Vikings vs. Packers

This game was a stunner for a few reasons. First, the Vikings beat the Packers! Second, Sam Bradford actually played well and only after having approximately two weeks to learn the Vikings offense. Now, I am not too familiar with Bradford’s body of work, mostly because he’s been injured the majority of his career, but if how he played yesterday is what he showed when he was drafted No. 1 overall six years ago, then I can see why the Rams held on to him for so long and why the Eagles tried to make him work. His game last night was his best game as a pro in the NFL, where he completed 70% of his passes for 250 yards.

Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, was…meh. He looked so unlike himself, I have to believe he must have had other things on his mind. There’s no other explanation for why the alleged best quarterback in the league got beat by a guy who’s been with the Vikings for about 48 hours. ¬†Who knows what was going on, but he just did not seem there. He looked confused, unsure and just all around flustered. He threw one touchdown, one interception and fumbled the ball 3 times. Hopefully Olivia Munn will comfort him this week so he can play better next game.

The Vikings defense was great getting pressure on Rodgers all night. Mike Zimmer has really done a lot with their defense. They seem to get better each year. Adrian Peterson left the game with a pretty bad injury. He has a torn meniscus, which sounds very painful and there is no timetable for his return. I think the Vikings should be OK not relying too much on the running game if Bradford continues to play they way he did. Separately however, I am always amazed at how tough these guys are. Some of these injuries would have me rolling around on the ground in tears, but not them. Most of the time they get up and essentially walk it off. I suppose that shows the high level for pain you have to have to play in the NFL.

I think most people thought this game would be an easy win for the Packers, but they ended up going home stunned and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. I like the Vikings. They have a good young quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, who hopefully should be back next season, and a good defense. The Vikings haven’t been to the Super Bowl since 1977 and they haven’t won a playoff game in at least 6 years. Minnesota seems like a nice enough town and Minnesota fans seem to really love their team. Also, I can’t say I’m the biggest Clay Matthews fan, so too bad Packers, better luck next time!

Additional Notes:

If the Vikings can generally stay healthy, I think they have a good chance of going far this season.

Clay Matthews appears to have cut his hair, which is a good thing.

While Bradford played well, I don’t see him taking the starting job from Teddy, or rather I hope he doesn’t.

Get well soon, Teddy!