By Scott Taylor
Minnesota Vikings No. 1 quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed five of the six passes he threw. That’s all anyone really needed to know after the Vikings beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-3 in Hall of Fame Game — the first NFL preseason game of 2015.
Sunday night, in a low-scoring, preseason snoooozer from Canton, Ohio, the Vikings let Bridgewater play one series (almost the entire first quarter) and he looked like he was ready to start. He made one mistake, an under-thrown lob pass to Mike Wallace, but for the rest of his brief but semi-impressive start he was just fine, thank you very much.
His favorite target was Kyle Rudolph, who caught two passes for 22 yards. He completed one pass to Charles Johnson (hard to believe the Vikings plucked that guy off Cleveland’s practice roster last year) and finished with 44 yards in a game in which the Vikings backups dominated the Steelers backups
“I commanded the huddle and that was my goal tonight,” Bridgewater told NBC Sports. “We moved the ball down the field. I would have liked to score some points but that’s not how it went.
“We’ll be pretty good, I think. We have solid runningbacks, a solid group of wide receivers. I just have to play faster. Keep this offence moving. If I play faster, we’ll do OK.”
The Vikings first touchdown came on a splendid 34-yard TD pass from Mike Kafka (a guy Norv Turner loves and a guy who won’t be the No. 4 quarterback for long) to a wide open MyCole Pruitt. It was a nice play action pass with a real good fake to the flat by Kafka. If you were a Steelers fan you’d say blown coverage. If you were the Vikings offensive coordinator, you’d call it great ball handling by Kafka.
Big back Joe Banyard scored the other TD on a one-yard run.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is now 5-0 in preseason games.
“I wish I was 5-0 in regular season games,” is all Zimmer would say to that.
Don’t forget, you can see the Vikings live!!!! Garry Shymko, the mastermind behind Shymer Tours has a tremendous schedule of 2015 Minnesota Vikings games lined up. Our tour schedule is all set up and you’re invited to head to TCF Bank Stadium with us this season.
This year, games start at $359 per tour and that includes a ticket to the Vikings game, your bus trip to the Twin Cities and two nights accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Bloomington, just an eight-minute walk from Mall of America. I’ll see you at TCF Bank Stadium for the Lions on Sept. 21.
Here are the tours:
Lions vs Vikings | Sept 19-21, 2015
Chargers vs Vikings | Sept 26-28, 2015
Packers vs Vikings | Nov 21-23, 2015
Seahawks vs Vikings | Dec 5-7, 2015
Bears vs Vikings | Dec 19-21, 2015
Take it from me, these trips are sensational. And don’t forget, we hold court at most of them on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo Wild Wings at Mall of America while enjoying great food and watching the best NCAA football games from around the United States.
Here’s how you get on the bus:
1. A non-refundable $200.00 per person deposit is required at time of booking. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled event.
2. Payments may be made by Cash, Cheque, PayPal/Visa/Mastercard.
3. All payments are non-refundable.
4. U-Drive confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, maps and directions will be mailed upon receipt of final payment.
5. Bus Tour package confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, hotel accommodations, miscellaneous information will be mailed out approximately two weeks prior to the event.
Just go here: http://www.shymertours.ca to check out all the sensational tours this year. And don’t forget, the Vikings are waiting for you at TCF Bank Stadium.