Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes for 369 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Buccaneers. He also gained 18 yards on six rushes.
To say that Keenum's effort came out of nowhere would likely be an understatement, as he looked like a completely different quarterback than the one who struggled to a pedestrian 167-yard passing day against the Steelers in Week 2. The 29-year-old extended his winning streak against the Bucs to three games with the victory and led the Vikings on scoring drives of seven, 13 and six plays in the first half. He spread the ball around effectively as well, hitting eight different pass catchers and connecting with Stefon Diggs twice and veteran Jarius Wright once for his scoring throws. With Sam Bradford's status for Week 4 murky at best, Keenum may be called upon again to helm the offense against the division-rival Lions.
With Sam Bradford (knee) ruled out, Keenum will start Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, ESPN.com reports.
Bradford was held out of Friday's practice and is now getting a second opinion on his surgically-repaired left knee. Keenum was totally ineffective in his last start, completing 20 of 37 passes for 167 yards, despite playing with a solid receiving corps and the benefit of an efficient running game. Facing a Tampa Bay defense that shut down the Bears last week, Keenum is a bottom-five option among Week 3 starting quarterbacks. His presence under center necessitates major downgrades for the rest of the Minnesota offense.
Keenum completed 20 of 37 pass attempts for 167 yards during Sunday's 26-9 loss to the Steelers.
Pressed into action because of an injury to Sam Bradford (knee), Keenum struggled to make plays downfield and wound up averaging a measly 4.4 yards per attempt. The length of a potential absence for Bradford has been surrounded by murky details, but Keenum's performance Sunday indicates that he shouldn't be relied upon as a fantasy starter. If he remains the top option for Week 3, a home matchup against the Buccaneers is on tap.
Keenum will start in place of Sam Bradford (knee) on Sunday at Pittsburgh, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The "will he or won't he play" has been answered for Bradford, who will yield the offense to the direction of Keenum. In five campaigns between the Texans and Rams, Keenum started 24 of his 26 appearances, averaging 216 yards per start and posting a 24:20 TD:INT ratio overall.
Keenum is now expected to start against the Steelers, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
Sam Bradford tested out his sore knee in pregame warmups, but was only out there briefly before limping off.
|5||10/9/17||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ CLE||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/17||@ GB||8:30 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|