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Are 91 Team Records Good For A Rookie QB?

Posted Jan 5, 2015

As we all know, Teddy Bridgewater had an excellent first season for the Vikings. Thrust into action much earlier than he or the team expected, Bridgewater finished at the top of the class when it comes to rookie quarterbacks in the NFL this season.

When the dust settled on his first year as a pro, he ended up breaking or tying 91 (!) team records. Now of course we’re not going to pretend that all of these carry the same weight or that he’s on the road to Canton already, but rather that this list just helps reinforce Bridgewater’s stellar start and the strong foundation he’s help build for the team moving forward into 2015 and beyond.

New: Most passing attempts, Rookie Season: 402 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 291 Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most games with 40 passing attempts, Rookie Season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 1 Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most games with 30 passing attempts, Rookie Season: 6 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 2 Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most pass attempts by rookie vs. Detroit, Season: 78 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 58 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most pass attempts by rookie vs. Chicago, Season: 53 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 45 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Buffalo: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 42 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Washington: 42 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014

Old: 13 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Chicago: 28 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014

Old: 23 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Green Bay: 37 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014

Old: 32 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011

           

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 27 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Detroit: 41 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 34 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

 

New: Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Miami: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing completions, Rookie Season: 259 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 158 Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most games with 20 passing completions, Rookie Season:  5 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 1 Four Players, most recently by Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most pass completions vs. Detroit, Season: 54 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 49 Warren Moon, 1995

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Detroit, Season: 54 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 28 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago, Season: 35 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 29 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Buffalo: 15 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 24 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Washington: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014

Old: 8 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago: 18 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014

Old: 17 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Green Bay: 21 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014

Old: 13 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011    

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 19 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions vs. Detroit, Game: 31 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 30 Warren Moon, 11/23/1995

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Detroit: 31 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 15 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 19 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie, Game: 31 Teddy Bridgewater @ Detroit, 12/14/2014

Old: 29 Christian Ponder vs. Denver, 12/4/2011

 

New: Most pass completions in first game started by a rookie: 19 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Old: 17 Joe Webb @ Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

 

New: Most passing yards, Rookie Season: 2,919 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 1,997 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most games with 300 passing yards, Rookie Season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 1 Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most games with 200 passing yards, Rookie Season: 8 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 3 Fran Tarkenton, 1961 and Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Detroit, Season: 503 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 257 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie in first start: 317 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Old: 219 Christian Ponder vs. Green Bay, 11/14/2011

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Buffalo: 157 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 241 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Washington: 268 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014

Old: 68 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Green Bay: 210 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014

Old: 190 Christian Ponder, 10/23/2011

           

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 309 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most passing yards by rookie vs. Detroit: 315 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 141 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 259 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest Average Yards per Touchdown Pass, Game: 71.5 Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/2014

Old: 54.3 Randall Cunningham vs. Dallas, 11/26/1998 

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by Rookie, Season: 64.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 56.1 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

Record: Most games 70.0 passing completion percentage, Rookie Season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Tied: 2 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

Record: Most games 60.0 passing completion percentage, Rookie Season: 10 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Tied: 4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Detroit, Season: 69.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 64.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Chicago, Season: 66.0 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 64.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Buffalo: 57.7 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 57.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Washington: 61.9 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014

Old: 61.5 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage vs. N.Y. Jets, Game: 70.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: 68.6 Brad Johnson, 11/23/1997

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 70.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Detroit: 75.6 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 62.5 Joe Webb, 1/2/2011

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage vs. Miami, Game: 73.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: 70.3 Warren Moon, 9/25/1994

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Miami: 73.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest passing completion percentage, Preseason Game: 80.0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Arizona, 8/16/2014

Old: 74.1 Daunte Culpepper vs. San Francisco, 8/27/2004

 

New: Highest QB rating, Rookie Season: 85.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 74.5 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

Record: Most games 100.0 QB rating, Rookie Season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Tied: 3 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Highest QB rating in first career start: 93.6 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Old: 87.8 Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Detroit, Season: 64.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 36.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Buffalo: 56.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 81.5 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Washington: 88.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014

Old: 63.9 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Green Bay: 79.8 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014

Old: 52.3 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011 

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 117.7 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Detroit: 84.9 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014

Old: 60.0 Joe Webb, 1/2/2011

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Miami: 114.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most games started by Rookie QB, Season: 12 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 10 Fran Tarkenton 1961 and Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Most consecutive games started by a Rookie QB: 11 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/12/14 - 12/28/2014

Old: 10 Christian Ponder, 10/23/11 - 1/1/2012

 

New: Most Games Won by a Rookie QB, Season: 6 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 2 Fran Tarkenton, 1961 and Christian Ponder, 2011

 

New: Highest win percentage in games started by rookie, Season: .500 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014 (6-6)

Old: .200 Christian Ponder, 2011 (2-8) and Fran Tarkenton, 1961 (2-8)

 

Record: Games before first career win: 1 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Tied: 1 Ron VanderKelen vs. Philadelphia, 12/15/1963 and Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/28/2010

 

Record: Fewest interceptions thrown in first career start: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Tied: 0 Six Players, most recently by Matt Cassel vs. Pittsburgh, 9/29/2013

 

Record: Fewest interceptions thrown in first career start by rookie: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Tied: 0 Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

 

Record: Fewest interceptions thrown in first game played: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. New Orleans, 9/21/2014

Tied: 0 Six Players, most recently by Matt Cassel vs. Pittsburgh, 9/29/2013

 

Record: Fewest interceptions thrown in first game played by rookie: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Tied: 0 Fran Tarkenton vs. Chicago, 9/17/1961

 

New: Fewest interceptions thrown with most attempts by rookie, Game: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Washington, 11/2/2014 (42)

Old: 0 Christian Ponder @ Carolina, 10/30/2011 (28)

 

New: Most games with no interceptions by rookie, Season: 5 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 2 Fran Tarkenton 1961 and Christian Ponder, 2011

 

Record: Most game winning drives, Season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Tied: 4 Eight Times, most recently by Daunte Culpepper in 2002

 

New: Most game winning drives by rookie, Season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014

Old: 1 Tommy Kramer, 1977

 

New: Game winning drive in first career start: 1 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Longest touchdown pass in overtime: 87t Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/14

Old: 65t Warren Moon vs. Chicago, 12/1/1994 

 

New: Longest pass by a rookie QB, Game: 87t Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/2014

Old: 71t Fran Tarkenton vs. San Francisco, 11/26/1961

 

New: Longest pass by rookie vs. Atlanta: 52 Teddy Bridgewater, 9/28/2014

Old: 39 Christian Ponder, 11/27/2011

 

New: Longest pass by rookie vs. Buffalo: 38 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Longest pass by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 28 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago: 18 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014

Old: 17 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

 

New: Longest pass vs. N.Y. Jets: 87t Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: 49 Brad Johnson, 11/23/1997

 

New: Longest pass by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 87t Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 40 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014

Old: Never Happened

 

New: Highest QB rating by rookie, Preseason Game:  136.9 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Arizona, 8/16/2014

Old: 96.6 Christian Ponder vs. Houston, 9/1/2011