As the Minnesota Vikings opened up there new stadium, the Green Bay Packers were planning to ruin the celebration. The Vikings, led by new quarterback Sam Bradford, were able to hold off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers 17-14. There were a lot of important factors to take away from this game. Both teams will be fighting for playoff positions as the season goes on so there rematch on week 16 will be very interesting.
Can Sam Bradford continue being consistent?
As a former number one overall draft pick, Sam Bradford has his number of ups and downs. As of recent he has had more downs but on Sunday night, Bradford played an efficient game. He was 22-31 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Bradford looked confident in the pocket as he made some very good throws down field. The connection he and receiver Stefon Diggs had was very impressive. Bradford did not turn the ball over which really helped the Vikings offense as they could not establish the run. He took a few hard shots in the pocket which always seem to go bad in his injury filled career but nothing seemed to faze him. If Bradford can continue this his good play from the pocket, the Vikings will be a tough team to beat.
Is Aaron Rodgers still the “BAD MAN?”
All-Pro quarterback, Aaron Rodgers had a rough night for the Packers who are looking for some consistency on offense. The Discount Double Check king was held in check as he was sacked five times, fumbled three times, and threw an interception. Despite being one of the best at his position, the Vikings defense came to play as they harassed Rodgers all night. He was still able to display his elusiveness as he made some very good throws on the run. The Packers should be a contender but are still looking to get back to the elite offense they know they can be. With running back Eddie Lacy coming back from a bad season and Jordy Nelson returning from injury, Rodgers will be expected to put up big numbers.
Has the NFC North power structure shifted?
The Green Bay Packers have ruled the NFC North since Aaron Rodgers has become the starting quarterback. Last year the Vikings won the division after playing great defense and running the football with Adrian Peterson. With most of their starters back and adding some newer talent, the Vikings are poised to continue making offenses nervous in the league. Peterson on the other hand suffered a knee injury with might sideline him for at least a game. At 31 years old, durability questions come into play as the future Hall of Famer will be needed to make a strong postseason run. With Sam Bradford taking over as the signal caller after Teddy Bridgewater’s injury, he must continue to have performances like this. The Packers might be in trouble.