Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater gets a big test in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. He’ll be going up against one of the league’s best quarterbacks, Dak Prescott.
Prescott strained his calf at the end of an overtime win against the New England Patriots in Week 6. So, the NFL odds could change a lot this week for the Broncos vs. Cowboys matchup, depending on if he’s healthy or not.
Can Teddy Bridgewater outperform Dak Prescott in Week 9? Let’s find out.
Teddy Bridgewater Status: NFL Week 9
Bridgewater may outperform Prescott this week. If Prescott is still recovering and not 100%, it could cause mobility and throwing mechanic issues. But Bridgewater would need to have his best game of the season.
Bridgewater threw for 288 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5.
In Week 8 against Washington, Bridgewater threw for 213 yards with a touchdown. He connected with seven different receivers in that game, leading the Broncos to a 17-10 victory.
Even if Dak isn’t able to play, Bridgewater will need to play better if the Broncos have any chance of hanging with the Cowboys. This week, Melvin Gordon will need more than ten carries to keep Dak and the Cowboy offense off the field.
Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott: NFL MVP?
This season, the Cowboys lead the NFC East, one of the weakest divisions in the NFL. Still, Prescott remains one of the top contenders for the MVP award.
In a Week 5 romp of the New York Giants, he threw for 301 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 44-20 victory.
In Week 6, Prescott threw for 445 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. On the final play of the game, he injured his calf.
So, the Cowboys’ 35-29 victory against the Patriots came with a price.
The Cowboys’ passing game is ranked fourth-ranked in the NFL. Without Von Miller, Denver may find it hard to put pressure on Prescott, which will negate some of the mobility issues he could experience from his calf injury.
Bridgewater Needs to Play at His Best This Week
The timing could help, though, depending on how Prescott handles his calf injury. The Cowboys are counting on him to also be at his best.
Denver ranks 13th in passing yards but only has 13 touchdowns to six interceptions. Denver’s inability to finish drives has plagued them all year. If Bridgewater gets into the red zone, they have to score touchdowns, or they’re at risk of getting blown out by the Cowboys.
Make Your Picks for NFL Week 9
What do you think? Does Teddy Bridgewater have a chance to play better than Dak Prescott in Week 9?
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