On Thursday night, the Minnesota Vikings will be going up against their former quarterback, Case Keenum, and the Washington Redskins inside U.S. Bank Stadium.
His tenure with the Minnesota Vikings wasn’t a long one, but the memories Case Keenum made during his lone season with the team will last a lifetime.
Keenum was part of the Vikings team in 2017 that won 13 games and made it to the NFC Championship, but he also played a big part in one of the most memorable moments in the franchise’s history. Without him tossing the ball to Stefon Diggs, there is no Minneapolis Miracle.
Since that magical season, life in the NFL hasn’t treated Keenum too well. He only lasted a year with the Denver Broncos after signing with them during the 2018 offseason and now he is currently a member of the Washington Redskins.
After going 11-3 as a starter with Minnesota in 2017, Keenum has led his team to just seven wins in his last 22 starts with both the Broncos and Redskins.
On Thursday night, the 31-year-old quarterback will be returning to U.S. Bank Stadium to try and lead Washington to a win over the Vikings. Keenum was asked on Tuesday if there will be any extra motivation for him when he takes on his former team.
"“There’s really no need to get more amped up for any game in this league. Especially when you’re playing a team like this with a great defense. Man, we have got to give it everything we’ve got no matter what. The fact that it’s my old team, I’ve played long enough to where I feel like if I keep going like I’m going I might play against my old team every week. So it’s just a normal game for me.”"
Keenum isn’t the only former Minnesota player that will be facing his old team on Thursday. Former Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is also a member of the Redskins’ current roster and he’s expected to suit up for this week’s matchup inside U.S. Bank Stadium.
While Keenum says that Thursday’s showdown against Minnesota won’t be different than any other game, one has to imagine that he would still like to lead Washington to a win over a franchise that didn’t re-sign him after an impressive performance in 2017.
Considering the Vikings are currently favored by 15.5 points on Thursday though, Keenum might have to see if he has any of that magic left to even have a chance at getting a win over his former team.