Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater: 'We're not as good as what we think'

Published Jul. 7, 2015 2:03 p.m. ET

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is telling fans to pump the brakes when it comes to 2015 expectations.

The Vikings have been hyped as a dark-horse contender as they head into the their second season with Bridgewater under center and head coach Mike Zimmer on the sidelines. In addition to their fast-developing head coach-quarterback combination, the Vikings have also traded for a speedy receiver in Mike Wallace and will return featured running back Adrian Peterson.

But recent developments and a winning record during his rookie year aren't enough to convince Bridgewater that his Vikings are rolling to the playoffs in 2015.

"Right now, we're not as good as what we think," Bridgewater told Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY Sports. "We know that the ceiling is very high and the expectation level is very high—not only for the players, but from a coaching staff also. We know what's being asked of us, but we have a long way to go."

With some questions still remaining on the defensive side of the ball, Bridgewater is wise to remain reserved when talking about the upcoming season. While there's certainly a lot to be excited about if you're a fan of the team, let's not forget two other teams from the NFC North—the Packers and Lions—posted double-digit wins and qualified for the playoffs last season.


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