MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Case Keenum found a rhythm on the first drive, and the Minnesota Vikings were off and running.
The backup quarterback was much more than a fill-in this time.
Keenum passed for three touchdowns and a career-high 369 yards without a turnover in relief of Sam Bradford, steering the Vikings to a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“I accept my role on this team,” Keenum said. “I know I want to be ready whenever my name is called, so that’s why I prepare.”
Stefon Diggs had 173 yards receiving and caught two of Keenum’s throws for scores, one short and one long .
Dalvin Cook produced 169 total yards plus his first NFL touchdown , which capped a 75-yard march by the Vikings (2-1) to start the game.
They built a 28-3 lead by early in the third quarter and compiled 494 yards, up from 237 yards in the 26-9 loss at Pittsburgh the week before.
DeSean Jackson and Cameron Brate each had a touchdown reception while Winston completed 28-of-40 passes for 328 yards, but the Buccaneers (1-1) simply couldn’t overcome having to play from behind all afternoon. They converted only 1-of-6 third downs.