Mike Zimmer met w/ ESPN’s MNF crew tonight & said he “anticipates” Sam Bradford will start vs. Bears tomorrow.
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) October 8, 2017
Everyone knows that the Vikings have struggled recently @ Soldier Field vs. the Chicago Bears. Monday night’s matchup will need to have a different outcome if the Vikings are going to have a successful 2017 season. The Vikings are 2-2, on the season, going into Monday’s matchup. Green Bay won on Sunday afternoon, putting them atop the NFC North at a commanding 4-1. The Lions lost so they have dropped to 3-2.
With a win Monday night, the Vikings would welcome Green Bay to the home of the 2018 Super Bowl, next Sunday, with the NFC North lead on the line. With a loss, the Vikings would have dropped 2 straight, with a 2-3 record, and the Packers coming to town with a ton of confidence, looking to step on the throat of a struggling Vikings squad.
Having Sammy Sleeves back would be such a huge advantage for the Vikings, who lost their biggest advantage (Dalvin Cook) to a season-ending ACL injury. According to Courtney Cronin in the tweet above, it looks like Bradford will go. If he is the same guy who torched the Saints in week 1, then the Vikings would walk away with this early. Expect some early shots downfield. That’s exactly how I would play it. Hit Diggs and Thielen on some deep routes early, to stretch the field and give more running room to Mckinnon and Murray.
Rookie, Mitch Trubisky, will make his first start as an NFL QB. I am sure the Vikings’ defense is licking their chops. Offensively, jump on Chicago and crush their hopes early. No matter how bad the hosting Bears’ team has been in recent years, the Vikings have still lost to them at Soldier Field. It is important to get a lead early and not give it up. Crush any confidence and then step on their throats.
Bridgewater to Return in Next Two Weeks?:
A lot of big QB news came out on Sunday. Teddy Bridgewater is able to come off the PUP List after week 6 and could be on the practice field shortly after. It is possible we could see Bridgewater as soon as week 10, in my estimation. It would fit pretty perfectly, It is right after a bye week and would give him essentially 4 weeks of practice before hitting the active roster.
There is still some question on what happens with Teddy’s contract at the end of this season. I am operating under the assumption that Bridgewater is eligible for free-agency this summer if he is medically cleared by week 6 (sometime next week) and practicing, and then comes off the PUP List and onto the active roster before week 10. If he can’t get medically cleared by week 6 and come off the PUP by week 10, his contract would toll to next season and the Vikings would get him for another year, under his same contract.
That information comes from a lot of studying of the NFL CBA over the last 6 months. I have written a few articles on the situation. It also comes from talking to some very well-known bloggers. Most main-stream media won’t discuss Teddy’s future contract situation since nobody really knows exactly how it all plays out according to the CBA. It’s pretty vague.
Sammy Sleeves Monday and Teddy Two-Gloves in the coming weeks?
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