Vikings continue to roll

28 November 2017 05:08:22 GMTPlus11

The Minnesota Vikings continued their quest for the NFC North title, and a possible first round bye in the post-season, when they defeated the Lions 30-23 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Quarterback Case Keenum was 21-of-30 for 282 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way for the visitors to their seventh consecutive victory.

Signed as something of an afterthought, the former University of Houston star is 12th in the league in yards per game, having replaced Sam Bradford as the starting signal caller after the former first overall pick picked up an injury.

With no guarantees that either Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater will fully recover from their respective injuries, Keenum may be just what Minnesota needs to reach their potential.

Keenum has been sacked just seven times over 10 games, easily the best mark for a starting quarterback in the league.

The Vikings now head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the second contest of their three-week road trip that will also take in the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte.

Three games back with five to play the Lions did themselves no favours by losing to the Vikings after winning in Minneapolis earlier in the campaign.

A season sweep and with it the all-important tiebreaker would have been useful for Detroit, who have a relatively benign schedule down the stretch.

It would not be a shock for the Lions to win four of five and that could well see them return to the play-offs.

The Lions are 34.00 to win the NFC Conference title, with the Vikings 4.20 and the Falcons 7.50.

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