Sam Bradford wins his first NFC offensive player of the week award

AP

Yes, it was the best game of his career. And the people responsible for issuing weekly awards noticed.

Sam Bradford is the NFC’s offensive player of the week. For the first time in his career.

Bradford completed 27 of 32 passes (84.4 percent) for 346 yards (10.8 yards per pass) and three touchdowns in a 29-19 win over the Saints. Blessed with time by an offensive line that was much better than it was in 2016, Bradford consistently found open receivers. And on one play when his intended receiver wasn’t open, Bradford dropped the ball over the coverage and into the hands of receiver Jarius Wright. It was the middle snap of a three-play, three-throw sequence that gave the Vikings the lead — and that made it clear they would win the game.

It’s a great acknowledgement of a carer night for Bradford, but there’s a long way to go. Above all else, he needs to stay healthy, something he hasn’t consistently done throughout his career. Last year, he somehow survived a constant onslaught of hits, thanks to the team’s subpar blocking. This year, it should be easier for him to keep lining up and taking snaps.

If he does, and if he gets the time he enjoyed on Monday night, the Vikings could end up a lot better than last year’s 3-8 collapse after a 5-0 start.

56 responses to “Sam Bradford wins his first NFC offensive player of the week award

  1. He did it against the Aints at home! They are still terrible! Let’s see him do it this week against the Steel Curtain on the road and then I’ll be impressed.

  2. He must feel pretty good about this considering the path he had to take to get to the Vikings. I was very impressed with him last year, doing everything he could and taking a beating while doing it. I was never impressed with Bridgewater beyond being an adequate back-up. There was way too much wishing and hoping and dreaming Bridgewater was the answer. I think this guy is the answer. He makes the Vikings dangerous, especially with the addition of Cook. Their receivers are pretty darn good too, especially Thielen. Everything is legit with this Viking team. If they can’t make something happen, it’s on Zimmer. And don’t count on the Packers making it easy for them! Congratulations to Bradford. He earned it.

  3. They need to spread it around and this is likely to be the only week this season where Bradford posts good stats.

  4. Saints are awful on Defense, but still… it was nice to see Adam and Diggs get to show off on prime time (against a non Packer team), those two are really underrated.

    Neither guy is a big draft pick, so they’re both pretty good stories of young guys earning it. (vikes still suck).

  5. Funny, before the game everyone was talking about the Saints’ new-look defense and how bad the Vikings’ offense was. Now that the Vikings had a great offensive performance, it’s all because of the terrible Saints defense. I guess the Patriots have a terrible defense because they made Alex Smith look like an All-Pro. Bad defense or not, the Vikings had a much better game against the Saints than almost every team had against them last year. I don’t expect a repeat against the Steelers, but give the guy a little credit.

  6. The one thing most people didn’t get about the Vikings’ 5-0 start last year was the fact that the defense and special teams contributed a great deal of scoring during that streak. When that stopped (as it does for every team), the offense couldn’t pick up the slack.

    The good news is that the 29 points they scored against the Saints was all offense, the kind of offense a team needs to make a run at the post-season. Not saying they’ll make it, but they got better production Monday night out of that offense than in any meaningful game a year ago.

  7. We Packers fans don’t like this because we know Aaron and his ego. Hurts. Bad.

  8. bighoser says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:16 am
    He did it against the Aints at home! They are still terrible! Let’s see him do it this week against the Steel Curtain on the road and then I’ll be impressed
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    LMAO the Steelers D has been pathetic the past decade and this year will be no different

  9. It doesn’t matter what the naysayers blather on about, that was an impressive performance against an NFL defense. You won’t see more than a handful of games all season that were that good. Don’t forget, there were 3-4 dropped balls (2 by the rookie RB) in that game. He easily could have gone 30 or 31 for 32 and 400 yards in that game.

  10. I’m not big on making any conclusions or assumptions about teams until after week 5 or 6, of course maybe that’s just because my team lost in Week 1. That being said, I watched the Monday night game and Bradford made a few throws that evening that only a tiny handful of QB’s in this league can make. High difficulty, elite-level throws. That sort of thing matters regardless of where we’re at in the season.

    The other thing that stood out was the time the Vikings o-line gave him to throw. I watched a few Vikings games last year and at least from the eyeball test, that was the worst offensive line I watched all season. Yes, the Saints have a poor defense, but they do have a decent pass rush which was completely neutralized on Monday night.

    If (and it’s a big if) that offensive line is just “average”, and barring catastrophic injuries again this season, the Vikings win the North. They have unquestionably the best defense in the division and just as many offensive weapons (if not more) than any other team in that division. It all comes down to that offensive line.

  11. I have been one of Bradford’s biggest critics over the years. He earned my respect over the last year. Nobody except his mom expected him to succeed in Minnesota, yet he has exceeded expectations in just about every way. He played one heckuva game on Monday, and earned the NFCPOW honor the old fashioned way.

  12. Codythao, really? Rodgers played vs the seahawks. Bradford played vs the saints. Big difference there, bud. I don’t think there’s a single gm in the league that would take Bradford over rodgers.

  13. If Sam stays healthy and the o line holds up he’ll have a big year. Vikings fans deserve it for a change.

  14. Not lookin’ too shabby for our 1st round pick.

    I said it before the season started- give Sam some protection and he’ll be more than fine- give him more than a split-second to throw the ball and he’s very accurate- even when going deep. If our O-Line wasn’t decimated last season (and Zim didn’t have the eye problems, and Norv didn’t walk out, etc., etc.,) who knows? Hopefully all stay healthy this season. Imagine the Vikings with a Defense that doesn’t have to spend as much time on the field.

    Let’s see what they can do against the Steelers.

  15. This was, hands down, the best game the team has ever played around Bradford. Even in their 5-0 start, they were winning with the help of defensive and special teams scores. I realize no one predicted much from the Saints, but both of these teams had some serious overhauls in the offseason which left a lot of questions. I’m happy to have some of mine addressed, if not answered. I wasn’t happy about the Cook pick, but his pass blocking was far better than advertised and if he keeps it up and keeps out of trouble, I’ll gladly eat those words. Let’s also not forget some of the truly horrible performances the Vikings have had in primetime over the last few years. Those bright lights have often turned the team into…well, shrinking violets. It’s great to see them chase that ghost away. Nice start, on to Pittsburgh.

  16. As a Vikings fan, I’d love to get excited about this. We all know how it will end up, though. With me punching the wall, dog terrified, jersey sadly hung up in the closet after another heartbreaking finish to another disappointing season. It’s not a fan base, it’s a false hope covenant.

  17. meccalambeaufield3 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 11:23 am

    While he had a good game let’s see how he plays when he actually has to face a defense and not the league’s worst last season.
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    Sam should feel elated that he gets to go against Green Bay’s defense twice a year then. Green Bay’s D was only a notch or two better the Saint’s “league’s worst” D. Thanks for the reminder.

  18. deck28 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Packer fan’s are complete morons! Go comment on your own articles.
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    You do realize that half of these Dolts you’re complaining about are actually Barney fans pretending to be Packer fans.
    I know, hilarious, huh?

  19. lukeshow says:
    September 13, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    As a Vikings fan, I’d love to get excited about this. We all know how it will end up, though. With me punching the wall, dog terrified, jersey sadly hung up in the closet after another heartbreaking finish to another disappointing season. It’s not a fan base, it’s a false hope covenant.
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    At last, a football savvy Viking fan who finally gets it!
    Kudos to you, my friend.

  20. wafflestomp says:
    September 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    deck28 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Packer fan’s are complete morons! Go comment on your own articles.
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    You do realize that half of these Dolts you’re complaining about are actually Barney fans pretending to be Packer fans.
    I know, hilarious, huh?

    ***

    And as a Vikes fan it looks like most of the comments appear to be complimentary, so I’m not sure what he is thinking. Except for the trolls who have been saying the same thing since 1961 (“Zero championships”).

  21. Happy for Bradford & Smith. Hard to feel too sorry for multi-millionaires, but within the context of the game on the field, they’ve had a pretty thankless run for a while now. Hope they keep it up.

  22. I would love to see the Steel Curtain come out of retirement (or the graveyard…) for this week’s game!! Unfortunately, we are stuck with this current pathetic group of Steelers defenders….. who do the Vikes play week 3?

  23. deck28 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Packer fan’s are complete morons! Go comment on your own articles.
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    You really need to look at your fellow purples before you make a comment like that. I’m a Phins fan and even I can tell you most of them spend more time trolling GB than cheering on the Vikes.

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