ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando spends each Sunday with ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden and the Monday Night Football crew. This week, they're in Minneapolis for the New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings matchup (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET). Here are some takeaways from Gruden on the Vikings.
QB Sam Bradford has been outstanding for the Vikings when given adequate pass protection. His offensive line has significant issues, however, and the Vikings' play-action game is less convincing without RB Adrian Peterson. That sets up a potentially pivotal Monday night matchup between Bradford and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who has unleashed a number of designer blitzes this season.
Bradford has good accuracy deep and very good accuracy on intermediate and short throws. He can manipulate coverages, as we saw in Week 3 at Carolina when Bradford looked off middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and threw to tight end Kyle Rudolph. Bradford's stats are not going to be gaudy with this supporting cast, but he will deliver the ball accurately into tight windows. That was clear in Carolina when Bradford threaded the ball perfectly to Adam Thielen for a 19-yard gain on third-and-5.