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, 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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