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Case Keenum, Adam Thielen tuning out the noise of national attention

With a 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Minnesota Vikings moved themselves up the ladder of teams drawing the most attention. The postgame locker room was the busiest it’s been since the Vikings’ Thursday night matchup last season with Dallas. And the two players being talked about the most – and requested for interviews the most – are quarterback Case Keenum and receiver Adam Thielen.

The Vikings’ quarterback is getting the debate-show treatment. He’s been asked every week about Teddy Bridgewater’s possible return, whether he deserves to be named the starter for the rest of the year and how he’s taken a step forward from his years in Houston and St. Louis/Los Angeles.

The redundant line of questioning isn’t getting under his skin.

“I just answer the same questions that you guys have been asking, now it’s just different people asking it. I keep doing what I’m doing.”

Keenum has been through a “quarterback controversy” before – though this time it’s on a winning team. Last year he was asked on a weekly basis whether he was looking over his shoulder at No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff, who eventually replaced him. On an 8-2 team, of course, there is more pressure than with his sputtering Rams squad.

“Nothing’s changed,” he said. “Keep having fun, still playing ball. Still trying to ignore a lot of you guys are doing. At the same time having fun. It’s been great. You gotta enjoy these times because they don’t come along very often.”

Zimmer named Keenum the starter for Thursday’s game against Detroit, but has not given any indication of how long he will be at the helm.

Residents of Minnesota knew last season Thielen was a star. He averaged the second most yards per target in the NFL and flirted with a 1,000 yard season as Sam Bradford’s favorite downfield target. But many of his great games came as the team was struggling, so his play went under the radar.

This year, he’s become an underdog darling. You can’t go a single week without the broadcast going through his life story – going from Mankato to the NFL.

While he keeps telling his tale, Thielen isn’t reveling in his newfound celebrity.

“Honestly I just want to play football,” Thielen said. “That’s the best part about this league: Things happen so quick, you don’t have time to think about things. You just go out there on Sundays. When I get out there on Sundays that’s when I’m the happiest guy. It’s just like every game I played in high school and college, things like that, that gameday feel, there’s nothing better than that.”

  • Gordon Guffey

    First let me say this weeks game is very winnable ~

    Both of these guys seem to have great heads on the shoulders ~ Hope they can keep them pointing forward and on target ~

    Now if Diggs could ever get healthy from that groin injury ~ He has never been the same sense his return ~ Same as the last two seasons ~ Vikings might be smart to watch his snap count going forward ~ Floyd seems like a wast and Wright should be getting more playing time ~ Treadwell should be seeing the field more also ~ What ever it takes the Vikings need to find a dependable #2 to go with Thielen ~

    Why do I bring up players other than Keenum and Thielen ~ Because better play from the #2 WR would be a huge help for Mr. Case and Mr. Adam’s ~ Now if Diggs could get healthy and stay healthy this offense would be scary ~

    I believe Keenum and Thielen are being held back by WR health and depth ~ Wright seems to be the best Next Man Up but he isn’t much of a run blocker based on the reply I got back from Mike Wobschall at earlier in the season ~ I know he sure seems to make plays when he is on the field ~

  • Gordon Guffey

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  • Gordon Guffey

    OK guys I have promised my wife I will not try and upset you Teddy Only Fans or the Teddy Fan Club lead by Coller and Judd anymore ~ If I dont keep my word she said she would stomp a mud puddle in my a$$ ~ Now try and imagine that one if you will ~ LOL ~ She doesn’t want me stirring up trouble because she thinks I’m playing into Coller and Judd’s hands even though I was having a blast with you guys ~

    Anyway no more fussing from me as I am now in a holding pattern until Case messes up or is injured ~ So sad to be me now ~Sad Face 🙁

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      • Gordon Guffey

        Nope ~

  • IrreverentOne

    Well Gordon I guess the rest of can enjoy the day now that you’ve provided ALL of the critical info needed about the Vikings going into the Detroit game on Thursday.

    • Gordon Guffey

      I hope I helped in some small way ~ Smiley Face 🙂

      Later IrreverentOne ~

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  • Gordon Guffey

    I hope the Vikings can keep this up ~

    Minnesota is tied with the Los Angeles Rams with 47 plays of 20-plus yards this season (36 passes and 11 rushes) for an average of 4.7 per game.
    When the Vikings and Lions met in Week 4, he was 16-for-30 (53.3 percent) for 219 yards with zero touchdowns or interceptions and a rating of 76.9. Keenum also was sacked two of the five total times he’s been taken down this season.
    Since then, however, Minnesota has won six straight, starting with a grinder in Chicago in which Keenum relieved Sam Bradford just before halftime and went 17-for-21 (80.9 percent) for 140 yards with a rating of 110.3.
    Keenum has started each game since, and the Vikings have scored 23, 24, 33, 38 and 24 during the streak while continuing to capitalize on big plays. In Keenum’s past three games, he’s 75-of-110 passing (68.2 percent) with 872 yards, seven touchdowns, three interceptions and a rating of 101.8. He has had four pass plays of 20 or more yards in each of the past three outings.
    Minnesota is tied with the Los Angeles Rams with 47 plays of 20-plus yards this season (36 passes and 11 rushes) for an average of 4.7 per game.


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