In all, those eight completions of 15-plus yards accounted for 219 of his total passing yards and two of his touchdowns."It was all Sam," Diggs said. No other team has had more than four such games during that span, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.And last season, opposing quarterbacks had a 60.4 Total QBR against the Saints' defense, the third-highest mark in the league.As a senior quarterback in 2005, he threw for 2,029 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games.Bradford was not highly recruited coming out of high school, but he did receive a scholarship offer from the University of Oklahoma, which he accepted.
He completed an NFL-record 71.6 percent of his passes, but while averaging 6.2 air yards per pass -- third worst in the NFL.
Once Bradford realized late in the second quarter that the Saints planned to cover his receivers with man schemes, and after he understood that his line could hold off the Saints' modest pass rush, Bradford went on the attack.
He found receiver Adam Thielen running away from a linebacker across the middle for 35 yards. He then shifted into a no-huddle and found Stefon Diggs open in the corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. He was just slinging it."To be clear, this was a Saints defense that now has given up at least 300 passing yards and three aerial touchdowns in eight games since the start of the 2015 season.
Samuel Jacob Bradford (born November 8, 1987) is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).
Bradford attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, where he starred in football, basketball and golf.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who welcomed Bradford in 2016 as an emergency replacement for the injured Teddy Bridgewater, laughed when asked about Monday night's performance."Well," he said, "I hope he has them for 16 weeks."Indeed, for every time Bradford has teased us, he also has reminded us of his limitations.