The Minnesota Vikings put on a dominate performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ending in a 34-17 victory. What did we learn from the Week 3 showdown?
If you weren’t familiar with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation, it would have been hard to tell that it’s in a state of flux. With Sam Bradford out for an undisclosed amount of time and Teddy Bridgewater still recovering from a gruesome knee injury, journeyman backup Case Keenum lit up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a career-high 369 yards and three touchdowns.
The performance was by far the biggest bright spot for the Vikings given the circumstances. After an uneven performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Keenum looked every bit capable of filling in for Bradford until he returns from a knee injury.
Luckily, Bradford doesn’t have any structural damage to a left knee that’s already been through two ACL repairs, according to multiple reports. Even so, there’s no clarity as to when he will return as he’s listed day-to-day.
In the meantime, Vikings fans learned that Keenum is a legitimate backup quarterback, hopefully putting calls for Colin Kaepernick to sleep. While no fan should expect Keenum to sustain this level of play, he showed poise, leadership and the ability to make tough throws. In fact, he was 9-of-11 for 114 yards and a 109.8 passer rating when pressure, according to Pro Football Focus.
On top of Keenum establishing himself as a reliable fill-in, here are five more things we learned from Week 3.