ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
The Vikings on Sunday finally opened the gates at U.S. Bank Stadium for football, celebrating the first game at their new home with cheerleaders strutting through a pregame routine alongside dozens of their alumni, Olympic swimmer and local golden boy David Plummer tooting a souped-up gjallarhorn and fireworks exploding inside the building during the national anthem.
The most glorious sight for the announced crowd of 66,143 came, though, when Teddy Bridgewater jogged out for the first play from scrimmage.
The starting quarterback 10 days earlier was a surprise scratch in Seattle as he dealt with a sore shoulder, and he was not cleared to throw until Tuesday. Even then, he did not attempt a pass more than 15 yards downfield his first day back at practice.
But Sunday, during a 23-10 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers, Bridgewater put to rest any remaining concerns about his health by passing for 161 yards and a touchdown before taking a seat at halftime.
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