Zimmer: Vikings need Teddy to play better in playoffs


Following one of Teddy Bridgewater's worst performances of the season, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer didn't mince any words Monday.

Bridgewater completed just 10 of his 19 passes for 99 yards without a touchdown and a bad interception in Minnesota's 20-13 victory over the Packers Sunday night.

On Monday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged that Bridgewater will need to play better for the Vikings to make a postseason run.

"I thought he moved in the pocket too much. He didn't take some of the easy throws he had," Zimmer told reporters Monday. "He may be trying to do a little too much, I don't know. I haven't really talked to him yet. I'll talk to him more this week. But he needs to play better."

It was the sixth time this season that Bridgewater didn't throw a touchdown pass. To make matters worse, Bridgewater's interception was thrown with his left hand, while he was trying to avoid a sack with the Vikings leading 13-3 in the third quarter.


Following the game, Bridgewater called it, "one of the dumbest things in my career playing football."

The numbers were similar to what Bridgewater put up against Seattle the first time around, when he threw for just 118 yards and an interception. That game ended in a 38-7 Seattle rout.

The Vikings will need more from Bridgewater if they want to come out of TCF Bank Stadium with a victory in their first-round playoff game.

Late in the season, the second-year signal caller had been playing much better. The Pioneer Press notes that Bridgewater had put together three straight solid games in which he completed 68 percent of his passes for 734 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in weeks 14-16.

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