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Bradford became the first Vikings quarterback to be NFC Offensive Player of the Week since Brett Favre in 2009.

Also limited was linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, who's been dealing with a hamstring injury, and linebacker Anthony Barr did not participate in Wednesday's practice due to a hamstring injury.

Against the Saints, who had the worst defense in the league a year ago, the Vikings offense looked sharp. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook was impressive. "I think there's a lot of responsibility that comes with that and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure to live up to that".

And for one night at least, he had the time to show it off. "He's shown that if you give him time, he's going to hurt you".

Theismann said Bradford was "really an afterthought" when the desperate Vikings acquired him from the Eagles for first- and fourth-round picks on September 3, 2016 right after starter Teddy Bridgewater suffered a gruesome knee injury.

Bradford made on-target throws all game, including on several deep passes well over 20 yards downfield. "Sam is as accurate as there is, took good care of the football, made great decisions tonight, got us in and out of a lot of right plays". During his 2007 debut, Peterson carried the ball 19 times for 103 yards against the Atlanta Falcons. He is capable of incredible accuracy and poise under pressure, and delivered some of the passes of the season on Monday night against the Saints.

In any event, the star young running back served up chicken and shrimp lo mein, both of which were very much to the liking of the family. His 122 yards were the second-most ever by a Vikings on a Monday night game behind Chuck Foreman's 148 in 1976 and the most ever by a rookie in his first game with the team.

"They took a chance on me, bringing me into this organization", Cook said. But anyone who has followed this team in recent years knows the real credit goes to left tackle Riley Reiff, left guard Nick Easton, rookie center Pat Elflein, right guard Joe Berger and right tackle Mike Remmers.

"We didn't play too well on defense or offense all preseason", Vikings linebacker Chris Barr said.

"I hope Sam has games like this for 16 weeks", Zimmer said.