Minnesota Vikings: Case Keenum isn’t a perfect quarterback, but he doesn’t have to be

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Case Keenum (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Case Keenum (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Minnesota Vikings saw the good and the bad of Case Keenum on Sunday and that’s simply okay.

It’s tough to win games in the NFL. It’s even tougher to win those games on the road. The Minnesota Vikings took to the road on Sunday and defeated a worthy opponent in the Washington Redskins. Washington might not be a playoff team this season, but they aren’t a slouch either especially looking at their secondary. A secondary that Case Keenum threw four touchdowns against.

Keenum set a career high on Sunday with those four touchdown throws, but the quarterback qualm still remains alive and well. Keenum looked absolutely unstoppable in the first half, but looked like he might single-handedly stop the Vikings winning ways in the second half for a stretch. It was the Jekyll and Hyde of Keenum that we all knew existed and we saw it all during the course of one game.

Keenum was a record-setting quarterback in college and might be one of the best QBs at the collegiate level ever with how productive he was. Keenum also wasn’t drafted which is an obvious illustration of every team in the NFL knowing that he has some flaws.

Simply, Keenum is the not a perfect quarterback, but he doesn’t have to be for the Vikings. A beyond stout defense and the best wide receiver duo in the game can help cover up a lot of warts that Keenum possesses.

Here is a sad reality: we are going to be debating who the Vikings should play at quarterback until Teddy Bridgewater tells us one way or the other. Either Teddy is going to get into a game and look great and we’ll all move along with him at the helm or we are going to be right where we are right now. There is simply no clear path.

Personally, I’ve said it before and I will say it until he proves otherwise, Case Keenum deserves to be the quarterback until he proves otherwise. The two interceptions against Washington was not enough for me to pull the plug on Keenum at QB and it shouldn’t be for anyone else.

Bridgewater is loved because his personality is a beautiful one and his comeback story is one for the ages, but we must also remember that Bridgewater has never exactly been a world class quarterback, either. Keenum right now is playing better than Bridgewater ever has in the NFL. Right now, Keenum might be having the best quarterback season the Vikings have seen since Brett Favre in 2009.

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Keenum has flaws, but so does Bridgewater. Bridgewater’s might be worse before they get better after the long time off due to the injury. That’s just the nature of the game.

The Vikings might not be able to afford to take that step back. Minnesota’s schedule is incredibly tough the rest of the season while the Detroit Lions have one of the easiest schedules in the league while still being right on the Vikings’ heels. If Brett Hundley can keep the Green Bay Packers somewhat afloat and Aaron Rodgers can return, well, you never know what might happen.

Again, Keenum isn’t the perfect quarterback but neither is the Vikings other option. When you can upgrade you should, but when the upgrade is questionable you don’t fix what isn’t broke.

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The Vikings return home on Sunday for matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. The match of division leaders can be seen on FOX with a noon central kick.