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Case Keenum took the Vikings on improbable ride in

Jan 22,
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The Minnesota Vikings ended the season with a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Here's a recap of the season and what's next:

Season grade: Near perfection. A lot of Vikings fans won't see it that way after such a disappointing blowout loss in Philadelphia, but that doesn't discount everything the franchise did to get to this point. There were a number of imperfect moments this season, but Minnesota shattered expectations for its eventual doom after losing its Week 1 starting quarterback and top running back. The Vikings were built for survival because they took care of major needs in the offseason (rebuilding the offensive line, finding a reliable backup quarterback and extending the contracts of several defensive stars a year before they were up) and didn't have to scramble when injuries occurred by forcing a trade or signing free agents.

Season in review: A year after everything possible went awry for the Vikings, things were looking up in But when Minnesota lost Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook three weeks later, the season didn't spiral out of control. Case Keenum was the de facto starter after Week 2 and once it was determined that Bradford's knee wasn't healthy in his brief Week 5 return, Keenum came in and led the Vikings to a critical road win in Chicago that sparked an eight-game win streak. He finished as a starter, including the playoffs. Minnesota won the NFC North for a second time since and grabbed critical road wins in Washington, Detroit, Atlanta and Green Bay. The defense finished No. 1 in total yards () and points allowed () for the first time since and returned to the playoffs after securing a first-round bye. Minnesota beat New Orleans in thrilling fashion in the divisional round before dropping a heartbreaker at Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game.

Biggest play of season: The Minneapolis Miracle, of course. No matter what happens from here on out, Keenum and Stefon Diggs will always be revered for the first walk-off touchdown in the fourth quarter of a postseason NFL game. When the Vikings were up against the wall in a clash with the Saints, Keenum proved the the offense didn't need to rely on its defense to win the game. The quarterback launched a yard bomb to Diggs, who made the catch, avoiding a tackle and ran all the way to the end zone.

Defensively, here are a few of the most memorable plays: Anthony Barr's hit on Aaron Rodgers, Everson Griffen's post-sack baby announcement in Detroit, Harrison Smith's game winning interception in Chicago.

He said it: "Being a kid growing up, that's what you do in the backyard. Thirty seconds to go, down by two. Fourth quarter, playoffs. Drew Brees is the QB. That's what you dream about." -- Keenum on the Minneapolis Miracle

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Biggest draft need: If veteran guard Joe Berger retires, Minnesota could look for his replacement in the draft. The Vikings have a pick in the top three rounds of the draft and should be able to find another player with guard/center versatility to fill the role Berger has held down for years.

Free-agency targets: With Cook coming back from injury and Latavius Murray under contract for another two years, it's hard to believe the Vikings will be able to hang onto Jerick McKinnon, who is a free agent in The Vikings also might need to find defensive tackle depth if they don't re-sign Tom Johnson and Shamar Stephen, who are upcoming free agents.

Who's the quarterback of the future? This is the most important question the Vikings will need to answer in the offseason. Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Bradford could become free agents in March. Keenum earned himself a big payday this offseason and will likely be the target of several quarterback-needy teams. The Vikings will need to decide whether they want to hand him a big deal to stay next season or turn to Bridgewater in With Bradford, though he won't get the mega-deal he was hoping for at the beginning of the year, he could end up back with the Vikings for a reduced price (possibly in a backup role) or head elsewhere.

A new offensive coordinator? Pat Shurmur is reportedly going to be named the Giants' next head coach this week. Before the Vikings decide what their quarterback situation looks like in (or maybe in conjunction with making that decision), Minnesota needs to hire a new offensive coordinator. If the Vikings look at candidates from within first, some names to consider are quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski and offensive line coach Tony Sparano. Former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo are also reportedly in the conversation to replace Shurmur.

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A backup QB and a miracle: squad earns Vikings team of the decade


This was a pretty easy pick. The team went in the regular season and advanced to the NFC Championship game after the Minneapolis Miracle win over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round. The other Vikings playoff teams in the decade were the , and squads, but none of those teams had the quite same level of success.


Minnesota entered the season with Sam Bradford as their starting quarterback, who arrived to the Vikings just before the season after Teddy Bridgewater broke his leg in training camp. In the season opener against the Saints, Bradford threw for yards and three touchdowns in the Vikings’ victory. He earned the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance.

Unfortunately for Bradford, that win would be the highlight of his season. Bradford suffered a knee injury during the opener that sidelined him for most of the rest of the year and eventually led to him being placed on injured reserve after a knee scope in November.

Enter Case Keenum. The journeyman signal caller’s first start came in a road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week two, and while Keenum had a pedestrian outing it was not a sign of things to come. Keenum went on to have his best season as a pro, throwing for 3, yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a passer rating – a career high. Keenum also contributed on the ground with rushing yards and a score.

After rookie running back Dalvin Cook got injured early in the season, Latavius Murray stepped in as the lead back with yards and eight touchdowns. While Murray was more of a traditional NFL running back, Jerick McKinnon was an all-around threat for the Vikings with rushing yards and three touchdowns and receiving yards and two touchdowns. Adam Thielen led the team in receiving with 1, yards while Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph each snagged eight touchdowns.

Minnesota unequivocally had the NFL’s best defense in , finishing first in points allowed per game () and yards allowed (). Everson Griffen was the team’s top defensive lineman with 13 sacks, Eric Kendricks controlled the middle of the field with a team-high tackles and Harrison Smith led the Vikings with five interceptions and 12 passes defensed. As a whole, the Minnesota defense had five Pro Bowlers: Griffen, Smith, Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr and Linval Joseph.

The Vikings had seven Pro Bowlers including Thielen and Rudolph on offense. Of those seven, Rhodes and Smith were selected as first team All-Pros and Griffen and Thielen made it on the second team.


After going in the regular season and winning the NFC North, Minnesota entered the playoffs with a bye as the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

The Vikings played New Orleans in the divisional round and went up at half thanks to rushing touchdowns from McKinnon and Murray. That lead was not long lived, however, as Drew Brees tossed three touchdown passes in the second half that eventually put the Saints up with to play.

Minnesota struck back with a yard field goal from Kai Forbath with to play, but left too much time on the clock for Brees and Co. to drive down the field and score on a yard Wil Lutz field goal.

Down with just 25 seconds remaining, things looked desperate for the Vikings. The only way they could win was if there was a miracle, or in this case a Minneapolis Miracle.

For once, the crazy playoff ending actually benefitted the Vikings for a change. What a concept!

Of course, the euphoria lasted for just one week, since we all know what happened in Philadelphia the next weekend in the NFC Championship Game.

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The Vikings Were Never Just a Quarterback Away

The Minnesota Vikings were supposedly a quarterback away from winning a Super Bowl following a highly successful season.

In the moment, of course, it&#;s easy to believe it, and nobody should fault the Vikings for it. Minnesota was a single win away from playing in the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, and that was with Case Keenumat quarterback. Imagine what this team could be with an upgrade at the most important position in football!

So Minnesota shelled out an $84 million, fully-guaranteed contract to Kirk Cousins, pushing all the chips forward in hopes of a Super Bowl run.

Needless to say, a Super Bowl run has not exactly panned out. The Vikings missed the playoffs entirely in two of three seasons during the Cousins era and won a road playoff game during the playoffs before being soundly defeated the following week.

It turns out that the Vikings were much more than &#;a quarterback away&#; from a Super Bowl run. It was a mirage. Several parts magically worked together perfectly during the season &#; almost too perfectly. The defense stayed overwhelmingly healthy and performed at a level that hadn&#;t been seen in decades in the NFL. Meanwhile, with the help of a surprisingly decent offensive line, journeyman backup quarterback Keenum was putting together a career season, dramatically exceeding the previous standard set for him.

And here&#;s the kicker: a legitimate miracle was required for this team to win a home playoff game.

It&#;s understandable for fans to gloss over how unsustainable all of these factors were. That&#;s what fandom is &#; seeing the optimistic perspective on the outlook of your team.

However, with the benefit of hindsight, it&#;s clear that the Vikings&#; front office made the same mistake. General manager Rick Spielman didn&#;t see the regression that was bound to happen from the defense or the offensive line. He took the &#;quarterback away&#; bait. And it was costly.

Three years later, the Vikings are in a remarkably different position. A claustrophobic salary cap situation forced key contributors from Zimmer&#;s defense to leave before the season, leaving the depth chart a shell of itself. The result? One of the worst defenses in the league.

Meanwhile, superstar wide receiver Stefon Diggs wanted out and got his wish, since citing that the old school, run-heavy Vikings offense was not in the best interest of his career. It&#;s worth noting that Diggs promptly led the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards, in addition to earning All-Pro honors, as soon as he left Minnesota for a modern offense.

Each of Spielman, Zimmer and Cousins received contract extensions between the and seasons, signaling what appears to be one last chance for this trio to make that Super Bowl run. However, for as close as this team appeared to be after the season, the Vikings are exponentially farther away from that Super Bowl run heading into the offseason.

Minnesota has a unique opportunity in what should be a robust trade market this offseason to move on from Cousins and his large contract. He&#;s set to make $31 million in the season. But the key is that Cousins&#; earnings of $45 million become guaranteed once the league year begins in March.

So, in other words, it&#;s now or never. And with established starting quarterbacks seemingly in high demand across the league, it&#;s the perfect opportunity for the Vikings to pounce.

But they won&#;t.

Dealing Cousins would mean admitting to making a mistake in signing him following the season. It would mean admitting that the salary cap casualties over the past couple of years are all at least partially due to the expensive quarterback experiment.

But it&#;s not just about Cousins. It would also mean admitting that Zimmer, for as talented and brilliant as he is on the defensive side of the ball, holds the wrong offensive philosophies for today&#;s NFL.

And, of course, Spielman would be at fault for overseeing the whole thing. The massive contract handout to Cousins. The quick regression of the roster. The contract extension to both Cousins and Zimmer. And the failure to build an adequate roster that does not have to rely on rookies all over the depth chart in

Objectively, Spielman and the Vikings&#; front office should be eager to trade Cousins. It&#;s all coming together perfectly for the Vikings to make the most bang for their buck in a blockbuster deal. Minnesota could get an excellent haul and begin rebuilding for the future.

But instead, the Vikings will continue to grasp at the Zimmer and Cousins straws, hoping that another miracle comes along, bailing them out of being held responsible for the costly mistake made in March of

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2017 quarterback minnesota vikings

Minnesota Vikings season

First quarter

  • WAS – Maurice Harris yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Nick Rose kick), Redskins 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards,
  • MIN – Latavius Murray 1-yard run (Kai Forbath kick), Tied 7–7. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards,
  • WAS – Nick Rose yard field goal, Redskins 10–7. Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards,

Second quarter

  • MIN – Stefon Diggs 3-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), Vikings 14– Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards,
  • WAS – Kirk Cousins 1-yard run (Nick Rose kick), Redskins 17– Drive: 13 plays, 60 yards,
  • MIN – Adam Thielen 7-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), Vikings 21– Drive: 6 plays, 71 yards,
  • MIN – David Morgan II 1-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), Vikings 28– Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards,

Third quarter

  • MIN – Jarius Wright 7-yard pass from Case Keenum (Kai Forbath kick), Vikings 35– Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards,
  • WAS – Nick Rose yard field goal, Vikings 35– Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards,

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Kirk Cousins 2-yard run (Nick Rose kick), Vikings 35– Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards,
  • MIN – Kai Forbath yard field goal, Vikings 38– Drive: 13 plays, 40 yards,
  • WAS – Nick Rose yard field goal, Vikings 38– Drive: 13 plays, 41 yards,

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Keeping tabs on the Vikings quarterbacks of , and

One of the most potentially fascinating, fun and/or frustrating things to watch during the NFL season figures to be the play of four specific quarterbacks: the Vikings' $84 million man Kirk Cousins and the three men he is replacing — Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridge­water, the three former Vikings QBs who all signed with new teams in the offseason.

The season is still three months away, but with teams deep into Organized Team Activities, I thought I would engage in an Organized Though Activity and attempt to handicap how the year might unfold for all four quarterbacks. I will do that in two stages. First, which of the three departed QBs figures to have the best year next season. Second, what are the chances that any of those three has a better year than Cousins?

Part I:The Departed

Case Keenum, Broncos: 60 percent chance he has the best season.

There is some recency bias at play here, since the thing we most clearly remember is Keenum playing quite well for almost all of the season while Bradford was out because of a knee injury and Bridgewater couldn't supplant Keenum in the return from his injury.

But the word "injury" also plays a big role in this as well. While there is little evidence to suggest Bradford and/or Bridgewater will hold up for 16 games, Keenum has no injury red flags. Combined with the fact that he went to a team (Denver) that like the Vikings figures to have a strong defense (and therefore he shouldn't have to play beyond his means) and that he has some capable play­makers to work with, Keenum has a reasonable chance to at least approach last year's production. Keenum seems to be fitting in with the Broncos quite nicely already.

Sam Bradford, Cardinals: 30 percent chance.

Bradford set an NFL record for completion percentage in with the Vikings even though he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line that more or less torpedoed Minnesota's season. If his knee remains sound — and that is a big if given how cautious Arizona is being with him still — he could find short-term success with the Cardinals. The problem is that he not only has health concerns but also a first-round QB (Josh Rosen) with whom to contend. If Sam stumbles early, he might lose his job even if healthy.

Teddy Bridgewater, Jets: 10 percent chance.

The OTA reports on Teddy have been favorable, which makes for a nice early story line. But he is coming back from an injury even more serious than Bradford's, and he has to fend off not just a veteran (Josh McCown) but also a top rookie (Sam Darnold). That said, it's a bad idea to count out Bridgewater. If he's healthy, he could be the Jets starter — or he could become trade bait if another team loses a starting QB to injury.

Part II:Three against one

Percent chance any of those QBs has a better season than Kirk Cousins: 35 percent.

Looking at it from the Vikings' point of view, I'm saying I think there is roughly a 2 in 3 chance Cousins has a more durable and productive season than any of those other quarterbacks in Those odds — and the comfort that goes with Cousins' historical production and durability — are what the Vikings bought this offseason.

The nightmare scenario for Vikings fans, of course, is that one … or two … or all three (!) of the guys they let go ends up shining while Cousins fizzles. The Vikings played the odds right, but there are always risks.

Michael Rand is the Star Tribune's Digital Sports Senior Writer. In 20 years covering Minnesota sports at the Star Tribune, he has seen just about everything.

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"I think, really, just the love you have for the game, but then also the work that you put in during the offseason," Bradford said. "That's the hardest thing, is knowing how much time, how much work I put in in the offseason, trying to get ready for the season, and to have it taken away again, you just realize how special it is to be out on that field with your teammates – being able to compete out there in the National Football League.

"It's one of the greatest honors there is," Bradford added. "I think once you have a taste of that feeling, it's really hard to let it go."

Bridgewater returned to the field for the first time in almost 19 months when he played in the fourth quarter in Minnesota's Week 15 win over Cincinnati.

Although Bridgewater was intercepted in his season debut, he said it was a joyous occasion to get back on the field after such a severe injury and rehab process.

"We were playing well enough today that maybe there was a chance I could get in there, so hat's off to the guys getting out early, jumping out on those guys," Bridgewater said in December. "We set some goals early in this week, and we started fast, just like we talked about. It was just good. In the third quarter, I'm like, 'Hey, maybe there's a possibility that I might get in.' And then it happened."

* — *Minnesota's trio of quarterbacks combined for a passer rating of , the fourth-highest total in the league.

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