Case Keenum vs. the Rams (Week 11 in 2017)
Case Keenum‘s time with the Vikings almost seems like an anomaly the longer his career goes on. The veteran signal-caller has bounced around the league since the Minneapolis Miracle in 2017, and the heave to Stefon Diggs seems the be like the moment Keenum will be known for, not only in Minnesota, but in his entire career as well.
Still, the 2017 season, albeit ending brutally, had a great run thanks to Keenum at quarterback. In that 2017 season, Keenum found himself in a bit of a revenge game. After losing the starting quarterback spot to rookie Jared Goff the year prior, Keenum left Los Angeles to become the backup to Sam Bradford in Minnesota.
The oft-injured Bradford went down once again in 2017, and Keenum was brought into the spotlight to save the Vikings’ season. During that season, Keenum had to face Goff and the Rams, where both Minnesota and Los Angeles needed a win for seeding purposes in the NFC Playoffs.
Keenum went 27 for 38 with 280 passing yards and a passing touchdown with no interceptions and no sacks taken. This contrasted with Goff, who threw for fewer yards, no touchdowns, and took two sacks. The edge went to the guy the team wrote off.
Keenum helped seal the game with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen and showed that he still had it in him. Especially against his old team.
While Goff and Keenum now can debate who gets the last laugh, or if it even matters, the Vikings vs. Rams was a bigger matchup than most thought. But it wasn’t the last time Keenum was involved in a revenge game in Minnesota.