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Back to earth: Vikings loss to Lions, for Bridgewater, was 'eye-opening'

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks back to the sidelines during the closing minutes of the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Minneapolis. Detroit defeated the Vikings 17-3. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks back to the sidelines during the closing minutes of the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Minneapolis. Detroit defeated the Vikings 17-3. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks off the field after their 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) walks off the field after their 17-3 loss to the Detroit Lions in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Minnesota Vikings fans, quickly enamored with the rookie who's supposed to solve this team's long-running quarterback problem, have chanted Teddy Bridgewater's name at each home game this season.

The "Teddy! Teddy! Teddy!" chorus that came from the crowd on Sunday was for encouragement, not excitement.

Bridgewater's second NFL start was a sharp drop-off from his first, as the Vikings were overwhelmed by Detroit's league-leading defense in a 17-3 defeat by the Lions.

"You're not just going to go out there and be perfect. There's some throws that you're not going to be able to control and there will be things that happen throughout the course of a game that you won't be able to control," Bridgewater said.

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