The Minnesota Vikings are having a bit of a rocky start to their 2014 season. Adrian Peterson is out indefinitely due to off-the-field issues and now the starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, has been placed on injured reserve after breaking his foot in the Vikings week 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
For the foreseeable future, it’s Teddy Bridgewater time in Minnesota, as the rookie quarterback will now be the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. Bridgewater played competently, filling in for Cassel for the remainder of the game against the Saints, and completing 12 of 20 passes for 150 yards and two scoring drives that ended with field goals in three quarters of action.
Bridgewater’s success as the Louisville Cardinal’s quarterback for three years included 9,817 passing yards, 72 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Vikings center, John Sullivan, seemed confident in the first round pick’s ability to lead the team. “We should win every single game we play with him at quarterback,” he said.
Not missing a beat will be a big determining factor going forward. With Bridgwater now taking all of the first team reps in practice, he should be able to get on the same page as the rest of the offense. Any confusion or poor execution on Bridgewater’s part will lead to broken plays, missed opportunities and turnovers.
Teddy will be tested promptly as his first NFL start will come against the high-powered Atlanta Falcons. Despite filling in well against the Saints, he was unable to get the offense in the end zone, which will need to change if he is going to keep pace with Matt Ryan and the Falcons.