Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr were drafted just four picks apart in the 2014 NFL Draft and are finding ways to succeed early in their careers.
— The Vikings’ injured players, including Bridgewater (concussion), are making progress toward returning to action Sunday at Oakland.
— Linval Joseph continues to highlight the Vikings defense and was at the center of a big overtime stop against St. Louis last Sunday. His effort earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
— The Raiders are 4-4, but last Sunday’s comeback effort at Pittsburgh fell short.Here’s an early look at how Oakland stacks up against the Vikings.
— The Vikings are taking the identity of their coach Mike Zimmer and feeding off his energy.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Former Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has the Oakland Raiders offense clicking.
— Oakland is exceeding expectations at the midseason point. There are plenty of candidates for team MVP, but the success has centered around Carr.
— The Raiders bolster their bid to move to the Los Angeles area and leave behind an old and tired stadium in Oakland.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Coordinators Norv Turner, George Edwards and Mike Priefer are set to be on the podium at 11 a.m. Then the Vikings practice at 1 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Bridgewater continues to make progress after suffering a concussion last Sunday against St. Louis and had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice. However, if the quarterback is unable to pass concussion protocol, Zimmer is comfortable with his backup option. “Shaun [Hill] has got a great grasp of things, he’s extremely smart. It’s really about just going out there and getting reps and executing it. I think we’re fortunate to have Shaun, he does a great job when I watch practice … he gets the ball out, he knows where to go, he’s accurate. I think you saw that a lot in the preseason games, as well. He will be ready to go. He’s a great professional, great kid.”