Tag: Minnesota Vikings

Sam Bradford sets record for highest completion percentage in a season

The Minnesota Vikings are finishing off a disappointing season, but Sam Bradford made a bit of history on Sunday. He ended the year with a 71.6 completion percentage, breaking the single-season record. Drew Brees previously held the mark with a 71.2 percentage in 2011.

These teams last met in Week 3, with the Packers surging to a 34-17 lead and holding on for the 37-24 victory. Rodgers lit up the Lions’ defense for four touchdown passes, two of them going to Jordy Nelson.

Both teams look a little different this time around — Green Bay lost Eddie Lacy for the year, but Ty Montgomery has done a fine job moving from wide receiver to running back. The Lions are dealing with the loss of cornerback Darius Slay, who sat out last week’s loss with a hamstring injury. His absence was sorely felt as Bryant torched the Lions’ secondary. Slay returned to practice this week, and is expected to play Sunday night.

The Lions have even more injury concerns at running back, with Theo Riddick battling a wrist injury that’s kept him out the past three games. Fortunately for Detroit, Zach Zenner stepped up and gave the run game something of a spark last week, so we’ll see if that carries over here.

The Packers are shaping up as a team nobody wants to face in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get past one last obstacle in the regular season. The Lions have been playing by the skin of their teeth all year, but how much luck do they have left? All the chips are down for this one, and it should be a thrilling game to close out the Sunday Night Football schedule.

Adrian Peterson intends to play for Vikings vs. Colts

The Minnesota Vikings running back told Dash Radio on Friday that he intends to play this week against the Indianapolis Colts.

“Being out there confirmed I’m ready to roll,” Peterson said, via the Star Tribune. “I’ve had my head in the playbook.”

The Vikings would need to make a corresponding move to activate Peterson to the 53-man roster.

All Day has been out since Sept. 18 with a torn meniscus. He returned to practice this week.

The Vikings could certainly use a boost on the ground. Behind a porous offensive line, Minnesota ranks last in the NFL with just 73.4 rushing yards per game. Prior to the injury in Week 2, Peterson was averaging just 1.6 yards per carry.

Coach Dan Quinn said Thursday that he wanted to see Jones “explode pain-free” before green-lighting him for Sunday. That obviously didn’t happen, leaving Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel to operate as the team’s top two receivers against the Niners.

If there’s a week to sit Jones, this would be it. The 49ers are allowing more points per game than any team in the league while the versatile Falcons are scoring more per tilt than anyone else. With Jones out of the lineup last week, the Falcons still dropped 42 points on the Rams.

In the thick of a playoff race, Atlanta can hardly afford to rest Jones after Week 15, but it makes plenty of sense to get him as healthy as possible for the final two weeks of the regular season — and beyond.