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Lunch Break, 12/23: Zimmer Praises Teddy

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve and has played some of the best football at the quarterback position in recent weeks after posting four consecutive games with 70-plus completion percentage.

Chris Miller of the Star writes about Zimmer's adoration of the young signal caller:

Mike Zimmer* spent most of a Monday news conference deriding his team's defense after a 37-35 loss at Miami on Sunday.*

But the Vikings coach did find some positives, including rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's 19-for-26, 259-yard passing performance.

"Offensively we did some very good things," Zimmer said. "We were good on third downs, I thought we ran the ball effectively."

"Bridgewater played excellent. Three weeks in a row he's over 70 percent [completion percentage]. The quarterback rating was what, 114 yesterday? That brings a lot of hope."

Actually, Bridgewater has been at 70 percent for the past four games. His record as a starter is 5-6 heading into Sunday's season finale against Chicago.

"Early in the year I just struggled, and I wasn't playing good football," Bridgewater said after Sunday's game. "[Offensive coordinator] Norv Turner said something to us a couple of weeks back, and he told us that we were going to be playing the best football in December. If you think about it, we've been playing pretty good for the most part. We've just been executing and playing pitch and catch, whether it's me throwing the ball to the wide receivers or the running backs doing a great job following the offensive line and making plays for this team."

The 22-year-old Bridgewater has no doubt won over the Viking fan base and has given this team a reason for legitimate hope entering next season.

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