He wasn’t supposed to lead the Minnesota Vikings to five straight wins. He wasn’t supposed to be a top-10 quarterback this season. Heck, Sam Bradford wasn’t even supposed to be in Minnesota this year.
But here we are, and Bradford’s earned his title (fan-voted, thank you very much) as Vikings Territory’s most valuable player and most valuable offensive player. Halfway through the season, Bradford’s play has been, for a lack of a better term, remarkable.
This is a quarterback that landed in Winter Park just two weeks before the season opener, absorbed a large chunk of the playbook, and won his first game in purple and gold — a thrilling Week 2 victory to open U.S. Bank Stadium against the Green Bay Packers.
Despite losing their last three games, the Vikings remain atop the NFC North, firmly in control of their own playoff destiny. And despite the massive trade that brought Bradford to Minnesota, the Vikings’ newest quarterback is proving to be a worthwhile return on investment.