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MINNEAPOLIS—The pied piper of the Minnesota Vikings locker room strolled in Wednesday, Nov. 29, still beaming about the birth of his third son on Thanksgiving Day. For the record, Everson Griffen and his wife, Tiffany, settled on Sebastian Gregory for the boy's name over those that poured in over social media after Griffen crowd-sourced the national television audience of Minnesota's holiday victory over the Detroit Lions by revealing a T-shirt message that solicited names. "Crazy names," Griffen said.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer called the performance "sloppy" and "unclean," and said the Vikings defeated the Detroit Lions 30-23 last week in spite of his special teams unit. "That's probably one of the poorest games we've played in a long time," Priefer said Thursday, Nov. 30. Two blocked kicks and uncharacteristic penalties will prompt that from a coach.
DETROIT — The Vikings found a way to rid themselves of those pesky Lions, cold turkey. Stick a fork in Detroit. The NFC North is the Vikings' to lose after their 30-23 closing argument Thursday on the national stage at Ford Field. They are hunting bigger game now, like a first-round postseason bye and potential home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Feast on Case Keenum playing with the guts and moxie of a big-moment quarterback thanks to innovative and prescient play calling by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
MINNEAPOLIS—Just like everyone predicted when the NFL schedule came out, a marquee Week 11 clash between the Rams and Vikings to keep pace with the Eagles for NFC dominance. Right? There is much to like about this game. It pits the NFL's top-scoring offense in Los Angeles against the NFC's stoutest defense in Minnesota. The Rams have won four straight; the Vikings five in a row. Both teams are tied with New Orleans for second place in playoff standings, but the Vikings and Saints own tiebreakers, so the Rams need a victory to jump out of the No. 4 seed and keep pace.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Teddy Bridgewater is embracing his new role as backup quarterback and No. 1 cheerleader for Vikings starter Case Keenum. Patience and persistence were Bridgewater's companions while successfully rehabilitating from the devastating knee injury he suffered in August 2016, and they are guiding him since being activated to the roster for Sunday's 38-30 victory at Washington.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—It's Case. Closed. For now, anyway. Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made the obvious and prudent announcement Wednesday that Case Keenum would start Sunday's NFC showdown against the upstart Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS — General manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings will continue evaluating whether to activate Teddy Bridgewater up to the Nov. 8 deadline as intrigue deepens about the status of its three potential starting quarterbacks entering the second half of the season. Bridgewater has been practicing behind starter Case Keenum the past two weeks, while Week 1 star Sam Bradford rehabilitates the left knee injury that has sidelined him for all but six quarters this season.
MINNEAPOLIS — Four thousand miles is a long way to travel for a trap game, yet the Vikings are off to London with something to gain and so much to lose against the perpetually hapless Cleveland Browns. Must-win sounds ludicrous with Minnesota, on a three-game winning streak, about to play a team that has lost 32 of its past 34 games, a futility stretch matched by only two other teams since World War II. Feed all the statistics and variables into a supercomputer and it will churn out a Vikings victory each time.
EDEN PRAIRIE — Team owner Zygi Wilf strolled into the lobby of his evolving headquarters in Eagan on Monday morning, Oct. 23, wearing a Vikings-horn construction hard hat and the future on his mind. The Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center is 70 percent completed. The Vikings are scheduled to move there in less than six months. It will take until early 2018 for the club to reap contemporary NFL amenities.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Vikings did what they needed to do, not necessarily what they wanted to do, but in the fickle NFL it was all they should hope to get done. No need to apologize for Sunday's 24-16 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at U.S. Bank Stadium. The justification is in the details of another methodical home win that is stockpiling equity and confidence.