Saturday, November 18, 2017

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TEDDY OR CASE: Who should start?

It’s the hottest debate surrounding the Vikings right now.

The points are clear on both sides of aisle.

One side argues, “Keenum is just as good as Teddy ever was,” “He’s basically 5-2 and has won four games in a row,” “Case gets the job done so roll with him,” and “the Vikings have chemistry so don’t mess with it.”

The other side argues, “Teddy has a higher ceiling and can win us a Super Bowl,” “Bridgewater was an average starter in 2015 but has better pieces around him now,” and “You need to make a decision on him for next year, so start him now and see what you have.”

It’s a very interesting debate. Both sides make valid points. Plus, it seems like everyone has an opinion.

Whatever your opinion may be, Keenum and Bridgewater are similar quarterbacks. They both make smart decisions, take care of the ball, extend plays with their feet, and make plays through the air. Even their Pro Football Focus grades are similar.

So, what really sets them apart?

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The Vikings are 6-2 and sitting atop the NFC North. Riding a four-game winning streak, the team holds a two-game lead over Detroit and Green Bay in the division. The Vikings are well-positioned heading into the second half of the season.

All is well, right? Not so fast. This is the Vikings we’re talking about.

The final eight games include matchups against multiple teams fighting for the playoffs. With the Vikings facing perhaps their most difficult portion of the schedule, here are the second half storylines the Vikings Territory team is interested in watching — beginning Sunday.

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The Minnesota Vikings added 24-year old quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster after he missed the last 24 games. The team also announced a subsequent roster move regarding quarterback Sam Bradford.

The Vikings activated quarterback Teddy Bridgewater off the physically unable to perform list and placed quarterback Sam Bradford on injured reserve. The roster move was officially announced by the team on Wednesday, November 8th.

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In order for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to join the active 53, the Minnesota Vikings need to make a roster move. The transaction will take place on, of all days, Sam Bradford’s 30th birthday. Is a QB swap in the works? 

Ever since news broke that Teddy Bridgewater was going to be activated from the PUP list, Vikings faithful have pondered what roster move the team would make in order to add the quarterback to the active 53-man roster. Well, it appears the team is close to that decision.

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A look at the stat book reveals how the Minnesota Vikings offense has stacked up after eight games.

At the end of the 2016 season, the Vikings offense ranked 28th in the NFL. Despite the hardship the unit endured during what turned out to be a nightmare season, the team’s front office vowed to improve the group during the offseason.

Fast forward eight games into 2017. Sporting a new offensive coordinator, a different scheme, new personnel, and a revamped offensive line, the Vikings offense has been just that — a noticeable improvement through the first half of the season.

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