Vikings lucky to have Keenum, even if Zimmer won’t admit it

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Mike Zimmer might not know how lucky he is. No one will ever know, of course, but it’s not out of line to think that if Sam Bradford didn’t injure his knee this season, forcing Case Keenum (the Vikings’ third option at quarterback behind Bradford

Pat Shurmur’s history of turning quarterbacks into NFL stars

Pat Shurmur has spent his career grooming quarterbacks, to impressive results. Here’s a closer look from first to most recent: While working as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, Shurmur helped continue with Donovan McNabb’s already-ascendant development. Shurmur began coaching the Philly signal-caller in 2002 (McNabb’s fourth season) and worked with

Vikings have NFL history within their grasp

MINNEAPOLIS — “Bring it home,” has been the Vikings’ motto for the playoffs, which speaks to the opportunity the franchise has to be the first team to play in a Super Bowl in its home venue. It turns from a catchy slogan to put on towels to an

Bettors’ fortunes swung big on wild Vikings-Saints finale

The football world was stunned by Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard touchdown catch from Case Keenum as time expired that gave the Vikings a miracle NFC divisional round victory over the Saints on Sunday. But for many bettors, that was not the play that ultimately decided the wagering outcome. Diggs’ touchdown

Vikings’ insane final play call had absolutely perfect name

MINNEAPOLIS — The play was called “Buffalo Right 7 Heaven,” which will forever be known simply as “7 Heaven” around these parts. An improbable, downright impossible miracle play that is hard to believe it actually happened. “As long as I’ve been playing this game, I’ve never seen anything like

Saints must clear two big hurdles if they want to upset the Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — They combine to produce one of the most difficult environments for a visiting football team to endure. The crowd noise and the Vikings’ defense will be tough for the Saints to contend with Sunday night when they meet in an NFC divisional playoff game at U.S.

One WR can help you win your fantasy football playoff contest

Here are some key picks you should consider for this weekend’s FanDuel and DraftKings contests: Case Keenum QB, Vikings (FD $7,600/DK $6,100) Probably your safest play not named Tom Brady. He has the supportive ground game and only loses Stefon Diggs to the Marshon Lattimore shadow. The rest of his

Case Keenum “excited nervous’ for first career playoff start

Case Keenum admits he will have a few butterflies when he makes the first playoff start of his career Sunday afternoon. Keenum will be the Vikings quarterback when they play host to the Saints in an NFC divisional game at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. “It’s not a

The unsung heroes who led your fantasy football team to glory

The 2017 fantasy football season has been one of the most tumultuous in recent history. Early-round busts such as Mike Evans and DeMarco Murray provided nothing more than angst and frustration, a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott riddled many with anxiety and injuries to stars like David Johnson

Case Keenum’s long journey has led him to Super Bowl contender

No one could have seen this coming. Once an afterthought, always an afterthought, but Case Keenum never relented, never surrendered, never stopped believing, and now he laughs over the phone when I ask what kind of movie his NFL career might be. “It’d probably be like a combination

Patriots, Raiders elevate their game: 5 NFL things to watch

As Thanksgiving approaches, the cream of the crop in the NFL is starting to rise and separate, giving us a better look at which teams will be factors in the postseason — with the Steelers, Patriots, Eagles, Rams and Vikings leading the way. With that, here’s a look at

Four teams shocked the NFL and shifted power in the NFC

The Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Rams have a lot in common this season. Not only are they the first-place teams in their respective divisions in the NFC, all four missed the playoffs last season. So in an NFL season known for protests, suspensions, injuries to superstar players and declining

Trevor Siemian’s arrival, missing points: 5 NFL things to watch

Week 3 is upon us, and the games will have a difficult time matching the wild Thursday night shootout between the 49ers and Rams, who won 41-39 in a thriller. Here’s a look at the High Five things to watch this week: It appears time that we begin to recognize and