Vikings: An early quarterback comparison
Bridgewater’s 59 dropbacks have netted him an 83.1 PFF QB rating, compared to a 63.8 rating on 81 dropbacks for Matt Cassel. Bridgewater has yet to throw a touchdown or an interception. Cassel tallied three touchdowns and four interceptions during his time on the field.
The largest discrepancy between the two comes in our Deep Passing statistic. Bridgewater has connected on two of the five passes he’s thrown more than 20 yards down the field. Cassel did not complete a pass on his six deep attempts.
It’s no surprise to see both struggling a bit on our QB Accuracy %. Cassel’s 60.9% bests his counterpart’s 55.6%, but Bridgewater’s mobility is already paying dividends. When Under Pressure only 10.5% of Bridgewater’s dropbacks end in a sack, which is well below Cassel’s 19.4% and the league average (16.0%). In the long run, Bridgewater could save the Vikings two sacks per every 20 pressured dropbacks.
The Vikings are dialing up more Play Action Passing to provide Bridgewater some comfort in the pocket. He’s used play action on 30.5% of his dropbacks compared to only 22.2% for Cassel. Bridgewater has turned that into 11 of 16 passing for 195 yards compared to 9 of 16 and 126 yards for Cassel.
It is early in his young career, but based on what we’ve seen so far, Vikings fans definitely have a reason to be excited about “Teddy Time” in Minnesota.