The Minnesota Vikings have reached the halfway point of the season, so who comes away with the midseason awards?
The first half of the season has been one of the finest in recent memory. Without Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, the Minnesota Vikings stand in first place of the NFC North at 6-2. In the process, they have shown resiliency to withstand injuries by using a “next man up” approach.
Specifically, Case Keenum has given the team all they could ask for and more, leading the team to a 5-2 record in place of Bradford. While fourth-year running back Jerick McKinnon has stepped into replace Cook’s production not only in the run game, but the pass game as well. Yet, the impressive depth on the roster doesn’t stop there.
Adam Thielen has filled the gap as the no. 1 wideout in Stefon Diggs‘ absences with a groin injury. Minor offensive line injuries have forced the likes of backup linemen Jeremiah Sirles, Danny Isidora and Rashod HIll into action. Finally, the depth of the defensive backfield has been on full display with four corners getting consistent work. Safety Anthony Harris has also mixed in at safety because of injuries and a one-game suspension of Andrew Sendejo.
Regardless, there’s been one common denominator. Whoever steps in, steps up, and that’s been key to the Vikings’ first half success. As matter of fact, it’s a major reason they are not only the top team in the NFC North, but the current favorites to win it.
Although the team as a whole deserves credit for this success, there’s definitely been a few players that have stuck out above the rest. Therefore, let’s dive into some midseason team awards, including Offensive & Defensive MVP, Rookie of the Mid-Year, Most Surprising & Disappointing Player, Comeback Player of the Mid-Year, and Team MVP!