Monday, April 24, 2017

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The Minnesota Vikings have, unfortunately, stolen much of the print space over the last week or so. While we all wait to see how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford acquisition impact the future of this talented young team, there are always those pesky NFC North enemies waiting for their chance to knock off the reigning champs.

This is where we take a quick break from our purple obsession to take a look around the NFC North to see what the other three teams are up to.

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
Photo courtesy of Vikings.com

Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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Spare Tire for the Long Haul
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Sam Bradford is a spare tire; not the one in the trunk of your car, but the replacement AAA brings when you’re stuck on the side of the road. He’s not an original part, and he may not be a natural fit, but he’s the best option for the long road ahead.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman found himself in such a predicament last week. He’d lost Teddy Bridgewater for the season — maybe more — and didn’t see Shaun Hill as the long-term replacement moving forward. With little time to reinvigorate the franchise, he placed a bet that potentially changed the course of Minnesota’s 2016 season.

If Bradford’s the tire, then Spielman’s the driver of the car; a car with Houston, Texas plugged into the navigation system.

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