Buccaneers vs Vikings: Sam Bradford’s knee injury deciding factor

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 27: Sam Bradford /

It’s unknown if Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford will play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in week 3.  Whether or not Bradford can play could decide the outcome.

Sam Bradford lit up the New Orleans Saints defense in week 1.  The Minnesota Vikings offense looked like one of the most potent in the league with Bradford at the controls.  Without Bradford, the offense was the exact opposite.

But Bradford suffered a non-contact knee injury against the Saints in the same knee he’s had problems with before.  The knee bothered Sam Bradford so much that he was unable to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 2.

Case Keenum took was the Vikings starter in that game and if Bradford can’t go, then Keenum will start again against the Buccaneers.  Keenum is an experienced backup and has had some success as a starter but the Vikings chances of winning decrease without Bradford playing.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the greatest collections of offensive talent in the NFL.  Quarterback Jameis Winston has receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson as his disposal and rookie tight end O.J. Howard is a threat as well.

The Buccaneers defense dominated the Chicago Bears last week and they’re poised to do the same this week.  But the Vikings defense has some talent too and playing at home gives them an advantage but Sam Bradford is the key.

The Vikings need to put points on the board to stay with the Bucs.  However, even if Bradford plays, how close to 100% will he be?  But without Bradford it’s doubtful they’ll be able to do it.