EAGAN, Minn. — It's not hard to see why the Vikings went out and signed former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson this offseason. In his first game with his new team Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the 27-year-old interior lineman might have been the best player on the defensive line. That's high praise considering that unit features a brick-wall nose tackle in Linval Joseph and two dominant defensive ends in Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter.
EAGAN, Minn. — Standing in the Vikings locker room in mid-January, a day after the Vikings laid an egg against Philadelphia in the NFC Championship Game, running back Jerick McKinnon spoke openly about his plans for the future. His message? He wanted to be the guy, even if it meant leaving the Vikings, the team that selected him in the third-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. "I've shown my worth," McKinnon said at the time, adding that he wanted "bigger and better things" for himself down the road. "We will see what happens."
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer last week named Case Keenum his starter for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons but stopped short of a season-long endorsement. That might be perplexing to some considering Keenum has led the Vikings (9-2) during their seven-game winning streak and has them three games clear of the second-place Detroit Lions (6-5) in the NFC North with five games to go.