Minnesota Vikings: Five things we learned in victory over the Green Bay Packers

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Case Keenum (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 15: Case Keenum (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) /

5. Until he proves otherwise, this is Case Keenum’s team.

Teddy Bridgewater was cleared for practice on Monday, but let’s end any quarterback controversy for the moment. This IS Keenum’s team until proven otherwise.

Keenum has been phenomenal in Sam Bradford‘s absence and turned in another solid performance against the Packers. Specifically, he threw for 239 yards along with a touchdown and an interception, his first of the season. Although he gave up his first turnover, he clearly outperformed Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley, who threw three interceptions.

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For the season, Keenum has thrown for 1,134 yards and five touchdowns with a 93.1 passer rating, good enough for tenth in the NFL. Basically, he’s played well enough for the Vikings to win and that’s all you can ask for. There’s no need to ruin what he has going unless things start to go the opposite direction.

If Bradford were to return, he’ll get his role back, but other than that, Keenum’s the guy at quarterback regardless of Bridgewater’s return to the field. In reality, the earliest I see Bridgewater starting again is after the Vikings’ Week 9 bye, but that’s if they were really pressed to turn his direction.

For the time being, Keenum is giving the Vikings more than what they could have bargained for. As long as he’s giving Minnesota a chance to win, he’s your Vikings starting quarterback.

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