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Lunch Break, 9/24: Teddy Bridgewater's 'Historically Great' QBR vs. Lions

There are differences between passer rating and quarterback rating, but both were high for Teddy Bridgewater on Sunday against Detroit.

Bridgewater's passer rating was 120.6 (on a scale that maxes out at 158.3 in the NFL), the second-highest mark of his two-year career. His QBR was 98.5 on a scale that ends at 99.9.

Michael Rand of the Star Tribune writes that Bridgewater was "historically great" under that metric that was launched by ESPN in 2006. Rand wrote:

*Total QBR is a fairly complicated and still somewhat flawed stat — no measure is perfect, after all. What it aims to do is take into consideration the situations in which plays are made by a quarterback instead of just quantifying raw data like yards, TDs and INTs to help determine what that quarterback's impact was on a game. *

*ESPN explains it thusly: The Total Quarterback Rating is a statistical measure that incorporates the contexts and details of those throws and what they mean for wins. It's built from the team level down to the quarterback, where we understand first what each play means to the team, then give credit to the quarterback for what happened on that play based on what he contributed.

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Rand noted that incomplete passes were "purposeful throwaways" and pointed out Bridgewater's effectiveness on scrambles and a designed run that resulted in a 1-yard TD.* *

Rand added:

*I'll admit I was surprised when I saw Bridgewater's 98.5 number, but in retrospect it makes sense. (Conversely, he had a dismal 24.6 mark in last week's loss to the 49ers, which also makes sense). *

For Bridgewater, like so many other young players, the key will be establishing consistency. But if the keeps having games like the one he had Sunday — even without traditional stats that stand out — the Vikings will have no complaints, and neither should you.

Pressure players

There's more than one way to torment a quarterback, and the Vikings deployed multiple methods* *against the Lions Sunday, writes Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com.

Krammer noted a pass batted down by Brian Robison and interception by Justin Trattou at the line of scrimmage as ways defensive linemen.

"I think people look at production for D-linemen and all they look at is sacks," defensive line coach Andre Patterson told. "And we talk about affecting the quarterback."

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