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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Recently the Minnesota Vikings have gotten Teddy Bridgewater back from a knee injury and that has caused speculation about who the starting QB should be moving forward? While it’s easy to debate whether Case Keenum or Bridgewater should be the guy for this team one has to remember that Keenum has led the Vikings to a 7-2 record. When Sam Bradford went down this team faced a sink or swim moment and Keenum kept this team’s head above water in Bradford’s time away. All those repetitions in training camp and in games have prepared Case Keenum well and that’s why it’s clear he has to remain at the helm for the rest of the season. As great of a comeback story as Teddy Bridgewater has been he still has to get reacquainted with the game speed of the NFL. That transition will take a little bit of time and Minnesota can’t afford to stumble while Bridgewater gets up to pace. The Vikings are currently leading the NFC North and there’s an old saying “if it’s not broke don’t fix it.” Mike Zimmer surely understands this and that’s why it’s almost absurd to think that there is a quarterback controversy surrounding this team at the moment. Keenum has put together an impressive 11 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions for the season. There’s no doubt if Case Keenum wasn’t the Vikings back up when Bradford went down this team would have been in a lot of trouble. So based on everything Keenum has been able to accomplish it’s obvious that he has to lead this team for the rest of the year. Bridgewater has to keep working towards becoming a starting quarterback in this league again and that’s going to take longer than just recovering from an injury. On top of that Keenum is putting up better numbers than Bridgewater did before he got injured so it’s really a no brainer for the Vikings at this point.
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