Does Teddy Bridgewater Still Have a Shot at the Vikings’ Starting Quarterback Job?

Last weekend, in my preview to the Vikings’ second preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, I spoke on Matt Cassel, and particularly on why he was ahead of rookie first-round pick  Teddy Bridgewater in the competition for the Vikings’ starting quarterback job. At the end of the article, I stated that in order for Cassel to hold on to his lead, he would need to go out against Arizona and play very well against a tough Cardinals defense. Cassel exceeded expectations with a fantastic performance

Cassel went 12-of-16  for 153 yards with his biggest highlight of the night being an impressive 51 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. He even rushed for 30 yards on three carries, showing his ability to take advantage of open running lanes left by the defense. Overall, Cassel took charge of the offense, displaying confidence and poise. His decision making was nearly perfect, as he had no trouble moving the offense while he was on the field.

Although Cassel managed to have quite an impressive game, Bridgewater matched his performance with a fantastic outing of his own, going 16-of-20 for 177 yards and two touchdowns, as well a completed two-point conversion pass to Jarius Wright. While  both quarterbacks had tremendous games, it was Teddy who stole the show at the end of the night. With the Vikings losing 28-24 and 1:07 seconds left in the game, Bridgewater engineered an 83-yard drive ending with an end zone fade to wide receiver Rodney Smith for the game-winning touchdown.

Bridgewater’s pocket presence and ability to go through his progressions against the Cardinals were encouraging to all Vikings fans, who have dealt with underwhelming play from the position for years, excluding Brett Favre’s superb 2009 season.

Bridgewater, like Cassel, made few mistakes against the Cardinals.  He was extremely efficient, especially on his game winning drive, where he went five-of-six for 75 yards and a touchdown.  One thing that the Vikings really liked about Teddy heading into the 2014 NFL draft was that he was very good under pressure, and he did not fail to disappoint in that aspect last Saturday. According to Pro Football Focus, Bridgewater went 9-of-12 for 113 yards and one touchdown on plays that he was blitzed. For Vikings fans, it felt like Teddy was under pressure on every play of his game-winning drive.

Teddy’s last-minute drive was a situation in which most rookie quarterbacks would be expected to falter somewhat, especially under extreme pressure from the defense. Teddy did not falter, however, as he completely thrived on his last minute drive, taking command of the offense and marching right up the field while making it look easy. Due to Matt Cassel’s outstanding game against the Raiders and Bridgewater’s performance in that same game which can best be described as “pedestrian,”  the  quarterback competition seemed to be all but over; however, Teddy’s excellent performance against the Cardinals has led to further debate on the matter.

No one will argue that Teddy played an incredible game against the Cardinals, however, many have an issue with the fact that his performance came against a Cardinals defense made-up of third and fourth string players. Cassel was able to put together just as impressive of a performance as Teddy while playing against the starting defense of the team. While this argument is not unjust, it is important to note that Bridgewater was playing with backups on his own side of the ball as well. Even so, Vikings fans are completely within reason to be hesitant on believing that Teddy is worthy of starting simply because of his good performance against backups.

By no means do I believe that Teddy Bridgewater should be the starter based on his play last weekend, however, I do believe that his play at the very least has warranted a longer look at him with the starters in this next preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Zimmer has not named the team’s week one starter yet, so getting Teddy some reps with the starting offense would make sense, especially after his outstanding performance last Saturday.

Now I want to hear from some fans. What do you guys think? Should Teddy be given playing time with the starters against the Chiefs? Or is it simply time to name Matt Cassel the starter and proceed into the season with Teddy as the backup quarterback?



Three Highly Undervalued Fantasy Quarterbacks Everyone Should Look Out For

By, Joseph Barbati

The quarterback position in fantasy football has evolved to a height where there is such a high amount of depth that all leagues can enjoy. Looking at ADP (Average Draft Position), there are many quarterbacks who are either being taken quite late for their value or are even going undrafted in leagues where they belong in higher draft selection. There are three names who have low ADPs that greatly stick out to me. They are quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Jake Locker, and Geno Smith. Let’s see why these three talents are being so overlooked. ADP recorded in this article is all credited to Rotoworld.

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Vikings Vs. Cardinals: Matt Cassel to Play the Whole First Half

Tonight, at 7:30 P.M. CT, the Minnesota Vikings will host the visiting Arizona Cardinals in what will be an important test for the team. Last weekend’s win was a nice kickoff to the Mike Zimmer era, but the Cardinals are a far superior team to the Oakland Raiders, and will present a significant challenge to the Vikings.

In all likeliness, we will have learned much more about the state of the Vikings after tonight’s game than we did after the last. Heading in to last weekend’s game, tight ends and wide receivers were my two major focuses. This weekend, I will be turning my attention to the quarterbacks. I will be paying close attention to Matt Cassel in particular, as it was reported earlier today that Cassel will play the entire first half of tonight’s game.   Continue reading Vikings Vs. Cardinals: Matt Cassel to Play the Whole First Half


Greg Jennings: The Fantasy Sleeper No One is Talking About

By Chris Serri

The start of the 2014 NFL season is only 27 days away, and that means that fantasy draft season is upon us. Many are doing intensive research as I write this article, using websites such as rotoworld and rotoviz, in hopes of figuring out who the biggest sleepers are at each position for the middle to late rounds of their drafts. Perhaps deeper than any other position in fantasy is wide receiver. While this may be true, in reality, it is a position that will see players flying off the board rapidly in fantasy. With that in mind, it is important for fantasy drafters to be familiar with some of the undervalued receivers that can make a big impact on their roster, and Greg Jennings happens to be one of the biggest sleepers at wide receiver. Continue reading Greg Jennings: The Fantasy Sleeper No One is Talking About


Joseph Barbati’s Fantasy Football Pre-Draft Quarterback Rankings

It’s that time of year again! This is the time where fantasy football fans all over the country begin joining their respective leagues for the upcoming and highly anticipated 2014-2015 NFL Season! Many fantasy owners are currently using their  time to attempt to get their pre-draft ideas together, including  figuring out who their late-round sleepers are, as well as who their overvalued and undervalued players are. People are especially using their time to assemble their rankings at each postiion. Everyone is preparing their draft boards in an effort to find the most success for the season and today I’m here to help readers in their efforts to decide upon their best quarterback option possible come draft day. 

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Why Vikings Fans Should Keep an Eye on RB Jerick McKinnon

By Chris Serri 

Even with the Minnesota Vikings’ selections of top college prospects Teddy Bridgewater and Anthony Barr in the 2014 NFL draft, it can be argued that the team’s most intriguing pick came in the third round with the selection of Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon.

Upon first glance, the Vikings’ selection of McKinnon with the 96th overall pick may have seemed confusing to some fans. After all, Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the NFL, and Matt Asiata, although not a very exciting back, had proved in the weeks leading up to the conclusion of the 2013 season that he can produce as a backup. Moreover, Mckinnon was not a very well known prospect among fans leading up to the draft, and it seemed that he would be more of a project-type player than anything for the Vikings, due to to the fact that he came from a small school and played as an option quarterback for a large portion of his college career. Continue reading Why Vikings Fans Should Keep an Eye on RB Jerick McKinnon

Greetings All!

Hello everyone! My name is Joseph Barbati and I’m grateful to announce myself as the newest addition to Chris Serri’s blog. I appreciate this opportunity and I highly anticipate writing many articles here in the future! Considering many of you didn’t come here seeking my autobiography, I’d just like to very briefly and concisely try and give some general background information about myself and what I aim to do here on the blog.

I’ve been selected by Chris to share insight generally on fantasy football. I’ll be the first to tell you that I do not have far enough knowledge about the Minnesota Vikings to give you descriptive, in-depth coverage and analysis about them, like Chris does. My main goal here is to present great fantasy football discussions as well as general NFL coverage and opinion. I will be more than happy discussing your fantasy rosters with you as well! I’m coming up on only my second full year of fantasy football, however I feel I have picked up on a lot of intelligence from Chris about the game since last year.

I am very excited to share my fantasy analysis with all readers. You can expect to see articles discussing topics such as  pre-draft player rankings, late-round sleepers, undervalued and overvalued players based on ADP (average draft position),  roster analysis, smart weekly waiver wire pickups, trade advice, and occasional start ’em/sit ’em articles during the NFL season. To end this introduction, I’d like to apologize in advance for any possible bias towards my beloved New York Giants in my articles, although that should not be much of an issue. Thank you all for reading and I’m excited to get started on this blog quite soon. As a side note,  Chris and I have been discussing the possible introduction of NBA and fantasy basketball analysis as the new season draws closer. Let us know if that sounds interesting to you guys!

Examining the Vikings’ Wide Receiver and Tight End Situation Heading into the First Preseason Game.

By Chris Serri

Well Vikings fans, tonight is the night we’ve long been awaiting. The Vikings kick off their preseason  at 7 p.m. CST in a showdown with the Oakland Raiders. This is a highly anticipated game for fans of both franchises, as it will be the NFL debuts of rookie quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, who were both top prospects at the position in this year’s NFL Draft.  While Matt Cassel and Matt Schaub are currently penciled in as the starting quarterbacks for the Vikings and Raiders, respectively, it will be interesting to see if both Bridgewater and Carr are able to make a strong push for the starting job. While most Vikings fans are looking forward to Teddy’s debut, it is important to note that there are  other players and position battles to keep an eye on. Two of the most intriguing units to keep an eye on tonight and during the rest of the preseason are the wide receivers and the tight ends. Continue reading Examining the Vikings’ Wide Receiver and Tight End Situation Heading into the First Preseason Game.