Vikings confirm the inevitable

18 December 2017 20:51:39 GMTPlus11

The Minnesota Vikings are the NFC North Division champions, clinching the title with a 34-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Quarterback Case Keenum completed an impressive 20-of-23 for 236 yards and two touchdowns and there was a brief cameo for Teddy Bridgewater, who finally returned after his horrific knee injury.

Bridgewater could not follow a fairytale script going 0-for-2 and being picked off, but after nearly losing his leg due to the severity of his injury, any playing time was a huge positive.

Minnesota will have plenty of options in the off-season with Sam Bradford also hoping to return from injury.

However, for now all the focus is on Keenum, who has stepped up when given the opportunity and has led the Vikings to the Division crown with two games to spare.

Next week Minnesota travels to Lambeau Field in Green Bay to face the Packers, before closing the season against the Chicago Bears.

There's still much to play for the Vikings who have the inside track on joining the Philadelphia Eagles with a first round bye.

Three games back of Minnesota in the Division, the Detroit Lions still have an opportunity at a Wild Card.

Whoever ends up second in the NFC South Division, probably the New Orleans Saints or the Carolina Panthers, seems likely to claim one of the two spots, but the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Lions and Seattle Seahawks are all in with a chance.

The Falcons will claim a Wild Card if they win out, but something as simple as Detroit winning in Cincinnati in Week 16 with all the other games for the contenders in the last two weeks, holding form with victories at home and losses on the road, would see the Lions into the post-season.

Detroit are 1213.00 to win the NFC Championship, with the Vikings 1.57 and the Saints 1213.00.

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