Teddy Bridgewater pulled a play out of Aaron Rodgers’ post-game presser playbook yesterday, letting the world know his Minnesota Vikings are more than ready to take on the Green Bay Packers for the NFC North title. Like Rodgers chugging a Grape Crush last season, Bridgewater enjoyed his own form of understated trolling after his team beat the Oakland Raiders in dominating 30-14 fashion.
With their win, the Vikings are not only 7-2, but one game clear of the Packers in the division. Next week’s Week 11 matchup, which was flexed to Fox’s marquee time slot, has taken on all new importance. What was just another divisional game before the season has become Minnesota’s biggest opportunity to claim supremacy in the NFC North. A win would put them two games ahead of Green Bay and firmly in the discussion for one of the NFC’s top seeds.
Bridgewater — and the rest of his Vikings teammates — aren’t listening to the hype, though. They’ve won five straight, but those wins won’t matter unless the Vikings reach the playoffs. Head coach Mike Zimmer continues to instill that mentality in his players, and it’s paying off:
“(Zimmer’s) favorite line is, ‘Don’t take the cheese,’ so we have to continue to stay motivated and continue to play with that chip on their shoulders,” Bridgewater said. “Don’t believe everything you hear, don’t believe everything you see. What matters most is the people who are around our facility every day, our coaching staff, personnel, decisions that they’re making, that’s what matters the most. We can’t buy into the newspaper clippings and things like that. We have to continue to stay grounded and continue to work hard.”