Vikings coach feels better about QB Bradford playing vs. Bucs

Saturday, 23 Sep, 2017

Five missed tackles against the Vikings on Sunday is spectacular, considering how slippery rookie running back Dalvin Cook has been to start his National Football League career, as well as the ability to make plays in the passing game for Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

"He feels better today", Zimmer said of Bradford.

This is why I tell you, Vikings fans, PANIC NOW! In a 35-year span since the 1982 strike, the Vikings have enjoyed such 16-game security in only seven seasons, with Warren Moon (1995) and Daunte Culpepper (2000, 2002 and 2004) also on the list.

There was one thing I couldn't figure out during the Vikings' offseason.

The Vikings are 23-7 ATS in their last 30 home games including the curb stumping they gave the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. In his first action as a Viking on Sunday, he averaged only 4.5 yards per attempt and, about as expected, had a mid-60s passer rating.

Meanwhile, the Vikings are strolling into this game following a tough loss to the Steelers along with many questions surrounding their quarterback situation right now.

Plainly, the Vikings regressed badly against the Steelers.

It did not seem like Minnesota offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur changed much of his play-calls from Week 1 to Week 2, despite having a totally different starting quarterback.

Going into that game the opinion from here had been twofold: 1) Entering his eighth season, the top-overall pick in the 2010 draft was out of excuses for why he didn't excel. "He's beat us the last two years, so we have a ton of respect for him".

"I just got to start faster, and that's what I'm working on with me, to start faster and get in a good jump at that, " Cook said Thursday. "That makes it a little bit easier on ourselves. Everybody knows that you have to get off the field on third down". As noted above, the Vikings' front line has helped the team's rookie tailback get off to a fast start. Both quarterbacks say they will be prepared to start. Plus, there's one from just before game time and another one from this week.

No, you don't. But it's a great start for a team that finished 21st in total defense in 2015, coordinator Keith Butler's first season running that unit, and 12th a year ago. If he can't play this week, do the Vikings stick with Keenum or make a move for another veteran until Teddy Bridgewater can try a comeback?

Zimmer, though, downplayed any knowledge he has for when his two franchise quarterbacks will be ready to play again.

When will we all learn if Bradford can play on Sunday against the Bucs?

Keenum completed only 54 percent of his passes on Sunday while taking 10 percent longer than Bradford to get the ball out of his hands-according to the NFL's next gen stats.

And, just like 2016, they go away to face another NFC team in the third week. "I think they're lucky to be able to get him where they got him".