What are some of the more under-the-radar stats to examine from Teddy Bridgewater’s promising debut with the Carolina Panthers?
Teddy Bridgewater made a solid start to life under center with the Carolina Panthers despite their Week 1 loss.
All eyes were on the free-agent signing as he finally took the field in a competitive environment for the Carolina Panthers following an unprecedented offseason of disruption. The quarterback has some big shoes to fill following Cam Newton’s controversial departure. But there was a lot to like about his ability to lead this team through a period of transition.
Bridgewater led the Panthers on three scoring drives to start the game and although things tailed off slightly following a hot start. He was still able to connect on a deep ball to Robby Anderson that got Carolina back in the ball game after the break.
It was something of a surprise that offensive coordinator Joe Brady went run-heavy on a crucial fourth-quarter drive that eventually came up short. Bridgewater was distributing the football well and this predictability enabled the Raiders to key in on Christian McCaffrey and prevent him from getting the yards needed before a fourth-and-one inexplicably went to Alex Armah.
This was an encouraging opening to Bridgewater’s second chance to make a prominent starting position his own. The offense hit the ground running and if Carolina’s defense can make some strides in the coming weeks, it might lead to some notable results as the campaign progresses.
Bridgewater eventually finished with 270 yards, one touchdown, and a 64.2 percent completion percentage. But what are some of the under-the-radar stats that might be equally as important?
All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference.