It's once again time for us to hear from our good friend Marshall Faulk, as he's got another question for us this week.
To be Professional Grade, you must be prepared for every situation. Imagine your team facing its next opponent. You're down by six, with 2 minutes left, on your own 30. I wanna know right now, what does your team do. Do they win, or do they lose?
See, this would be an interesting scenario for the Vikings. In their six games this season, the smallest margin. . .win or loss. . .has been 11 points. They haven't really been in a "close" game this season. I don't think every game they have this year is going to be decided by double figures, so we'll probably see this scenario at some point.
I know this is going to make me sound like a homer, and that's fine. . .but I think that, if this situation were to present itself on Sunday in Buffalo, that the Minnesota Vikings would come out with the victory. Why?
Because I put my faith in
Blast Hardcheese. . .er, Teddy "Theodore" Bridgewater.
Yes, I realize I'm talking about a quarterback making his third NFL start, and that he had a rough outing last Sunday against the Detroit Lions. However, the situation we're looking at here requires someone that's going to remain calm in the face of pressure, and Teddy Bridgewater has done just that in his first two games. I believe it was Judd Zulgad and Phil Mackey that pointed this out after Sunday's loss. Bridgewater was under pressure all day against Detroit, taking eight sacks, getting hit twelve other times, and spending most of his time under duress. Yet, despite all of that, Bridgewater only "took off" three times. That means that, while he was moving around, he was also trying to make the plays he's been asked to make to his targets downfield.
In a situation like the one we're talking about here, that's the sort of thing that's required. And while the front side of the Buffalo defense might be every big as good as Detroit's, I don't think they're as good at the back end as the Lions are. That means that, if Teddy Bridgewater could get away from that pressure, the odds that he'd be able to make a play down the field would be significantly higher, in my opinion. And even with all the harassment he got from Detroit, he managed to complete 62% of his throws, so he can make the throws under pressure, too. . .if Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jarius Wright and company can hold on to them.
I think that Teddy Bridgewater is going to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a lot of comeback wins over the course of his career. And I think that, if the opportunity comes for him to do so on Sunday in Buffalo, he could come through and get the job done.