Bridgewater wants to do something Manning, Brady have never done


Teddy Bridgewater's goal is to complete at least 70 percent of his pass attempts this season.

"We try to aim to be over 70 percent in the quarterback room," Bridgewater said Monday, via the Pioneer Press. "That's one of our goals. We take pride in completion percentage."Check out the leaders in completion percentage over the last decade. 

If he accomplishes his goal, he'll likely lead the NFL in completion percentage. Check out the league leaders over the last decade.

  • 2014: Tony Romo, 69.9 percent
  • 2013: Philip Rivers, 69.5 percent
  • 2012: Matt Ryan/Peyton Manning, 68.6 percent
  • 2011: Drew Brees, 71.2 percent
  • 2010: Drew Brees, 68.1 percent
  • 2009: Drew Brees, 70.6 percent
  • 2008: Chad Pennington, 67.4 percent
  • 2007: Tom Brady, 68.9 percent
  • 2006: David Carr, 68.3 percent
  • 2005: Carson Palmer, 67.8 percent

Brees is the only player on that list to hit on 70 percent of his attempts.

Brady has never done it; neither has Manning.

In fact, according to Pro Football Talk, the only quarterbacks in league history to finish a season at 70 percent or higher, along with Brees, were Ken Anderson in 1982, Joe Montana in 1989 and Steve Young in 1994.

And Anderson's 1982 season was only nine games because of a player-strike.

Bridgewater connected on 64.4 percent of his passes as a rookie, but he's completed 73 percent of his attempts dating back to the final five games of last season (including his 22-of-28 this preseason), according to 1500 ESPN.

The last Viking quarterback to come close to leading the league in completion percentage was Daunte Culpepper, who completed 69.2 percent of his attempts in 2004. Brian Griese led the league that season at 69.3 percent. Culpepper's tally is tied for the 10th-best single-season percentage in league history, according to Football Reference.

Brett Favre finished third in the league in 2009.

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