By Scott Taylor
It’s no surprise the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gains more fans every time he heads our onto the field. Even in meaningless p[re-season games.
Last weekend Bridgewater completed every pass he threw in Minnesota’s 28-14 win over the Cowboys last Saturday night in Dallas. Bridgewater was seven-for-seven for 76 yards and left the game after putting Minnesota’s first 10 points on the board.
Seems the experts at nfl.com noticed. Bridgewater was given a B-plus for his effort last weekend. He’s what the elite football minds had to say:
Teddy Bridgewater, QB
Strengths: Bridgewater is an exceptional pocket passer with superb touch and anticipation. He gets the ball out of his hands quickly and rarely forces the ball into traffic after diagnosing coverage. Bridgewater’s willingness to hit the second and third option in the progression stretches the defense horizontally, leading to big-play opportunities when defenders jump short routes later in games. Against the Cowboys on Saturday, he showcased his excellent deep-ball skills with a teardrop to Mike Wallace down the sideline. With Bridgewater efficiently “connecting the dots” from the pocket, the Vikings’ young star is looking like a franchise player heading into his second pro season.
Weaknesses: Bridgewater doesn’t show elite arm strength. He pushes the ball downfield effectively by getting the ball “up and out” (releasing the ball early with a high arc to allow receivers to run under it, à la Peyton Manning) While he has been effective with his early release during the preseason, Bridgewater needs to sustain his deep-ball success to exploit defenses loading the box to stop Adrian Peterson.
What he needs to work on: Bridgewater will likely sit on the sidelines in Week 4, but he can continue to progress by diligently preparing in the film room and on the practice field. If he puts in the pregame work and assists the backup quarterbacks on the sidelines, Bridgewater will be ready to play when the regular season starts.
Thursday night at 7 p.m. CDT, the Vikings will face the Tennessee Titans in the final pre-season game of 2015. Bridgewater is not expected to play. The Vikings open the season on Monday, Sept. 14, in San Francisco.
Game time for the season opener is 9:20 p.m. CDT on Monday Night Football and it will be the first time we see Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson in the same backfield.
Don’t forget, you can see the Minnesota Vikings live this season!!!! Garry Shymko, the mastermind behind Shymer Tours has a tremendous schedule of 2015 Minnesota Vikings games lined up. Our tour schedule is all set up and you’re invited to head to TCF Bank Stadium with us this season.
This year, games start at $359 per tour and that includes a ticket to the Vikings game, your bus trip to the Twin Cities and two nights accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express in Bloomington, just an eight-minute walk from Mall of America. I’ll see you at TCF Bank Stadium for the Lions on Sept. 21.
Here are the tours:
Lions vs Vikings | Sept 19-21, 2015
Chargers vs Vikings | Sept 26-28, 2015
Packers vs Vikings | Nov 21-23, 2015
Seahawks vs Vikings | Dec 5-7, 2015
Bears vs Vikings | Dec 19-21, 2015
Take it from me, these trips are sensational. And don’t forget, we hold court at most of them on Saturday afternoon at the Buffalo Wild Wings at Mall of America while enjoying great food and watching the best NCAA football games from around the United States.
Here’s how you get on the bus:
1. A non-refundable $200.00 per person deposit is required at time of booking. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled event.
2. Payments may be made by Cash, Cheque, PayPal/Visa/Mastercard.
3. All payments are non-refundable.
4. U-Drive confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, maps and directions will be mailed upon receipt of final payment.
5. Bus Tour package confirmations will be mailed upon receipt of deposit. Event tickets, hotel accommodations, miscellaneous information will be mailed out approximately two weeks prior to the event.
Just go here: http://www.shymertours.ca to check out all the sensational tours this year. And don’t forget, the Vikings are waiting for you at TCF Bank Stadium.