It’s still too early to determine whether Sam Bradford will prove to be a capable replacement for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who will be out for all of 2016. In fact, it might not be a surprise if the injury bug comes back to bite him again. But for the moment, Vikings fans are cautiously optimistic, as the team’s newest addition at quarterback outplayed Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, and led the Vikings to a 17-14 defeat over the Packers on Sunday night.

Bradford earns points for his toughness

In Week 1 competition, the Vikings started Shaun Hill at quarterback, having promoted the career backup to a starting job in the immediate aftermath of Bridgewater’s injury. Bradford, who joined Minnesota soon after and arrived viaa trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, was still learning the Vikings’ system in Week 1, and was only deemed ready to start in Week 2 action on Sunday night.

Indeed, he appeared to be readier than ever, as the Vikings hosted the Packers at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Bradford put up a glowing stat line in the win over Green Bay, completing 22 out of 31 passes for 286 yards and throwing two touchdowns, with no interceptions. But what may have impressed his teammates the most was his toughness, as he took a total of ten hits in the game and didn’t look flustered behind center.

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According to Vikings guard Alex Boone, Bradford proved to be a “beast” by quickly recovering from a hard hit to make a perfect pass on the play that followed the hit.

In contrast to Bradford’s sterling performance for the Vikings, Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers had what can be defined as an off-game. He completed 20 of 36 passes for 213 yards, and had one touchdown and interception apiece.

Peterson injury mars Vikings’ win

Although Bradford clearly impressed in his first game as a Viking, the team’s win did come with an incredibly tense moment in the third quarter.

Star running back Adrian Peterson was carried back to the locker room, having suffered a right knee injury. At that point, he had rushed for only 19 yards on 12 carries, following up on a similarly poor 31 yards on 19 carries in Minnesota'sopening week win over the Tennessee Titans.

According to reports, Peterson only suffered from minor swelling in his knee, though Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said after the game that he isn’t sure how severe the injury really is; he remarked that it eventually “calmed down” after he was taken off the field.

Peterson is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the knee injury.

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