Teddy Bridgewater has developed into one of the NFL's most promising quarterbacks, and he's receiving high praise from the man who will try to deny him his first division title on Sunday.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said earlier this week Bridgewater's cadence and demand are "definitely ahead of the curve" for a player in his second season, and that he looks comfortable in Norv Turner's offensive system.
"Very elusive, he gets the ball out of his hand," McCarthy said. "You can tell he's played a lot of football."
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers also had praise for Bridgewater, saying he can make all the throws, and "does a good job with his feet."
Bridgewater will make his first start at Lambeau Field Sunday night when the Minnesota Vikings (10-5) face the Packers (10-5) in a game that will determine the NFC North division. Bridgewater has thrown for six touchdowns in his last three games compared to zero interceptions.
"I think he's been more accurate, I think we've protected better for the most part," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. "I don't know, he's just felt more comfortable lately."
Adrian Peterson said he's seen a different look in Bridgewater's eyes the past few weeks, and it's led to more confidence. As for Bridgewater, he said the right gameplans have allowed him to play fast.
"Coach Zimmer always talks about this is when teams become great. We're trying to do something spectacular around here, but we know that it starts with us," he said. "I think last year we started finding our identity also around this time of the year. It's good to get hot right now, get things going especially around this time of year with the playoffs approaching."
Kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Lambeau Field.