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With a 30-23 win over the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, the Minnesota Vikings now sit atop the NFC North with a commanding 3 game lead and an overall record of 9-2. The Vikings have quietly become one of the best teams in the NFL, thanks in large part to quarterback Case Keenum. Since entering the league in 2013, Keenum never seemed to find his rhythm. After a short two-year stint with the Houston Texans, Keenum got a real chance to prove himself as a starting quarterback with the Rams. Finishing 7-7 as a starter, the Keenum experiment did not work leading to his signing with the Vikings in April of this year.
Entering this season as a backup behind Sam Bradford, Keenum was able to get his chance once again as a starter after an early season injury to Bradford. Since Keenum’s return to the starting role at quarterback, he has put up a career best 77.7 total QBR which is the second highest in the NFL this season, only behind the injured Deshaun Watson. Keenum hasn’t experienced this kind of success in the starting role since he was leading his college team, the Houston Cougars, where he accounted for over 150 touchdowns and 19,000 yards.
As great as the Vikings success has been so far this year, a large looming question hangs over the Minnesota Vikings front office, which is what to do with Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater, who when drafted was looked at as the new face of the franchise, is finally healthy after tearing his ACL in August of last year. His contract ends at the conclusion of this year which raises questions as to what the Vikings organization will do about Teddy. Do they try to resign the ex Louisville Cardinal to a lucrative mega million dollar contract, without having any game experience in roughly a year and a half, or do they let him walk away and continue to ride with Keenum?
For right now, the Vikings need to wait the rest of the season and see just how far Case Keenum can carry this team. With a 9-2 record, Vikings fans have more to look forward to than the future of Teddy Bridgewater, and that is the possibility of this team winning the Super Bowl in their hometown of Minneapolis in a few months. For now, NFL fans should be excited about Keenum’s revamped career in Minnesota.