Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has thrown just three touchdown passes in Minnesota’s last six games, and that’s a growing concern for those who watch Bridgewater closely.
Bridgewater’s nine touchdown passes this year are by far the fewest in the NFL among quarterbacks who have started every game, and his six completions of 40 or more yards are tied for the fewest among quarterbacks who have started every game. (A lot of quarterbacks who haven’t started every game are ahead of Bridgewater in both statistical categories, too.)
Accuracy on downfield throws has been an issue for Bridgewater, who doesn’t have a strong arm and struggles to find receivers deep. On ESPN’s NFL Matchup this week, Merril Hoge showed tape of Bridgewater missing an open Mike Wallace for what should have been a touchdown pass, and Hoge noted that it was a play that had been designed perfectly for Wallace to get open downfield — it just wasn’t executed properly by Bridgewater.
“It’s Mike Wallace that you create a one-on-one matchup for. Your fastest guy over there. You get speed, you get one-on-one, he’s wide open, and it’s not even close,” Hoge said of Bridgewater’s pass.
The Vikings are having a good season and heading toward the playoffs, but Bridgewater needs to get better if they’re going to win in January.