Teddy Bridgewater Quietly Sets NFL Record Against Lions
By Adam Carlson
The Minnesota Vikings may have lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but at least rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was able to put forth a good passing effort against a stingy pass defense that has 11 interceptions and has only given up 19 passing touchdowns through their first 14 games. In fact, that performance by Bridgewater was good enough to get him an NFL rookie passing record.
Teddy Bridgewater set the NFL rookie record for completion percentage in a game with 40 or more attempts in the week 15 game.
Dec 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
During the game, Bridgewater completed 31 of his 41 pass attempts. That is good for a 75.6% completion rate. What fans and the commentators didn’t know at the time was that Teddy Bridgewater had set a mark with that completion percentage could be very difficult for another rookie quarterback to beat. His efficiency despite a collapsing pocket and little help from the run game make the game even more remarkable.
However, fans and statistical gurus may take a longer look at his stat line and see the two interceptions and a missed crossing route at the end of the game that could have helped Minnesota have better field position on the game winning field goal attempt.
Still, doubters of Teddy Bridgewater should take some stock in the fact that the 22 year old quarterback is finding receivers and making plays despite all the issues that have been going on with this team. Rookie mistakes will happen, but Bridgewater has been developing and growing each and every game he’s played and is learning the ropes as he goes.
Even though the Minnesota Vikings coaching strategy was to sit Bridgewater for a year to let him learn under Matt Cassel, he has led the Vikings to a 5-5 record as a starter and has fans excited for the future of the team.
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