Sam Bradford might be able to return to the Minnesota Vikings in time for the playoffs and the team should take advantage.
A lot has changed in the NFL since the first week of the regular season. The New Orleans Saints went from a mediocre looking team to, probably, the second most feared team in the NFC behind the Minnesota Vikings. Sam Bradford went from one of the best games of his career to only playing one more half of football the rest of the regular season. It might all be coming full circle.
Bradford is eligible to come off the injured reserve before the Vikings participate in the playoffs. So if Bradford’s knee is okay, the Vikings can activate the quarterback and he would be eligible to play in the postseason. Minnesota should certainly go down this path.
Case Keenum is the Vikings starting quarterback until he is injured or the team loses in the postseason, but quarterbacks are vitally important in football. If Keenum does get injured, Bradford needs to be his backup. Bradford had a really good game this year and a solid season a season ago for the purple. Fellow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has only appeared in garbage time this season once and otherwise hasn’t played in two seasons. A couple weeks ago against Cincinnati was Bridgewater’s first game action since his knee injury, so take the following with that in mind, but didn’t look incredibly sharp against Bengals backups.
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Quarterbacks are so important that the Vikings should have all three on the playoff roster. What other team can beat a three-headed monster of Keenum, Bradford and Bridgewater?
It is Keenum’s job this season until he is physically unable to do it anymore, but it’d be a smart idea to have great backups behind him just in case of injury. Anytime you have a backup QB in it does get sketchy, just ask the Philadelphia Eagles, but it’s smart to have the best contingency plans possible.
A lot has changed since the first week of the season, but nothing might be all that different. After a year of injuries, the Vikings just might enter the playoffs with the quarterback they started the season with ready to go.
The Vikings look to wrap up a first round bye in the playoffs with a win on Sunday. Vikings take on the Chicago Bears from U.S. Bank Stadium at noon.