The Minnesota Vikings confirmed on Wednesday that Case Keenum will be the starter on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
When Case Keenum signed with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams never could have imagined in a million years that he would be under center for the team in Week 11. But due to Sam Bradford‘s season-ending knee injury along with Keenum riding the hot hand at the moment, there wasn’t a valid reason for Mike Zimmer to make the switch at quarterback other than potentially seeing what Teddy Bridgewater could bring to the table now that’s he’s finally healthy enough to be active again.
In a way, Keenum was an unfortunate victim of receiving unfair criticism last year like Jared Goff when looking at all of the struggles the Rams went through on offense, despite not having the best weapons to work with. Between a poor offensive line along with a weak receiving corps, it’s easy to understand why Los Angeles finished at the bottom of the league in 2016 by only averaging 14 points per game.
Not to mention, Keenum was also in a tough position since even though he entered the 2016 season as the starter, he knew it was only a matter of time before Goff would take over the starting job for the Rams, so moving on in the offseason was best for both parties. But now that he’s played a big role behind the impressive 7-2 start by the Vikings to help the team sit on top of the NFC North at the moment, Keenum understands Sunday’s game has more meaning since there’s no better feeling for athletes than defeating a former team, especially when seeing how things played out last season.
With that being said, the good news for both Los Angeles and Keenum is everything seemed to turn out just fine for the two parties when looking at how the NFC playoff picture looks at the moment. Even though the Rams’ defense has been playing unbelievable as of late after few hiccups early on in the season, the unit could have their hands full against their former teammate since Keenum is playing with all sorts of confidence at the moment following his four-touchdown performance against the Washington Redskins in Week 11.