They won their fourth consecutive game, 33-16 over the Cleveland Browns in London, and flew back to the states with a two-game division lead.
Minnesota could contemplate a quarterback change this week. Case Keenum improved to 4-2 as the starter with Sam
Bradford missing his sixth game with a knee injury. But Keenum again had to rally from a slow start and, although coach Mike
Zimmer said his backup has “done an unbelievable job,” Keenum has thrown interceptions in three consecutive games.
Meantime, Teddy Bridgewater, who returned to practice in mid- October for the first time since injuring his knee in August 2016, likely will be activated to the 53-man roster. Bradford’s injury outlook remains murky.
“Hopefully I have a decision to make,” Zimmer said to reporters of the next piece in his brewing quarterback puzzle.
Minnesota’s defense has been one of the NFL’s best, surrendering just 16.9 points and 282.1 yards per game — down from 19.2 and 314.9, respectively, last season. DE
Everson Griffen became the third player in team history to notch a sack in each of his first eight games. Safety Harrison
Smith has tallied nine combined pass breakups (three interceptions), and CB
Xavier Rhodes has played to his nickname, “Rhodes closed,” with weekly shutdown treatment of the opposition’s best. In the offensive backfield, Jerick
McKinnon and Latavius Murray have filled the void of rookie Dalvin Cook’s season-ending anterior cruciate ligament tear in Week 4. Keenum has capably filled in for often-injured Bradford. Meanwhile, the transformation of an offensive line with four new starters, easily Minnesota’s most
improved unit, perhaps best epitomizes the improvements over last season’s 8-8 squad. Player to watch: WR Stefon Diggs. Fellow WR Adam Thielen and TE Kyle
Rudolph stepped up during Diggs’ twogame absence with a groin injury. But Diggs, who returned against the Browns, is Minnesota’s most explosive playmaker. He has matched his career high with four touchdown receptions.
Number crunching: 3.85. The Vikings’ O-line is surrendering a sack on 3.85% of attempts. Last season, Minnesota allowed a sack on 6.46% of attempts.
Up next: Nov. 12 at Washington. Zimmer’s Vikings were shut out in the second half of a 26-20 loss last November at Washington. The Redskins, losers of three of their last four games, are dealing with a wrath of injuries.
BRAD REMPEL, USA TODAY SPORTS Vikings’ Stefon Diggs