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Sam Bradford Wins NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

A career performance earns the weekly award

New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings
This is Sam Bradford getting ready to throw the ball against the Saints. There’s an 85% chance this pass was completed, and another 50% chance it went for over 20 yards. Suck it, New Orleans.
Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

A short while ago, the Minnesota Vikings announced that quarterback Sam Bradford has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player Of The Week.

Bradford, acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles just before the beginning of last season, lit up the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night, engineering a 29-19 win that never really appeared to be that close.

In the game, Bradford set career bests for passer rating (143.0), passing yards (346), tied for most touchdown passes (3), and set a Vikings opening game record with an 84.4% completion percentage, going a remarkable 27 of 32.

It’s Bradford’s first POTW award, and he is the first Vikings QB to win the award since Brett Favre in 2009, during the regular season finale against the New York Giants. In that game, Favre went 25-31 for 316 yards and 4 TD’s, as the Vikings jumped out to a 44-0 lead and held off a late Giants rally, hanging on to win 44-7.

Finally, this is the 12th player of the week award the Vikings have received under head coach Mike Zimmer, but only the second offensive player of the week. Last year, Stefon Diggs won for his week 2 performance against Green Bay, a 17-14 Vikings win that opened US Bank Stadium. In the game, Diggs had 9 catches, 182 yards and a TD, as the Vikings won 17-14, in what was also the Vikings debut for Bradford.

Congratulations Sam Bradford, the NFC Offensive Player Of The Week!