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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Case Keenum will start Thursday against the Lions.

It was the only decision Zimmer could make after Keenum played well in a big win over the Rams on Sunday. The matchup with the Lions is not great, but Keenum has good enough weapons and has flashed a high enough ceiling to keep him in the streaming conversation.
Nov 21 - 12:29 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is not worried about Xavier Rhodes' (calf) health.

Rhodes picked up a calf injury against the Rams, but he was able to return to the game and said afterward he should be fine. His coach clearly agrees. Rhodes should be ready to shut down Detroit's receivers on Thursday.
Nov 21 - 12:28 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it would be "hard" to sit Case Keenum "right now."

The coach appeared to flirt with the idea last week, but it is impossible to imagine him doing the same following a big win against the Rams in which Keenum again played well. With the Vikings in the mix for a first-round bye, things will have to go south for us to see Teddy Bridgewater in the near future.
Nov 20 - 9:02 AM

Kyle Rudolph caught 5-of-7 targets for 58 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

His best catch was a 28-yard grab over the top of LB Alec Ogletree down the seam. Rudolph continues to be super consistent in the Jason Witten-ish fashion as a high-floor play in PPR leagues. He'll be a back-end TE1 on Thursday against the Lions, but Rudolph hasn't scored 4-of-5 games.
Nov 19 - 6:21 PM

Stefon Diggs caught 4-of-6 targets for 32 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

Diggs took a back seat to Adam Thielen, who exploded for a 6-123-1 line that included a YAC-filled 65-yard touchdown that sealed the win in the second half. Diggs had to run most of his routes at No. 1 CB Trumaine Johnson, while Thielen got UDFA rookie Dominique Whitfield in a true mismatch. Diggs will look to bounce back on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions this Thursday.
Nov 19 - 5:58 PM

Adam Thielen caught 6-of-9 targets for 123 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

The Rams were doing well in containing both Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but then starting CB Kayvon Webster suffered a mid-game concussion and UDFA rookie Dominique Hatfield was way overmatched on the right side of the defense. Case Keenum kept throwing at him, and Thielen made the big play with a 65-yard touchdown on a play that should have only gained one yard. The corner missed the tackle at the line and Thielen went untouched the rest of the way. Thielen is as locked in as they come as a WR1 and brings week-to-week consistency at the level of Antonio Brown. He gets the Lions next on Thanksgiving Day this week.
Nov 19 - 5:49 PM

Jerick McKinnon rushed 14 times for 48 yards in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

He caught 5-of-7 targets in the pass game but turned them into just 12 yards. McKinnon again took a back seat to Latavius Murray in terms of production, as Murray scored two goal-line touchdowns and managed 95 yards on 15 carries, but McKinnon still edged him out in touches 19-16. McKinnon has disappointed in back-to-back games but will remain a solid RB2 with upside on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions. However, it's clear Murray is the goal-line back.
Nov 19 - 5:28 PM

Case Keenum completed 27-of-38 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown in the Vikings' Week 11 win over the Rams.

In a match between a pair of 7-2 teams, Keenum's Vikings came away with the convincing win over his former teammates. And Keenum was able to hold off the Teddy Bridgewater chants that had been coming from those around the league this past week. Keenum keeps doing his job and making things happen by extending plays with his legs. His touchdown was a 65-yard strike to Adam Thielen where Thielen recorded 64 yards after the catch on a horrible missed tackle. Keenum will be back under center on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
Nov 19 - 5:12 PM

Latavius Murray rushed 15 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' 24-7, Week 11 win over the Rams.

Murray looks to be taking hold of this Minnesota backfield; he has scored three touchdowns in the past two weeks and is getting all of the goal-line work, scoring two more times from inside the 10-yard line in this one. The first was straight up the gut from eight yards out and the other a two-yard plunge. Jerick McKinnon still got 19 touches, but his upside has been capped a bit with Murray getting the scoring carries. Murray will be an RB2 on Thanksgiving Day at the Lions.
Nov 19 - 4:28 PM

Vikings RE Everson Griffen (foot) is active for Week 11 against the Rams.

As expected. Inactive for the Vikings are DE Brian Robison, QB Kyle Sloter, WR Stacy Coley, RB Mack Brown, S Andrew Sendejo, RT Mike Remmers, and OT Aviante Collins. Robison was the only one listed questionable.
Nov 19 - 11:36 AM

Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee, NFI) is unlikely to play again.

Floyd has nerve damage in his knee as a result of surgery in September of last year. It's a devastating blow, and as of the summer Floyd was still unable to run. He's been hanging out on the reserve/NFI list all season and hasn't been seen by Vikings reporters. The former first-round pick is just 26 and can be a free agent in March. He's barely played since the 2015 season.
Nov 17 - 10:15 AM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen (foot) said he will "for sure" play Week 11 against the Rams.

Griffen was forced to miss the win over Washington because of a foot injury, but he does not plan to sit out a massive NFC showdown with the Rams. "My foot feels great," Griffen said. "Yeah, I’ll be playing on Sunday for sure." Even after missing a game, Griffen is third in the league with 10 sacks and has at least one in every game he has played. His return is a massive boost for the defense.
Nov 16 - 11:31 AM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Vikings were "very tempted" to start Teddy Bridgewater this week against the Rams.

Case Keenum got the nod following his big Week 10 performance where he threw for 304 yards and four scores, so coach Mike Zimmer really couldn't go away from him for Week 11. However, it appears the leash is very short for Keenum, and he could be pulled at the first inkling of trouble. Per Glazer, the Vikings view Bridgewater "as their franchise," so they want to get him reps now that he's healthy. Keenum could easily get yanked versus the Rams' top-end defense.
Nov 15 - 1:51 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Case Keenum will start Week 11 against the Rams.

It was an obvious decision after Keenum flamed the Redskins for 304 yards and four touchdowns on the road last week. Keenum, of course, played for the Rams last season. Their defense will present a much stiffer challenge than the Redskins offered last week, but Keenum at least gets them at home. We'll undoubtedly see Teddy Bridgewater at some point this season.
Nov 15 - 12:24 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Vikings will stick with Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 11 against the Rams.

This became a question when coach Mike Zimmer was noncommittal on his Week 11 starter during Monday's press conference. Keenum has earned more rope, however, and Teddy Bridgewater's health is still uncertain coming off a devastating knee injury. We do expect to see Bridgewater play before the end of the season.
Nov 13 - 4:08 PM


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