It may be hard to admit for some but Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum is a good quarterback.
What are you having for Thanksgiving? It looks like Case Keenum is looking to serve crow up to a lot of people. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback looked downright impressive once again on Sunday in a win over the tough Los Angeles Rams defense. This all coming after a week that Keenum threw for four touchdowns and was named the NFC’s Air Player of the Week. The time has come that everyone must admit that Keenum is a good quarterback and the Vikings’ starting quarterback.
Keenum is no longer the backup filling in for the injured Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater. This is Keenum’s team and it really should be. Not only is Keenum playing well, he’s been playing downright great. Keenum has been playing the best QB season the Vikings have seen since Brett Favre in 2009.
Let’s take a quick gander at Keenum’s stats from Sunday’s game against the Rams just to prove how good he has been. Keenum went 27-38 for 280 yards which is an average of 7.4 yards per pass. The Vikings quarterback threw one touchdown in the game, but continually got the offense down the field even though the scoreboard didn’t reflect it after two missed Kai Forbath field goals. Those are some really good stats against a really good Rams defense.
Keenum has been mobile, too. Keenum ran for 20 yards on three carries on Sunday, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The mobility and movability of Keenum has given his offensive line amble opportunity to protect him and give him a chance to succeed. Keenum hasn’t been sacked in what seems to be years which he and the offensive line get to share credit for.
It is no secret that Keenum has also found great chemistry with Adam Thielen. Thielen caught six balls for 123 yards on Sunday and has looked like one of the best receivers in the league. Simply, Keenum has made Thielen be more important and more talked about than the remarkable Stefon Diggs. That isn’t an easy thing to do.
Speaking of things that aren’t easy to do, Keenum has made Kyle Rudolph look good this season. Keenum’s passing ability has helped open up the running game for Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon to the point that the run game is being more productive now than what it was with Dalvin Cook. Keenum has thrown passes to David Morgan, for crying out loud.
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It was understandable to be clamoring to see Teddy Bridgewater on the field when he was put on the active roster. It’s hard to not look longingly at someone that you once loved, I mean, hey, Teddy is a great guy. Here’s the thing, though, we’ve moved on. Teddy was a great guy that we were seeing a year and a half ago and it was good then, but we had to move on. Now we are on our second quarterback relationship after Teddy and we are in a really, really good place. We are leading the division and only have two losses on the season. Case is treating us really nice, too. We can’t throw this quarterback relationship away just because that nice guy from 18 months ago is available right now. Love and relationships are a scary thing.
It might be scary for some to admit that Keenum is a good quarterback, too. That’s okay, but just remember he’s coming over for Thanksgiving in front of your whole family. Don’t worry, I think your uncles are really going to like him.
Keenum and the boys will be going at it again in just a couple days. The Vikings will be taking on the Detroit Lions once again on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit.