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Sam Bradford's GPS to U.S. Bank Stadium? Shaun Hill

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was fine once he hit the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night against the Packers.

Getting to the Vikings new venue, however, proved to be a challenge.

Bradford, who was on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning, said he benefitted from the veteran leadership of a fellow quarterback to navigate to the stadium for the first time.

"Thankfully I was at (the) pregame meal, and Shaun Hill was down there with me," Bradford said. "I told him, 'Hey, how do you get to the stadium?' He was like, 'I'll go with you.'

"He rode over with me and kind of told me where to go so I just kind of followed him. I think I went the wrong way trying to get to the field, and they had to tell me it was through the other door," he added. "It was kind of like a road game, you show up to a stadium you've never been to and have got to figure it out from there."

Bradford effectively navigated his Vikings debut, completing 22 of 31 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't throw an interception and had a passer rating of 121.1.

Bradford, acquired in a trade with the Eagles in Sept. 3, said the focus against Green Bay was to keep things simple.

"Go out there and win the game. That's kind of what it is every week," Bradford told Patrick. "We obviously wanted to have a good balance of run and pass with the play-action stuff to get after them.

"And then once we got in there I think we realized we could throw it on them and spread it out a little bit," he added.

The 28-year-old has forged a strong connection with Stefon Diggs over the past few weeks, as the wide receiver posted career highs of nine passes and 182 yards that included a 25-yard touchdown Sunday night.

Bradford noted he noticed Diggs' ability right away when he arrived in the Twin Cities.

"I think I realized that probably the first or second day I was here," Bradford said. "He's one of those guys where, when I first got here and started watching tape, he just kind of immediately stands out on film. You're kind of like, 'Wow, this kid's good.'

"Then you get on the field with him and you realize that he is that good," he added. "Obviously he made some really good plays for us against Tennessee (in the season opener), but the way he played against Green Bay the other night was unbelievable."

Despite being with the Vikings less than three weeks, Bradford said he's adjusting well to his new teammates in the locker room.

"I think by now I know most of the guys in the locker room," Bradford said with a laugh. "If you had asked me that last week before the Tennessee game it might have been a little different answer.

"We've got a great group of guys in that locker room, and they've all been super supportive of me since I got here over two weeks ago," he added. "It's been fun getting to know those guys and getting to become part of that locker room."

Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has has battled injuries and been traded twice. He said he doesn't think of coming to Minnesota as a rebirth or second chance.

"I'm really not sure what it is exactly, but I'm excited about the opportunity," Bradford said. "If you would have told me two-and-a-half weeks ago that this is where I was going to be, I probably wouldn't have believed you.

"But, you know, things happen in this league that are pretty crazy, and now I'm in Minnesota," he added.

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