Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is stashing one veteran mercenary after the next to combat the seemingly unfair string of injuries he’s seen since late August. The only undefeated team remaining in the NFL, Minnesota has its eyes on a Super Bowl and nothing else, which explains the all-or-nothing replacement game they’ve been playing.
Should Long be correct and truly be as healthy as he’s been since 2010, this is just another genius gamble taken by a front office that has absolutely nothing to lose at this point. Long has the bye week to prepare before starting his career in purple against the Eagles’ wide-nine defense.
“A matter of fact, forget it. We felt as a team, as players, we came together and we felt like we’d never done that when we played against the Packers,” Rhodes said. “Us as DBs felt like we could handle him. That’s how we felt as DBs that we could stay on our side and cover him. In the beginning, we’d always played against them and played our sides, so that’s what we as DBs went with.”
Ditching the game plan helped Nelson go off in the first half. Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target complied 145 yards and two TDs on seven first-half receptions — some of that yardage came against Rhodes. The Packers led 28-13 before the Vikings got to the locker room and cheap jerseys and Zimmer took control.
MINNEAPOLIS — It might have been only one game, but an undeniable message was sent on Sunday night. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford used the national spotlight to remind us all of his potential, as well as the reason why he’s managed to keep finding work after so much turmoil. When he came to this franchise just over two weeks ago, it seemed like an impulsive response to a catastrophic emergency. Today, it feels like something more real, more rewarding — the type of blessing that nobody saw coming when Minnesota’s season was on the verge of early collapse.
The Vikings acquired Bradford in a trade with Philadelphia on Sept. 3 because they lost their former starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to a freakish knee injury. Now, two games into the season, star running back Adrian Peterson is sidelined indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Normally, this would be the time for any franchise to start thinking about the 2017 NFL Draft. Instead, the Vikings should be thinking about all the possibilities that now exist, because Bradford’s debut was literally that impressive.
The Vikings announced late Wednesday night they signed the former Raiders running back who rushed for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns on 195 carries last season in Oakland. It’s a three-year deal worth roughly $15 million, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
The Vikings, who released longtime starter Adrian Peterson in February, ranked last in the league in rushing yards per game in 2016, averaging just 75.3. Murray totaled 4.0 yards per carry last year and has rushed for 2,278 yards in his career.
The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that the linebacker would announce his retirement at a press conference on Tuesday. The news conference will take place at noon ET.
Greenway played his entire career in Minnesota, ranking fourth in franchise history with 1,334 tackles, according to the team. In 156 career games, the 34-year-old compiled 18 regular-season sacks, 32 passes broken up and 11 interceptions.
Hill, who went 18 of 33 for 236 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, seemed comfortable with the uncertainty. The 36-year-old, who has spent a majority of his career as a second or third string quarterback, laughed off some of the typical slights that are often unintentionally hurled his way. When asked by a reporter if Zimmer simply asked him not to lose the game, Hill smiled.
“We all understand what it takes to win in this league,” he said. “I understand how this team is built, having spent the year with this team and seeing where our wins came from last year. There’s certainly a way to win in this league and a way to lose and coach Zimmer does a great job preaching how to win.”