The Minnesota Vikings have an odd quarterback situation, so odd that their quarterback of the future might just be playing for their opponent on Sunday.
Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of lives as Minnesota Vikings fans and observers. The drama and storylines that constantly surround the team read like the script to shows that you’d watch when you stayed home sick from school. Since Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings quarterback situation has been a soap opera and that continues on.
To recap what has happened in the last few days, the Vikings activated Teddy Bridgewater and he’ll be dressed from here going forward and Sam Bradford was placed on injured reserve which probably puts an end to his career with the Vikings. Both of those quarterbacks are free agents at the end of the year.
That’s not to mention that Case Keenum is currently the starter and has played decently enough to at least make an argument that he should keep the starting job for a while. In one way the Vikings have three quarterbacks for one spot. Looking towards 2018 the Vikings might have no quarterbacks. Heck, the quarterback they might have in 2018 might just be the quarterback they are playing against on Sunday.
The Washington Redskins have had Kirk Cousins as their full-time quarterback for the past three seasons and Cousins has played quite well over the course of his career with Washington. Cousins has played so well that he’s been franchise tagged multiple times by the franchise in order to keep his services on their team.
Cousins looks to be the first really good quarterback in his prime to hit free agency since the franchise tag was introduced to the NFL. This will make the bidding high for Cousins, but that doesn’t mean the Vikings shouldn’t take a look at the Pro Bowl quarterback.
The Vikings currently have a great defense and there is no reason to believe that they won’t be in 2018 and beyond. As much as the old saying of ‘defense wins championship’ is stated, in the NFL, well, you still do need a quarterback. Cousins could be that quarterback especially given wonderful weapons like Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook alongside him in the backfield.
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Minnesota probably needs to first find out if Bridgewater is a viable option. There’s a great chance that we will see him on the field soon this season. While the world can’t be expected of Bridgewater right away in his comeback, the Vikings do need to see something out of him so they know where to turn at quarterback.
There’s a lot of things to figure out for the Vikings and who there are going to play at the most important position in all of sports. The drama will continue and the irony of needing to beat someone you might be teammates next year won’t be lost on Sunday. Maybe if Cousins does eventually become the Vikings QB, maybe then the drama would finally be lost.
The Vikings and Redskins faceoff near the nation’s capital on Sunday with a noon central kick off. The game will be aired on FOX.