The quarterback battle in Minnesota seems to still be neck and neck especially after Saturday night’s preseason matchup against the Arizona Cardinals as Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel both impressed, but it was Bridgewater who had the last laugh.
Bridgewater, the 30th overall pick out of Louisville in the 2014 NFL draft, shined in the fourth quarter where he recorded two touchdowns including the game winning score with 18 seconds left in the game. Bridgewater’s final drive went 83 yards in seven plays in just 53 seconds.
Bridgewater finished 16 for 20 with 177 yards and two touchdowns.
While Bridgewater has impressed in the preseason so far, veteran Matt Cassel has been given the majority of first team reps and he’s done nothing but impress. Cassel went 12 for 16 with 153 yards and a touchdown on Saturday and he also ran three times for 30 extra yards.
The Cardinals took a 21-13 lead going into the final quarter after a Robert Hughes rushing touchdown before losing the lead in the fourth. Arizona then reclaimed the lead after a fumble recovery touchdown with just over a minute left to play. The Minnesota’s Bridgewater took over to win the game.
In Bridgewater’s final season at Louisville in 2013, he recorded 31 touchdowns, just four interceptons and a 71 percent completion percentage.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has yet to pick a starting quarterback, but after Bridgewater’s fourth quarter comeback with the Minnesota fans chanting his name, Zimmer’s decision has become even more difficult.