Are Sam Bradford, Stout Defense Enough to Propel Vikings to NFC North Title?

September 19, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Minnesota Vikings were always supposed to contend in 2016, but the 2015 NFC North champions were considered contenders heading into the year primarily because of young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and superstar running back Adrian Peterson. 
Two weeks into the 2016 season, and Bridgewater and Peterson are both injured. The former tore his ACL during a preseason practice session and won't play all year; the latter had just 50 rushing yards on 31 carries before suffering a knee injury Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers.
No. 1 overall pick-turned-journeyman Sam Bradford—25 total wins and zero playoff appearances six years into his career—is now the quarterback, and there are clear concerns about the running game regardless of how badly Peterson is hurt. The four-time first-team All-Pro is, after all, 31 years old. 
But the Vikings still lead the NFC North with a 2-0 record after Bradford completed all but nine of his 31 passes for 286...

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