Vikings unsure of Week One starter

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

When Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury last week everyone believed their season was over. No one was sure if Shaun Hill would be the week one starter, could he handle the load? Well the Vikings thought not by trading their first round pick in 2017 and a conditional pick for Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford. Now in the aftermath the team is still not sure which quarterback will be their week one starter. Which is evident by the current betting lines as one online bookmaker has the Vikings as only two point favorites against the Tennessee Titans.

Regardless of who starts I’m not quite sure that the thought would be much different. The Vikings are on the road on in week one and still dealing with the emotions of being a contender that just lost one of their key players. They’re also playing what I think will be a much improved Titans team. In addition, Hill is a career backup while Bradford doesn’t know the offense.

For week one, I think the Vikings will go with Hill. It just makes sense. Shaun was with the Vikings last season so he knows the offense and has a better of idea of what the team is trying to accomplish. While at the same time, Bradford has to learn the plays, terminology and how the players around him work.

Now don’t get me wrong, the Vikings traded a lot for Bradford and he WILL be the starter for a majority of the season. BUT, in week one, I truly think Hill gives them the best chance to get the win against the Titans. After that Bradford is getting thrown in to the fire no matter what. There is too much at stake for a team that can be a contender and is opening up a new season.

I could wind up completely wrong though if Sam has a solid week in practice. Head coach Mike Zimmer has already said both will split first team reps in practice. If Bradford can build some chemistry and prove to be a quick study we might see him behind center on the first snap after all.

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