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Souhan: Vikings were impressive, and so was the new Vikings stadium

Late Sunday night, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was conducting his postgame press conference when fans in the adjacent room began chanting ``Skol'' and pounding on the windows. Even though the curtains were drawn.

``That's why the thing's shut,'' Zimmer said with a smile. ``I love you fans!''

It was that kind of night. U.S. Bank Stadium is incredibly loud. Guard Alex Boone said he appreciated the fans' enthusiasm but wishes they would ``shut''...``up''. He may have added a couple of words to that phrase.

I wrote my column about Sam Bradford's remarkable adaptation to a new offense under difficult circumstances. That's in the paper and online.

This is more about the atmosphere around the stadium last night. The concerts and gatherings on the commons were impressively run and a lot of fun. The atmosphere in the stadium was impressive. And the Vikings were impressive while potentially losing another key player.

Adrian Peterson left the lockerroom on crutches and with a sleeve on his right knee. Zimmer downplayed the potential severity, saying he needed to see the results of Monday's MRI and that he could see Peterson missing a week.

But he doesn't know. And he doesn't reveal much injury information.

So by Week 3 the Vikings could be playing without their franchise quarterback and franchise running back.

They have found a franchise receiver. Stefon Diggs was spectacular. And at some point he's going to need some help.

He had 182 yards receiving. The Vikings rushed for 30 yards. Other receivers managed 104 yards. Bradford to Diggs was the offense, with a little help from Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph.

Also: If you haven't seen the Minnesota Orchestra's halftime performance, please check it out.

Also, and I noticed a lot of people didn't like this stat, but Teddy Bridgewater's highest passer rating in an NFL game was 120.7. Bradford's was 121.2 on Sunday. For what it's worth. Which might not be a lot. But Bradford was spectacular.


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Souhan: Opener shows that defense will drive the Vikings

Nashville - The Vikings' kicker missed three field goals and an extra point in all, if you count a kick that was wiped out by a timeout. The Vikings' offense didn't produce a touchdown and looked stuck in knee-deep mud when it tried to run the ball.

The Vikings' season opener was rarely pretty but it was better than last year's because the Vikings, for all of their problems, wound up easing to a 25-16 victory over what has been and may still be a lousy Titans team.

The defense scored two second-half touchdowns and Blair Walsh wound up producing three field goals and the final score will ease the concerns that surfaced as the Titans took a 10-0 halftime lead.

This game offered a reminder that whatever this team's quarterback and kicking situations are at any given point, this is a team that wins with defense and while limiting offensive mistakes.

Shaun Hill isn't much fun to watch but he didn't throw an interception, didn't fumble, and was able to work over the middle of the Titans' defense effectively enough to give his team a chance to win. Under the circumstances he performed admirably and justified Mike Zimmer's decision to wait a week (presumably) to start Sam Bradford.

Had the Vikings faced a better team on Sunday they may have been in trouble. But they didn't. And unlike last year, they faced a bad team in Week 1 and actually won.

Final, 9/24 R H E
Seattle 81-73 2 5 0
Minnesota 56-99 3 3 2