Packers assuming Teddy Bridgewater will be on the field

AP

The Packers have a short turnaround to prepare for the Vikings on Thursday night.

So they’re not going to waste much time game-planning as if Christian Ponder might play.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he’s working with the assumption that rookie Teddy Bridgewater will be back, after leaving with a sprained ankle last week.

I would think he’s going to play,” McCarthy said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “My family taped the game for me, so when I got home last night I watched the TV copy. I thought he played well, and watched the game on the coaches’ copy this morning and was told he feels pretty good. The tests were negative. We’ll plan for Bridgewater.”

All the tests on the Vikings quarterback were negative, but he was held out of practice Monday.

46 responses to “Packers assuming Teddy Bridgewater will be on the field

  1. If they’re smart, they’ll keep him out today also. It looked like a bad sprain and Turner should think twice about letting him run in the future.

    If he makes the walk through tomorrow, he should be OK. I’m excited to watch him work as a passer, but he is not a runner. Trying to stereotype him will be disastrous, as trying to cast Geno Smith as a runner has hurt him.

    Both guys are mobile QBs, not running QBs. Get them weapons and let them throw the rock.

  2. Doesn’t really make a difference who is on the field for the purple team at QB.

    Queens will run crazy up the middle and QB will be shut down.

    GB domination!

  3. These comments about “making” him a “runner” are nonsensical. Nobody ever said he was an “option” QB. But to say he can’t run is just dumb.

    He’s got some serious mobility and he showed great escapability AND some quickness in that game.

    In fact, I dare say they WON because of his run for a TD, which broke the game open.

    To STOP him from running or limit that would be disastrous. I think if you paid attention to the game you would see that the only reason the offense was actually revitalized was BECAUSE of the threat he brought to run the ball. And the design of the threat of it on almost every play where a back was in the backfield opened his throwing lanes. Take that away and he’s Christian Ponder… smart guy with limited arm strength who mostly throws check down passes.

    If he stays in the pocket the only difference from Ponder is he makes quicker decisions and is a LITTLE more accurate.

  4. Of course they will plan for Teddy. Anyone can make a game plan for Ponder.

    Stopping Ponder:

    1. Expect a running play on 1st and 2nd downs.

    2. Don’t drop anyone deeper than 5 yards.

    3. Everyone watch Ponder’s eyes and run to where he is looking.

  5. Bridgewater is showing that you can’t always judge players by the combine alone, he looks like the real deal…

  6. ketch20too says:

    Do you really need to “gameplan” for Ponder?
    ________________________

    That attitude led to the Packers failing to earn a 1st round bye in the playoffs and having to travel to SF where they were embarrassed.

    I like the way you think… 🙂

  7. How to stop ponder just have 11 guys on the field he will be so confused, OK i sure hope Teddy will be in if not it will be a long long game!!!!!!
    Good luck to you true Packer fans!!!!

  8. @2ruefan better watch some game film son, Teddy throws lasers that Ponder could only, well ponder.

    Teddy’s passes look nothing like Ponder’s ducks and I don’t hate Ponder like a lot of Viking fans.

    Facts is I don’t recall another Viking QB that can/could sling it quite like Teddy and I can remember back as far as Fran coming back from the Giants.

    BTW the checkdowns were the way he started the game, by the 4th qtr the playbook was wide open.

  9. seapoeschl says:
    Sep 30, 2014 9:29 AM
    Of course they will plan for Teddy. Anyone can make a game plan for Ponder.

    Stopping Ponder:

    1. Expect a running play on 1st and 2nd downs.

    2. Don’t drop anyone deeper than 5 yards.

    3. Everyone watch Ponder’s eyes and run to where he is looking.

    Vikes fan here, and seapoeschl’s comment is one of the best I’ve ever seen on here. Kudos!

  10. I was shocked at how non sensical this guy is. He is all business. No give assing around, he goes on the field and does his business. His passes are sharp and crisp. He obviously can read defensive schemes already and yes, will run when there is a hole big enough to drive a car through.

    I know why he was selected by Spielman. The guy is smart. Yes he doesn’t run, but he will when the op is right and make big yards. That makes defenses defend his running and opens up his passing. Takes years to figure that out and he already has. and he is 21.

  11. This is a completely different team with TB. He is hitting the young guys he was taking snaps with,
    in Training camp. Jennings needs to step up or go back to Green Bay.
    So many times in the NFL, young Stars are discovered in crunch time under these same situations.
    Remember a late round QB named Brady??
    If the Packers are not taking this team seriously,
    they are going to be in trouble.
    This game hinges on the Defense BOTH sides!
    I give the Minnesota D line the nod over Pack O line.
    But the Vikings Safeties and corners are going to be on their heels if there is no pressure.
    Kalil better have a good game or it is going to be a LOOONG day for Teddy and that sore ankle!
    Go Vikes..
    Lets Pray for an Injury free game….for all

  12. Teddy will play and Teddy will win. The Packers have absolutely no run defense and are 30th in the league. The Vikes may have the best one two running tandem in football and that’s without Pederson. So how does Spielman do it, find not only one but three top nothch running backs and three top notch tight ends?
    The Vikes are loaded now and ready to take the crown under Teddy B. He was the last piece of puzzle.

  13. Last week everybody wanted to bench Matt Asiata,
    Come on, Falcons were not prepared..
    BUT I still see a BIG day for the Vikings.
    Difference last week wasn’t the running backs, It was the Minnesota O line protecting, and blowing the Atlanta D line 2-3 yards backward.

  14. The issue Thursday, like past years, isn’t necessarily the Vikings’ offense. Even Ponder figured out ways to score against the Pack. The real issue is the defense figuring a way to stop, or at least slow down, Rodgers, Nelson and Cobb. . . . .

  15. The Vikes may have the best one two running tandem in football and that’s without Pederson.
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    While your enthusiasm is admirable and Asiata looked good this last game the game before wasn’t so hot for either running back. Might be a little early to crown them the best 1-2 in the league. There are quite a few teams like the chiefs, bengals, and ravens who would disagree with you.

  16. The optimism of the Viking fans is comical. One decent game and all of sudden they have the second coming of Joe Montana under center.

    Bustwater had a decent game but everybody should take a deep breath and see how he does over the course of multiple games where he might have to carry that team on his back.

    I suspect another last place finish for the Vikings wouldn’t even make a difference in the fan’s point of view, after 2 years of Ponder, anything else automatically looks good.

  17. @WhatJustHappedToMyBrain”..

    No TRUE Vikings fans are acting like Bridgewater is the 2nd coming of.. anybody.

    Just excited that ANY QB could move the ball effectively against ANY team.. ANY time.

    Our expectations have been lowered THAT much…

    😦

  18. PACKERS DEFENSE ASSUMES THEY WILL GIVE UP 500 YARDS AND 30 POINTS

    You didn’t finish your sentence. It ends with

    …..AND STILL WIN BY 14 POINTS.

    There….fixed.

  19. For the love of God, please tell me Ponder is not playing. I throw up in my mouth a little bit with the thought of him trotting onto the field again.

    Televisions all over Minnesota will shut off in unison come Thursday night if that’s the case..

  20. Either way, this is another reason to dislike thursday night football. It’d be nice if the rookie could have a few more days to rest and watch film before starting his first road game at one of the greatest venues in all of sports in front of a national audience in a huge early season matchup for both teams.

    Hope it’s a good game for all the packer fans and vikings fans out there!

    You guys wanna fight!? You got one! We’ll see you Thursday! Skol.

  21. Cunningham 2.0. Teddy Icewater. GUMP. The Packers are the same team as last year and the Vikings are almost entirely different, should be an interesting matchup. Most disappointing aspect is that both teams only have 4 days to prepare.

    Heres to hoping Patterson gets flashy, Teddy gets Gumpy, Harry gets his hits on. I see a bad moon a risin’. Lets go! SKOL!

  22. The only thing that every scares me about the Vikes is AP, and he won’t be out there. Teddy may have a bright future ahead of him, but his second career start is at Lambeau and looking across at Aaron Rodgers, tough task to fill.

    Packers 35, Vikes 13

  23. TB#5 had an ankle tweeked, NBD!
    The Problem for the Packers is the fact there is very little film to prepare for.
    The way for the Vikings to win is, LONG drives,
    Take advantage of the Packers 30th rated Run Defense.
    Keep the Packers Offense off the field, keep it close and let the Special teams win it for the Vikings!
    The Packers have been lulled into a sense of superiority over the last 3 or 4 years.
    This is a young and hungry Vikings team,
    Remember everybody predicted the Vikings to go 0-5, at the beginning of the year. Our schedule gets easier with a couple exceptions. (not GB)
    Just like the Packers have somehow kept the people doing the Power ratings holding a 2-2 team with one of the worst D’s in the top 10??? also
    Just like this site kept a team at #26 that Blew out the #12 team???
    That’s OK, Packers wont make the Playoffs this year, If they do, it will be one and out….
    Your beloved Pack is getting Old, Admit it.
    In your hearts, you know I am absolutely correct.

  24. “The Packers have been lulled into a sense of superiority over the last 3 or 4 years.”

    Some Kool-Aid drinkers obviously put a little more than Kool-Aid in their water. Which of the three or 4 years of “lulled superiority” would you like to talk about? The 13th World Championship in 2010? The three consecutive division titles? Which?

    How about this…go put your purple No. 4 jersey on….you know you have one….think back to that last pass in 2009, and stop talking. Nothing more, nothing less. You’ll feel better and again take your rightful spot next to all Vikings fans.

  25. Owie, I must have hit a sore spot.
    Packers are done in the NFC North,
    The Lions are a lot better, and the Vikings are as good now and improving.
    You Packer Fans just wont admit it when your team is trending down.
    It is funny, watching some of my Packer friends, you cant even talk to them for a couple days, after a Packer loss.. They pout.

  26. gtodriver says:
    Sep 30, 2014 9:30 AM

    That attitude led to the Packers failing to earn a 1st round bye in the playoffs and having to travel to SF where they were embarrassed.

    I like the way you think… 🙂

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    You seem to forget that AP ran for 200+yards that game. AP id the reason the Vikings won that game, not Ponder.

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