Mitch’s Thoughts November 13th
Case Keenum will not go quietly into the night. After the Vikings put up a 38 burger on Washington yesterday, Mike Zimmer’s decision at quarterback may have become more cloudy. Reports yesterday surfaced that the Vikings had planned on switching over and handing the reigns to Teddy Bridgewater for this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams. Who knows what happens now after Case Keenum threw for four touchdowns and over 300 yards. He did have two interceptions and one of them was downright awful on a terrible decision and ensuing throw, but there was a clear rhythm with the entire offense and they needed Case’s performance with the defense surrendering 30 points. I’ve advocated for Teddy to start and Case to become the backup again and I’ll admit it was tougher to rest on that side after Keenum’s outing against Washington. I’ll offer you this: when did the Vikings have their best and most complete offensive performance of the year? It was week one right off the bat against New Orleans. It was with Sam Bradford as your starting quarterback. For me it comes down to who gives you a better chance to win and I believe Teddy is superior to Case. May not be by a whole lot, but superior nonetheless. If Teddy can give you something closer to Bradford than what Case has to offer I believe you pull that trigger at some point. Case has been alright and I get not wanting to mess with something going good, I just don’t trust Case Keenum as your starting quarterback in the playoffs. Yesterday was an impressive win and now the Vikings get ready for a big showdown against the Rams this Sunday.
Had you told me the Gophers would hang over 50 points this past Saturday it would of taken a lot of convincing for me to buy in. I know, we know, Nebraska isn’t any good and their run defense has been downright cringe worthy this year. I still didn’t expect to see what I saw from the Gophers offense on Saturday. As a team the Gophers ran for 409 yards on 45 carries and six touchdowns. To me the game changer was right away when Rodney Smith took the opening kickoff back to the house. For a team that has struggled to put up points (44 in their previous three games combined) that kick return appeared to ignite a flame for Minnesota and give them some early swagger. The pass defense for Minnesota wasn’t great but it seems fairly irrelevant to nit pick what was a domination of Minnesota against Nebraska. They sit at five win with Northwestern and Wisconsin left. The likely outcome is two losses but if they can sneak away with one upset they will lock up a bowl game. If not, 5-7 could get you in this year but I despise 5-7 teams getting rewarded with a bowl game. Alas, my opinion means nothing to the bowl game sponsors who will try to rake in money during said bowl games all across the country. Let’s get on board the upset train this Saturday in Evanston.