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Terence Newman Joins Vikings

NFL via Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Cornerback Terence Newman signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

The deal means the 36-year-old Newman will be reunited with Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who was Newman's defensive coordinator for four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Newman started 13 games for the Bengals last season, recording 75 tackles, 15 passes defended, and one interception. While that was a down year for the two-time Pro Bowler, Zimmer is still confident he can play.

“That’s the biggest thing. He can still play. He came in the league later. I think he was 25 when he came in,” Zimmer said. “He struggled a little bit in Dallas and then played great in Cincinnati. Last year, he didn’t play quite as good, so seemingly with me, we get things fixed a little bit. I really respect him, and I think he really respects me.”

Newman was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2003 NFL Draft by Dallas. Since then he's played 12 NFL seasons, nine with Dallas and three with Cincinnati. During that time he's played in 174 games, compiling 744 tackles, 161 passes defended, 37 interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and four defensive touchdowns.

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Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin's Return

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- Sunday marked the return of Robert Griffin III as quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings were not impressed, as they beat up the Redskins 29-26 at home.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve as he led four scoring drives, three of which were capped by Matt Asiata touchdown runs.  Bridgewater finished the day 26-42 for 268 yards and one touchdown pass.

Griffin had a good day, but it wasn't good enough. He was 18-28 for 251 yards and one touchdown, but was also sacked five times and threw an inteception. There were good signs, though, for the former second overall pick, who had missed the last six weeks with a dislocated ankle.

The Vikings now move to 4-5 as they continue to play hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer.  The loss sends the Redskins to 3-6.  


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Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season.

"It's a lifelong dream to play and start in this league," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start.  "It's a really special day; it's one that you'll never forget.  I think Teddy will do a great job."

Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense.

"We've got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket," Smith said after Monday's practice.

"He is very athletic. ... He was able to make some plays with his feet. That's another dynamic. ... I think you'll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That's one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We'll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes."

Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday.

"They've got a lot of weapons," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.  "We're going to have to do a great job of being in the right place.  We have to make sure we're in the right position of coverage all day."

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Greg Jennings Happy to Have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- With the issues the Minnesota Vikings have had at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings traded back into the first round to select Bridgewater, who will presumably be the quarterback of the future as the team has no long-term options on the current roster.

Jennings thinks Bridgewater is a better fit for the team working with head coach Mike Zimmer and offensive coordinator than Johnny Manziel would have been.

"I truly believe that given any player, if they're willing to work and willing to be better, that these two coaches -- two, literally, head coaches that we have on both sides of the ball -- they can make anybody better," Jennings said. "I just didn't think -- which was probably what there thought was -- that Manziel fit what we're trying to get gone personality-wise."

Even though he fell in the draft, Bridgewater had an impressive college career. In his senior season, Bridgewater threw for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

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ESPN: Teddy Bridgewater to Enter NFL Draft

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, reports ESPN.

Bridgewater completed 71 percent of his passes for 3,970 yards with 31 touchdowns and only four interceptions this season and led his team to a 36-9 win over Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

"I can finally say I reached my ultimate goal and it would change my mom's life (financially)," Bridgewater said after the victory. "I can make an impact on my environment, where I grew up in Miami, showing there's no restrictions what you can reach. That someone from the same neighborhood can make it out."

The Houston Texans have the No. 1 pick in this year's draft after finishing 2-14.

Bridgewater graduated last month with a degree in sports administration. 

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(18) Louisville Stops Miami, 36-9 In Russell Athletic Bowl

ThinkStock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Cardinals junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tossed for three touchdowns and scored another one on the ground as No. 18 Louisville (12-1) stopped Miami (9-4), 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday Night.

The Hurricanes scored first when sophomore defensive back Deon Bush sacked Bridgewater in the end zone for a safety. From there, it was all Louisville, as they proceeded to score 36 unanswered points.

Leading 9-2 midway through the second quarter, Bridgewater connected with junior wide receiver DeVante Parker on a 26-yard touchdown. Later on, he would find junior wide receiver Michaelee Harris for a 12-yard touchdown to give Louisville a 22-2 lead heading into halftime.

Bridgewater finished the game 35 of 45 for 447 passing yards.

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Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater "Undecided" About NFL Draft

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said Monday that he is "undecided" whether to return to school for his senior year or enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"I've been hearing all these stories that I've made a decision -- I haven't made a decision," Bridgewater said Monday. "I will talk to my mom and the coaches before making my decision. I'm not leaning either way."

The 21-year-old Bridgewater says that he will make the decision after Louisville's bowl game. The Cardinals will face Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Dec 28. in Orlando.

Bridgewater went on to say that staying for his senior year would mean playing in a new conference and playing one more year with his teammates.  Louisville moves to the ACC next year.  He was also asked about what his main reason would be if he entered his name into the draft.

"I can finally say I reached my ultimate goal and it would change my mom's life (financially)," he said. "I can make an impact on my environment, where I grew up in Miami, showing there's no restrictions what you can reach. That someone from the same neighborhood can make it out."

Bridgewater is currently the No. 1 rated quarterback prospect by ESPN's Todd McShay, and the No. 8 player overall.

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Bridgewater Leads (20) Louisville to 34-3 Win Over South Florida

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- There would be no letdown for Louisville on Saturday as the Cardinals defated South Florida 34-3 on Saturday.

Last week, Louisville suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Central Florida, knocking them out of the top-10 to number 20.

But against South Florida, the team responded as Bridgewater completed 25 of 29 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

"It's all about mental toughness and being able to bounce back, and we were able to bounce back," Louisville head coach Charlie Strong said. "It's always good to see your team come together. We knew what we had to go get accomplished, and they were able to do it. ... You can't let that one game beat you twice, and we weren't going to let that game last week beat us again."

The Cardinals' defense came to play as well. They held South Florida without a touchdown, and allowed them to gain just 133 yards of total offense.

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(8) Louisville Tops Rutgers 24-10

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) --  On a night where Teddy Bridgewater was not at his best, his defense picked him up in No. 8 Louisville's 24-10 victory over Rutgers.

The Cardinals (6-0, 2-0 American Athletics Conference) had four interceptions off of Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova, who was also sacked eight times in the loss.  The defense also held Rutgers to just 12 yards rushing.

Bridgewater completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw an interception and fumbled early in the fourth quarter to keep the Scarlet Knights in the game.

"It was a decent performance," Bridgewater said. "I left a couple of throws on the field. I battled adversity, but it was a decent performance. It was a great team effort, the guys laid it all on the line."

Rutgers (4-2, 1-1) has now lost four-straight games to the Cardinals.  The long-time rivals met for the final time Thursday night as conference opponents.  The Scarlet Knights are moving to the Big 10 after the season, while Louisville is heading to the ACC.

"There are certain things you have to do in games like this because your margin of error is so small," Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. "We didn't do those things this evening."

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(7) Louisville Gets Past Temple, 30-7

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was once again the difference for the Louisville Cardinals as they defeated Temple 30-7 on Saturday.

Bridgewater threw for 348 yards along with two touchdowns on the day, and continues to play like one of the best players in college football.

Bridgewater is considered as one of the best pro prospects heading into the 2014 draft. He played the game at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, who were among a handful of teams scouting the talented signal thrower on Saturday.

While the Cardinals improved to 5-0 in the American Athletic Conference, Temple fell to 0-5 in the AAC. Temple has yet to beat a team ranked in the top-10 in school history.

Had Temple not scored with 38 seconds left, Louisville would have had their second-straight shutout.

The lone bright spot of the game for the Owls was quarterback P.J. Walker. He replaced struggling starter Connor Reilly and proceeded to throw for 182 yards with a touchdown while also rushing for 33 yards.

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