GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Every week, the talk gets a little bit quieter, pushed a little bit further to the background.
Case Keenum isn't supposed to be the Los Angeles Rams' quarterback for very long, but he is progressively proving that he needs to remain that guy in the present.
On Sunday, in a 17-13 road win over the Arizona Cardinals and their ferocious secondary, Keenum went 18-of-30 for 266 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 111.2 passer rating. His past three games, he has gone a combined 50-of-86 for 695 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. In his past eight games, dating to the final quarter of the previous season, the Rams have won six times.
Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick, will continue to sit.
"Case is not looking over his shoulder," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "He's winning games."
For the Rams, that's really all that matters.
Keenum entered a Week 4 matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium with the lowest Total QBR among 31 qualified quarterbacks, a ranking largely influenced by a dreadful showing in Week 1 and a zero-touchdown performance in Week 2. The 28-year-old missed a handful of routine throws Sunday, most of them in the direction of Tavon Austin. And he lost a fumble while in enemy territory.
But he also made several plays down the field. Two of them went to Kenny Britt for 34 and 31 yards. Another went to Lance Kendricks for 23 yards. Another went to Todd Gurley on a perfectly placed, 33-yard pass. Another went to Brian Quick for a 65-yard touchdown catch that gave the Rams their first score. Another almost went to Austin, who nearly hauled in a diving catch on a fly route but saw the ball touch the turf on his way down.
"It's growing and getting better," Keenum said of his chemistry with the Rams' receivers. "It's not perfect, but we are getting there."
Two of Keenum's biggest plays Sunday were called back because of penalties by left tackle Greg Robinson. One was a 27-yard scramble midway through the third quarter that brought the ball to the Cardinals' 8-yard line but was negated due to Robinson's hold. The other came on third down early in the fourth quarter, when Keenum eluded several defenders in the backfield and somehow found Kendricks for a 27-yard gain before Robinson was ruled an ineligible man downfield.
Keenum admitted after the game that he was "pretty tired." He recalled at least three throws that he missed -- to Kendricks, to Austin and to Quick. And he called his team "fighters," because they have recovered admirably from a demoralizing season-opening loss to beat the Seattle Seahawks at home and then win back-to-back games on the road. They've done it all under Keenum.
"He expects to win," Fisher said. "That's how he is. That's why, months ago, we said that he was our starter -- because we have confidence in him, and he can win games."
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