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QB Sam Bradford - Minnesota Vikings

6-4, 236Born: 11-8-1987College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Case Keenum did a great job in a tough matchup against the Rams last week as he led the Vikings to a statement victory. Keenum passed for at least 280 yards for the third straight week and had his first game without an interception since Week 5. Keenum has now completed over 70% of his passes for two straight weeks as he is making a great case to retain the starting job while Teddy Bridgewater continues to warm the bench. Adam Thielen is absolutely balling out this season as he continued his dominance last week with six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Thielen now has a touchdown in three straight games after failing to find the end zone in his first seven outings, averaging just under 130 receiving yards per game across that span and ranking as the league's top fantasy wide receiver in points per game since Week 8. Stefon Diggs has taken a back seat to Thielen as he has just four receptions in each of his last three games with a couple of games below 35 total yards over that span. Last week, Diggs was up against tough coverage while Thielen was matched up against a rookie--so take that into consideration as well. Kyle Rudolph had a good game last week as he finished with a season-high 58 receiving yards. While he is not putting up huge numbers with just two touchdowns in his last six games, Rudolph remains consistently involved in the offense as he has between five and six receptions in each those last six games. The Lions have had very soft matchups in their last three games, facing the likes of Brett Hundley, Deshone Kizer, and Mitchell Trubisky. Naturally, this passing defense has excelled, allowing just three passing touchdowns and an average of 220 passing yards per game. On the season though, the Lions have been just an average pass defense. Darius Slay is certainly one of the best cornerbacks in the league while Glover Quin has been an elite safety, but they have some holes in that secondary and linebacker core outside of those two studs. It will be interesting to see how the Lions use Slay this week, as one would think that opposing defenses will not let Adam Thielen continue to dominate as he has been this season. Slay has played just two percent of his snaps covering slot receivers this season though, and Thielen lines up in the slot for over 50% of his snaps. Look for Slay to cover more of Diggs here, while Thielen should have an average matchup against Quandre Diggs, who has been much improved this season after being one of the worst cornerbacks in the league in 2016.

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 5 vs CHI (5 / 11 / 36 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bradford was supposed to come back and relive his magic from week one against the Saints. However, he looked more like he should have spent another week on the bench recovering. Bradford was slow all night and had no mobility in the pocket. Bradford was sacked four times and lost 35 yards on the night. The offensive line is a weak spot for the Vikings, but Bradford did nothing to help out in escaping the pass rush. The last sack before Bradford being pulled came when his center was pushed straight back into him and he fell without being touched by the defender. Bradford's status for next week is uncertain but he clearly reaggravated his knee injury and is trending towards not playing against Green Bay.

2017 Week 1 vs NO (27 / 32 / 346 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)

Bradford looked like an elite quarterback behind a completely retooled offensive line. The starting unit did not have a single snap together before today, not even in the preseason. Bradford was only sacked one time and was able to pick on rookie corners and a Saints defense that was supposed to have been rebuilt. Bradford found Thielen on several crossing patterns for big gains and was lights out on third down. Bradford found Stefon Diggs for two of his three touchdowns and his big tightend to seal the victory. Bradford methodically moved the Vikings down the field and seemed to lead almost every receiver perfectly so they could run after the catch. The best play of the night came on Diggs acrobatic catch from the two-yard line late in the second half. Bradford put the ball up in the air where only Diggs could come down with it for the Vikings second touchdown. Bradford to Thielen was the connection of the night as the duo connected on 9 of their 10 attempts for 157-yards.


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