Skip to main content

Vikings may need Teddy to take his game to the next level

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Vikings are 5-2 and are just a game behind Green Bay for the lead in the NFC North.

The combination of Adrian Peterson's return, Teddy Bridgewater's late game heroics and a stout Vikings defense has brought the Vikings back into playoff contention for the first time since 2012.

Or has it?

NFL analyst and former Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon told the Pioneer Press this week he thinks the Vikings are winning games despite Bridgewater's play.

While Bridgewater is completing 64,5 percent of his passes, the Vikings offense ranks 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game (195). Additionally, Bridgewater's interception total – now at five – has been chasing his touchdown total all season.

However, Bridgewater has been very good late in games, completing 70 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter. He also has a 93.8 quarterback rating in the fourth quarter of games during his career.

Last week against Chicago Bridgewater hit Stefon Diggs on a 40-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Then after a stop by the Vikings defense he found Charles Johnson on a 35-yard completion to set up the game-winning field goal.

The Vikings would like to see him make more of throws like that throughout the game. Gannon would agree.

ESPN notes that within the first five games of the Vikings' second half of the season, they face three teams in the NFL's top five in rushing defense.

That means Bridgewater may need to hit more big plays when those defenses are selling out to stop Peterson.

Next Up

covid test airport

White House names MN as location for federal test-to-treat COVID sites

Minnesota is one of only five states that will host the pilot project.

Baby owl

The Raptor Center says downward trend holding for avian influenza

A "baby shower" fundraising campaign hopes to help return young raptors to the wild.


Commemorative street name for Prince approved in Minneapolis

The block next to the First Avenue nightclub will be named Prince Rogers Nelson Way.

storm, radar, severe weather

Monitoring severe storm threat Saturday-Tuesday in Minnesota

The holiday weekend won't be a washout, but multiple rounds of strong and severe storms are possible.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 4.45.15 PM

Charges: St. Cloud meth dealer had numerous weapons. body armor

Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 38, faces 12 felony-level charges.

3100 Bloomington Ave.

South Minneapolis tenants declare rent strike; allege unsafe conditions

A group of Powderhorn Park residents say they'll withhold May rent due to health and safety concerns.

Screen Shot 2022-05-26 at 3.11.26 PM

Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school

Police said there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of the rest of the student body at Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Controversial Two Harbors mayor told: Resign or face recall election

The mayor has come under scrutiny for unusual behavior this year.

Lakeville Minnesota Solar Installation - All Energy Solar

Tips for selecting a reputable solar installer

Installing solar panels is a major investment. The solar solution provider you choose should be stable and trustworthy.

3M Maplewood

3M fined $2.8M for hazardous waste violations in Cottage Grove

The company's violations spanned more than two decades.

Christopher Payne and Kaley Wethern

Couple charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop

Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.