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US Bank Stadium has been friendly to Case Keenum

No matter which way you split it, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has had a very good year. He went 12-3 and finished seventh in the NFL in quarterback rating. Now as the Vikings head into the playoffs, their quarterback has the chance to play all three postseason games where he’s done his best work: US Bank Stadium.

This season at home, Keenum has a 68.9 percent completion percentage, averages 7.8 yards per attempt and has thrown eight touchdowns, two interceptions, good for a 100.1 rating. He’s also suffered just one loss on home turf, a 14-7 defeat against the Detroit Lions.

Keenum’s best two games this season came at US Bank Stadium. In his second start, the veteran QB threw for 369 yards and three touchdowns and a 142.1 rating against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then on December 17, he put on a 20-for-23 , two-touchdown showing against the Bengals (138.4 rating).

“It just feels right in there,” Keenum said Tuesday. “The turf, the surface is fast, even the lighting in there. Then you add the fans coming in pre-game. Just the whole atmosphere in there, it’s incredible.”

In two seasons at US Bank Stadium, the Vikings are 12-4. They have the fourth best point differential at home during that time span, outscoring opponents by 131 points.

“All of my friends and family who have come up from Texas and friends from other teams that come in from other teams will text me after the game like, ‘Dude, that place is ridiculous,” Keenum said.

The Vikings’ offense gets plenty of help from their defense at home as they allow just 15.3 points per game since the downtown Minneapolis stadium opened. Keenum said opposing offenses have a particularly hard time communicating protections when the stadium is at its peak noise.

“As far as the tackles go and tight ends spilt out wide that don’t really get to hear some of the cadences, those guys that rush like Everson [Griffen] that can tee off, it’s tough, our place makes it really tough to operate any type of play,” Keenum said.

  • David Simmons

    Please be the year!!!

    • Cman

      Amen. Please, just one before I die.

      • Gordon Guffey

        I couldn’t agree more ~ However it would take me a full year to recover if they did pull it off ~

        • Cman

          I’d be in heaven if that happened. I’d buy every single piece of Viking SB memrobilia I could find.

          • Gordon Guffey

            I hear ya brother ~ !!!!!!

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  • Gordon Guffey

    Winning out would be wonderful ~ However nothing in my eyes could take away from the 13~3 season the Vikings gave us ~ Not minus Bradford and Cook and now minus Easton ~ 13 out of 16 week I had great joy from my football team ~ Cant get much better than that ~

    That being said I want a dang Super Bowl and I want it this year ~ Could I be any more clear ~ I think not ~ LOL

  • Gordon Guffey

    Something that could be a big help for Case in the playoffs ~ Very good read and some reminder videos to boot ~

    McKinnon ‘seems fresh,’ which could be big for Vikings’ playoff hopes
    By Andrew Krammer JANUARY 2, 2018 — 8:57AM

    Read it free here today ~
    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/access-vikings/

    Or read it here anytime if you have a paid account at the startribune ~
    http://www.startribune.com/film-review-jerick-mckinnon-seems-fresh-which-could-be-big-for-vikings-playoff-hopes/467676893/

  • Gordon Guffey

    Keenum said he won’t evaluate his regular season until after the playoffs. In the meantime, tight end Kyle Rudolph was willing to put it in perspective.

    “It was huge,” Rudolph said. “Our team is built with an incredible offensive line, two running backs (Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon) that can run the football and a bunch of playmakers on the outside, and Case just kind of lit that fire for us. He makes plays happen with his legs, throwing the ball, down the field, extending plays.”
    https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/02/vikings-qb-case-keenum-has-playoff-experience-just-not-on-the-field/





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