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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Given enough time — say, a season — there is life after a collapse. Look first at the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons started 5-0 in 2015 before falling apart and finishing 8-8. The next season they made it to the Super Bowl. The Vikings began last season 5-0 before also finishing 8-8. This season, they are 9-2 and three games up in the NFC North with the second-best record in the conference.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been one of the NFL's biggest bargains this season. That should change in 2018. Keenum, making just $2 million, is 7-2 as a starter as Minnesota has rolled to a 9-2 mark. With Keenum an impending free agent, one salary-cap analyst estimates he could make more than seven times that amount next season.
DETROIT — After Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen reached 1,000 receiving yards for the season on Thursday, Nov. 23, he mostly shrugged it off. Fellow receiver Stefon Diggs didn't. Many thought Diggs would be the one to break the Vikings' drought without a 1,000-yard receiver since 2009, the longest such stretch in the NFL. But injuries have hampered Diggs, last season and this one.
MINNEAPOLIS — For years, Emmanuel Lamur had heard stories about relatives in Cuba he never had met. The Vikings linebacker was born in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1989, five years after his father, Jean Albert Lamur, moved to the United States from his native Haiti. Jean was born in 1955, and was 1½ years old when his mother left for Cuba. "My mother was not married, and she was 16 when she had me," Jean Lamur said. "I went to live with an aunt and an uncle, and she went with my grandfather to Cuba (in 1957) because he was looking to find work and he was taking care of her.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Sidney Rice in 2009, the longest drought in the NFL. That's about to change. Adam Thielen could do it Thursday, Nov. 23, in a nationally televised, Thanksgiving game at Detroit's Ford Field. He has 916 receiving yards in 10 games of the season, second best in the NFL. "I will have just one word for him when he does: 'Welcome,'" said Ahmad Rashad, a member of Minnesota's 1,000-yard club.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For five years, Riley Reiff showed up for games at Ford Field and headed into the Detroit Lions locker room. On Thursday, Nov. 23, he'll go the other way and enter the visitor's locker room. "It'll be weird," Reiff said. The offensive tackle left the Lions as a free agent last March to sign a five-year, $58.75 million contract with the Vikings. On Thanksgiving, he will be back in Detroit. Reiff is looking forward to the game. Although the Lions put little effort into re-signing him, he insists he doesn't have revenge on his mind.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Los Angeles Rams had been rolling up gaudy point totals. The Vikings put a stop to that. The Vikings shut down the Rams for much of game, and won 24-7 in Sunday’s showdown at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—If the offensive linemen protect the quarterback, they just might get rewarded. That happened following the Vikings' 38-30 win at Washington last Sunday, Nov. 11. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was named FedEx Air Player of the Week after throwing a career-high four touchdown passes and not being sacked. With FedEx headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., he used the connection to have a big box of Memphis ribs delivered to each lineman. "He got one for all of us,'' said left guard Nick Easton. "That's pretty good."
MINNEAPOLIS—Jared Goff has come close this season to living up to his college nickname of "Mr. Perfect," but the Vikings are determined to rattle him. Taken with the top pick in the 2016 draft out of California, Goff has led the Los Angeles Rams to a 7-2 mark and has thrown 16 touchdown passes and just four interceptions. But on Sunday, Nov. 19, at U.S. Bank Stadium, he will run into a formidable Minnesota defense.
MINNEAPOLIS—For a fifth consecutive game, the Minnesota Vikings will be down a starter on the offensive line Sunday, Nov. 19, when they play host to the Los Angeles Rams. Tackle Mike Remmers was ruled out Friday because of a concussion suffered Sunday, Oct. 29, against Cleveland and will miss his second straight game. Remmers practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Thursday, Nov. 16, but coach Mike Zimmer said he had a setback that kept him out Friday.