- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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Bridgewater hit all seven of the passes he attempted on Saturday night against the Dallas Cowboys, connecting on the deep ball to Mike Wallace that fans had been clamoring to see after he checked into a different play at the line of scrimmage. Bridgewater saw a blitz coming, realized he had single coverage outside on Wallace and lofted a picturesque throw down the right sideline, just beyond the reach of Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr.
It was the kind of throw Bridgewater should have at his disposal this season, with Adrian Peterson luring extra defenders into the box, and he did everything on the play the Vikings would have wanted; he saw a favorable matchup, checked into a different play and threw a strike downfield. If he's able to hit those throws consistently this season, the Vikings' offense should be able to take a big step forward. And considering the Vikings sat many of their starters during their final preseason game last year, it's possible Bridgewater won't play next Thursday in Tennessee.
If that's the case, Bridgewater will finish the preseason 29-of-35, for 295 yards and a touchdown, with just one sack. That's an impressive body of work for the preseason, and the Vikings should feel good about where Bridgewater's at heading into the regular season.