EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. –Coming off a 38-17 win over Chicago in Week 15, the Vikings certainly have energy on their side as they prepare to face the New York Giants Sunday night.
Teddy Bridgewater senses that energy.
"It feels good to get back to work after Sunday's performance," Bridgewater said Wednesday. "I want to keep that momentum rolling as we're getting ready to face a tough New York Giants team. They're a team that scores a bunch of points, so we're ready for that challenge."
The 6-8 Giants have not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, and Bridgewater said he is ready to lead the Vikings against a team looking to keep its season alive.
"We just have to continue to execute with the same intensity [demonstrated against Chicago] and have the same mindset going into this game Sunday," Bridgewater said.
Bridgewater acknowledged the success over the last two weeks in getting the ball out quickly and moving the ball efficiently down the field, saying the Vikings are working on ways to find a rhythm and be successful offensively. When asked about those who might criticize lower passing numbers, Bridgewater emphasized the importance of the team over individual stats.
"I guess it's a stat-driven league that's driven by numbers," Bridgewater said. "Everyone wants to see all the passing yards and things like that, but the most important thing is winning. Winning football games – that's what's most important."
Here are four other points from Bridgewater's media session:
Bridgewater on Adrian Peterson being voted to the 2016 Pro Bowl:
**"Congrats to Adrian on his seventh Pro Bowl. We feel like there are some [other] guys that should have made it also. You know, you talk about Joe Berger, he's a great guy that works extremely hard. However, I'm pretty sure that Adrian would trade in his Pro Bowl to be thrown in something else in February, more like playing in the Super Bowl. … We have to shift our focus to New York."
Bridgewater on facing the Giants defense:
They're battling some injuries on the defensive side of the ball also, and we're aware of that, but we just have to continue to stick to our game plan, that's what we expect. We throw the ball, we'll come down with it and score points, or if we're rushing the football, we expect those big plays also."
Bridgewater on the connection between quick release and yards after the play:
**"Yeah [I think there's a connection]. Just playing in a rhythm, you know, getting the ball out on time so that we're not trying to touch protection and things like that, is something that we've been hitting on for a couple of weeks now – playing fast, getting the ball out, helping the guys out up front, and it's been working for us."
Bridgewater on playing well in December, both 2014 and 2015:
"We just have to understand the situation. It's the time of the year where teams are playing their best football, and I'm glad that we're on the upside of that right now and have momentum heading into this next game. It's good to get things going in December, especially with the chance to make a playoff run. The guys understand the situation, they've embraced the challenge from Coach [Mike] Zimmer, and we know how important these next two games are."