From the moment the Minnesota Vikings traded back into the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater, it was only a matter of time before he took over as the team’s starting quarterback. When Bridgewater makes his first start on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, he will be in line for something even bigger — the new face of the franchise.
The Minnesota Vikings return home to the face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. The Vikings enter the game with a 1-2 record, 0-1 at home. The Falcons enter 2-1, 0-1 on the road. The Falcons have an explosive offense led by the pass-catch duo of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Defensively, they are average with no one player truly standing out.
The Falcons’ defense was handed a new challenge as players returned from their long weekend: How to contain Teddy Bridgewater.
56-14. You just don’t see scores like that in the NFL very often. Tampa Bay didn’t look like an NFL team last night, not scoring until the fourth quarter. For Atlanta, this was exactly the performance it needed.
Here’s a look at the key fantasy players on both sides, and our recommendation on whether you should start them or sit them in your fantasy lineup.
Week 3’s Thursday night matchup features two NFC South teams that made headlines for all the wrong reasons last season.
When he was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1985, no-one expected Steve Tasker to last very long in the NFL. He may not have lasted more than one season in Houston, but the minute wide receiver and special teams ace last 12 more with the Buffalo Bills. He knows what it takes overcome adversity, but when it comes to this week’s game on Thursday Night Football, Tasker isn’t sure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can overcome the strong Atlanta Falcons.
The Minnesota Vikings are still trying to turn the national perception of the team, but head coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t care. He only cares about what the team can control. Zimmer is optimistic that almost all injured players will be available to practice this week. The Vikings re-signed offensive linemen Brandon Fusco the day before beating the St. Louis Rams. The team made a roster move by reaching an injury settlement with Jamarca Sanford.
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The Minnesota Vikings face the New England Patriots in their home opener of 2014. The Patriots are coming off a disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. The Patriots had a double digit lead at half time, but were held scoreless in the second half and lost by double digits. The Patriots offense is led by quarterback Tom Brady. Darrelle Revis had a solid game in his Patriots debut in Miami.
As a third-generation NFL player, as well as relatives playing both for college and professional teams in Atlanta, Jake Matthews seems like a perfect fit for the Falcons.
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The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their pass rush by picking Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday. Hageman, the fifth pick of the second round, joins a defense that ranked last in third-down efficiency, second-worst against the run and third-fewest in sacks.
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The Minnesota Vikings may be on the verge of shutting down star running back Adrian Peterson. The ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s loss is not deemed too serious, but with the team mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, his health is more important. Toby Gerhart would be given the opportunity to showcase his talent over the final three games as long as Peterson is out.