Vikings stick with Keenum as starting QB v Rams

16 November, 2017, 02:27 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • LANDOVER MD – NOVEMBER 12 Quarterback Case Keenum

Case Keenum is still the Vikings' starter. The Vikings have won five straight games with some strong performances by Keenum, so a change now isn't necessary, but Teddy Bridgewater's return from injury makes it nearly inevitable that he will reclaim the starters job at some point. After putting up four touchdowns in a win over the Washington Redskins last week, that can't be considered a surprise.

The decision means Keenum will square off against the team for whom he started 14 games over the past two seasons.

You have former Rams quarterback Case Keenum against the guy who was drafted to replace him in Jared Goff.

"He's a great dude".

This week, Keenum will have the challenge of playing against a team he was part of the last two seasons.

Both teams are on winning streaks, leading their division, and are 7-2.

It's hard to argue with Zimmer on this one: after Sam Bradford suffered what has turned out to be a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 (Bradford tried to play in Week 5 but bowed out before halftime), Keenum has stepped in and led the Vikings to a 5-2 record as starter. For now, Teddy will remain as the team's backup, so it's still possible he could see some action Sunday if Keenum struggles or goes down with an injury. By Wednesday, though, he had pivoted to a more diplomatic outlook. The Vikings host the Rams Sunday.

"That's how I'm treating it: another game", he said. Bridgewater has not played in a non-preseason game in more than 22 months. "Otherwise, he wouldn't dress" on the active roster on Sundays, Zimmer said. Things could stay the same next week, as well, with the Vikings facing a quick turnaround before a Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Detroit Lions next Thursday. The Vikings play December 10 at the Panthers.

In the meantime, Keenum remains in charge of the offense. He did start nine games for Los Angeles a year ago, completing 60.9 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Zimmer has said Keenum is "an excitable guy" on the field, and linked the interceptions on Sunday to the quarterback needing a better feel for game situations.

In the meantime, under Keenum, the Vikings' pass attack ranks 12th-averaging 245.8 yards per game. Kind of tough to bench Keenum at this point, no? "We battled through, and made the right plays when we needed to, but I've just got to be smart in those situations".

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