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St. Louis Rams QB Case Keenum Ready For First Game vs. Seahawks in Seattle

Quarterback Case Keenum will lead the St. Louis Rams into their NFC West contest against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum has never played against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, but he hopes that one of his past experiences will help him on Sunday. 

“My first start was at Kansas City when they were going back and forth with who was the loudest outdoor stadium,” Keenum said. “So I have an idea of what it’s like, but I’m sure it’s going to be really loud. It’s something we’re definitely going to have to deal with.”

The Rams (6-8) have lost 10 straight games in Seattle. The last St. Louis win there came back in a 27-20 playoff game on Jan. 8, 2005, when Marc Bulger threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead TD pass to Cam Cleeland with 2:11 left.

Keenum has led the Rams to back-to-back wins over the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his last two starts, but neither of those teams ranks as much of a challenge as the Seahawks (9-5). 

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“For them, it’s their players,” Keenum said. “They’re solid. Starting up front across the board. Maybe led by (Michael) Bennett. Great, solid players up front. Their linebackers do a great job filling the run and then dropping into their zones in pass or covering in man. And then their back end with (Kam) Chancellor and (Earl) Thomas and (Richard) Sherman, all of those guys. You can go down the list. The type of players they have are definitely people that we need to know where they are every snap of the ball.”

Keenum has made three starts for the Rams and had mixed results.

He completed 12 of 26 passes for 136 yards, one touchdown and a 75.2 QB rating in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Then he completed 14 of 22 passes for 124 yards, one interception and a 59.7 QB rating against the Lions. His best performance came his last time out, when he completed 14 of 17 passes for 234 yards, two touchdowns and recoded a QB rating of 158.0 against the Bucs.

The Rams have two more games this season, which means Keenum has two more games to show if he can be a legitimate option at quarterback for the team going into next season. 

The other two quarterbacks on the roster, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion, are both under contract for 2016. Keenum is not. 

“I’ve said it before, anytime you step on the field I think it’s a statement,” Keenum said. “You’re adding to your resume anytime you step on the field. That’s how we accumulate resumes in this league. It’s what you put on film. Anytime you do that, especially against a team like Seattle, who’s for the last few years have been playing a lot of really good football, so we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Keenum is 4-9 in his 13 career games as a starter, but four of those wins have come in his last five starts. 

He won two games at the end of the 2014 season after being re-signed by the Houston Texans, but then was traded from the Texans back to the Rams in the offseason. 

The 27-year-old has already had a bit of a rollercoaster career in the NFL after a successful college career at the University of Houston. So he’s able to keep everything in perspective and push forward.

“I’ve always concentrated on getting better,” Keenum said. “I’m always getting better. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse — somebody told me that. I take every experience I get, every game experience, every practice experience and I put it in a database and I try to learn from it, try to grow from it. I grew from the first year I played. 

“The first year I watched, I didn’t play. I was kind of treated as a redshirt there, I was practice squad. The next year I played and had some good things, had a lot of bad things. I learned how to battle through. Then the next year I was here and then back again and got a win, so you accumulate. That’s what being a veteran is about, is accumulating experience and experience is priceless. It’s just a matter of keeping battling through the tough times and enjoying the good times.”

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