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Zimmer announces Case Keenum will start vs. Rams

16 November 2017

Keenum was chosen over Teddy Bridgewater, who sat on the Vikings' bench on Sunday but was dressed in full pads.

The move was expected after Keenum threw a career-high four touchdown passes in leading the Vikings to their fifth straight win, 38-30 last Sunday at Washington. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for 1,039 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Todd Gurley has 35 receptions.

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The Vikings are 7-2, now holding a two-game lead over Detroit and Green Bay in the NFC North. The Vikings are 5-2 with Keenum as the starter.

The coach had earlier refused to say who would start at quarterback against the Rams, saying cryptically "I've got a plan, and we'll just see how it goes". Case Keenum with the 7-2 Minnesota Vikings going up against the 7-2 Rams.' I'm excited. Bridgewater last started a game since January 2016. "Otherwise, he wouldn't dress" on the active roster on Sundays, Zimmer said. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 71 tackles, Everson Griffen has 10 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions. He'll face an aggressive Rams defense that has generated the ninth-most pressure on opposing quarterbacks in the NFL this season, according to Football Outsiders, and he'll look to cut down on his turnovers after throwing five interceptions in the past four games, including a pair of picks on back-to-back passes against the Redskins last Sunday.

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In the meantime, Keenum remains in charge of the offense.

In other words-if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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Zimmer didn't shed a lot of light on the decision during his press conference, saying "it was part of it" when asked if Sunday's performance sealed his decision, and that the deliberations were "not hard".

Zimmer announces Case Keenum will start vs. Rams