The QB situation – Grade: A
Sam Bradford came in and completed 22 of 31 passes for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns in his Minnesota Vikings debut for a QB rating of 121.2. This grade may seem high but considering the circumstances of stepping on to the field after being a Viking for only 14 days, opening up a brand new billion dollar stadium packed with over 60,000 fans, and to top it all off to have the game be against the Minnesota Vikings biggest rival, the Green Bay Packers, it makes the performance of Sam Bradford all the more special. It may arguably be his most impressive game as a pro. For only being a Minnesota Viking for 2 weeks he appeared in rhythm with his receivers, completing passes to 7 different receivers, most notably showing a connection with our star WR Stefon Diggs with 9 completions for 182 yards and a touchdown throw perfectly placed over the top right down the middle of the field.
The O-Line performance – Grade: D-
The only part of the Vikings team to take a noticeable step back was the offensive line. I have no doubts that the boys up front will get it together, as they will have to go up against the ultra talented Carolina Panthers D-Line and linebackers. Not only this week did they fail to open up running lanes, they stood idly by as AP and Sam Bradford got tossed around by Clay Matthews, Jake Ryan and the rest of the Packers. During the offseason it was a topic of conversation that the Minnesota Vikings have one of the most expensive O-Lines in the NFL and with the price tag that high its safe to expect much more out of this group. Alex Boone made comments on the level of crowd noise when the offense is on the field, at home it is supposed to be to your advantage to work on the field in a quieter atmosphere while letting the crowd noise affect the opposing teams defense, but it was US Bank stadium game #1 and it was of course going to be hyped up. The O-Line needs to be better this week, no sugar-coating here, the Carolina Panthers fans aren’t gonna care about the be quiet memo, I’m guessing its gonna be tough sledding to start for the offense but I’m confident the line can pull it together.