Bridgewater completed 17 of 24 passes for 146 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Bridgewater put the Vikings in place for the win in the game's closing minutes, completing a clutch 24-yard completion to tight end Kyle Rudolph to put the team in field goal position. Looking toward next season, Bridgewater will need to show that he is a better play-maker in order to be anything more than a mid-grade fantasy backup. He show flashes of potential during the season's final four games, during which Minnesota went 3-1. In that span, Bridgewater completed 67 percent of his passes, averaged 208 passing yards per game, ran for a touchdown and threw six of his 14 touchdowns on the season versus just one pick.
Bridgewater completed 10 of 19 passes for 99 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Packers. An effective game manager for most of the season, Bridgewater was unquestionably terrible Sunday night, with the lowlight being a left-handed interception. He later botched an attempted hand-off right before the two-minute warning but was luckily bailed out when Adrian Peterson came up with the ball. With Sunday's win leading to a first-round matchup against the Seahawks, Bridgewater will need to play much better in order to avoid an embarrassing loss. Seattle beat Minnesota by a score of 38-7 in Week 13, turning in one of the more impressive road performances in the NFL all season.
Bridgewater completed 15 of 25 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 49-17 win over the Giants. As has often been the case this season, Minnesota's defense and running game put the opponent away, leaving Bridgewater with fewer than 30 pass attempts for an eight time in 15 games. He's mostly been effective with the limited volume this season, but his four-touchdown showing in Week 15 was one of the year's more unusual outliers. Bridgewater will play for the NFC North title in the regular-season finale in Green Bay, having previously thrown for 296 yards and a touchdown in a 30-13 loss to the Packers back in Week 11.
Bridgewater completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's win over Chicago. He added 17 yards on the ground along with a touchdown and a fumble. Bridgewater's performance came out of nowhere as he had thrown for just four touchdowns in his last seven games combined. The game marked just the second time this season that Bridgewater threw for multiple touchdowns in a game. Bridgewater has failed to put up big numbers this season in large part due to Minnesota's reliance on the run, putting the second-year passer in position to simply try and limit mistakes. That won't cut it anymore, however, as Minnesota makes a play-off push. Peterson has been held under 70 yards in four of the Vikings' last five games, meaning that Bridgewater may have to throw down field in order for the team to be successful. That may be a sound idea with a matchup against the league-worst Giants pass defense next weekend.
Bridgewater completed 25 of 36 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 23-20 loss to the Cardinals, but he lost a fumble on the final drive of the game. The Cardinals went all out to stop Adrian Peterson, leaving Bridgewater with at least a handful of easy completions off play-action, though he did also make some more difficult throws. He notably led an 11-play, 88-yard touchdown drive to tie the game at 20 in the fourth quarter, and then brought his team in range for a game-tying field goal in the final seconds. Bridgewater finished his otherwise impressive night in the worst way possible, but it was still a promising performance on the whole. He has an easier matchup against the Bears in Week 15, but with Adrian Peterson likely to have more running room, Bridgewater's volume could very well drop back down to its usual miserly level.
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