QB Case Keenum - Minnesota Vikings
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Week 15: vs Cincinnati Bengals - $6100
FBG says: Neutral matchup. There's always the hanging implication that Teddy Bridgewater is just one rough Case Keenum start away from taking over the job - he reportedly came very close to getting the nod four weeks ago. But Keenum continues to run this offense well, and he'll likely close the season as the starter. Keenum has not only brought a relatively safe, solid presence to the Vikings' quarterback spot. He's also flashed dynamism, taking full advantage of his dazzling 1-2 wideout punch and producing touchdowns at a strong rate. Dating back to Week 8, he's averaging 277 yards - topping 280 in 5 of those 6 games - and 2.2 touchdowns, with 2+ scores in 5 of the 6. In Adam Thielen, one of the league's breakout stars in 2017, and Stefon Diggs, there's more than enough explosiveness in this passing game to keep Keenum rolling along. Always note his floor, but enjoy the ride, and take heart that he has such dynamic talent to work with. The Bengals pass defense has actually remained the team's strength through a turbulent season. They're allowing the league's sixth-fewest passing yards (229 per game) and ninth-fewest touchdowns (1.23). Granted, most of those solid numbers have been built by facing a who's who of poor passing games. The Bengals have predictably struggled against the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. This unit is strong, but not necessarily prohibitive; prolific passing games don't have too much trouble working their way past. With both starting cornerbacks hurt - Adam Jones is on IR and Dre Kirkpatrick is uncertain after a Week 13 concussion - this unit could break apart going forward, and the Vikings' emerging pass game could feast.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 14 vs CAR (27 / 44 / 280 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush - 22.2 points, $6100)
Despite being the key factor in a resurgent Vikings' offense that had to weather the losses of both Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, Keenum has had to answer questions all season about being replaced as the Vikings starter. For the most part, he had silenced critics with his solid play, but this week he stumbled against a stingy Carolina defense. He still managed to put up 24 points on the road, but 3 costly mistakes will have him fielding questions about his job security all week. Keenum did manage 280 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, but everyone is going to focus on the 2 interceptions and the fumble lost. Keenum was intercepted on the first drive of the game. Adam Thielen had beat his man down the sideline and Keenum simply underthrew him and the ball went right to the corner who had peeled off the route. The second interception was not Keenum's fault as the ball bounced off Stefon Digg's chest and into the covering corner's arms. The fumble came on a strip sack where Keenum held the ball in the pocket too long and simply had no chance against the pass rush. It looked as if he had started his arm forward, but the replay official confirmed it was a fumble recovered by Carolina. For all of the bad, Keenum did manage 2 touchdown passes. His first touchdown came on a beautiful pass up the seam to Kyle Rudolph. The big tight end appeared to be triple covered in the end zone, but Keenum was able to drop it right over the coverage and put it where only Rudolph could make a play on the ball. The second touchdown pass came to Adam Thielen on a skinny post right down the middle that he broke for 52 yards and into the end zone. Keenum should get the chance to take on the Bengals at home next week, but look for it to be a short leash after all of the mistakes today.
2017 Week 13 vs ATL (25 / 30 / 227 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / -1 / 0 rush - 16.98 points, $6000)
Keenum had the best day on offense for the Vikings but did not really wow anyone all game. The most impressive part of his stat line was completing 83.3% of his passes. The overall yardage was not there, but he did add both touchdowns through the air today. Keenum hit Jerick McKinnon on a 2-yard bootleg play where McKinnon used Kyle Rudolph as a rub on his defender and was found wide open in the end zone. The second touch down came on a 6-yard strike right up the seam to Rudolph. The big tight end beat his linebacker in coverage and the safety was late coming over to cover. It was an easy throw and catch for the touchdown with no one in the immediate area. Keenum did a better job spreading the ball around this week and completed passes to 9 different receivers. The big play eluded Keenum this week with his longest play of the day being a 22-yard catch and run by Adam Thielen on the last drive of the game to help run the clock out. Keenum will have another stiff test next week as the Vikings travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers.
2017 Week 12 vs DET (21 / 30 / 282 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 20 / 1 rush - 27.28 points, $5100)
Keenum continued the hot hand again this week for the Vikings, and should have secured his job for another week while Teddy Bridgewater waits in the wings. Keenum looked very sharp, connecting with Kyle Rudolph for two touchdown passes. The first pass came on an easy 1-yard out route while the second was a 22-yard bomb down the right seam where Rudolph simply ran past his linebacker in coverage. Keenum also added a 9-yard rush off the right end after the pocket broke down and he had nowhere to go with the ball. Keenum also completed long passes of 31, 34, and 37 yards to Jerick McKinnon, Kyle Rudolph, and Stefon Diggs respectively. Keenum continues to click with Thielen and Diggs as 18 of the 30 total targets went their way. Keenum almost had a third touchdown after McKinnon took a screen 31 yards down the field, fumbled, and the ball was recovered in the end zone by Thielen. This was reviewed and ruled the runner was down before the fumble. The Falcons defense has played better of late, but Keenum seems to have found a rhythm and the offense is clicking.
2017 Week 11 vs LAR (27 / 38 / 280 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush - 17.2 points, $5100)
Case Keenum continues to be extremely efficient in this offense as while he is not extremely mobile, he utilizes his mobility to avoid pressure and avoid taking sacks while completing a high percentage of passes. This was exemplified in the first quarter on a play-action play in which Robert Quinn came around the edge and Connor Barwin was coming up the middle, Keenum stepped up to avoid Quinn, ducked under Barwin, and completed the pass just before taking a big hit from Michael Brockers.
2017 Week 10 vs WAS (21 / 29 / 304 / 4 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 0 rush - 29.06 points, $4800)
It was really a tale of two quarterbacks with Keenum this week. There were times when he looked like an All-Pro quarterback and then others that showed why he was a free agent signing. Keenum did top 300 yards passing and threw a career-high 4 touchdowns, but it was the two interceptions that left the door wide open for a Teddy Bridgewater return. The first interception came on the Redskin's side of the field when he tried to hit Kyle Rudolph down the left sideline. Keenum scrambled out of the pocket and lobbed a ball off his back foot for an easy interception. He would have been better off throwing this ball away or trying to run for a few yards up the sideline as Rudolph had no chance to make the catch. The second interception was worse as he again tried to force the ball to Rudolph and had the route undercut by DJ Swearinger. The only saving grace was Keenum was able to knock the ball out of Swearinger's hands at the 2-yard line or else it would have been a pick-6. These two mistakes aside, Keenum did have a lot of success and found the end zone 4 other times to Diggs, Thielen, Wright, and Morgan. Diggs and Thielen accounted for 17 of his 29 targets and more than 60% of his total yardage. Thielen and Diggs accounted for the explosive plays of 49 and 51 yards and Keenum completed passes to 6 different receivers. This was Keenum's best game for Minnesota to date, but with a tough stretch of the schedule coming up there may be a lot of people calling for Teddy Bridgewater to take his starting job back.
2017 Week 8 vs CLE (27 / 43 / 288 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 18.52 points, $5800)
It was not the greatest start for Case Keenum and the Vikings offense, but they eventually found their groove in the second half. The first error came on a ball batted at the line and then intercepted by Joe Schobert. The ball was batted high in the air and no Viking receiver was in the area to try and make a play. Keenum showed great mobility in the pocket today and was only sacked once by the Cleveland pass rush. Keenum's first touchdown came on an 18-yard play action pass to Adam Thielen. Keenum stepped up in the pocket and then roll right to find a wide-open Thielen in the back of the end zone. Cleveland's coverage had stepped up to counter Keenum from running and Thielen was left all along. Keenum's second touchdown came on a 4-yard strike to Kyle Rudolph in the back of the end zone. The big tight end worked across the short field and made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone. The Cleveland defended tried to push Rudolph out of bounds while still in the air, but Rudolph was able to get both feet in with room to spare. Keenum did a great job spreading the ball around to 8 different receivers on the day but never found the big play. The Viking's run game was not very effective today and this did not open many holes down the field for Keenum. Today was another game of quick hits and catch and run opportunities. A decision will have to be made about Viking quarterbacks after the Bye with Teddy Bridgewater back at practice and Sam Bradford progressing. Keenum has played admirably during Bradford's absence and there is no telling what the Vikings will do going forward.
2017 Week 7 vs BAL (20 / 31 / 188 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush - 7.42 points, $5000)
Keenum was able to do just enough for the Vikings to win today but he was aided by a kicker who could not miss, and the best game Latavius Murray has put together as a Viking. Keenum was very inaccurate, often overthrowing his intended receiver or missing them entirely. His lone interception can be put more on Laquon Treadwell after he bobbled the ball twice before it fell into the arms of Brandon Carr. The biggest play of the day came on a 30-yard fade route to Jarius Wright. Wright beat his coverage by a step and made a fully extending diving catch down the sideline. Keenum was kept out of the end zone despite 4 different red zone opportunities. This was not the best game for Case and he may be feeling the pressure of Teddy Bridgewater being back at practice. Keenum and the Vikings travel to Cleveland next week to take on the winless Browns.
2017 Week 6 vs GB (24 / 38 / 239 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush - 14.06 points, $5000)
The streak of games without an interception is over for Case Keenum but he still managed to do enough to get the win in this one. Keenum was not overly sharp and was missing one of the Viking's top targets in Stefon Diggs. Keenum was better about trying to get the ball to his wide receivers this week but still had a 16-19 RB/TE to WR target ratio. Keenum's favorite target on the day was Adam Thielen with 13 targets and almost 100 yards receiving. Keenum's lone touchdown came to Jerick McKinnon on a 27-yard screen play. McKinnon managed to outrun the linebackers who got caught up in the wall of blockers and then followed Laquon Treadwell down the sideline and into the end zone. Keenum did not have to do much to sell this play as it was well blocked and executed all around. Keenum's interception came on a ball he tried to force to Michael Floyd and was tipped by the underneath coverage. Keenum simply lost sight of the linebacker who made an outstanding leaping play to tip the ball back to coverage. Keenum's ability to not turn the ball over has been a huge part of his success so far this season but this was one where he just knew where he was going with the ball before the play even started.
2017 Week 5 vs CHI (17 / 21 / 140 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush - 11.8 points, $5100)
With a struggling Sam Bradford, Keenum was thrust back into the starting role late in the second quarter. Keenum fared much better than Bradford but relied heavily on his running backs and tight end. Of his 21 pass attempts, 16 targeted running backs or tight ends and Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen were almost nonexistent. The best thing Keenum did all night was move around in the pocket and avoid being sacked like Bradford in the first half. His lone touchdown came on a broken coverage to Kyle Rudolph. Keenum rolled to his right on a bootleg and found Rudolph all alone behind the defense for a 13-yard touchdown. The entire defense rolled with Keenum as if he was going to run the ball and Rudolph was never even touched. The rest of the night was about playing it safe and not turning over the ball. With Bradford's status uncertain for next week there is a good chance Keenum will get another start.
2017 Week 4 vs DET (16 / 30 / 219 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 8.76 points, $5000)
With Sam Bradford still injured, Case Keenum was thrust into the starting job once again. Despite a career day last week, Keenum performed more like a backup today. On the plus side, he did not commit any turnovers but he also was unable to finish drives and put points on the board. Keenum was unable to find Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen for big chunks of yards like he did last week and things only got worse after Dalvin Cook left with an injury. The lone highlight came on a 33-yard pass to Diggs down the right sideline when he beat his man and snuck in front of the safety. Keenum's worst play came on a sack he took late in the fourth quarter on third and goal to go. The offensive line simply broke down and Keenum had nowhere to go. The coaching staff then elected to go for the touchdown rather than take the points and rely on the defense to get a stop. On fourth and goal, Keenum threw a pass high and through the end zone that no receiver had a chance to catch. Keenum has done an admirable job protecting the football and managing games but the Vikings sorely need Sam Bradford to return.
2017 Week 3 vs TB (25 / 33 / 369 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush - 31.56 points, $4500)
Case Keenum had the best game of his career against a beleaguered Tampa Bay defense setting a personal record for yards and tying his career best with 3 touchdown passes. Keenum benefited from a very motivated Stefon Diggs and a defense that caused 3 turnovers. Despite all the yards and touchdowns, the most impressive thing Keenum did was not turnover the ball. This was not because he was playing it safe either as the backup quarterback took several shots down the field and was the clear leader of the offense today. Keenum's first touchdown came on a short out route to Jarius Wright. The speedy young receiver beat his defender to the pylon and reached the ball over the goal line from the 2-yard line. Keenum's next two touchdowns came to Stefon Diggs on strikes of 14 and 59 yards. The most impressive part of the 59-yard catch was Tampa had 12 defenders on the field and still could not catch Diggs.
2017 Week 2 vs PIT (20 / 37 / 167 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush - 6.68 points, $4500)
Case Keenum really looked like a backup quarterback this week and was unable to get anything going with the offense. Keenum completed only 54% of his passes and was unable to find the end zone. The one bright note for the backup quarterback was he did not turn the ball over. Keenum was able to find Kyle Rudolph for a long 27-yard gain but even this ball was thrown high and Rudolph had to make a spectacular one-handed grab. The Vikings quarterback had two more passes over 20 yards to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs respectively but was not consistent enough to keep the ball moving. The Vikings have to hope that Bradford's knee is good to go for next week or they can expect similar results next week against the Buccaneers.
Latest NewsVikings | Case Keenum tosses pair of TDs (Sun Dec 10, 05:17 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum completed 27 of his 44 pass attempts for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Week 14 game against the Carolina Panthers. Our View: Keenum was off on a few key throws, but he was the reason the Vikings had a chance in this one with the running game stalled out and the defense giving up some big plays. He shouldn't be demoted and should remain in our QB1 ranks against the Bengals at home next week.
link to story Vikings | Two touchdowns for Case Keenum (Sun Dec 3, 04:03 PM) - Minnesota Vikings QB Case Keenum went 25-for-30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 13. Our View: Keenum was efficient and safe with the ball and made the plays he needed to for the Vikings to triumph on the road. This felt like closer to his floor than his ceiling with Stefon Diggs quiet and the Falcons secondary weakened, but Keenum has established himself as a QB1 for the stretch run nonetheless and certainly next week at Carolina.
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