The Minnesota Vikings have yet to pick a starting quarterback, but their passing game has sure been productive in the preseason.
"It's not. I'm still the young guy here. I still have a lot to prove," Bridgewater said.
Cassel has taken the majority of the turns with the first-team offense, and the veteran has done nothing but solidify his status.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he hasn't reached the date he's had in mind for a decision. Bridgewater at least gave him more to think about with his second-half performance, albeit against backups and guys bound to be cut in a couple of weeks.
"I'm very pleased. I'm just going to continue to try and get better from here," said Bridgewater, who finished 16 for 20 for 177 yards, much better than his debut.
"Teddy was calm. He was smart. That whole series was a lot of blitzes," Zimmer said.
On that final drive, Bridgewater completed six of seven passes for 77 yards.
"He does it every day in practice. I wasn't surprised at all. He always puts the ball on the money," Smith said.
The ruling was that because there was no possession by Lindley, advancement was allowable.
"I saw a play I hadn't seen in 22 years, that touchdown," Arians said, deadpanning. "It was designed."
For the first time since training camp started, the Cardinals actually breathed some fresh air while they tuned up for the regular season.
After playing their preseason opener and holding every practice inside at their covered home stadium just outside of sultry Phoenix, they finally left the air conditioning.
The temperature at kickoff was 85 degrees, steamy for Minnesota, but practically a cold front for the Arizona desert in August.
Cassel was sharp in his only series last week against Oakland, and this time over a bigger sample size he was just as good, going 12 for 16 for 153 yards with one touchdown and no turnovers. Cassel even ran three times for 30 yards when nobody was open, but the middle of the field.
His go-to target was Rudolph, the tight end who has returned for his fourth year much richer, a little slimmer and poised for a breakout season in the new scheme under offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
After failing to hang on to a high throw in the back corner of the end zone on third-and-goal at the end of the first drive, Rudolph finished the second possession with a 51-yard catch and run into the end zone.
"I want to have a big role in this offense, especially in the passing game. For me, it's why you put in all the work," Rudolph said.
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