The QB Situation – Grade: C-
The hardest position to grade by far. Sam Bradford did not have a good game at all. The silver lining is it was not all his fault. Yes the early interception was a poor decision, but the receiver could have made a better play on the ball instead of waiting back. Yes he fumbled the ball, but he had Eagles swarming around him all game long. I would have liked to have seen Bradford tuck the ball and drop instead of letting the ball go, but on almost all the fumbles he was a quarter second from moving his arm forward. Lots of people are saying this game is indicative of who Sam Bradford is… I’m not buying it after only 1 bad week out of 5.
The O-Line Situation – Grade: F
The offensive line was, well, offensive. Sports writers are quick to point the blame on Jake Long, what they don’t realize is Jake Long was only out on the field for about 19 out of over 50 snaps. It was said “How can a man who had only 1 practice in pads since a serious injury play in an NFL game?”, and that sentiment rang true, but the blame can be spread down the entire offensive line. A slight pardon can be given to Center Joe Berger who Pro Football Focus actually gave a positive grade in this game.
It’s no secret now that this is the weakness for the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer called them soft, embarrassing, and had no problem letting them know that this loss was on them. No man would have wanted to be an O-Lineman for the Minnesota Vikings this week at Winter Park. Don’t look to the front office to make any splashy trade deadline move, there isn’t much left to work with and giving up another Draft pick may be mortgaging the future at the expense of the present.