Monday, December 11, 2017

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been named November’s NFC Player of the Month. It was a big month for Keenum, who has continued to win, and in the process win over Vikings fans with his strong play.

Keenum led the Vikings to a 3-0 record in the month of November. The team had a bye in Week 9 (November 5th). Minnesota ended the month with its streak of seven straight wins intact. The team also built a three-game lead over Detroit in the NFC North.

In wins over the Lions, Rams and Redskins Keenum completed 69 of 97 passes (71.1%) for 866 yards with seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He had a QBR 90.3 and a passer rating of 114.0. Number seven added 39 rushing yards with a touchdown on the ground.

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Teddy Bridgewater, Case Keenum and Sam Bradford are all scheduled to be free agents after the season. Who can the Minnesota Vikings afford to keep as their future quarterback — or should I say quarterbacks?

Case Keenum has proven his doubters wrong week in and week out. He keeps winning, and he keeps adding millions to his 2018 payday.

Since the Vikings have already won this week, let’s sit back and take a look at the team’s unique quarterback situation and how much money the former backup can expect to make next year.

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Sam Bradford Named NFC Offensive Player Of The Week

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford had himself a game Monday night against the New Orleans Saints. He completed 27 of 32 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Vikings to a 29-19 win over New Orleans.

The first-overall pick of the 2010 draft set career highs in passing yards and passer rating (143.0). His completion percentage of 84.4% is a Vikings record for a season opener. With Bradford under center, the Vikings gained 470 yards of total offense, going 9-of-14 on third down (64%).

It’s the first time in Bradford’s career that he has received this honor. According to Vikings.com, Bradford is the eleventh player under head coach Mike Zimmer to win the award. The last Vikings quarterback to win NFC Offensive Player of the Week was Brett Favre back in 2009.

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The Minnesota Vikings are no stranger to signing former Green Bay Packers.

Most notably, the team booked Hall-of-Fame signal-caller Brett Favre during the summer of 2009, preceding the formation of likely the most dominant Vikings team since Randy Moss’s record-breaking 1998 squad.

Since Favre, however, the Vikings have largely failed to reap the benefits of signing former Packers players. First there was wide receiver Greg Jennings, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the team back in 2013. Once Aaron Rodgers’ primary option, Jennings failed to extend his success across the state border, mustering just a hair over 1,500 yards across only two seasons in Minnesota.

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Why There’s Hope For A Minnesota Vikings Super Bowl Victory

“A team is only as strong as it’s weakest player.”

I’m not a fan of that expression, partially because I know how it feels to be the weakest player and partially because if it were up to me, I’d simply replace the worst player on the team. But I digress.

Why bring it up then? It’s because nowadays, too many people analyze teams that way. A player has a bad game or a rough stretch of games and suddenly he’s garbage, and so is the team if they don’t replace the player immediately.

It’s simply not a fair judgement. There’s more to a team than meets the eye. A team wins and loses together, rolls with the punches, celebrates the good times, and changes individuals for the better.

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