Vikings starting offense sputters at Buffalo

AP

This year, the Vikings hope to pair a strong defense with an offense that can muster 20 points per game or so. Through one quarter in the 2017 preseason, the starting Minnesota offense has zero point.

In three drives with starting quarterback Sam Bradford under center, the Vikings mustered only one first down. Bradford completed six of eight, but he was sacked twice. The Vikings also drew a pair of holding penalties.

The lone bright spot has been rookie running back Dalvin Cook, who remained in the game after Bradford exited for backup Case Keenum.

Cook, a second-round pick who is in line to inherit the starting job from Adrian Peterson, had 42 totals yards with Bradford in the game, 12 rushing and 30 receiving.

Cook competes with Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon for the No. 1 tailback spot with the Vikings. Murray, who recently emerged from the PUP list, wont play in the preseason opener.

33 responses to “Vikings starting offense sputters at Buffalo

  1. Sam Bradford is terrible. I went to my first thanksgiving game last year at Ford Field and all he had to do was not throw an interception or fumble on their final possession and sure enough he threw a pick to Darius Slay and the Lions won. He’s a total choke artist who barely ever throws a pass longer than 5-7 yards. That’s the only reason his completion percentage is so high.

  2. We all know that the first three drives of the preseason are the best way to predict how the season will go…it’s over for us Vikings fans…there is no way the team can ever recover from this…I had such high hopes for the season…all gone now because they didn’t score a single point…

  3. Pre-season or not, the starting offense stunk. Buffalo’s D is pretty good, and so is the Buffalo running back who was ripping through Minnesota’s starting defense. Zimmer is angry. Again.

  4. Perhaps if Rick would Draft O linemen in the first 2 or 3 rounds it might change but we know Rick love to bask his ego in the limelight of drafting splash players! His theory of being able to draft a line in later rounds and “train them up” has been proven wrong!
    7-9 this year (hopefully). There IS a reason the Dolphins fired him you know!
    WAY WAY overspending on free agents instead of fixing it in the draft, is NOT the way to go,but Rick has the Offense in such a hole it would be 3 years of drafting O line early to fix it. He loves to trade down, and pick up extra players just to cut them.
    WILF Wake UP!!

  5. gbfanforever says:

    Sam Bradford is primed for another season of games where he goes 40 of 60 for 120 yards
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Math typically isn’t a strong point for Packer fans.

    Despite playing only 15 games last season, Bradford was in the top half of the NFL for yards passing last year with 3,877, with an average of 7 yards per attempt.

    Your boy Rodgers only threw for 4428 yards while playing 16 games and throwing 58 more passes.

    Rodgers worst day was a tossup – either against the Jaguars with 199 yards on 34 attempts or against the Giants with 259 yards on 45 attempts with 2 INT’s.

    Sam against the same two teams – against the Jags – 24 for 32 for 292 yards and against the Giants – 26 for 36 and 262 yards.

    Sam through fewer passes and had more yards.

  6. gtodriver…….. You failed to mention that Rodgers had 44 total tds ( 40 passing 4 rushing 24 more than Bradford) and less turnovers ( Bradford 5 ints 10 fum Rodgers 7 ints 7 gym). If your going to go based on stats those are the ones to go off of. That and wins. This is coming from a Bills fan.

  7. Joe

    Read what I was responding to. The troll was talking about Sam having a 2 yard per attempt average, when in fact he had nearly the same YPA average as Rodgers (7.1 vs 7.3).

    Rodgers has played his entire career in Green Bay. Sam had a little about 10 days with the Vikings before his first game.

    I tried to keep things simple – you have to remember who I was trying to communicate with.

  8. Yeah right, Florio. If the 1st Pre-Season game determines the fate of a team let’s just cancel the rest of the season, why don’t we.

  9. Vikings are breaking new ground, no pun intended, when it comes to offensive line play. Those are the best coached, most talented bunch of cadavers ever assembled on a football field.

  10. “gtodriver says:

    August 11, 2017 at 7:12 am

    gbfanforever says:

    Sam Bradford is primed for another season of games where he goes 40 of 60 for 120 yards
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Math typically isn’t a strong point for Packer fans.”

    Obviously offence isn’t a strong suit for you Vikings fans either.

  11. Who says preseason tells which team you are in regular season? If that’s the case I’m sure teams that won all preseason games wins every regular season games then.

  12. Joetrollonto says:
    August 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

    gtodriver…….. You failed to mention that Rodgers had 44 total tds ( 40 passing 4 rushing 24 more than Bradford) and less turnovers ( Bradford 5 ints 10 fum Rodgers 7 ints 7 gym). If your going to go based on stats those are the ones to go off of. That and wins. This is coming from a Bills fan.
    _________

    Just for the sake of accuracy, Bradford actually had fewer turnovers than Rodgers. A turnover would be a fumble lost, not just a fumble. Bradford lost five and Rodgers lost four, so Bradford had 10 turnovers and Rodgers had 11 turnovers.

  13. Who says preseason tells which team you are in regular season? If that’s the case I’m sure teams that won all preseason games wins every regular season games then. Not all starters played and no game plan? Sure not the way it’s played in the regular season.

  14. still better than the 20 rushing yards the Pack put up last night….GB trolls have enough to worry about without making inane comments about the Vikings issues…

  15. lambeaudungbarn says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Perhaps if Rick would Draft O linemen in the first 2 or 3 rounds it might change but we know Rick love to bask his ego in the limelight of drafting splash players! His theory of being able to draft a line in later rounds and “train them up” has been proven wrong!

    ________

    Are you sure? Matt Kalil immediately comes to mind.

  16. gbfanforever says:
    August 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    Sam Bradford is primed for another season of games where he goes 40 of 60 for 120 yards
    —————————————————————————————
    I thought this comment was firmly tongue in cheek, but it sure blew a few cylinders in gto’s engine.

  17. bhuettl says:

    Obviously offence isn’t a strong suit for you Vikings fans either.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Guess who holds the record for most consecutive games with 300 or more yards of offense? Hint – it’s not the Packers…

    Most Consecutive Games, 300 or More Yards Gained

    36 Minnesota, 2002-04

    30 Minnesota, 1999-2000
    St. Louis, 2000-02

    29 Los Angeles, 1949-1951

  18. icebowler says:

    I thought this comment was firmly tongue in cheek, but it sure blew a few cylinders in gto’s engine.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    My 462ci all Pontiac engine is just fine.

    You’re just frustrated that it was so easy to blow up your buddy’s goof ball post with documented facts.

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