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Case Keenum: ‘In my own head, I for sure am’ the Vikings’ starting QB

One of the more intriguing story lines of the back-half of the 2017 NFL season is the quarterback conundrum the Minnesota Vikings face. At 7-2 and in command of the NFC North, there’s seemingly no reason for the team to bench Case Keenum, who has performed surprisingly well in replacing an injured Sam Bradford.

The inspiring return last week of Teddy Bridgewater to the active roster, however, creates uncertainty at the most important position in football on one of the NFL’s top teams.

While pundits, analysts and insiders debate the merits of both quarterbacks, Keenum himself weighed in on the situation during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.” Suffice to say, Keenum feels his performance while playing all but six quarters in Bradford’s stead merits him remaining the starting quarterback.

“In my own head, I for sure am. That’s how I’ve approached it, that’s how I’ve answered it,” Keenum said, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “I don’t know how else to answer it. That’s how I have to approach every week.”

Keenum’s candid comments on Patrick’s show should be tempered with how he’s been remarkably pragmatic and diplomatic in the wake of Bridgewater’s return.

Keenum was asked after posting arguably the finest performance of his career in Sunday’s 38-30 victory over the Washington Redskins about how there’s a clamoring for “fan favorite” Bridgewater to return as starter.

“He’s my favorite, too,” Keenum honestly stated. “I may have a Teddy Bridgewater jersey at home. I’m a big fan of his.”

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer indicated he’s “got a plan” for what the team will do at the quarterback position but refused to divulge it. Zimmer on Monday added a decision has been made and he plans to inform the team on Wednesday.