Bradford sets completion percentage record in meaningless finale

AP

The Vikings started 5-0. Then they lost eight of 10 games. And then they scored a blowout victory in a meaningless finale to finish the year at 8-8.

Minnesota blasted the Bears, 38-10, in the last game of the 2016 season. The victory included quarterback Sam Bradford setting the single-season completion-percentage record of 71.6.

Of course, most of those throws traveled 4-6 yards, reducing the degree of difficulty significantly.

The win by the Vikings was a loss for the Eagles, who hold Minnesota’s first-round pick via the trade that brought Bradford to town eight days before the regular-season opener. That pick likely will now be lower than it otherwise would have been.

Bradford completed 25 of 33 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Kyle Rudolph caught 11 of this passes for 117 yards and a score. Defensive end Everson Griffen capped the scoring with a 20-yard return of a fumble.

51 responses to “Bradford sets completion percentage record in meaningless finale

  1. Congrats to the Vikings on their .500 seasaon, I didn’t think they would get there, especially after starting 5-0, but some how, they managed to pull it off.

  2. That’s actually pretty impressive. Bradford is a legit NFL starter and I hope he continues to stay healthy so we can see what his full potential is.

  3. The victory included quarterback Sam Bradford setting the single-season completion-percentage record of 71.6.

    Of course, most of those throws traveled 4-6 yards, reducing the degree of difficulty significantly.
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    Did you see the Vikings O-line this year? If he held the ball another second and tried to connect on longer throws he have been killed by week 4.

    Not to mention the related issue that the team had no running game at all.

  4. Mortgaged their future for this one year on Bradford is insane. Herschel Walker trade all over again. This time it is another NFC East team that will profit.

  5. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 4:34 PM

    not meaningless to him. got an extra 1.1 million due to incentives.. chek your story b4 you publish it.
    ++++++++++++++

    That contract will look great in the trophy case

  6. Football stats never tell the whole story. Bradford was incredibly average this year, although he played well today.

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    You may be right there….I mean with the offensive line play, from the injury riddled Vikings, his stats should have been far worse. The fact that he fought, in spite of the injuries suffered by this team says something about Sam Bradford. This was his best year statistically. Imagine what he could have done with an O-line that didn’t have the injuries that this one had.
    This O line played with 12 different combinations of players this season.
    So haters can bash all they want, but Bradford had a GREAT season, all things considered.

  7. It actually is an important step because Bridgewater is basically the back up now Bradford has had a very solid year outside of the offensive line allowing him to get beat up.

    He’s very accurate so their entire off-Season should only focus on them bring it and depth

  8. Nobody should be throwing shade at Bradford. He came to this team right before the season started. 7 guys from the OL got injured. His running back got injured. His OC quit. He had NO time to find receivers so he had to dink and dunk on most plays. Considering what he had to deal with, I’d say only about 6 or 8 QB’S had more impressive seasons this year. MVP? Of course not, but he had a very respectable season considering the crap he dealt with. His numbers were good enough, the rest of the team carries most of the blame.

  9. Oh for crying out loud Packer trolls. You’ve had 2 consecutive Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Mike McCarthy no different than Mike Tomlin (Roethlisburger) and Belichick (Brady). It’s easy to pump your chest when you are merely
    being carried, again, by Rodgers. Have some humility and appreciate your good fortune. Cause your team ain’t never been all that. It’s definitely been Rodgers.

  10. knew8411 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 4:55 PM
    So haters can bash all they want, but Bradford had a GREAT season, all things considered.
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    Except for that 3-8 record after the bye week, with the 3 teams they beat, combing for 12 wins on the season, but yes Kudos to Bradford for being able to over come injuries to the oline (even though plenty of other teams have dealt with it too) and what is also amazing is Bradford had as many catches as Laquon Treadwell, this season so he has that going for him too.

  11. Another 3rd place ribbon for the trophy cabinet. Great season, doing all the little things to keep them in contention for last place every year!

  12. For 17 million next season and with Bridgewater a huge question mark as to when or even IF he can play again, I’d say it’s Bradford’s job to lose next year. That kind of accuracy combined with a running game could go places. Bring in a Christian McAffrey type general purpose guy to keep the opposing linebackers honest, have Petersen running strong, and suddenly that dink & dunk stuff is looking pretty good.

  13. florioscrusades says:
    Jan 1, 2017 5:07 PM

    Oh for crying out loud Packer trolls. You’ve had 2 consecutive Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Mike McCarthy no different than Mike Tomlin (Roethlisburger) and Belichick (Brady). It’s easy to pump your chest when you are merely
    being carried, again, by Rodgers. Have some humility and appreciate your good fortune. Cause your team ain’t never been all that. It’s definitely been Rodgers.
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    And just why exactly do you think they are and will be hall of famers? Favre was garbage in Atlanta and when he first got to GB. Mike Holmgren and the Packers coaching staff developed Favre into what he was, pure and simple.

    Rodgers has said several times that sitting behind Favre and learning from the GB staff, coupled with Mike McCarthy’s QB school made him what he is today. Every single aspect of Rodgers’ mechanics are different than when he was drafted.

    The best part is that the Packers will likely develop another one for when Rodgers is ready to step down, so you’ll still be able to complain because your team has been, is, and will be, too inept to develop any of the several 1st round QBs they’ve drafted and will continue to draft and destroy.

    Leatherface better get on it… you have a real shot at becoming The Purple Head with logic like this. “The Packers can develop Quarterbacks and the Vikings can’t. It’s not fair! It’s just not fair!”

  14. After their most impressive win of the season, Vikings fans are thinking of the team’s guaranteed 1st Super Bowl victory next season. Dang.

    Some
    Kids
    dOn’t
    Learn……. SKOL!!!!

  15. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Jan 1, 2017 6:02 PM
    florioscrusades says:
    Jan 1, 2017 5:07 PM

    Oh for crying out loud Packer trolls. You’ve had 2 consecutive Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Mike McCarthy no different than Mike Tomlin (Roethlisburger) and Belichick (Brady). It’s easy to pump your chest when you are merely
    being carried, again, by Rodgers. Have some humility and appreciate your good fortune. Cause your team ain’t never been all that. It’s definitely been Rodgers.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And just why exactly do you think they are and will be hall of famers? Favre was garbage in Atlanta and when he first got to GB. Mike Holmgren and the Packers coaching staff developed Favre into what he was, pure and simple.

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    If you don’t think Brett Favre is a stone cold lock to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, you are WAY too biased to be taken seriously.

  16. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jan 1, 2017 6:17 PM

    If you don’t think Brett Favre is a stone cold lock to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, you are WAY too biased to be taken seriously.
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    Especially seeing as he all ready is in the HOF, I hope that is some sarcasm, but with some people you never know on some of these threads.

    You are however right, that the great coaching the “Mike’s” did absolutely helped those players become the HOF tier , BUT the players were NOT HOF caliber when winning their SB they were on they were trending upwards. When they did reach that goal, but it took several more years of great play for them to be solidified as HOF material.

  17. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    Jan 1, 2017 6:17 PM

    If you don’t think Brett Favre is a stone cold lock to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, you are WAY too biased to be taken seriously.
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    Favre was inducted into the HOF earlier this year, but thanks for playing. It doesn’t change the fact that he was garbage early on. Atlanta was ready to cut him. Nobody wanted him. Wolf was called insane for trading a 1st round pick for him. The purple yahoos laughed and laughed at the Packers’ “horrible blunder.”

    Ron Wolf saw the potential and Mike Holmgren & staff developed the potential.

    Much like Ted Thompson was smart enough to grab Rodgers when he could and Mike McCarthy & staff developed his potential.

    Two Lombardi’s later (thus far), the purples sound like petulant children. “The Packers can develop Quarterbacks and the Vikings can’t! It’s not fair! It’s just not fair!”

    The Minnesota Vikings philosophy appears to be “Draft and Destroy”… but yeah, that’s the Packers’ fault.

  18. Great season, Sam. Too bad you had to play with 3rd and 4th string linemen…won’t be case next year. You’ll enjoy QBing on the home turf in the superbowl.

  19. 1pavikingfan says:
    Jan 1, 2017 4:43 PM
    Should have drafted Cody Whitehair instead of Laquon / MacKenzie … He could have helped us a lot.

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    When the 2nd round pick came around, I fully expected them to take Whitehair. I was really hoping they would have gotten him.

  20. First time in the history of PFT when I agreed with that coyote guy — haven’t seen a team shoot itself in the foot like the Bears did today in a long, long time.

    And cabbage, if the Pack is so good at developing QBs, what’s happened to all those non-first round Pack QB draft picks that failed? And there’s plenty. Nothing wrong with admitting your team has had good fortune — claiming it was anything else shows your lack of a firm grasp on reality.

  21. knew8411 says:
    Jan 1, 2017 4:55 PM
    So haters can bash all they want, but Bradford had a GREAT season, all things considered.
    ________________________

    Except for that 3-8 record after the bye week, with the 3 teams they beat, combing for 12 wins on the season, but yes Kudos to Bradford for being able to over come injuries to the oline (even though plenty of other teams have dealt with it too) and what is also amazing is Bradford had as many catches as Laquon Treadwell, this season so he has that going for him too.

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    How many of those teams also lost (quite possibly) the best tailback in the nfl?
    I think it is pretty safe to say….NONE!
    Tredwell, I don’t think we were talking about him. Your fishing now, aren’t you?

    Like I have said before….I cant wait to see the Packers go into Dallas, and get bounced like a basketball.

  22. Slight of hand Sam has pulled the wool over the eyes of Vikings fans. So he has the single season completion percentage record eh? So what, this guy doesn’t’ /can’t throw it 15 yards down the field. This guy is a top end backup at best and when the chips are down, lacks the mental/physical toughness to grind it out. It was a fine effort to attempt to save the season but is not the answer. Go back to Ted or draft/ trade for Romo, Sam love she money, not football.

  23. I want to see the Vikings get beat like a drum in the playoffs…… oh, never mind.

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