Normally you wouldn't say a quarterback who threw two passes -- one an interception and the other incomplete -- would be trending up, but Bridgewater just getting on the field in a game for the first time since Jan. 3, 2016 is worthy of applause. And he got plenty of that from fans and teammates when he came in for relief of Case Keenum during Minnesota's blowout win over Cincinnati on Sunday. From a career in doubt after suffering his horrific knee injury in practice before last season to now, it's been quite the comeback for Bridgewater and he more than deserves an up arrow.
Case Keenum, Vikings quarterback (↑ UP)
Yes not one but two Minnesota QBs make the list this week. It's hard to imagine Keenum's stock getting any higher than it has been, but then he went out and completed 20 of 23 passes -- the second-best single-game completion percentage in Vikings history -- for 236 yards and two touchdowns in that 34-7 win over the Bengals. Oh, and he's led Minnesota to the NFC North title. Can his stock get any higher? Well, there's still a first-round bye to shoot for and then there's the playoffs …
Minnesota Gophers football (↑ UP)
Apparently P.J. Fleck signed some elite players on the early national signing day.
Alex Stalock, Wild goalie (➡ EVEN)
With Devan Dubnyk injured, Minnesota turned to Stalock to netmind all four games last week. It started out great with a 28-save shutout over Toronto, but then he allowed 10 goals over the next three games (although he had to face 45 shots in one), as the Wild went 1-2 in those contests, winning the bookend games in that four-game stretch.
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Taj Gibson, Wolves forward (↑ UP)
To say Gibson is having a career year in his first season with Minnesota wouldn't be an understatement. The 32-year-old so far has highs in minutes per game (33.4), rebounds (8.3) and steals (0.8) and tied in assists (1.5), He's averaging 11.3 points per game, which is his second-highest of his career (13.0 with Chicago in 2013-14). This past week he had 10+ points in all three games and recorded his 12th double-double -- one more than he had all of last season in 78 games.
Andrew Wiggins, Wolves forward (↓ DOWN)
Wiggins can't seem to shake his recent shooting slump. He's topped 20 points in just two of his last eight games and tallied only nine points in Minnesota's win over Portland on Monday. In those eight games, Wiggins has made at least half of his field-goal attempts just once and in the last two games he is a combined 9-for-30 including 1-for-9 from 3-point territory.
Matt Dumba, Wild defenseman (↑ UP)
Dumba took four shots on net this past week and three found the back of the net. That's a good week. Dumba doubled his goal total on the season from three to six and 34 games into his season is more than halfway to his career high in goals, 11, set last season in 76 games.