Vikings playoff hopes hinge on health of Sam Bradford

Vikings offensive line delivers solid opening performance

Vikings playoff hopes hinge on health of Sam Bradford

"Then I got back there (in the backfield), I knew (Bradford) was way taller and I was like, 'that ain't even him, '" Dupree said.

They also are without a forced fumble, recovery or interception. It's just two games. First and foremost, if we eliminate the penalties it's a closer game. "They come in bunches". Minnesota is 11th against the run, yielding an average of 80 yards per game.

"I would like to think that they're good but I think a lot of it just depends on how my knee responds when we go out there in practice this week", Bradford said of possibly being ready to play on Sunday.

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"Quite honestly, a lot of it, the protecting and the quarterback depth [in the pocket], a lot of these things go hand-in-hand, he got deep a couple times, and we're not protecting at that depth. He's worked hard on trying to improve, and he's doing a good job". In the receiving end, Martavis Bryant posted 91 yards and a touchdown in three receptions while Antonio Brown added 62 yards in five catches.

The Buccaneers boast a pair of game-breaking receivers in hulking Mike Evans (6 feet 5, 231 pounds) and speedy DeSean Jackson. Having overcome his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma while playing at Pitt, on the same field where he now works for a living, for the team that he grew up cheering for, with the players that he got to know and who were there for him during his dark days-there's simply no substitute for it. He completed 14 of 17 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and did not throw an interception, totaling a passer rating of 158.0, which is three-tenths shy of the National Football League max. "I'm on a different team now", Keenum said.

Winston completed 18 of 30 passes for a modest 204 yards and a touchdown in a 29-7 season-opening victory over Chicago. Monday, Zimmer said he was being facetious when he said six weeks. "He moves well in the pocket, gets out of the pocket. But like I said, with this defense coming in, it's a great defense, and we're going to have to be at our best in order to do well". "And oftentimes, particularly in the early stages of the season, that's just enough to maybe get you out of a stadium (with a win)".

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