Teddy Bridgewater is officially on the hot seat in Carolina

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Teddy Bridgewater’s rough day

This represented a good chance for Teddy Bridgewater to make a serious impression. The Broncos have been less than stellar this season and were without stud cornerback duo A.J. Bouye and Bryce Callahan, which makes his relative lack of production even more bizarre in Week 14.

Bridgewater looked uncharacteristically nervous, which is a strong indicator that the signal-caller is now starting to feel the pressure. He wasn’t exactly helped by a poor performance overall from their offensive line. But his throws barely got to the sticks in critical moments and he once again displayed a real hesitancy to get the football downfield despite Denver’s secondary being under-strength.

The quarterback did manage to complete 75 percent of his passes and threw the ball 40 times as Carolina looked to get their way back into the game late on. However, this resulted in 283 passing yards, no touchdowns, a 48.5 QBR, and a passer rating of 94.1. Bridgewater was sacked four times for a loss of 38 yards but did manage to accumulate 31 rushing yards and a score.

Confidence is a great and terrible thing in equal measure.

And it appears it is quickly running out where Bridgewater is concerned.

The Panthers are getting something of a pass from a record perspective in 2020 during the first year of Matt Rhule’s rebuild. But if Bridgewater continues to regress down the stretch then it might see the front office alter their plans regarding a potential replacement with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft.