Vikings select Shaun Hill over Sam Bradford to start


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The Vikings are the favorites in this week’s matchup, but the Titans have plenty of firepower on offense to keep the reigning NFC North champions hands full.

“Obviously, I’m much more comfortable today than I was on Sunday”, he said. Most notably, two of Minnesota’s 2015 starters on offense and defense – cornerback Xavier Rhodes and slot receiver Jarius Wright.

Yes, the Vikings may not have been saying who their starting quarterback would be Sunday in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans. But he may or may not be the only one who knows.

“Teddy Bridgewater had his left knee surgically repaired yesterday”, Eric Sugarman, the Vikings’ director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer, said in a statement released Friday. The dislocation of Bridgewater’s knee during practice on August 30 resulted in a complete tear of his anterior cruciate ligament, accompanied by other significant damage as initially announced by the Vikings. The Vikings were plus-8 in that department last season while the Titans gave away the ball 33 times, most in the NFL.

“They’ve been waiting all offseason for the opportunity to see the new-look Titans, and we can not disappoint”, Orakpo said.

Peterson, short passes and stout defense are the formula for a win against the Titans. Coach Mike Mularkey’s run-first approach appears to be taking shape as the line has shown signs of being physical, while backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry could be a risky 1-2 punch.

One benefit for Bradford is the presence of tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, who was his offensive coordinator previous year with the Eagles and as a rookie in 2010 with the St. Louis Rams. With a playbook as complex as offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s is known to be and the legs of Adrian Peterson to rely on, the Vikings offense can get by easier with a weak arm than a weak mind. “We just have to go out there and do our jobs”.

LIMBECK: The Titans not only have a solid running game, but a good young quarterback in Marcus Mariota. “It’s going to be a test this week”, Mariota said.

It may be a good problem to have, but it’s definitely a problem if the Vikings don’t get a return on their major investment in a quarterback who, in theory, will play not like Teddy Bridgewater did in 2014 and 2015 but in the way they hoped he would in 2016. It’s going to be a real test this week.

Has he told the team? “He has done it for a long time”. They have won their last three openers and were utterly dominant a year ago at Tampa Bay. Tennessee is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 season openers and 15-35-4 ATS in their last 54 games overall while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games overall.