When they face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings will be breaking in a brand new home, as it will be the team’s first game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It appears that they will be breaking in a new quarterback as well.
According to Ben Goessling of ESPN (though our own Arif Hasan originally said this yesterday), Sam Bradford will make his first start at quarterback as a member of the Vikings on Sunday Night Football. From Goessling’s reports, Bradford took all of the first-team snaps at quarterback this week, and it appears that Mike Zimmer and company think that he’s done enough to earn the start under the bright lights.
The Vikings acquired Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles back on 3 September, just 8 days before the first game of the season. There was a mild debate over who would start the opener against the Tennessee Titans, but with Bradford not realistically able to get everything down that quickly, Shaun Hill got the call instead. Hill played decently, completing 18-of-33 passes for 236 yards, but did not lead the team to an offensive touchdown.
I’m relatively sure everyone knew it was a matter of time before Bradford took over the starting quarterback job, given the bounty that the Vikings parted with in order to acquire him. If the reports are true, that time is going to be on Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium.