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News: 1 day agoBridgewater completed 19 of 36 passes for 267 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 12 yards and appeared to leave the game after the last offensive play with an undisclosed injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: Bridgewater's return to Minnesota had a bit of everything in it, including what came close to qualifying as a memorable comeback. The veteran quarterback was able to hit Robby Anderson on a crossing route for his one touchdown throw and also connected with Curtis Samuel on a clutch 35-yard completion during the Panthers' last-gasp drive that culminated with a missed 54-yard field-goal attempt by Joey Slye with one second remaining. Bridgewater limped off the field after taking a hit on his final pass attempt the play prior, but he otherwise looked to be at full health after missing Week 11 with an MCL sprain and was able to extend his streak of games with at least one scoring toss to five. Bridgewater will now look to help Carolina bounce back from the heartbreaking defeat in a tough matchup versus the Broncos in Week 14 following a bye.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Bridgewater will replace Cam Newton as Carolina's starter following a pair of seasons as Drew Brees' backup. Bridgewater has barely seen the field since 2015 but was forced into extended action in six games last season. He showed fairly well, tossing nine TDs to two INTs while completing 68% of his passes (sixth best). Bridgewater was very conservative ' his 6.1 aDOT was easily lowest in the league, but he still managed the 11th-most fantasy points during that span. Bridgewater will work with innovative rookie head coach Matt Rhule and has a decent group of weapons led by DJ Moore, Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson and Christian McCaffrey. Bridgewater's conservative game and minimal rushing contributions (31 rushing yards last season) limit him to fringe QB2 territory.