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The Minnesota Vikings beat a red hot Los Angeles Rams team 24-7 to improve to 8-2 and win their sixth consecutive game.
Here are some thoughts on the game:
-What a Thielen
Adam Thielen just keeps on impressing. His 65-yard touchdown, which was a short pass gave the Vikings a 21-7 lead and helped put the game away. He had six receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. Last week he had a season-high of 166 yards.
He has scored a touchdown in each of the past three games and his 916 receiving yards are second in the league to only Antonio Brown. His 62 receptions are also tied for fifth -best with DeAndre Hopkins.
-Good depth continues to pay off
For the second game in a row Rashod Hill filled in for Mike Remmers at right tackle and Anthony Harris filled in for Andrew Sendejo at safety for the second time in three game. Both did a nice job once again.
It looked like the Rams were about to take the lead with a touchdown late in the first half, but Harris forced a fumble and recovered it. The Rams stayed at seven points the rest of the way.
Last season, lack of depth really hurt this team, especially on the offensive line. Case Keenum of course has also been huge to the amount of depth this team now has.
-Case closed. Keenum is the guy
Teddy Bridgewater is active again and it is understandable why many want to see him start again. He was drafted in the first round three years ago to be the quarterback of the future (he still could be) and it is very important to know if he can return to form after coming off a devastating injury.
All that aside though, they need to stick with Keenum unless he gets hurt. He has done a good job filling in for Sam Bradford and has developed good chemistry with the whole offense. If it ain’t broke, dont fix it. Given that Bridgewater has also been out for over a year, will he be better than Keenum? Unlikely. Next year, possibly, but not this year.
Both Keenum and Bridgewater can always battle for the job next year Both are free agents, but there’s a very good chance the Vikings will want both back.
-Another great game by the offensive line
For the fourth time in the past five game, the Vikings did not allow a sack. They have allowed only one in the past five and a half games.
On the season they have allowed only 10, four of which came with a hurt Sam Bradford against the Bears. Bradford clearly had trouble moving around all game and was eventually replaced in the second half by Keenum. They are now tied with the New Orleans Saints with the fewest sacks allowed.
Riley Reiff, Mike Remmers, Pat Elflein and the additional depth this season have really paid huge dividends. Keenum deserves some credit too for his quick release and ability to escape pressure, but having a good line always makes a huge difference no matter who the quarterback is.