Case Keenum has had a surprising amount of success as the starting quarterback for the Vikings since Week 3, and another perfect month of November has landed him a nice midseason accolade.
One week after he received the MVP silver football on Thanksgiving Day for his outstanding performance, Keenum has now been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month. The once third-string starter for Minnesota notched impressive wins against the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, and the Detroit Lions on his way to maintaining the team’s now seven straight wins.
Over those three contests, Keenum had a passer rating of 114.0, bumping up his season total to 77.1, which leads the league among active quarterbacks. During that span, he also threw for 877 yards and seven touchdowns.
One thing that analysts have continued to praise Keenum for over and over has been his ability to get away from pressure, and that sure showed on paper as well, as he was only brought down in the backfield twice last month.
Now, the unlikely star in the NFC North has his team on top with a 9-2 record, but somehow, questions have continued to loom about what the Vikings will do regarding their number one QB, Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater missed all of last year’s campaign, and despite being activated for the first time only a few weeks ago, Keenum has his team on a roll.
.@casekeenum7 has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Month!
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) November 30, 2017
Though head coach Mike Zimmer has not yet named Keenum the team’s outright starter for the remainder of the season, it sure seems that it will be that way unless he falters heavily. Without original backup Sam Bradford, Keenum is the most seasoned and prepared QB on the Vikings roster, and with him building relationships with his receivers and performing at a high level, he’ll continue to man the ship.
His favorite target, Adam Thielen, has been a continuous part of Keenum’s success, as he’s become the first Vikings receiver to go for 1,000 yards since 2009 with five games still remaining. He’s also found a lot of success with primary wideout Stefon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
For the time being, Keenum is only on a one-year deal with the Vikings that he signed at the end of last March, but with the sort of success he’s having, it leaves NFL fans wondering if he’ll remain in Minnesota come season’s end, or opt for a better contract elsewhere.