Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doubled his career single-game high with four passing touchdowns in today’s 38-17 win over the Bears. In doing so, he became the first Vikings quarterback since Brett Favre to do that.
“That’s amazing. Talk about Brett Favre being my idol. But it all points back to [offensive coordinator Norv] Turner calling a great gameplan, allowing us to go out there and play fast today,” Bridgewater said. “But our guys did a great job of making them came down with the football, our offensive line did a great job in protection and it was just a great overall team win.”
Bridgewater and the Vikings started off strong. He completed four of his six attempts on the opening drive, including a beautiful 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs in the back corner of the end zone.
“It was just a matchup that I liked and we wanted to take advantage of it,” Bridgewater said. “That’s what you talk about, giving your guys a chance. Diggs did a great job at the line of scrimmage of getting a good release and all I had to do is put it in an area where he could come down with it.”
He would just throw one incompletion the rest of the game and would finish with more touchdown passes (four) than incompletions (three).
Bridgewater went 17-for-20 for 231 yards and four touchdowns and no picks. He also rushed for a 12-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, tumbling over Bears cornerback Tracy Porter to land in the end zone.
“I braced myself when I landed. I thought that the guy was going to dive at my legs or something. That’s why I left my feet,” Bridgewater said. “But it was just great to come away with some points in that situation.”