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Bridgewater Nearly Perfect in Vikings 38-17 Win


The chants cascaded down onto the field at TCF Bank Stadium in the fourth quarter as the Vikings pulled away from their division rival, Chicago Bears.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led the way with a performance he described as the best of his career.

Statistically, it certainly was.

The second-year quarterback completed 17 of 20 passes for 231 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also tacked on a rushing touchdown as he accounted for all but three of the Vikings 38 points.

Oh, and his QB rating of 154.4 was just shy of a perfect 158.3.

According to the NFL, Bridgewater is the first quarterback since 1964 with a completion percentage above 85 percent with 4 passing touchdowns, no interceptions and a rushing touchdown in one game.

With the NFL's leading rusher in Adrian Peterson, it's easy for the Vikings passing game to be overlooked.

Not today.

"It shows that when we do put the ball in the air, we're pretty good," Bridgewater told reporters after the Vikings 38-17 win.

Bridgewater started the game on fire and never let his foot off the gas.

After deferring the kickoff, the Vikings offense looked dominant with a 13-play, 6:22 opening drive, capped by a perfectly placed over-the-shoulder touchdown pass from Bridgewater to wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

Bridgewater was in total control, with touchdown passes to running back Jerick McKinnon, Zach Line and a second to Diggs.

Zimmer challenged his offense to break the 30-point mark, and Bridgewater didn't want to let down his head coach.

Bridgewater left his feet, launching himself over a defender and into the end zone for a 12-yard score.

"It's just having that competitive nature in you," Bridgewater reflected on the reason to leap over the defender. "I think that's what drove me to leave my feet there. At the time, we had 24 points. Earlier in the week, coach Zim(mer) said he wanted us to score 30 points. That was a situation where I either could've went down or scored a touchdown to make sure we got 30 points. I wanted to make sure we got those 30 points for coach Zim'."

Bridgewater was also afforded plenty of time in the pocket thanks to a strong performance by the offensive line, which only allowed one sack on the day.

"It started up front with the offensive line giving me time," Bridgewater said. "We were just playing pitch and catch."

Zimmer gave credit to the entire offensive group, which seems to have found a formula for success.

"He feels a lot more comfortable with the things that we're doing now," Zimmer said about Bridgewater. "I think we're starting to settle in to who we are."

Just like last season, Zimmer said Bridgewater has worked on refining his game during the season, hitting his stride as the Vikings prepare for a playoff push.

"I think he's improved on some things we've talked about," Zimmer said. "This is the time of year when teams become great, when you get to the finish line and see what's ahead of you. This kid's a winner."

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