The Vikings face off against their long-time rivals from across the border Sunday night. All eyes and ears are straining to find out who will be under center. Veteran Shaun Hill protected the ball, made some nice throws, and contributed to a win in game 1 against the Titans. He also, however, badly overthrew a wide-open Diggs streaking toward the endzone, and badly missed Johnson on a post. His limited ability to stretch the field allowed the Titans’ defense to stack the box and stifle (an albeit rusty) Adrian Peterson. The Packers will provide much stiffer competition than the Titans did, and the Vikings defense can’t be counted on for 2 TDs every week.
Newly acquired Sam Bradford has been taking every waking opportunity to digest the Vikings’ playbook…….even to the point of waking up QB coach Scott Turner in the middle of the night to ask questions. Bradford has had 2 weeks to become familiar with the offense – could it be sufficient to surplant Hill at the most important position on the field?
It was leaked through Twitter that Bradford took ALL the first team reps during Thursday’s practice, giving valid weight to the speculation that he will debut against the Packers. At this point, a more accurate and stronger arm may be able to offset inexperience with the playbook, and tip things in Bradford’s favor. The big worry, of course, is a repeat of the MNF fiasco that was Josh Freeman, who was rushed into the lineup LOOOOONG before he should have been.
Could we be headed for embarrassment, or vindication? Worst-case scenario, start Bradford and if things go sour, Hill is more than willing to step back on the field.