Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings made their first round of roster cuts yesterday, and tight end Brandon Bostick and running back Joe Banyard were among them.
— Rookie linebacker Eric Kendricks was all over the field against the Cowboys. That and four other takeaways from Saturday’s 28-14 win.
— Gerald Hodges “felt natural” in his first-ever start at middle linebacker, and it showed. He had a team-high four tackles, including one for a loss.
— The Vikings wanted to get wide receiver Mike Wallace, who had been having a quiet preseason, the ball the other night. But that beautiful deep ball from quarterback Teddy Bridgewater wasn’t in the script.
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— Former South Dakota State star Zach Zenner shined again in preseason play and looks to have secured a spot on the Lions’ 53-man roster.
— One Chicago Tribune columnist said it’s hard to find a reason to feel good about the Bears’ chances. Might quarterback Jay Cutler actually be one?
— Tests have confirmed that wide receiver Randall Cobb did not suffer a major injury the other night, so the Packers can exhale.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings are back on the field today after yesterday’s day off. Coach Mike Zimmer is on the podium at 11 a.m. Practice starts at 1 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
In about four quarters of action over four preseason games, just six of Bridgewater’s passes have hit the turf. His completion percentage of 82.9 is a Vikings preseason record. It’s impressive stuff. There is some danger in small sample sizes, though, especially when talking about preseason numbers. Quarterbacks such as Sam Bradford, Alex Tanney, Blaine Gabbert and our old friend Matt Cassel are also above the 80 percent barrier. Still, tossing Bridgewater’s gaudy numbers aside, there has been a lot to like about how the second-year QB has performed. He’s making the right reads quickly and is getting most of his throws on the money. Will he accomplish his goal of completing 70 percent of his passes during the regular season? That is going to be tough, but I’d surprised if he didn’t top 65 percent.