The Minnesota Vikings new stadium and new quarterback were on display last night and neither one disappointed. The $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium impressed all around as did Sam Bradford, whom the Vikings acquired in a trade with the Eagles after losing starter Teddy Bridgewater for the season. Bradford hit 22 of 31 for 286 yards and two touchdowns, while the Vikings defense sacked Aaron Rodgers five times in a 17-14 win over the rival Packers that allowed the Vikings to remain undefeated in the young season at 2-0.
The Packers got the scoring started when Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson from a yard out for a 7-0 lead, but it was all Minnesota from there. Stefon Diggs proved to be Bradford’s favorite target, hauling in nine passes for 182 yards and one touchdown, while the Vikings defense held the Packers to 65 first half yards, as they built a 10-7 lead.
Rodgers got into a groove in the second half, throwing for 154 yards and running for a fourth quarter touchdown that cut the Vikings lead to 17-14, but he was picked off by Trae Waynes with 1:50 left to seal the victory for Minnesota against their rival Packers.
The lone negative on the night for the Vikings was an apparent right knee injury to Adrian Peterson, who limped off the field in the third quarter after rushing for 19 yards on 12 carries. Peterson was wearing a brace and walking with crutches after the game. Head Coach Mike Zimmer said he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. On a positive note, U.S. Bank Stadium looked beautiful and makes Vikings tickets an even more sought out asset in Minneapolis.
Rodgers – 20 of 36, 213 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Bradford – 22 of 31, 286 Yards, 2 TD
Lacy – 12 Carries, 50 Yards
Peterson – 12 Carries, 19 Yards
Nelson – 5 Receptions, 73 Yards, 1 TD
Diggs – 9 Receptions 182 Yards, 1 TD