelming to this point and Diggs is going to start seeing a safety over the top, so we’ll need WR2 to beat single coverage.

  78. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

    Love it. Week 2 and Vike fans are crowning themselves NFC North Winners (it’s not a championship).

    Vikes had a good game and took advantage of Packers keying on AD. Let’s see how they do without AD. Not that AD is any good anymore, because he’s not, but the threat of AD helps them. That is gone now for a least a little while. Let’s see how they do with the threat of Jerick and Asiata.

  79. athwartships says: Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

    Being this far down the comments, no one will see this…but I think we might be seeing a new day in Minnesota. I never want to see someone hurt, especially a player like AP or Bridgewater, but if we step a second and take in the bigger picture, The team has played far too long on APs back as a run centric team. Bridgewater, while good, was just being trained in that old system. Teddy going out, bringing in an accurate and reliable passing QB and now with AP down, the team has the chance to shake loose those old habits that have gotten them (as a team) nowhere. I say, its time for Minnesota to take this opportunity to re-invent themselves around a very capable QB like Sam and go for it. Maybe this is the exact set of circumstances the Vikings have been needing to build for the future. I’ll be watching and hoping they don’t squander this opportunity.

  80. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:01 PM

    Love the Packers whining about officiating. Really? That’s the best you got? Penalties were your ENTIRE offense.

    Here’s are some of the things the refs missed that you are not mentioning;

    Erin’s TD run. Set-up on penalties and how in the hell can the refs NOT see the O-line holding?

    Jordy’s TD. So Jordy can absolutely shove-off Waynes- pushing him in the opposite direction and that’s not called pushing off? If that’s not pushing off- I don’t know what is.

    The play where Sam’s hand was injured. Clay with his cheap-shot-classless play again. Leading with his helmet and spearing Bradford in the chest. Matthews is as classless as they come- it’s the only thing he does consistently. Well that and take his helmet off and flick his hair around.

  81. rho1953 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:02 PM

    Good win for the Vikings, but Bradford won’t finish the season. Everyone knows his injury history, and if continues taking those kinds of hits, he will be done. They deserved to win, but they certainly weren’t dominant. The Packers are not in stride yet, and gave away the game. Don’t start booking Super Bowl trips just yet, Vikings fans. You guys are pretty immature. You win one game by three at home and think it is something epic.

  82. patswhatsup says: Sep 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    vikesfan says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:29 AM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:21 AM

    Apparently, vikes defense is doing that thing where you hold and interfere on every play thinking it won’t be called every time. Let’s see how it works out for them.

    ______________________

    OK, I am confused. Wasn’t the line out of Packers Central last week that the Vikings would be whining about the officiating?

    ________________________________________

    Does this dude realize that the Vikings gave the packers more in penalty yards than the packers put up on offense in the first half? Seems like yellow was flying everywhere against the vikings last night. Don’t know what game Carl was watching.

  83. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    ruvelligwebuike says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:52 AM
    Bradford was money last night and the Vikes have a very good D, but let’s be honest. That game was one of a growing list of games where the Packers offense was just sorry.

    Dumb penalties and poor play calls where MM outsmarts himself almost every drive. Sloppy route running and pass protection. Poor ball security. And Rodgers missing open receivers over and over again, which happens almost every game. What the hell happened to the guy?

    ——–

    Haven’t you heard? The pieces are in place for the “changing of the guard.” Apparently, the last piece was for Teddy to have his leg severed internally at the knee.

  84. s1runner says: Sep 19, 2016 12:12 PM

    Is Bradford injury prone? I think we are going to verify that, if Boone is confirming Sam’s getting hit so hard that it scares him. Matthews helmet to hand connection is one thing, but to watch the O line all but invite the rush to hit Sam over and over again, next week will be his last healthy week at this rate.

    Run blocking sucks (ask Adrian) and pass blocking seems in poor shape too. Boone confirms it in a backwards comment about toughness.

    Love what Bradford did, but the Vikes are screwed. No AP means kill Bradford quickly and that seems super easy to do this year.

    Boone: instead of talking about toughness, why don’t you show us before we lose another QB?

  85. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 19, 2016 12:23 PM

    frank booth says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:33 AM

    Nope. The NFL admitted it missed 16 calls in the Jaguars/Packers game. They never said how many calls were against which team.

    Is 16 missed calls a lot for a game after reviewing the game film? I don’t know. You don’t know that either. My guess is that it’s not.

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    Yup reread the article and you’re correct, 16 total not for or against any one team. Thank goodness the bears are so terrible that you have to troll other boards just to feel important.

  86. nhpats says: Sep 19, 2016 12:27 PM

    The Vikings had little chance of going far with Teddy Bridgewater at the helm…..especially with AP hurt. With Bradford the Vikings are the easy favorites to win the NFC North and should be a top contender in the NFC. This is Bradford’s team now…..sorry Teddy.

  87. thunderclap says: Sep 19, 2016 12:31 PM

    thwartships says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM
    Being this far down the comments, no one will see this…but I think we might be seeing a new day in Minnesota. I never want to see someone hurt, especially a player like AP or Bridgewater, but if we step a second and take in the bigger picture, The team has played far too long on APs back as a run centric team

    ——-

    Seriously, I’ve never seen a fan base more energized by player injuries. Maybe you’ll get the trifecta and Walsh will get hurt. I guess you rely on injuries to do what the coaches have no cojones to do.

  88. mnfaninil says: Sep 19, 2016 12:40 PM

    After having only experienced Viking home games in the Metrodome, I was blown away by the new stadium. After hearing all the hype for a year it still exceeded my expectations. But all of that pailed in comparison to the product in the field. Great way to start the season and to do it without your best CB, starting DT, QB and AP for a significant time, made it all the more impressive.

  89. purpleguy says: Sep 19, 2016 12:50 PM

    Kalil clearly isn’t healthy, Fusco continues to regress, and Smith can’t handle speed rushers. The O-line continues to be a concern.

    Great game to attend though — was a lot of fun.

    And other than Gerbschmidt, some pretty classy Packer posts above.

  90. nflgtcfl says: Sep 19, 2016 1:13 PM

    Better get that O-Line figured out.

    No one can take that beating every week and play every game of the season.

  91. fmc651 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:18 PM

    eagleswin says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:24 AM

    If they are that impressed by one game with Bradford, they must’ve really hated Bridgewater.
    ))))))))))))))))))))))
    Illogical, one has nothing to do with the other. Eagle fan being a hater.

  92. fmc651 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:33 PM

    How come Aaron in tough games can’t hold onto the ball? Even with his huge hands packer fans talk about? He was scared again last night. Tight games Aaron loses. He has never won an OT game either.

  93. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Sep 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    still not worth that number one and god how the haters of sad sam have changed there tune off of one game

  94. 440Barracuda says: Sep 19, 2016 3:00 PM

    youngs79 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:46 AM

    This was the 14th straight game where Aaron Rodgers QB rating was below 100. No one is even talking about that.

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    It kinda correlates with when the NFL started checking the PSI of the game balls. Remember, Rodgers did state he prefers to have his game balls over inflated.

  95. fmc651 says: Sep 19, 2016 3:01 PM

    According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL said the Jaguars were on the losing end of 16 questionable calls that could’ve gone another way. While the NFL’s competition committee asks teams to keep complaints about officiating to 10 plays per game, the Jaguars reportedly submitted 23 plays that went in the Packers’ favor. FYI Frank B/Tokyo/Stellar

  96. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 11:02 PM

    These losers who think the Packers only ever win because of the refs obviously didn’t watch the 11 games they won last year. Or the 13 games they won in 2014. Or the 8 games they won in 2013. Or the 12 games they won in 2012. Or the 15 games they won in 2011. Or the 14 games they won in 2010. Or the 11 games they won in 2009.

  97. preposterousstatementtournament says: Sep 20, 2016 10:23 AM

    “Don’t tell the Vikings that Sam Bradford is injury prone.”

    Being injury prone and being tough are not mutually exclusive.

  98. All Knowing says: Sep 23, 2016 8:47 AM

    Pansy Sam won’t last past game 6.

  99. kmartinson says: Sep 24, 2016 10:40 AM

    How about you block for him then? Less talking….more blocking.

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