Over­re­ac­tions af­ter Week 5: Vik­ings’ Brad­ford is MVP

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Rob Maaddi

Sam Brad­ford is the NFL’s Most Valu­able Player.

Thanks to Brad­ford, the Min­nesota Vik­ings are 5-0 de­spite los­ing Teddy Bridge­wa­ter, Adrian Peter­son and Matt Kalil. The Ea­gles couldn’t wait to trade Brad­ford af­ter draft­ing Car­son Wentz with the No. 2 over­all pick. They found a taker just eight days be­fore the sea­son opener be­cause Min­nesota had lost Bridge­wa­ter for the sea­son.

While Wentz is off to an ex­cel­lent start in Philadel­phia, Brad­ford has been per­fect . He’s 4-0 as a starter and has thrown six touch­downs and no in­ter­cep­tions.

Those are MVP num­bers. But, it’s only Oc­to­ber. Ben Roethlisberger, Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan and Derek Carr are also hav­ing out­stand­ing sea­sons. The first step for Brad­ford is to se­cure his first win­ning sea­son. Any­thing else is a bonus.

Here are other over­re­ac­tions fol­low­ing Week 5:

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Browns are go­ing 0-16. They re­main the NFL’s only win­less team fol­low­ing a 33-13 loss to New Eng­land.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

The ‘85 Bears weren’t go­ing to beat Tom Brady and the Pa­tri­ots.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Car­son Wentz and the Ea­gles showed their true colors in a 24-23 loss to Detroit.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They weren’t go­ing to go 16-0. They played a des­per­ate team on the road and a bye week hurt their mo­men­tum.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Brian Hoyer should re­main the start­ing QB for the Bears when Jay Cut­ler re­turns. Hoyer has 6 TDs and no in­ter­cep­tions.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Hoyer is 1-2 in three starts. Cut­ler is mak­ing $16 mil­lion this sea­son.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

The Car­di­nals are back on track. They beat the 49ers with­out Car­son Palmer.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

They beat the NFC’s worst team.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel El­liott are the lat­est ver­sion of Troy Aik­man and Em­mitt Smith for Amer­ica’s Team.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Check back af­ter Prescott and El­liott win three Su­per Bowls and are fit­ted for their gold sport coat to wear on the stage in Can­ton.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Ben Roethlisberger is go­ing to break Pey­ton Man­ning’s sin­gle-sea­son TD record.

He tossed in a win Jets. five more over the

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Big Ben has 15 TDs through five games. He’s on pace for 48. Man­ning had 55. Sim­ple math says no.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Brock Osweiler wasn’t worth the $72 mil­lion con­tract.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Osweiler and the Tex­ans strug­gled against the un­beaten Vik­ings on the road. Hous­ton (3-2) is in first place.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

At­lanta’s de­fense is good enough to make the Fal­cons a Su­per Bowl con­tender.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

The Fal­cons sacked a rookie quar­ter­back (Pax­ton Lynch) six times in his first ca­reer start. Nice win on the road against the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons. Still gave up 31 points per game the first four weeks.

OVER­RE­AC­TION

Roberto Aguayo was worth a sec­ond-round pick for Tampa Bay. He kicked a 38-yard field goal to beat the Pan­thers on Mon­day night.

RE­AL­IS­TIC RE­AC­TION

Aguayo missed from 33 and 46 yards ear­lier in the game and is 4 of 8.

BOB LEVERONE — AP FILE

Vik­ings’ Sam Brad­ford (8) is con­grat­u­lated by Jeremiah Sir­les (78) af­ter a touch­down pass against the Pan­thers.

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