Minnesota Vikings: Case Keenum deserves to be in the MVP conversation

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Case Keenum (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 19: Case Keenum (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Case Keenum helped lead the Minnesota Vikings to victory on Sunday afternoon in another impressive showing.

The sky is blue, the grass is green and the Minnesota Vikings win. That’s seemingly the way it is going this season for Minnesota. The Vikings won their eighth straight game on Sunday with a victory over the playoff contending Atlanta Falcons and it was another great showing from quarterback Case Keenum.

Keenum went 25/30 on Sunday for 227 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta. Keenum hit nine different Vikings receivers with a pass against a solid Atlanta team.

It’s what Case Keenum has been doing all season long. It is time to put Keenum in the MVP conversation.

Multiple times during the broadcast on FOX, the announcers alluded to the Falcons coaching staff preparing for Keenum heavily because he has been playing like a top quarterback in the league. Keenum truly has been playing like that and has been doing so virtually all season long.

The MVP award, and all awards to some extent, are arbitrary. There’s no foolproof checklist that you can mark off to ensure that you win the MVP award. That mystery is what makes awards fun to talk about, frankly.

The likes of Carson Wentz, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson might have better stats than Keenum at this time in the season, but it can be argued that Keenum means as much if not more than those fellow quarterbacks.

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Not many teams can get down to their third option and quarterback and still be thriving, but here the Vikings are with Keenum playing. The Vikings are currently on an eight game winning streak and currently have the number one seed in the NFC after the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. That seeding just doesn’t typically happen with a third option at quarterback.

This Vikings team would be decent with a lesser quarterback with how good the defense is, but there is no doubt that they wouldn’t be this good without Keenum. Keenum deserves to at least be in the MVP conversation.

He doesn’t even need to win the award, but his name should be mentioned. The Vikings season would not be anywhere close to what it currently is without him and that is a pretty valuable attribute.

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MVP candidate Keenum and the Vikings play again on Sunday. It’s another road game for Minnesota when they take on the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.