Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp in his Denver Broncos debut on Sunday, completing 28 of his 36 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Bridgewater’s 77.8% completion mark was the best percentage by a Broncos quarterback in his debut in franchise history, even better than when Peyton Manning completed 73.1% of his passes in 2012.
“He did an incredible job,” outside linebacker Von Miller said following a 27-13 win over the New York Giants. “He was poised back there, he got out of some big-time sacks early in the game and he converted off of those scrambles. Just a great day from Teddy.”
Bridgewater bought time and made plays throughout the game while also protecting the football, finishing the day with a 115.7 passer rating, the sixth-best passer rating in Broncos history.
“I saw a guy in total control and when he had the improvise, he did, and some of those were on big, big plays,” coach Vic Fangio said on Sunday evening. “He’s been doing that his entire career when he’s been a player and he showed it today.”
ESPN gave Bridgewater a QBR rating of 95.7. At the time of his writing — before Monday Night Football — that’s the highest QBR for Week 1. As DNVR’s Andrew Mason pointed out on Twitter, that also marks the best QBR of Bridgewater’s career.
Teddy Bridgewater’s 95.7 ESPN QBR is the best in the league for Week 1.
It’s also the best single-game QBR of his career.
His EPA of 13.1 also leads the NFL for Week 1.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) September 13, 2021
Next week, Bridgewater will face a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that surrendered 291 passing yards and two touchdowns to Tyrod Taylor in a 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 1.