Not only will fantasy owners have to consider this being the Vikings first road game - Minnesota struggled on the road last season - but the Vikings will be going up against a lethal Pittsburgh Steelers offense. But the Steelers still got out with a win and ultimately that is all that matters. Bradford completed 27-of-32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, possibly posting the best stat line of his entire National Football League career.
I would consider starting Bradford in Week 2 against a sub-par Steeler defense. Improved offensive line play means a more effective running game and more time to throw, so perhaps Bradford can quiet critics who say he's only accurate because he never pushes the ball downfield. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 263 yards, two TDs and one INT last week.
Bradford arrived in Minnesota via a trade with Philadelphia just prior to the start of last season. The Vikings had 95- and 89-yard touchdown drives against the Saints (Minnesota also had a 74-yard touchdown march).
The knee Bradford injured in the season opener is the same knee that underwent surgeries in 2013 and 2014.
The Vikings opened the season with only two quarterbacks on the active roster and Teddy Bridgewater on the physically unable to perform list. However, the Minnesota defense held New Orleans to only 19 points on the night.
Bradford has been listed as a limited participant on the team's practice reports all week, but the source said the thought was that Bradford would be able to play when the Vikings visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Former first-round pick Trae Waynes, the cornerback opposite Rhodes, was beaten for a 52-yard completion (to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis) and an 8-yard touchdown (to tight end Coby Fleener) in the Saints game.
The drive started with a 35-yard pass play from quarterback Sam Bradford to wide receiver Adam Thielen, but a deeper glance at the film showed that left guard Nick Easton also had some fun on the play. He was released by Denver on September 2 before signing with the Vikings' practice squad on September 4.
"Me personally, I feel like I'm going to do it", Dupree said. Even if you think that Bradford can't repeat anything close to what he did in Week 1, no one is foolish enough to deny the massive dropoff from him to either Keenum or Sloter.