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Keenum Taking 'Business as Usual' Approach for Rams

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Case Keenum will make his seventh start of the season Sunday when the Vikings return home to U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings quarterback will do so against a team he knows well. Keenum spent the past two seasons with the Rams (2015 in St. Louis and then when the franchise moved to Los Angeles in the 2016 offseason).

But the even-keeled Keenum said he isn't getting caught up in the hype of trying to get revenge or anything of that sorts. Instead, he's just being himself.

"That's how I'm treating it, just another game," Keenum said. "I know a lot of those guys, but for me, this week, it's business as usual.

"And business as usual is me doing my job," Keenum added. "My job, as I've told you guys many times, is to put this team in the best possible situation to win football games — that's moving the ball, getting first downs, that's getting the ball in the end zone and scoring points."

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said the quarterback is more concerned with getting a win than getting revenge.

"I think any time you play against a former team you'll be motivated to play well. I think that's kind of a given," Rudolph said. "Knowing Case, I think he's more motivated to beat a team that's 7-2 and get us to 8-2."

Keenum made 14 starts over two seasons for the Rams, going 7-7 while throwing for 3,029 yards with 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

He'll be tasked with going up against a Rams defense that ranks 14th overall in yards allowed per game (322.1) and is tied for third in points allowed per game (18.0).

"They're creating a lot of turnovers, and obviously their front is one of the best in the league," Keenum said. "I've been around it firsthand, so I know exactly how good those guys are.

"We've got our work cut out for us," Keenum added. "I'm excited because it's a huge challenge." 

Keenum has completed 170 of 262 passes (64.9 percent) for 1,914 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a passer rating of 92.6.

The quarterback also knows the Rams offensive playmakers well.

He started in front of Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, for almost half of last season before Goff took over. And Keenum shared a backfield with Todd Gurley in 2015, the same season the running back was the 10th overall pick in the draft.

Keenum said he's happy his former teammates are doing well and has followed their success here and there this season. 

"He's a smart kid, and he's a fighter, too. It wasn't easy last year. He got the crap knocked out of him a few times and got back up and can sling it," Keenum said of Goff. "Obviously everybody is seeing what he can do this year, but we've known fro a really long time that he's a good player."

"(Gurley is) a good dude, he really is. He's a great teammate I got to play with. I really enjoyed playing with him," Keenum said of the running back. "You guys see what he does on the field. Absolutely unbelievable, so talented. A guy I know is going to continue to be really good, and we're going to be talking about him for a long time."

Keenum is known to bring an excitable energy and spirit to the Vikings offensive huddle. 

While he said he's fired up to play Sunday in a matchup of of 7-2 teams that lead their respective divisions, it's because of the passion he has for the sport.

The opponent, Keenum noted, hardly matters. 

"That's why I said it's business as usual. That's why I tell you guys each week, every team in this league is good," Keenum said. "I'm not coming up here and talking about defense because I want to tell you they're good; these guys are really good.

"I treat every week the same," Keenum added. "Maybe there's a little more familiarity with these guys, but it's business as usual this week."

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