It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that two of the most underrated and best performing quarterbacks thus far in the NFL are the Eagles’ Carson Wentz and Vikings’ Sam Bradford.
After being teammates all summer and working to make each other better in Doug Pederson’s quarterbacks room, Bradford was sent to Minnesota in an eleventh hour trade 10 days before the regular season, catapulting then third-string rookie Wentz to opening day starter.
Both have slid into their offensive schemes seamlessly, and each is putting up outrageously impressive numbers on a pair of undefeated football teams.
Wentz has the sixth best QB rating in football at 103.8 and has thrown five touchdown passes and 256 yards per game to a receiving corps rated by Pro Football Focus as the worst in the NFL at the start of 2016.
Bradford has the third best QB rating in football at 105.5 and has thrown four touchdown passes and 240 yards per game.
Neither signal callerhas turned the ball over in three games respectively, all of them victories.
So which team got the better end of the deal?
The Vikings could realistically argue they did, landing a first round quarterback for a first round pick and one who is playing up to expectations. Though he’s just a space holder for now, with Teddy Bridgewater out for the year and rehabbing to return, Bradford is at the helm of a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Vikings have beaten the Panthers and Packers in two of their four wins, an impressive task with the two picked as preseason NFC favorites.
The Eagles could also make a compelling argument, as they not only recouped a first round pick (they lost their 2017 pick in a plethora of trades that eventually put them in position to take Wentz at No. 2 overall last April), but also were able to get Wentz on the field much sooner than expected. And if the rookie keeps things up, the Eagles could also be a Super Bowl contender — much sooner than anyone ever would have expected.
In a true rarity in sports, both teams seem to have benefited equally from the blockbuster trade. But, with just four NFL weeks in the books anything can still happen.
Time will tell who got the better end of the deal, but regardless of what happens next, the move looks to have been a franchise-defining trade for both organizations.