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Bridgewater rallies Vikings, but gap may still remain

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Rookie Teddy Bridgewater made the most of his two quarters with the Minnesota second-string offense, leading the Vikings to a come-from-behind win.

With, as described by the Associated Press, fans chanting his name, Bridgewater engineered a pair of fourth-quarter scoring drives — one that reclaimed the lead and the other that regained it for good with 18 seconds to play.

On the final drive, Bridgewater drove the offense 83 yards in seven plays, consuming a mere 53 seconds.  He completed six of seven passes on the march, with four going to receiver Rodney Smith for 10, six, and 37 yards before capping the effort with a two-yard touchdown pass.

For the night, Bridgewater completed 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two scores.

After the 30-28 win, coach Mike Zimmer told reporters he’s not sure whether Bridgewater will get reps with the first-team offense in the Vikings’ third preseason game.  If he doesn’t, Matt Cassel likely will be the Week One starter.

“I love Teddy Bridgewater,” Zimmer recently told USA Today.  “I love him.  I think he’s going to be tremendous. And I don’t know when.”

Even though Cassel may be the better choice in the short term, the fans will be clamoring for Bridgewater, especially if the team struggles under the veteran.  With two seasons as tenants at the University of Minnesota’s open-air venue while the Vikings’ new stadium is being built, it makes plenty of sense to do everything possible to get the rookie ready for what will be his third season, when the Vikings christen their new home.

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  1. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 12:30 AM

    WHAT DO YOU THINK OF “BABY-HANDS BUSTWATER” NOW???!!!!

  2. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:30 AM

    Forget Cassel, Teddy is the REAL STORY.

  3. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:31 AM

    Its almost creepy how much he looks like Rodgers when he is playing. This guy is gonna be a star. Vikings and Packer rivarly about to heat up!

  4. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 12:32 AM

    Packer fans are having a hard time comprehending this:

    “But…but…but…he has such tiny hands!”

    “But…but…but…he had a bad pro day!”

    “But…but…but…his Wonderlic is so low!”

    “But…but…but…he threw five interceptions in practice this week!”

    “But…but…but…Rick Spielman can’t draft quarterbacks!”

    They will never be able to process this. You may as well have told them that cheese and beer aren’t good for you.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 12:34 AM

    Bridgewater is going to own this town. The fans were chanting his name, which would definitely rattle me, but Teddy Touchdown just got cooler and cooler.

  6. footballforeseer says: Aug 17, 2014 12:35 AM

    16-20. And just off the top of my head, one of his incompletions was a dropped touchdown pass and another a smart throwaway in the redzone.

    Pretty impressive, even if it was against third stringers. I still think Cassel has to be the starter going forward seeing as how he has played near flawless so far.

  7. kosmokenny says: Aug 17, 2014 12:36 AM

    Teddy looked great tonight, but after the TJack and Ponder debacles, I dont think too many Vikings fans are overly eager to throw him to the wolves before he is damn well ready.

  8. wstover says: Aug 17, 2014 12:37 AM

    This guy won the heats of Vikings fans everywhere with that game winning drive…

  9. pftcoachmen says: Aug 17, 2014 12:37 AM

    Bridgewater will be a very good Qb if he stays healthy. He still gets flustered at times and that is the reason Cassel will start.

    Cassel is a competent vet, capable of leading the team for a year.

  10. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 12:37 AM

    I still think Cassel should start the opener, but I’m looking forward to when the time comes for Teddy to get in there.

    You know that old saying, “when you have two quarterbacks, you really don’t have any?” That’s stupid. We got two quarterbacks, and whichever one starts will be able to do the job.

  11. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:38 AM

    Big PACK guy here. Just got done watching the game. I Think the Vike’s are on to something. Castles looks good and crisp. Bridge is improveing obviously. Looked good against the blitz. This division is the Pack’s to loose but who knows…

    GO PACK!!!

    >

  12. nite2al says: Aug 17, 2014 12:40 AM

    NFL ready as it was told 2 years ago.

  13. mattblairfan59 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:40 AM

    Negative comments on the Vikings after the previous article about Cassel – some of you may want to keep your mouths shut until the game is over, or possibly until the games actually matter. Only then will we know how good any of the teams in the NFL are! A team can stink it up in a one pre-season game, and then come out and look like best team ever the next. Everything changes in the regular season, and then to another level in the playoffs.

  14. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 12:44 AM

    I can’t wait to see Teddy’s detractors tell us how this performance is meaningless because it’s a preseason game, but continue to insist that he’ll be a bust because of his pro day.

  15. The Doctor says: Aug 17, 2014 12:44 AM

    I have watched a lot of football in my 47 years, and I know talent when I see it. Teddy is the real deal, and the Packer faithful better start getting nervous.

  16. dremy7 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:45 AM

    Both QBs looked outstanding for the Vikings but Bridgewater was electric. The Cards didn’t exactly make it easy for him either. instead of playing a garbage prevent defense on the final drive they blitzed him on every single snap.

  17. sellinghope says: Aug 17, 2014 12:46 AM

    Good college player. Played well against the twos n threes. It’s just preseason but there’s a chance…

  18. justjoevideo says: Aug 17, 2014 12:47 AM

    Yikes!
    Go SEAHAWKS!!!

  19. banlarson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:47 AM

    Teddy was 16 of 20 for 177 and 2 TD’s, even with his “tiny” hands. The “bust” had a game winning 83 yard drive with 1:08…must have been a fluke. “Another wasted 1st round QB pick” played well, but it was only pre-season and against a 2nd string defense. Lets see, what other ridiculous comments have we been hearing after his first pre-season game? Bueller, Bueller?

  20. cribbage12 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:49 AM

    Was it raining? Why was he wearing gloves?

    Vikes got their franchise QB tonight. SKUL

  21. FlashPatterson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:52 AM

    I guess the media won’t be making fun of the Vikings QB situation this week then huh?

  22. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:53 AM

    Granted this game was with second and third stringers, but no one can deny BH2O looked good in this game, far better than Ponder has ever looked!

    BH2O will be riding the pine for at least a year unless Cassel gets hurt. But watch out, BH2O will eventually make most QB’s (including and especially Karen Rodgers) look like second stringers.

  23. mrdrinky says: Aug 17, 2014 12:53 AM

    And queue Vikings haters.

  24. pillowporkers says: Aug 17, 2014 12:53 AM

    I know its the preseason, and naysayers will point to all sorts of things, but qbs don’t usually do that in their 2nd game. He made 83 yards in 1:11 look like nothing. People can say all they want about third stringers, but Arizona was throwing some mad blitzes at him. I didn’t see ponder do that in 3+ years in any game ever. Its so exciting to be a Vikes fan right now knowing that our future is looking bright!

  25. binkystevens says: Aug 17, 2014 12:56 AM

    *its actually not technically a stadium if it has a roof. It’s a dome. Let’s make that distinction to keep respect for real football teams that play outdoors (and not only for a 2 year lease)

  26. fearadmiral says: Aug 17, 2014 12:58 AM

    Teddy looked great. Coming along nicely. That might be the most fun I’ve ever had with a pre season game.

  27. cmart0907 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:00 AM

    This kid will have a bright future.

  28. nickinneohio says: Aug 17, 2014 1:01 AM

    Welcome to my world Viking fan!

    Signed,

    The home of Johnny Football.

  29. leatherface2012 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:03 AM

    hmm sounds pretty damn good. thought he couldnt even hold the ball? right packer fans?

  30. stevent92 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:05 AM

    The tools are all there for Teddy. Looked real good tonight.

  31. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:07 AM

    Fogs game boys! Ya gotta pick it up D! SKOL to all you haters!!!

  32. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:08 AM

    Good game^*^^**

  33. darkneptune73 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:08 AM

    Vs backups, Bridgewater dominated. Just think what he could do with starters.

  34. youallrfools says: Aug 17, 2014 1:09 AM

    In the stands. Definitely teddy chants happening. Not sure what the qualification in the article is for, pretty sure mike can turn on his TV…

  35. radrntn says: Aug 17, 2014 1:09 AM

    i am shocked….after only having only one penalty called in over 55 minutes of play against the raiders last week…the vikings had 10 tonight ….what happen….oh you were not playing the raiders

  36. luvmnsports2012 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:10 AM

    Beastwater

  37. fthrvic says: Aug 17, 2014 1:11 AM

    He got a lot of work in….against most of the guys the Cardinals will end up cutting.

  38. zvikes says: Aug 17, 2014 1:13 AM

    No story on one of the most bizarre TDs in NFL history, preseason or not that happened before Teddy’s TD? Seriously, if that was ruled correctly the NFL might change that rule in the 2 weeks before the start of the season.

  39. arianil985 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:22 AM

    Stand back for the flood of trolls.

  40. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 17, 2014 1:23 AM

    Bridgewater is clutch. Reminds me of Tom Brady or Big Game Eli.

  41. firerogergoodell says: Aug 17, 2014 1:30 AM

    Teddy 2 Gloves! 80% completion rate and a perfect passer rating with those baby hands of his.

  42. rationalfootballfan says: Aug 17, 2014 1:37 AM

    Good for Teddy, I’m sure it’s a confidence booster. I’d still pick Cassel to start Week 1 this year though unless Teddy balls out the next 2 games

  43. asgrimsnorrison says: Aug 17, 2014 1:40 AM

    For the sake of accuracy, Bridgewater did not give the Vikings the first lead of the game. They had a 10-7 lead earlier.

  44. jimmysee says: Aug 17, 2014 1:44 AM

    In Minnesota, the guy may well be the bridge over troubled water.

    If the team has the patience, wisdom, and strength of character to wait.

  45. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 17, 2014 1:54 AM

    Love with a slice of edge sounds like a good coaching recipe. Teddy is lucky to have such a support system.

  46. vikesandravens78 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:01 AM

    It was a great game to be in the stands. I think Zimmer has the right idea in not starting him right away. Let him learn and slowly build the confidence to be a true franchise quarterback. Teddy showed flashes tonight, but Cassel did quite well with the starters.

  47. twisteditoff says: Aug 17, 2014 2:07 AM

    teddy is way better than most qb in nfc north

  48. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 2:15 AM

    I figured out why Teddy did so much better this week than last week. He got one of those sleek new helmets with the ridges and stuff so now he doesn’t look like The Great Gazoo anymore.

  49. banky74 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:23 AM

    Yes it was with the 2nd team but Bridgewater looked extremely impressive tonight.

    The haters will inevitably dismiss this performance as meaningless and the most fanatical purple Kool-Aid drinkers will no doubt anoint him the starter after this. But regardless of the extremes, the kid looked extremely impressive.

    His pocket presence was surprisingly mature and disciplined for such a young player. He made smart decisions after going through his progressions and he throws a pretty ball. He should have had another TD pass on his stat line due to a dropped pass on a beautifully thrown ball.

    Very impressive showing and Minnesota fans should be very pleased by what they saw tonight.

  50. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 2:24 AM

    Thumbs up if you like “Teddy Touchdown.” Thumbs down if you like “Two-Minute Teddy.”

  51. Dogsweat says: Aug 17, 2014 2:34 AM

    He played well against the Cards third string Defense.

  52. ctiggs says: Aug 17, 2014 2:49 AM

    Good job teddy #nobodyhasitbetterthough

  53. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 17, 2014 3:04 AM

    Bridgewater looked great playing against scrubs who will be driving beer delivery trucks in a few weeks….just like the players he faced in the horribly weak conference he played in when he was a college player.

  54. gayrod12gopackgo says: Aug 17, 2014 3:27 AM

    Both QB’s had a great night. Massive difference between Bridgewater and Ponder. The poise this kid plays with is incredible. He is a playmaker. I can’t wait to watch him with Adrian in the back field. For this guy to go from the projected 1st pick to 32nd because of a bad workout is priceless. He was accurate, good arm strength, perfect touch and a leader on the field with great character off. Its obviously early but he is fun to watch play. Vikes got a good one here. I would have no problem with him starting week one. I wanted Manziel or Carr but after watching them play so far Teddy is the man and its not even close.

  55. themeccalambeaufield says: Aug 17, 2014 3:39 AM

    Before every Viking poster proclaims pro bowl I thought I would say, way to go Teddy now try it against a 1st string defense instead of a 3rd.

  56. vikes89allday says: Aug 17, 2014 4:16 AM

    What a game!!

  57. jharterseven says: Aug 17, 2014 4:22 AM

    I did not catch the game, but watched all of TBW’s completions. There is something about the velocity of his throws that make me a little worried. but only sometimes. other times depending on what throw he is making, how close, his release, it sometimes looks like it has enough zip.

    he looked like he made great decisions on where to throw the football. also saw him completing passes to his second and third reads which is huge this early.

    that being said, MC still looks better and more like an NFL QB. i wouldn’t be surprised if bridgewater doesn’t play until we are out of playoff contention, which could actually be early considering the brutal stretch we have early on and the QBs/passing attacks we have to face.

  58. nowillrepeat says: Aug 17, 2014 5:10 AM

    12 men in the huddle

  59. bmue42 says: Aug 17, 2014 5:12 AM

    Ohhh Minn, the arm pit of the NFC north. Keep dreaming

  60. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 17, 2014 5:14 AM

    If you listen to the fans, you will soon be sitting with them. If you listen to Vikings fans, it means you’re a damn fool who would never land a coaching job of any kind anyway.

  61. csbanter says: Aug 17, 2014 6:12 AM

    The Vikings seem intent on throwing away its season. Cassel is a backup and nothing more. Why draft a QB early if you’re not going to throw in him in there right away ?

  62. f1restarter says: Aug 17, 2014 6:48 AM

    All this proves is that the Cardinals’ seventh string defense is horrible.

  63. oshkoshoz says: Aug 17, 2014 6:48 AM

    His college teammates nicknamed him “Gump,” which is an acronym for Great Under Major Pressure. And everyone knows preseason are throwaway games, but he was Gump Bridgewater on that last drive.

  64. joker65 says: Aug 17, 2014 7:00 AM

    Things just got interesting.

  65. lateefthetruthspeaker says: Aug 17, 2014 7:21 AM

    Teddy will be ready, in 2015! Let Zimmer build around him and for the indoors. Do it right! And the Vikes will Dominate again!!!!!

    This is what an up and coming team looks like.

  66. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 17, 2014 7:27 AM

    Lol where is pftppoet

  67. moderngenfootballfan says: Aug 17, 2014 7:43 AM

    This battle isnt as clear cut to me as Cleveland. I like bridgewater more thab manziel, and think he is more polished and ready for the pro level. However, I think Cassel has had his shot and did so so. Hoyer hasn’t had his own full season, and has shown the reason to be given one.

    Between Cassel being mediocre in KC, and Teddy working his backside off this should be closer than the Cleveland race.

  68. revren10 says: Aug 17, 2014 7:56 AM

    Jimmy garoppolo >then every Vikings QB

  69. bobgb2000 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:01 AM

    Just remember no matter who the Queens have leading their team, they will still be the Queens. loooooooooooosers…….

  70. luz56 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:10 AM

    As much as my two favorite teams battled it out in a damn exhibition game here are my thoughts

    Minnesota has a few good players.. O won’t be the issue.. D has a lot if question marks.. Robison very over rated.. Greenway lost a step.. dbs will cost them dearly

    AZ…. O will light up a few teams with speed and WR grouping might be top 5… LBs are brutal and washed up.. Still issues with covering TEs.. PP continues to be overrated as a one on one cover guy getting beat regularly.. AZ finishes 11-5. Vikings finish 5-11

  71. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 17, 2014 8:14 AM

    Meeting expectations against second stringers.

  72. stellarperformance says: Aug 17, 2014 8:17 AM

    Pre-season games shouldn’t get anyone excited, regardless of how well any one player plays or doesn’t play. However, I do think the Vikings will improve greatly over the team they had last year. The Packers should do well and will likely be better than last year too, but I don’t think they’ll improve “greatly.”

  73. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 17, 2014 8:18 AM

    * Vikings FANS

  74. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 17, 2014 8:28 AM

    Throw away the preseason or backups playing so it don’t matter bs. Those guys are competing for their lives and Teddy came in like a cold, calculated pro. Great throws that only the wr could catxh. Great huddle presence. MOST importantly, Teddy is fearless in the pocket and delivers under pressure. That is what good qbs are made of. We should all be excited Viking fans!

  75. whatjusthapped says: Aug 17, 2014 8:40 AM

    Teddy was so good that Target has made it their policy to spell his name correctly going forward.

    Before you put him in the HOF, remember there were a lot of Cardinal players on the field last night that wouldn’t make it to the final 53.

    But being a Viking has never been about reality, its always been about projecting wildly into the future so have at it.

  76. dadsource says: Aug 17, 2014 8:41 AM

    So his stats are amazing compared to Bortles, yet national media is clamoring for Bortles to start while questioning Bridgewater. Reason? Racism.

  77. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 17, 2014 8:44 AM

    Tedward looked great yesterday! Behind 2nd string o line he didn’t even flinch. Objects In Your Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear!

  78. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 17, 2014 8:58 AM

    No Rings

  79. greengoldandbold says: Aug 17, 2014 9:06 AM

    You could pencil in Tom Brady at QB on this team and they still aren’t going anywhere.

  80. sterling7 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:06 AM

    All you people laugh it up-while you can……………….Viking nation!!!!!

  81. citiciti says: Aug 17, 2014 9:08 AM

    Johnny who?

  82. truenorth84 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    All of the insecurity east of the St Croix is hilarious!

  83. ssraebel says: Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM

    Good for Teddy. Funny to read both sides of the posters. Some out here proclaiming Teddy is the real deal and calling out the others. Preseason football has had many HOF caliber QB’s that came crashing down when the regular season starts. As a Jags fan that used to watch Gabbert and his preseason mirage disappear come Sundays, I think you might want to dial back the rhetoric. I hope Blake continues to play well but I will not spout off about him until he plays MANY regular season games at a high level.

    Be encouraged by Teddy’s progress but I am glad the Jags passed on him still.

  84. bonniebengal says: Aug 17, 2014 9:36 AM

    I think the Vikings will be much improved this year. I say Teddy will not be the starter this year, but will be the Vikings franchise QB starting next year.

  85. codythao35 says: Aug 17, 2014 9:49 AM

    History!!! Have any rookie qb done like Teddy did, especially under 1 minute to go? I don’t remember seeing any rookie qb done that before. Amazing.

  86. wallydippins says: Aug 17, 2014 9:55 AM

    Listen to everybody in Minnesota crowning this guy the next Joe Montana after 2 decent drives against players that won’t even be in the NFL in a couple of weeks.

  87. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 17, 2014 10:01 AM

    The second and third stringers played in the American Athletic Conference.

  88. wafflestomp says: Aug 17, 2014 10:01 AM

    Hilarious!
    Yesterday, Jayrone Elliott records 3 sacks in 4 plays against the Rams and most Packer fans react in pedestrian fashion, because we understand it’s preseason and Sean Hooey is a pedestrian tackle.

    Viking fans are ready to anoint Bridgewater the best Quarterback in the division for basically doing the same thing. You guys are truly a bunch of rubes.

    Know nothing fans for a do nothing team!

  89. 15starr says: Aug 17, 2014 10:04 AM

    Chances at a Super Bowl:
    1. Packers – 30%
    2. Bears – 5%
    3. Lions – 5%
    4. Vikings – 0%

  90. jerrykill4pres says: Aug 17, 2014 10:20 AM

    Let’s be realistic here. He’s not a 10 year pro yet. Not even the starter. He’s a rookie! But, he showed a lot of promise last night. Big things that really stuck out. Was the ball he threw away. That’s where the smarts really stood out. Ponder would have tried to run, and would have been sacked. Teddy didn’t just throw it to the sidelines, and take an intentional grounding because he was inside the tackle box. He actually threw it downfield, out of the endzone. To me that play really stood out because that’s a 4 point play. The difference between a field goal, and a touchdown. Atleast at a different time in the game. Not at the end when your down by more than a fieldgoal. But it was very smart. I don’t care what anyone says about 2nd and 3rd stringers being out on the field. A TD scoring drive in under a minute at the end of the game, is still very important. It’s a learning experience, and honestly, it couldn’t have worked out into a better scenario for Coach Zimmer. He was able to really judge Teddy last night from that. Remember packer fans. Teddy wasn’t working with the starters either.

    As much as I am anxious to see what he will do out there with Patterson, Jennings, Rudolph, and some guy in the backfield that wears this 28 jersey, I still don’t want him starting this year. I’d rather he sat back there and watched cassel. Cassel might not have all of the ability in the world, but he learned a lot from Brady, and a lot of what he learned is what Teddy is hearing as well. Teddy is young. Let’s give him a chance to grow and learn a year.

    Teddy’s future looks bright, he’s making smart decisions. 5int’s in PRACTICE this week or whatever doesn’t matter. It’s PRACTICE. Practice isn’t what determines your record. Games do!

  91. arianil985 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:21 AM

    Meanwhile, our big brothers to the east had a UDFA get 3 sacks on one drive but they don’t boast about it because it’s preseason. Maybe us Viking fans could learn a bit from them.

  92. vietnambob2473 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:23 AM

    Preseason

    Lets not go puttung this guy in the hall of fame after one good quarter

  93. demjoneses says: Aug 17, 2014 10:24 AM

    I can understand the optimism from sikes fans I just can’t understand the level of certainty some of these fans speak with. Teddy had a fantastic game against 2nd and 3rd string during preseason, yes it’s enough to give hope that he can be the future but some of yall are talking like he’s elevated the team to Super Bowl contenders.

  94. wafflestomp says: Aug 17, 2014 10:26 AM

    Packer backup QBS combined to throw 12/18 passing for 151 yds. and zero ints.
    Which accounted for 11 points.

    Maybe we should throw a parade for them too.

    Wait a minute, No! We shouldn’t!
    Because it’s only preseason, and they were performing against a lot of guys who will be washing our cars in a few weeks.

    Rubes!!!

  95. JB (the original) says: Aug 17, 2014 10:37 AM

    So now a fumbled shotgun snap is no longer considered a QB fumble ‘on the exchange’, it’s considered a backward pass?

  96. realfanswearpurple says: Aug 17, 2014 10:42 AM

    Teddy performed well against backups…All the while playing with the Vikings backups…that being said, I think most Vikings fans can be cautiously optimistic. Teddy may not be able to make the plays needed and may not become the player the Vikings need. Only time will tell. But it was very nice to see him make some strides in the right direction. What’s also nice to see is the sheer panic coming from packer fans! It makes me smile when they come trolling in desperation. Favre is gone and Rodgers is getting older, and then it’s back to irrelevance for another 20 years.

    GoPackGololololol

  97. oreo51 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:45 AM

    The Vikings are doing the right thing by going slow with this kid. Give him a year to sit behind the veteran. He will be better for it.

  98. dremy7 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure Cassel will be starting come week one, but for all those people who don’t think Teddy will play this year, remember that no vikings QB has started every single game of a season since Favre in 2009, and before that it was probably Cullpepper. Cassel will be the starter come week one but I guarantee you Teddy will get a chance to play this year. And who knows? Maybe he can win the job in the regular season.

  99. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 17, 2014 10:51 AM

    And Packer fans are looking at yesterdays offensive output against the Rams knowing that Greg Robinson played a very vanilla defense, didn’t blitz and had several players missing from their defense.

    We understand preseason for what it is.

  100. egyptdog31 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:02 AM

    Everyone has at least one good game. He had one good game….no reason to think he will be awesome or totally suck based on that.

  101. madmike66 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:29 AM

    Cassel looked GOOD with the 1st teamers, against 1st team D. Cassel under Turner is gonna be a hit. Remember, the Vikings don’t need a top 5 QB, they just need a good enough QB, and Cassel can be better than that. Cassel is good enough that teams can’t put 8 in the box on peterson, and that in turn creates opportunities for all facets of the offense. Bridgewater is the future but there is no need to rush him into service. I for one hope he sits all year, as that means Cassel is in the middle of a playoff season. Cassel looked beast in the right dynamic offense under a great coach (New England). He can turn in a similar effort under Turner with the receivers we have and the run support we have. Teddy can sit and season and be a better pro in the long run for it.

  102. madmike66 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:31 AM

    I mean think about it…if teams even try to put 8 in the box now, Cassel, Rudolph, Jennings and Patterson will eat teams alive even without throwing the long ball. If they try to cover the passing game, Peterson is a monster finally uncaged. Ponder makes sure everyone has full cups of Gatorade and all is right with the world.

  103. vikesfansteve says: Aug 17, 2014 11:34 AM

    Hope he keeps up that kind of play for the rest of his career. It would make the Vikings contenders. When the Packers don’t have Rodgers they are an average team. With him they have a chance to win the Super Bowl. The Vikings need that type of player, hopefully they found him.

  104. themagicfanguy says: Aug 17, 2014 11:44 AM

    LOL look at how excited Queens fans are from Bustwaters good game. Can’t wait for real football to start so they can disappear like usual.

  105. thesongoftime says: Aug 17, 2014 11:55 AM

    Bridgewater reminded me of Ponder in his rookie season. Pretty damn good. Only time will tell.

  106. frank booth says: Aug 17, 2014 11:56 AM

    Strange. Zach Mettenberger was 20-25 for over 250 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT, but you don’t see Titans fans out of their heads yet, either because they realize it’s only one game, or they are just smarter then Viking fans. Teddy did well hitting wide open receivers against players who won’t be in the league by the end of the month. Last week, when he came in the game earlier against tougher competition, he completed 46% of his passes. You may want to temper your expectations Viking fans. He’s still “Baby Hands”, has forearms thinner than Angelina Jolie, and will most likely crumble against NFL starters.

  107. granadafan says: Aug 17, 2014 12:01 PM

    He may finally break the Louisville curse

  108. MossMoon2Packers says: Aug 17, 2014 12:02 PM

    Teddy Bridge(OverTroubled)water(s)

  109. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 17, 2014 12:09 PM

    Poor Viking fans. They really don’t understand football.

  110. largent80100 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:11 PM

    He’s got some confidence, that’s good, no matter who you’re playing against.

    Good effort by Teddy yesterday.

  111. bordner says: Aug 17, 2014 12:21 PM

    Wow! What a performance!!!!

    The vikings now have not one, but TWO, bona-fide, sure-fire, stone-cold lock, future 1st-ballot Hall of Famers on their team!!!!

    This must be causing unbelievable anquish for all of the viking fans! Which one of these two awesome QB’s will start in the Pro Bowl?!! Is it possible for both of them to win MVP this year??!!! What about AP?? Maybe a 3-way tie for MVP?!! What route will the Super Bowl parade be taking??!!! Will my mom let me skip school that day to go to it??!!!

    I understand your excitability, given the total lack of success by your franchise, but come on guys…

  112. rolli1967 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:39 PM

    Before you crown this guy the next Dan Marino remember that he put those numbers up against 3rd stringers and bubble players/scrubs who may not even be on an NFL roster at the start of the regular season.

  113. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 17, 2014 12:46 PM

    This is as good as it gets for Viking fans, proclaiming the next great QB because he did something against 3rd stringers in a pre season game. I guess after 50 + years of futility you have to celebrate something!

    Geaux Saints!

  114. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 12:49 PM

    People are quick to point out that the second string defense was in for Arizona, but Teddy was playing with the second and third string receivers, line, backs, etc. So no one should buy that argument “Oh it shouldn’t matter because it was against the second team.”

    Also, it was a preseason game, but I watched AZ blitzing the ever loving bejeezus out of us on both fourth quarter touchdown drives, so they weren’t just laying down and accepting the inevitable with their play-calling either.

    Many NFL starting quarterbacks have never led two fourth quarter comeback touchdown drives in their careers, much less as a rookie. It shows an awful lot about what Teddy is capable of.

    The QB battle in Minnesota should in no way, shape or form be settled.

  115. sharrerwwonka22 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:09 PM

    When you look up “the cool side of the pillow” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Teddy Bridgewater.

  116. monctonvike says: Aug 17, 2014 1:10 PM

    Well as a vikes fan it is nice to see the progression. It is nice to see him correct mistakes. He had a much better game. I doubt haters and trolls would ever stop, but I think he showed he has the tools to play in this league.

    Of course one good outing in preseason does not make him a franchise qb either. Cassel had a pretty good game too. I think Bridgewater needs to really outplay Matt to see him start weekone.

  117. rikker12 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:11 PM

    After watching the game, you would have thought it was a playoff game, the way the Viking announcers where calling the game.
    It’s a PRESEASON game people! The regular season is a whole different animal.
    Also I remember when Matt Flynn would light up the preseason. Some QB’s are career back-ups.
    So lets see how he does when the games actually count, and defenses have a game plan.

  118. rikker12 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:14 PM

    Preseason Teddy!

  119. conormacleod says: Aug 17, 2014 1:15 PM

    I haven’t read any Vikings fans here proclaiming Teddy a HOF QB, or even the starter in week 1. Only Packer fans making up stuff. I’m shocked!

    But, I do see a 1st round QB that sliced up 2nd and 3rd round defenses. As it should be. And, I’m glad to see Teddy doing that rather than looking scared and uncertain against backup players. Oh ya, and Teddy did play with the backup offense as well.

    Packer fans, we can still smell your fear…

  120. purpleguy says: Aug 17, 2014 1:16 PM

    Nothing is really gleaned from pre-season; however, for the cheesers minimizing Bridgewater’s efforts because he played against scrubs, please try and squint through your hazy hangover-induced logic and remember that he too had a scrubs playing on his side of the ball. . . . . .

  121. wheezerswin says: Aug 17, 2014 1:17 PM

    I love how Viking fan gets all amped up over bridgewater in the 4 th qtr of a meaningless preseason game against the cards 4th stringers (who will be cut soon). Easy vikes! Let’s not set bridgewater’s spot in canton just yet

  122. mnvikingsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 1:22 PM

    twisteditoff says: Aug 17, 2014 2:07 AM

    teddy is way better than most qb in nfc north

    I really hope that is sarcasm. BH2O isn’t even in the league with ANY of the NFC North QB’s…….yet.

    Let him sit on the bench for at least a year, then once he is a starter, he will put the packer fans in their place!

  123. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 17, 2014 1:41 PM

    vikesfansteve says:
    Aug 17, 2014 11:34 AM

    When the Packers don’t have Rodgers they are an average team.
    ______

    In what universe is 2-5-1 “average”?

  124. coreyn23 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:50 PM

    ssraebel says:
    Aug 17, 2014 9:30 AM

    Good for Teddy. Funny to read both sides of the posters. Some out here proclaiming Teddy is the real deal and calling out the others. Preseason football has had many HOF caliber QB’s that came crashing down when the regular season starts. As a Jags fan that used to watch Gabbert and his preseason mirage disappear come Sundays, I think you might want to dial back the rhetoric. I hope Blake continues to play well but I will not spout off about him until he plays MANY regular season games at a high level.

    Be encouraged by Teddy’s progress but I am glad the Jags passed on him still.
    ______________________________________________________________________Look everyone, a Jags fan!!! They do exist!

  125. cags777 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:51 PM

    I still think Cassel should be the starter. He’s looking good and playing well. Teddy, however, stepped up his game and will be an awesome face to the franchise.

  126. banky74 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:25 PM

    Typical Vikings fan comment in this thread: “Wow, Teddy looked great last night. This is very encouraging.”

    Typical Packer’s fan comment in this thread: “Yous Vikings fans are idyots! No rings! No superbowlz! Worst fanz on the planet.”

    Seriously Pack fans, get some help. See a therapist, move to a state with some culture, do whatever you have to do.

  127. wiseguy12 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:33 PM

    Both QBs look good. Cassel looked the part of the confident veteran and Bridgewater looked the part of the rising young star. The preseason game was an ideal learning experience for both. The veteran led the first team down the field and scored against a solid defensive team without the benefit of the star RB. The rookie learned he can perform under pressure in the NFL even if it is preseason. The Vikings have been lacking an accurate QB that can perform under pressure for years. If Cassel can stay healthy and Bridgewater has the time to become comfortable the game at the professional level the team should improve immensely in the passing game. There is no substitute for live game experience but TB needs to be mentally prepared to succeed as a regular starter.

  128. lordrahl121281 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:37 PM

    Poor Wisconsinites, all they have on us is Football and with the Gophers and Vikings rising they’re worried we’ll take that from them. Don’t worry Wisconsin, you’ll still have better Cheddar.

  129. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 17, 2014 2:42 PM

    banky74 says:
    Aug 17, 2014 2:25 PM
    Typical Vikings fan comment in this thread: “Wow, Teddy looked great last night. This is very encouraging.”

    Typical Packer’s fan comment in this thread: “Yous Vikings fans are idyots! No rings! No superbowlz! Worst fanz on the planet.”

    Seriously Pack fans, get some help. See a therapist, move to a state with some culture, do whatever you have to do.

    ———–

    We obviously don’t have lives! That is why we are Packer fans. GO PACK GO!!!

  130. cwinsor88 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:49 PM

    Fact. Teddy B. Did something every Viking fan has been waiting to see from any Viking QB in more years than we care to admit. Come through in a tough situation. Fact. It was 2nd and 3ed string D…Fact. It was 2nd and 3ed string O…But he still stood Tall with a heck of a blitz and got it done. Fact. Only one time but still nice to finally see it happen with our guy. I will take it! So Skol my Viking brothers and sisters to 1 good win and let’s hope for more good play from the young Teddy B!

  131. rikker12 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:52 PM

    Viking fans,
    It’s very sad when you have to make up stuff about another state, their fans or sports franchise to make yourselves seem more superior.
    I almost feel sorry for you..

  132. arianil985 says: Aug 17, 2014 3:11 PM

    Minnesota defense, the joke that never ends!

  133. navyvike says: Aug 17, 2014 3:26 PM

    Vikes will be slightly better with Cassel leading Turners offense, (24 PPG avg last year).

    Teddy’s a project that may see time later this year due to a MC injury or pissed away season.

    One thing is certain, the offense can hold it’s own but the defense has to step it up. Zimmer is upgrading it but he has no magic wand.

    9-7 this year if lucky, next year contenders, cheddarheads enjoy your last year of being relevant lol

  134. stellarperformance says: Aug 17, 2014 3:56 PM

    Be careful not to place too much hope on Bridgewater. Similar attachments of grandeur onto players in the past is exactly why Viking fans are so jaded. The higher the expectations, the deeper the angst when it doesn’t happen. Scientists have run studies on the phenomenon. The delusions of a Viking fan leads to extreme superiority complexes and forces them to spew insults and put downs in the absence of anything tangible to cheer about. That’s all they have. That’s the only ammunition they have. At least sustained frustration isn’t painful. They got that going for them.

  135. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 4:24 PM

    frank booth says:
    Aug 17, 2014 11:56 AM

    Strange. Zach Mettenberger was 20-25 for over 250 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT, but you don’t see Titans fans out of their heads yet, either because they realize it’s only one game, or they are just smarter then Viking fans.
    ———————————————————-
    Not strange. Teddy did his damage with one minute to go in the fourth quarter, and led an 83 yard TD drive to win the game. Vikings fans are able to discern the difference between a solid preseason outing (Mettenberger) and a clutch come from behind performance against long odds and a blitzing defense (Teddy).

  136. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 4:26 PM

    arianil985 says:
    Aug 17, 2014 3:11 PM

    Minnesota defense, the joke that never ends!
    ———————————————————-
    Arizona 4th quarter pass defense, the joke that never ends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. mediasloppy says: Aug 17, 2014 4:37 PM

    Looking at that play in a different way. The QB never had control of a ball that was called a lateral before it hit the ground then punched away.

  138. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 4:44 PM

    boner says:
    Aug 17, 2014 12:21 PM

    I understand your excitability, given the total lack of success by your franchise, but come on guys…
    ———————————————————-
    If you’re talking about Cleveland or Detroit, then the “total lack of success” thing would be legit. But the Vikings were a playoff team as recently as 2012, and very well could have won the NFC as recently as 2009.

    Heck, even last year we beat teams like the Steelers, Eagles, Bears and Redskins.

  139. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 4:52 PM

    wheezerswin says:
    Aug 17, 2014 1:17 PM

    I love how Viking fan gets all amped up over bridgewater in the 4 th qtr of a meaningless preseason game against the cards 4th stringers (who will be cut soon). Easy vikes! Let’s not set bridgewater’s spot in canton just yet
    ———————————————————-
    No, we just think Bridgewater should still be given a chance to start.

    It is understandable that fans of other teams would feel insecure when they see commanding performances like last night’s…

  140. cheeseisfattening says: Aug 17, 2014 4:55 PM

    The only thing Packer fans understand is all you can eat night at the local Applebee’s.

  141. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 5:06 PM

    thesongoftime says:
    Aug 17, 2014 11:55 AM

    Bridgewater reminded me of Ponder in his rookie season. Pretty damn good. Only time will tell.
    ———————————————————-
    RIDICULOUS comparison! Ponder NEVER had a game…EVER…like Teddy’s last night.

  142. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 17, 2014 5:44 PM

    The biggest gap is between the Packers and the lowly Vikes.

  143. boomboombrown says: Aug 17, 2014 6:43 PM

    The biggest gap is between a Packers fans ears!

  144. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    They’re pretty desperate for a savior in MN – someone who can cleanse the rancid stench of losing from their their insignificant little lives.

    Someone who can make them more like Packer fans.

  145. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 7:19 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says:
    Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    They’re pretty desperate for a savior in MN – someone who can cleanse the rancid stench of losing from their their insignificant little lives.

    Someone who can make them more like Packer fans.
    ———————————————————-

    HA! Believe me, the LAST thing we want to be is more like a Packer fan. Too funny…

  146. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 7:20 PM

    Or wait, did you mean “like Packer fans” in the sense of “insignificant little lives?’

  147. sonofad says: Aug 17, 2014 7:28 PM

    Viking fans know they can’t have the success that Packer fans have had, and it makes them the self loathing losers you see here.

  148. sharrerwwonka22 says: Aug 17, 2014 7:30 PM

    The funny thing about the packer fan is,that if Rodgers would’ve been thrown into the fire like Ponder was his rookie year,he would’ve been pedestrian at best and who knows,might be out of the league by now.The fact was/is; is that he sat for several seasons learning the playbook and being mentored by Favre,if he would have done anything but have success when he finally got his shot it would’ve been a disappointment,afterall,by the time he started,he was way ahead of all the other qb’s who had to play much earlier in their careers-without the luxury of 3 years of on the job training,everything spoon fed to him approach.

  149. wafflestomp says: Aug 17, 2014 7:53 PM

    Let’s get something straight here, Aaron Rodgers was never mentored by Favre.
    In fact, Favre wanted nothing to do with him.

    Rodgers was far from a finished product when he was drafted in ’05.
    It took 3 years of off-seasons going through Tom Clements’ quarterback school to redo his sloppy footwork, re-develop how and where he held the ball and quicken his delivery.

    These are the kind of things you need to consider in order to set your QB up for success.

    It’s not always a hard and fast rule. Some QBs are simply more ready to excel at the NFL game than others.
    And then there are those that will never have the proper tools.
    Bridgewater/Bustwater? Remains to be seen.
    But you better hope your team handles him in the right way.

  150. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 17, 2014 8:43 PM

    navyvike says:
    Aug 17, 2014 3:26 PM

    Vikes will be slightly better with Cassel leading Turners offense, (24 PPG avg last year).

    9-7 this year if lucky, next year contenders, cheddarheads enjoy your last year of being relevant lol
    ———————————————————-
    I think this is actually a rather pessimistic assessment. Although the Vikings may have scored a reasonable amount on the whole, there were many times when they needed a first down, or a score, and couldn’t get one due to poor play calling and less-than-optimal use of talent. Fortunes can change tremendously from year to year (10-6 in 2012, 5-10-1 in 2013), and it is unwise to assume that the year after this one will automatically be better simply because time passes. Through the preseason, they’ve shown me enough to imagine that they may have what it takes to be a playoff team. Remember, we haven’t seen our best player on the field even a single time!

  151. revelation123 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:08 PM

    A GM typically wants their 1st round pick to beat 3rd and 4th stringers on another team. This is nothing new. If Teddy couldn’t beat depth players that may not even be fit for this league, I’d be worried. But at least we know he can beat 3rd and 4th stringers.

  152. cheeseisfattening says: Aug 17, 2014 10:14 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says:
    Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    Someone who can make them more like Packer fans.
    —————————
    I think is talking about Chef Boyardee.

  153. navyvike says: Aug 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    Not so much negative, just an honest opinion. You have to take into account our schedule. It’s not easy, especially the first 5 games. The NFC norris as a whole is probably the 2nd most tough division in the NFL. 9-7 is a positive no nonsense prediction. Vegas has us at 6.5. We have new coaching with new schemes. There’s going to be growing pains. 8-8, 9-7 is realistic. The homer in me would like 10-6 and a wildcard but that may be a lil hard to come by, again, look at our schedule.

  154. cheeseisfattening says: Aug 17, 2014 10:17 PM

    tokyofilthblaster says:
    Aug 17, 2014 6:57 PM

    Someone who can make them more like Packer fans.
    —————————
    I think he is talking about Chef Boyardee.

  155. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Aug 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    In what universe is 2-5-1 “average”?

    Now list who else was out during that same time span along with Rodgers.

    2-5-1 sounds like an average for the Vikings 8 game stretch.

  156. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 17, 2014 10:18 PM

    Way to support your starting QB.

  157. justatrophy says: Aug 17, 2014 10:49 PM

    I’ve watched preseason games for 30 years and I have never seen a rookie quarterback with such command of the situation and a combination of touch and accuracy that rivals some of the best veterans in the game today.

    I’ll just come out and say it right now the dude has some of the prettiest passes I’ve ever seen.

    With the game on the line and pressure in his face he remained cool calm and collected delivering lasers to the sideline and walking the dog all the way to the end zone leading his team to a highly improbable victory (i’m going to guess a 4% chance that a rookie quarterback drives 83 yards with less than a minute and leads a comeback victory)

    In the end he barely cracked a smile and acted like it was just another day.

  158. stellarperformance says: Aug 18, 2014 9:13 AM

    The personal insults made against the Packers and their fans, while simultaneously boasting of future greatness, only demonstrates the absurd superiority complexes of the Viking trolls.

    There isn’t a single insult that is not equally applicable to the entire state of Minnesota…..not one. And the Vikings have provided nothing to brag about.

    You must show respect to get respect. You haven’t earned anything yet (and you’re nothing special.)

  159. ducks4remi says: Aug 18, 2014 11:24 AM

    Ponder’s stats in a preseason game from 2012 against a FIRST string defense:

    Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
    C. Ponder 10/13 136 1 0

    But I understand the excitement Viking fans, you only have two weeks left to enjoy your offseason championship. Then it will be time to migrate to the Wild or Timberwolve chat rooms.

  160. revelation123 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:23 PM

    Bridgewater beat 3rd and 4th stringers. Shouldn’t that come as no surprise?

    I don’t see Green Bay fans acting like their rookie LB Jayrone Elliott is the 2nd coming of Lawrence Taylor just because he beat 3rd/4th stringers for 3 sacks an a forced fumble…

  161. codythoa35 says: Aug 18, 2014 12:48 PM

    I cant wait to where by Bridgwater jersy to skool in a couple of weeks! My mom bought me new purple shoes too.

  162. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 18, 2014 9:13 PM

    revelation123 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 12:23 PM

    I don’t see Green Bay fans acting like their rookie LB Jayrone Elliott is the 2nd coming of Lawrence Taylor just because he beat 3rd/4th stringers for 3 sacks an a forced fumble…
    ———————————————————-

    Invalid comparison. QB has a totally different role than any other particular position. Everyone realizes this.

    The cheese is breaking out in a cold sweat…

  163. haraldsigurdson says: Aug 18, 2014 9:15 PM

    LBs or DEs beat their man. QBs beat the whole darn defense. Invalid comparison, dude.

  164. 1952vikefan says: Aug 19, 2014 2:24 PM

    Vikings have 2 #1 Quarterbacks and #1 offense cordinator we will shred cheese bay back into oblivion

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