Vikings record-setter: Teddy Bridgewater

Why is there so much optimism surrounding Teddy Bridgewater? A look at the 91 franchise marks he set or tied for a rookie quarterback should be proof.

Teddy Bridgewater’s rookie season is put in perspective by the Vikings records he set or tied in 2014. The Vikings trusted him to throw the ball often and he put an end to Fran Tarkenton’s dominance in the rookie record book.

Not many rookie quarterbacks play as much as Bridgewater did, and that’s part of the reason for so many rookie records now on his résumé, but Bridgewater had both accuracy and overall success.

Here is an in-depth look at all the Vikings records he set in 2014:

  • Most passing attempts, rookie season: 402 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 291 Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most games with 40+ passing attempts, rookie season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 1 Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most games with 30+ passing attempts, rookie season: 6 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 2 Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most pass attempts by rookie vs. Detroit, season: 78 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 58 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most pass attempts by rookie vs. Chicago, season: 53 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 45 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Buffalo: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 42 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Washington: 42 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014
    Old: 13 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Chicago: 28 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014
    Old: 23 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Green Bay: 37 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014
    Old: 32 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 27 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Detroit: 41 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 34 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

  • Most passing attempts by rookie vs. Miami: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing completions, rookie season: 259 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 158 Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most games with 20+ passing completions, rookie season: 5 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 1 Four players, most recently by Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most pass completions vs. Detroit, season: 54 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 49 Warren Moon, 1995

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Detroit, season: 54 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 28 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago, season: 35 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 29 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Buffalo: 15 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 24 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Washington: 26 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014
    Old: 8 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago: 18 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014
    Old: 17 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Green Bay: 21 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014
    Old: 13 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 19 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions vs. Detroit, game: 31 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 30 Warren Moon, 11/23/1995

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Detroit: 31 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 15 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 19 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions by rookie, game: 31 Teddy Bridgewater @ Detroit, 12/14/2014
    Old: 29 Christian Ponder vs. Denver, 12/4/2011

  • Most pass completions in first game started by a rookie: 19 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Old: 17 Joe Webb @ Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

  • Most passing yards, rookie season: 2,919 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 1,997 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most games with 300+ passing yards, rookie season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 1 Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most games with 200+ passing yards, rookie season: 8 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 3 Fran Tarkenton, 1961, and Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Detroit, season: 503 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 257 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most passing yards by rookie in first start: 317 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Old: 219 Christian Ponder vs. Green Bay, 11/14/2011

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Buffalo: 157 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 241 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Washington: 268 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014
    Old: 68 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Green Bay: 210 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014
    Old: 190 Christian Ponder, 10/23/2011

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 309 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most passing yards by rookie vs. Detroit: 315 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 141 Fran Tarkenton, 12/10/1961

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 259 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest average yards per touchdown pass, game: 71.5 Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/2014
    Old: 54.3 Randall Cunningham vs. Dallas, 11/26/1998

  • Highest passing completion percentage, rookie season: 64.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 56.1 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most games 70.0+ passing completion percentage, rookie season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Tied: 2 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most games 60.0+ passing completion percentage, rookie season: 10 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Tied: 4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Detroit, season: 69.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 64.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Chicago, season: 66.0 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 64.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Buffalo: 57.7 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 57.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Washington: 61.9 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014
    Old: 61.5 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

  • Highest passing completion percentage vs. N.Y. Jets: 70.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: 68.6 Brad Johnson, 11/23/1997

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 70.4 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Detroit: 75.6 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 62.5 Joe Webb, 1/2/2011

  • Highest passing completion percentage vs. Miami: 73.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: 70.3 Warren Moon, 9/25/1994

  • Highest passing completion percentage by rookie vs. Miami: 73.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest passing completion percentage, preseason game: 80.0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Arizona, 8/16/2014
    Old: 74.1 Daunte Culpepper vs. San Francisco, 8/27/2004

  • Highest QB rating, rookie season: 85.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 74.5 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Most games 100.0+ QB rating, rookie season: 3 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Tied: 3 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Highest QB rating in first career start: 93.6 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Old: 87.8 Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Detroit, season: 64.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 36.4 Fran Tarkenton, 1961

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Buffalo: 56.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 81.5 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Washington: 88.2 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/2/2014
    Old: 63.9 Christian Ponder, 12/24/2011

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Green Bay: 79.8 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/23/2014
    Old: 52.3 Christian Ponder, 11/14/2011

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 117.7 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Detroit: 84.9 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/14/2014
    Old: 60.0 Joe Webb, 1/2/2011

  • Highest QB rating by rookie vs. Miami: 114.1 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most games started by rookie QB, season: 12 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 10 Fran Tarkenton 1961, and Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most consecutive games started by a rookie QB: 11 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/12/14-12/28/2014
    Old: 10 Christian Ponder, 10/23/11-1/1/2012

  • Most games won by a rookie QB, season: 6 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 2 Fran Tarkenton, 1961, and Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Highest win percentage in games started by rookie QB, season: .500 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014 (6-6)
    Old: .200 Christian Ponder, 2011 (2-8) and Fran Tarkenton, 1961 (2-8)

  • Games before first career win: 1 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Tied: 1 Ron VanderKelen vs. Philadelphia, 12/15/1963, and Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/28/2010

  • Fewest interceptions thrown in first career start: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Tied: 0 Six Players, most recently by Matt Cassel vs. Pittsburgh, 9/29/2013

  • Fewest interceptions thrown in first career start by rookie: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Tied: 0 Joe Webb vs. Philadelphia, 12/26/2010

  • Fewest interceptions thrown in first game played: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. New Orleans, 9/21/2014
    Tied: 0 six players, most recently by Matt Cassel vs. Pittsburgh, 9/29/2013

  • Fewest interceptions thrown in first game played by rookie: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Tied: 0 Fran Tarkenton vs. Chicago, 9/17/1961

  • Fewest interceptions thrown with most attempts by rookie, game: 0 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Washington, 11/2/2014 (42)
    Old: 0 Christian Ponder @ Carolina, 10/30/2011 (28)

  • Most games with no interceptions by rookie, season: 5 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 2 Fran Tarkenton 1961, and Christian Ponder, 2011

  • Most game-winning drives, season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Tied: 4 Eight times, most recently by Daunte Culpepper in 2002

  • Most game-winning drives by rookie, season: 4 Teddy Bridgewater, 2014
    Old: 1 Tommy Kramer, 1977

  • Game-winning drive in first career start: 1 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Atlanta, 9/28/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Longest touchdown pass in overtime: 87t Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/14
    Old: 65t Warren Moon vs. Chicago, 12/1/1994

  • Longest pass by a rookie QB, game: 87t Teddy Bridgewater vs. N.Y. Jets, 12/7/2014
    Old: 71t Fran Tarkenton vs. San Francisco, 11/26/1961

  • Longest pass by rookie vs. Atlanta: 52 Teddy Bridgewater, 9/28/2014
    Old: 39 Christian Ponder, 11/27/2011

  • Longest pass by rookie vs. Buffalo: 38 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/19/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Longest pass by rookie vs. Tampa Bay: 28 Teddy Bridgewater, 10/26/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Chicago: 18 Teddy Bridgewater, 11/16/2014
    Old: 17 Fran Tarkenton, 9/17/1961

  • Longest pass vs. N.Y. Jets: 87t Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: 49 Brad Johnson, 11/23/1997

  • Longest pass by rookie vs. N.Y. Jets: 87t Teddy Bridgewater, 12/7/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Most pass completions by rookie vs. Miami: 40 Teddy Bridgewater, 12/21/2014
    Old: Never happened

  • Highest QB rating by rookie, preseason game: 136.9 Teddy Bridgewater vs. Arizona, 8/16/2014
    Old: 96.6 Christian Ponder vs. Houston, 9/1/2011


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