Bridgewater lasts a quarter while Roethlisberger sits out

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In the preseason, the initial rush of excitement for the return of football quickly gives way to disappointment at the starting quarterbacks getting little or no playing time. That was certainly the case with tonight’s Hall of Fame Game.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t play at all, and Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater played only the first quarter. Bridgewater played well, completing five of his six passes for 44 yards, but the Vikings failed to score as their first drive ended with an unsuccessful fourth-down conversion attempt, and their second drive ended with a missed field goal.

Bridgewater was replaced by backup quarterback Mike Kafka. For the Steelers, the starter was third-stringer Landry Jones because not only was Roethlisberger held out, but backup Bruce Gradkowski is injured.

The best thing about the preseason, however, isn’t watching the quarterbacks. It’s seeing promising young players get more playing time. For the Steelers in the first quarter, the promising young player who showed off the most impressive moves was Dri Archer, who had a 15-yard run to convert on third-and-13 and also caught a seven-yard pass. Archer played sparingly as a rookie last year but is trying to show this year that he can be a playmaker in Pittsburgh. That’s what the preseason is about.

59 responses to “Bridgewater lasts a quarter while Roethlisberger sits out

  1. A couple suspect play calls that we wouldn’t see in the regular season. Would have liked to see them try something down field but it’s tough when you only throw 6 passes. I thought he may have had Wallace in the end zone when he threw short of the chains to Wright on 3rd down but tough to tell with the camera shots. Just glad to have a QB that can routinely read 3-4 receivers on a play.

  2. The pre-season is about none of that. It’s just a subtle reminder that yes, we are still addicted to football and the NFL is the only drug dealer on the block.

  3. This TB check downs were so mundane he could have made them all throwing left-handed. Guys that see 1 WR then check down ain’t going through progressions. You might want to pick up a book about football.

  4. I know it’s early but, Mike Kafka definitely looked sharper and more competent than Teddy Checkdown.

    Can anybody else smell another Quarterback Schism?

  5. No, the only fun of the preseason is listening to the announcers try to keep up with the players they have never even heard of before when there are 20 of them on the field at the same time. 10 of which you’ll never hear from again.

  6. coachkilla6 says:
    Aug 9, 2015 9:31 PM

    Teddy Checkdown lived up to his reputation once again.

    44 yards in a full quarter of play.

    Yawn.

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    he played one drive

  7. I love how foolish some rubez are..the vikes have a healthy Rudolph..a.d. Mike Wallace has talent n why he’s paid the way he his..his Qb tannehill couldn’t get him the rock n he was bored..just watch Charles Johnson wright Pruitt if we stay healthy the cheese will spoil n our defense is gonna be top 10

  8. Doubtful Teddy is the answer in Minnesota. I think he has a chance to be decent but in the NFL but you have to at least have a good arm and he doesn’t. He’s also an average athlete but I do think he has the intangibles to be a good leader. How long before Wallace goes nuts because he can’t throw the deep ball? Heck, he doesn’t even have much zip on an intermediate out and you have to be able to throw that with some velocity. I do think the Vikes will be decent though.

  9. I love how foolish some rubez are..the vikes have a healthy Rudolph..a.d. Mike Wallace has talent n why he’s paid the way he his..his Qb tannehill couldn’t get him the rock n he was bored bored..just watch Charles Johnson wright Pruitt if we stay healthy the cheese will spoil n our defense is gonna be top 10

  10. 46plank says:
    Aug 9, 2015 10:21 PM

    Doubtful Teddy is the answer in Minnesota. I think he has a chance to be decent but in the NFL but you have to at least have a good arm and he doesn’t. He’s also an average athlete but I do think he has the intangibles to be a good leader. How long before Wallace goes nuts because he can’t throw the deep ball? Heck, he doesn’t even have much zip on an intermediate out and you have to be able to throw that with some velocity. I do think the Vikes will be decent though.

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    in the last 5 games last year Teddy Bridgewater had the 2nd best yards per attempt in the league. He also lead the league in completion percentage of passes of 20 yards or more.

    I think his arm is fine

  11. Teddy B improved every game.. He threw 11 TDs last 3 games to end our year.. N your mistaken teddy was known for his arm and showed it last year. He can throw a very good deep ball.

  12. Bridgewater could be a solid QB in the NFL, but he is very cautious and scared to push the ball down the field with that noodle arm. He has nice touch on the deep ball but most throws aren’t that variety. His arm is pretty weak in terms of zipping throws in tight windows, to me that’s why he will never be elite

  13. I noticed something in this game; the steelers had the ball on the one yard line, and they threw it three times and got nothing out of it. The Vikings had the ball on the one, RAN it, and got a touchdown. I wonder if Pete Carroll was watching?

  14. The most important takeaway from tonight’s game for the Vikes was that Kahlil played reasonably well, against a competent defense.

    Trolls are knocking Teddy, but if he can complete 83% of his passes at 7.3 YPA, he’ll be in the pro bowl. (Brady had a 7.1 YPA last year.)

    Steelers coaches are probably a little concerned with their D tonight. Teddy completes 83%, and each of the two backups completed 70%. Asiata was at 5 YPC.

    For comparison, Landry Jones completed 50% at 4.1 YPA. (The Steelers are not worried about that, of course.)

  15. As a Vikings fan, Trae Waynes made Chris Cook look like a pro bowler.

    Wow that was bad.

    That said came away impressed with Dri Archer and Stefon Diggs. Both those guys could contribute to their teams this year.

  16. Theodore was 13-4o on passes over 20 yards last year. Thats barely over one per completeion game he played last season…. and there isn’t anything wrong with that if you call Theodore what he is at the moment, which is a game manager.

    I know Viking fans feel they know what it looks like when a QB airs one out deep, but those were HOF WRs Cris Carter and Randy Moss… and neither of them are coming back.

    I am not saying he can’t get better at it.. but now would be a great time to show that he has worked on it in the off-season, whats the worse thats going to happen? Get picked off in a hyped scrimmage?

  17. Make room in that trophy case for a Lombardi. Oh, that’s right. You DON”T HAVE A TROPHY CASE. Keep wishing.

  18. Couldn’t resist.
    Rarely read the comments on this site. Over the past 10 yrs or so they continue to get dumber and dumber and dumber.
    Teddy Bridgewater will be a very, very fine quarterback in this league. Possibly elite.
    His accuracy suffers when he moves lateral and doesn’t square up. So does Brady. He slides up in the pocket beautifully with great instinct and awareness. So does Brady. Outstanding internal clock etc. etc. Not saying he’s Brady. Just a football 101 comp.
    There’s a guy in Seattle that in my opinion throws the best ball in the league when on the move.
    Because he has to.
    He can’t stand in the pocket nor utilize his protection like a pure QB. Doesn’t know how. Was never taught.
    Cause would be that he’s a bit short for a modern day QB and not close to the caliber of a Brees. (who is) He’s always used this technique and it’s brought him some success because of an outstanding supporting cast. College and Pro. He just signed a contract that makes him the second highest paid QB in the league depending on how you look at it. (I think the Tannehill deal drove that…. really? Tannehill?)
    Bridgewater’s better. Period.
    Easy to forget his passer rating in the first half of last years NFC Champ game against the Packers…Zero. Worst in playoff history for a starting QB. I think that adds up to about 750 opportunities… to tally a zero rating.
    Dreadful.

  19. Steelers are obviously going for the all time loss record this year: 0-21. LOL.

  20. So Teddy throws short to Wallace on a deep ball. I like Bridgewater but this Dolphins fan is telling you Vikings fans get used to it. Wallace is poor at running routes and making adjustments on the ball. Alligator arms will frustrate you to no end.

  21. First pre-season game, after 2 weeks of training camp is all about minimizing mistakes, playing hard and getting the young guys some playing time to start to see what you have.

    Vikings did that. 6 penalties with one on an intentional delay of game on 4th down to give punter a full punt. 3 on the rookie CB Waynes who is still getting a feel for how picky the NFL refs are. Pretty clean for a 1st game. Shows how disciplined this team is.

    I thought the OL played very well and Kalil looked like he did his rookie year. He was man handling they guys he went against. Teddy did what he was asked on the limited plays they ran. Vikings aren’t going to show much, so no deep balls. Will all be different when AP is playing.

    Defense gave up 3 yards on 1st series and forced another punt before 2nd team went in.

    Nice start. Will be fun to watch the progression of Waynes as he clearly will be something special once he gets comfortable.

  22. I’m a Packers fan and I see Teddy getting better.

    This season will tell us a lot. It is a crossroads for the kid. He still has big steps to take in his development.

  23. Tra Waynes has a long way to go. He was easily shaken by a receiver making a single move and was grabby with his hands even when he had position. he is raw and based on what I say last night, he will not be starting opposite anyone. And this wasn’t Calvin Johnson.

  24. Lol what’s wrong with you people? Acting like Teddy was supposed to come out there and throw for 100 yards on 1 drive. He did what he was supposed to be. Be crisp, show poise, and make the right pass. In other words, just be Teddy.

    Hate on. He’s coming.

  25. Trae Waynes needed to get torched. He needed to get flags thrown on him. How else is he going to learn what and what Not to do? Zimmer will ride him just like he did Rhodes. Rhodes was grabby in the beginning too, then the ZimZam happened.

  26. The Vikings look a lot closer to regular season form than the Steelers do, IMO. The Zimmer way has definitely taken hold.

  27. This TB check downs were so mundane he could have made them all throwing left-handed. Guys that see 1 WR then check down ain’t going through progressions. You might want to pick up a book about football.
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    You clearly didn’t watch the game. The camera work was so good, it was easy to see TB going through all of his reads prior to “checking down”. As a matter of fact, his only incompletion was on a play that he originally looked deep to Rudolph, who was not open. The play was supposed to go to a wide open Wallace on a crossing route, but TB looked deep first.

    5-6, 44 yards, several first downs. I’ll take every drive down like that this year.

  28. So Teddy throws short to Wallace on a deep ball. I like Bridgewater but this Dolphins fan is telling you Vikings fans get used to it. Wallace is poor at running routes and making adjustments on the ball. Alligator arms will frustrate you to no end.
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    Did you even watch the game? Wallace ran a crossing route in that play, and was wide open for the first down. TB hesitated because he looked deep to Rudolph first. When he came back to Wallace, TB threw the ball short and behind him. Teddy said he should have hit him. Not sure how this warrants ripping on Wallace.

  29. I really think that Kafka might have a real chance to stick as the starting QB. The kid can really force the ball downfield with velocity. Teddy’s deep passes look more like punts that are 50/50 balls for the WR’s to make plays on when they get back down to earth.

    The nice thing is that no matter what happens with Teddy, it looks like we have another good option without signing another Packer.

  30. I swear, some of you think that a long incompletion would be better than a check down to the TE for a first down.

    Don’t you worry…Teddy is going to run Norvs offense very well this year. There are too many weapons for this offense not to worry defensive coordinators.

  31. There’s a guy in Seattle that in my opinion throws the best ball in the league when on the move.
    Because he has to.

    =================================

    Apparently this poster has never seen AR12 throw on the run. He’s MILES better than any other QB throwing on the run. Hell – he’s the best pocket passer too. Those are facts.

  32. For Jebus’ sake, stop the insanity, my fellow Packer fans. I enjoy busting on these lavender lunatics as much as anybody else does, if not more so; but there has to be some truth behind it or you become no better than they are with all their insane delusions.

    Teddy looked decent. He wasn’t terrible but he wasn’t the second coming of Johnny Unitas, either. Give him his due, and let the lavender lunatics’ crowing about his “great performance” make them even less credible than they already are, if that’s even possible.

    For instance: Just last week there was a thread about Walsh and the lavender lunatics were crowing about how great he is. “Best in the division bla bla bla…” Typical delusional ranting. Well, how many field goals did Walsh miss last night? And what’s going to happen when they play outdoors at Lambeau and Soldier Field?

  33. Teddy looked okay against a full compliment of Steelers’ starters — hopefully he will look like that during the regular season.

    For those into “checkdown” stats and comments: 65% of Teddy’s attempts and completions in 2014 were less than 20 yards, while in 2014 Aaron Rodgers completed 62% and attempted 61% of his passes less than 20 yards — hardly a big enough difference to justify all the misguided cheeser comments.

  34. ibleedpurpleoriginal says:
    Aug 9, 2015 10:34 PM

    Teddy B improved every game.. He threw 11 TDs last 3 games to end our year.. N your mistaken teddy was known for his arm and showed it last year. He can throw a very good deep ball.

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    Where on earth did you get those stats?! Teddy is alright, and will get better but he’s not 11 td’s in 3 games good. In the last three games of the season:
    Lions – 315 yds: 1 td: 2 int : loss
    Dolphins – 259 yds: 2 td: 1 int : loss
    Bears – 209 yds: 1 td: 1 int : win

    Thats 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in the last 3 games. Not 11 touchdowns!? Like I said he’s going to get better but its way too early to start saying he’s a franchise QB like everybody is shouting from the rooftops. How about we focus on him beating a team with a winning record for the first time, then make him king of the NFL.

  35. shaggytoodle says:
    Aug 10, 2015 12:47 AM

    Theodore was 13-4o on passes over 20 yards last year. Thats barely over one per completeion game he played last season…. and there isn’t anything wrong with that if you call Theodore what he is at the moment, which is a game manager.
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    Break down his numbers starting on December 1st. I’ll give the kid a pass for his first several starts in the NFL, especially since he was supposed to ride the pine all year. I’m not anointing him the next Favre, Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees. But the kid simply looks calm, cool, and collected when in the pocket. And it’s been a while since a QB in purple has been that way.

  36. You know, there was a time when checking down to Tom Rathman and Roger Craig to keep defenses off Jerry Rice and John Taylor was the model for NFL offenses. I thought it was all about moving the chains and getting downfield….

    So I guess the preference is to try to score in 4 plays or punt. Okay. Sure. I guess that makes Bridgewater substandard. But let’s see what the season brings. I think it looks pretty good so far.

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