Until Teddy Bridgewater makes a full, successful recovery from his horrific knee injury, Sam Bradford will be the starting quarterback for the Vikings. He wasn't too bad in that role last season, staying healthy all year and completing a personal-best 71.6 percent of his passes for nearly 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. But even with those totals, he barely finished as a Top 24 signal-caller. Bradford is at best a quality reserve in two-quarterback formats and cannot be trusted in redraft leagues unless it's as a bye-week replacement off of waivers.
Bradford "has earned the right to be the starting quarterback," according to coach Mike Zimmer, ESPN's Ben Goessling reports. Bradford's trade to the Vikings prior to Week 1 caused waves across the league, and by winning his first four games at the helm, he couldn't have gotten off to a better start in Minnesota. Although the team's performance significantly fell off over the course of the campaign, Bradford was hardly the reason for that, as he not only set a new NFL record by completing 71.6 percent of his passes, but also threw for a career-high 3,877 yards. With 20 touchdowns versus just five interceptions as well, Bradford filled the sudden void created by Teddy Bridgewater's devastating knee injury rather well, justifying Zimmer's vote of confidence in him ahead of next season, when Bridgewater's status is still to be determined.
Bradford completed 25 of 33 pass attempts for 250 yards and three touchdowns with an interception in Sunday's 38-10 win over the Bears. He also gained 24 yards on his only carry of the game. Bradford helped his team race out to a 24-10 lead with three touchdown passes in the first half and coasted off of the running game with the result no longer in doubt. He endured some ups and downs for the Vikings this season, but he was able to finish the season strong with six touchdowns compared to one interception during the final two weeks. With the team likely to see some turnover on the offensive side of the ball this offseason, it remains to be seen what role Bradford will operate in next season during the final year of his contract.
Bradford completed 34 of 50 passes for 382 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against the Packers. While Bradford posted season highs in both passing yards and passing scores Saturday, it came behind a season-high 50 passing attempts in an attempt to keep pace with Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Still, Bradford's performance ranked among his best as a member of the Vikings as he discovered a nearly unstoppable connection with receiver Adam Thielen. Next up, the Oklahoma product will receive an appealing matchup against the Bears in Week 17.
Bradford completed 32 of 42 yards for 291 yards and an interception Sunday against the Colts. He also lost a fumble in the 34-6 loss. Bradford didn't benefit from pass-heavy play-calling after the Vikings got down 27-0 at the half. The 29-year-old quarterback has only thrown multiple touchdown passes in three games this season for an inept Minnesota offense.
Bradford (shoulder) does not have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. Bradford's sore right shoulder caused him to be limited in practice this week prior to Friday's full session, but that latest appearance cleared any concern over his Week 15 status.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||New Orleans Saints||24||21.31|
|3||09/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||19.81|
|6||10/15||Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
|11||11/19||Los Angeles Rams||26||21.88|
|16||12/24||@Green Bay Packers||30||23.05|
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