Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer announced that Case Keenum will start at quarterback against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11. But until he proves he can play well against a decent opposing defense, it is still fair to be skeptical about Keenum being able to lead this team to a Super Bowl. The Vikings are 7-2. During that span he's completed 67% of his throws and tossed eight touchdowns, five interceptions. Not great, but not awful, either, for a guy most consider a solid backup.
You have former Rams quarterback Case Keenum against the guy who was drafted to replace him in Jared Goff. After looking like a bust in his rookie season, he's been a stud in 2017, throwing for 2,385 yards, 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions in nine games. The Vikings' opponent for this week will easily be the toughest team Keenum has faced all year. Keenum is 5-2 as Minnesota's starter this season during injured Sam Bradford's absence.
The hope is that he continues that against the Rams. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 71 tackles, Everson Griffen has 10 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
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The quarterback's return to the starting lineup, however, remains on hold. Overall, the Rams have been the more consistent team, and I trust Goff and this offense to have more success than I do Keenum and banged up weapons.
Zimmer didn't shed a lot of light on the decision during his press conference, saying "it was part of it" when asked if Sunday's performance sealed his decision, and that the deliberations were "not hard".
He'll get his chance to keep the Vikings' win streak going on Sunday. "And it ain't broken, so you don't fix it".