This season has been one of growing up for Vikings second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings QB thus far in 2015 has led the team to a 2-2 record entering the bye week, and throwing the ball has 774 yards with just two touchdowns passes. His completion percentage is at 67 percent.
Take into consideration that through the first 16 games of his career he’s 324-of-497 for 3,543 yards with 16 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and 50 sacks, Bridgewater has been at best average, and there’s got to be some rumblings if long term he’s going to be the teams answer under center.
This isn’t to say that the lack of wins last season and into 2015 is his fault totally. In his first 16 starts he’s put up a 85.2 QB rating, which is good enough for 11th among the 28 current NFL starters who made their first 16 starts.
Not bad. Not great mind you, but not bad.
Last week in Denver he rallied the Vikings (with the help of Adrian Peterson, who missed all of last season), and nearly got them to an upset win, but it was not to be.
He was under pressure all day, and was sacked seven times and it seemed like there was Broncos in the Vikings backfield all day long.
If the Vikings are going to get a better sense of what Bridgewater is going to bring to them long term, they are going to need to do a better job of protecting him and not allowing him to get hit as much as he has.
Minnesota’s next three games are at home against the Chiefs, and then two tough road tests at Detroit and at Chicago, two NFC North teams they are going to need to beat to get to the next level and have a shot at a wild card in 2015 in the NFC. Keep an eye on those two games, and find the best free bets for football when taking the Vikings on the road in those key NFC North contests.
Bridgewater needs to do a better job being more accurate and throwing the ball downfield with a better touch. We’ve all seen him over and underthrow wide outs throughout his first 16 games, and that’s something that needs to get better for the quarterback.
In the Denver loss a week ago, Bridgewater threw for a season-high 269 yards on a season-high 41 attempts. It’s a high number of attempts with one of the best running backs in the world in Peterson behind him, but it was a comeback situation in which the QB was trying to get the team back into the game.
Give the QB a chance for the rest of the season. He’s had his moments of looking like the guy that can lead the Vikings to the next level. He’s earned it through 16 games. Let’s see how the rest of 2015 goes before making a long term judgement.