In which we pick the one player (or coach, or equipment manager, or mascot, or drunk fan) who made the biggest impact on NFL Sunday — the one who gets people talking the most, in a good way. Week 1’s winner was Oakland’s Derek Carr.
When Teddy Bridgewater’s knee basically exploded during the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason, a potential NFC contender’s season went up in smoke. With the kind of defense Minnesota has and talent all over the field on offense, all they seem to need is a quarterback. That’s why when Teddy went down, the Vikings paid such a hefty price for Sam Bradford.
Giving up first- and fourth-round draft picks for a QB who hasn’t put together a full season of competence was roundly mocked around the league, but in Bradford’s first game in purple (opening up the glimmering US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis), he provided a bright ray of hope that maybe the price was worth it. He was excellent against a good Packers defense, with accuracy to multiple levels of the field. He even connected on a deep shot to Stefon Diggs, an area of his game that was notoriously bad in St. Louis and Philadelphia. Look at this gorgeous throw: