The Minnesota Vikings won their only game that Sam Bradford didn’t start last season when Shaun Hill (and the Vikings’ defense) beat the Tennessee Titans.
The chances of the Vikings needing Case Keenum to follow in Hill’s footsteps went up on Saturday with a report that Minnesota will activate practice squad QB Kyle Sloter. Bradford has been battling pain and swelling in his knee, according to ESPN.
Keenum has a good deal of experience, having started 24 games over the last four seasons. He beat out No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff for the Los Angeles Rams’ starting job last season, but the Rams turned to Goff after going 4-5 with Keenum under center.
The former Houston University star has thrown 24 touchdowns, 20 interceptions, averaged 6.7 Yards Per Attempt and posted a 78.4 rating for his career.
With good defenses with the Texans and Rams, Keenum was able to win nine of his last 16 games. His W-L record might suggest the Vikings should feel confident in starting Keenum, but wins aren’t generally a very good measure of how a QB performed.
For example, it 2016, Keenum beat the Jets 9-6 while throwing for 165 yards. Keenum also lost a game 31-28 to the Lions in which he threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns.
One way we can measure the Vikings’ chances with Keenum under center is by looking at his game-by-game QBR ratings.
QBR is a 1-100 rating system that takes game situations into account. So a touchdown in the final minute to win would be worth a touchdown when down by 20 points. There isn’t a quarterback stat available that perfectly indicates how a QB actually played, but QBR…
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