A Teddy Bridgewater Too Far
The Coach and Dr. Football
November 16, 2017
Last Sunday, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was on the verge of losing his job. The Vikings future franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater had been reactivated from Injured reserve after missing more than 400 days of football, and the second Keenum screwed up was the second he would become football’s answer to Wally Pipp.
But Keenum appeared to fool everybody. He completed 21-of-29 pass attempts for 304 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and led the Vikings to a 38-30 road win over the Washingtons. He put up 406 net yards and earned the start this week against the Rams at US Bank Stadium.
There is certainly a feeling that Bridgewater will become the starter for the Vikings before the season ends, but right now, Keenum appears to have won the job and then kept it for an extra week.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said it wasn’t a difficult choice to stick with Keenum, “based on his performance last Sunday.” That means the one time backup to Sam Bradford is now the starter for at least one more week.
He’d better beat L.A., however. If he doesn’t keep up the pace, the hook could come out quickly.
In the meantime, both The Coach and Dr. Football have faith in Keenum. In a year in which the boys have done nothing but win (this is the earliest by two weeks in which they’ve reached the 100-win plateau), the Vikings have proven to be a solid weekly choice.
Last week Dr. Football went 12-2 (100-46) straight up and 7-7 (79-67) against the spread while The Coach went 11-3 (102-44) and 8-6 (86-60) against the spread. We’re making so much money, The Coach just bought a condo on the Riviera, a Bentley and a case of Dijon mustard.
The Jets, Panthers, Colts and 49ers have the byes this week, taking three bad teams out of the mix. Let’s take a close look at Week 11, get ourselves a Domino’s pizza and go make some money.
Tennessee Titans (6-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
Line: Steelers by 7
One four game winning streak is going to end in this one. Gotta go with Big Ben and Le’Veon Bell here.
Dr. Football: Take the Steelers to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Steelers to win and cover.
EARLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Detroit Lions (5-4) at Chicago Bears (3-6)
Line: Lions by 3
Detroit wasn’t that impressive last week, but neither were the Bears. Matthew Stafford will be the difference.
Dr. Football: Take the Lions to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Lions to win and cover.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) at New York Giants (1-8)
Line: Chiefs by 10.5
Kansas City wasn’t playing great before their bye, but a game against the Giants should fix that.
Dr. Football: Take the Chiefs to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Chiefs to win and not cover.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-5)
Line: Dolphins by 1.5
Despite being in the middle of a three game losing streak, Miami showed signs of life on Monday against the Panthers.
Dr. Football: Take the Dolphins to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Buccaneers.
Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-4)
Line: Ravens by 2
The Packers looked better with Brett Hundley at QB last week in beating the Bears, but Baltimore’s defense is a lot tougher.
The Coach: Take the Ravens to win and cover.
Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
Line: Vikings by 2.5
Both team’s quarterbacks have solid receivers to throw to with solid offensive lines, but Minnesota will win with its defense.
Dr. Football: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Vikings to win and cover.
Arizona Cardinals (4-5) at Houston Texans (3-6)
Line: Cardinals by 1
Arizona should win despite using their third string QB as the Texans are too banged up.
Dr. Football: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-9)
Line: Jaguars by 7.5
The only thing that could beat the Jags is themselves, so they need to be focused.
Dr. Football: Take the Jaguars to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Jaguars to win and cover.
Washington Redskins (4-5) at New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Line: Saints by 8
New Orleans has won seven straight games behind their running game and their defense. And the Dome will make a difference.
Dr. Football: Take the Saints to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Saints to win and cover.
LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Buffalo Bills (5-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (3-6)
Line: Chargers by 4
The Bills now travel after being laughed out of Buffalo by the Saints. Look for the Chargers to take advantage of the inexperienced Bills QB Nathan Peterman with their pass rush.
Dr. Football: Take the Chargers to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Chargers to win and cover.
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) at Denver Broncos (3-6)
Line: Broncos by 2.5
The Bengals are playing a third straight road game, and Denver ain’t the place to do it, even though they’re not beating anyone either. Go with the home team.
Dr. Football: Take the Broncos to win and cover.
The Coach: Hold your nose and take the Broncos to win and cover.
New England Patriots (7-2) vs. Oakland Raiders (4-5)
Line: Patriots by 6.5
New England has won their last five wins in a row with the last four coming by a touchdown or more. Even going cross-country in consecutive weeks shouldn’t be enough to slow down this team.
Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Patriots to win and cover.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) at Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
Line: Eagles by 3
Dallas didn’t look good last week in losing to the Falcons, and now with the Ezekiel Elliott thing put to rest, the Cowboys will fade into the sunset.
Dr. Football: Take the Eagles to win and cover.
The Coach: Take the Eagles to win and cover.
Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
Line: Seahawks by 3
Atlanta seemed to find something last week on offense, and now that the Seahawks will be without Richard Sherman, the momentum will carry.
Dr. Football: Take the Falcons in an upset.
The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.