Well, it was officially announced that the 8-6 Houston Texans were without starting quarterback CJ Stroud due to concussion-like symptoms. Thus, backup Case Keenum is going to be the starter in Houston against the Browns on Sunday.
Wait a second, that name sounds familiar!
Yes, Keenum was the Browns backup quarterback in 2020 and 2021. The perennial backup actually started two games in Cleveland back in ’21 actually seeing action in nine total games in brown and orange.
Keenum has been in the league since ’13 and has played for the Texans, Bills, said-Browns, then-Redskins, Broncos, Vikings and Rams.
Quite a journeyman.
The Browns are certainly the favorites for this matchup and dodged a bullet by not having to face Strout. However, let’s be careful here and remember that Keenum is a veteran who has played many years in this league for various different teams and the battle should not be taken lightly, that’s for sure.
Here’s a cool nuance about the game’s quarterbacks:
Defensive star Denzel Ward said this about facing Keenum via ABJ: “I think it definitely helps,” cornerback Denzel Ward told the Beacon Journal on Wednesday. “I feel I have an awareness and kind of familiar with Case and how he likes to play and everything, just his playing style and how he throws the ball and everything. So I think it definitely does help.”
If you know, you know…right?
There are many different scenarios for the Browns to clinch a playoff spot. Here’s an idea, win the final three games for this season and make it easy for everyone.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Browns respond after winning a very questionable game against the Chicago Bears in the sense that the team certainly has a lot of work to do in order to be successful for the stretch run.
Let’s get some heat on Keenum from DE Myles Garrett and company to make this a difficult afternoon for the quarterback. A few mistakes here and there and the Browns will take advantage with an interception or whatnot.
The Dawgs, after this matchup against the Texans, play a Thursday night game against the New York Jets at home and finish out the season in Cincinnati against the Bengals.
Simply put, just be careful.
This is a capable quarterback playing for Houston and even if it’s technically labeled “backup” we never truly know. Also, keep in mind it is a road game against a contending team. That’ll play a factor in this one as well.
Let’s make the CASE that this team is a contender this year.