5 things to know about the Vikings and Panthers for Week 12

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) Kirk Cousins
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2. Outside of Minnesota, Bridgewater is a career 8-8 starter

Teddy Bridgwater endured the most catastrophic football injury imaginable in 2016. In the late summer of 2016, the former Viking tore his ACL and dislocated his knee with a non-contact injury described as “horribly grotesque.” Days after, Minnesota traded a first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for signal-caller, Sam Bradford. The team finished the season 8-8.

A full recovery took Bridgewater for more than a year. By the time he was ready to play again, the Vikings had moved on to Bradford and then to Case Keenum. Free agency was on the buffet during the spring of 2018, and Minnesota moved on to their new man, Kirk Cousins.

The New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, and now Carolina Panthers gave Bridgewater auditions at quarterback. The 28-year-old filled in admirably for an injured Drew Brees in 2019 notching a 5-0 record.

This season has been a different story as Carolina sits at 4-7. For his non-Vikings career, Bridgewater is a .500 quarterback. That’s ironic because many Vikings loyalists call their own current quarterback such names.