5. Case Keenum, QB
Through the first two games of the season, I don’t know that there has been a better quarterback in the fourth quarter across the entire NFL than Case Keenum.
Keenum has not gotten off to the best starts, however, even though the Broncos’ offense did not have a three-and-out in the first game of the season.
They opened with three straight three-and-outs against the Raiders, and Keenum killed a promising drive (and Phillip Lindsay’s huge run) with a bad interception.
In the first half of games, Keenum has been 20-of-35 passing (57.14 percent) with 261 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.
In the second half of games, Keenum has completed 24-of-39 passes (61.54 percent) for 279 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. More staggering is the fact that in the fourth quarter, Keenum has completed 70 percent of his passes.
It’s easy to wonder what the Broncos could be if Keenum would play four quarters of football as though the Broncos are trailing, where he has been perfect throwing the ball. He has been absolutely lights out when the Broncos are behind on the scoreboard, but he needs to be lights out before that happens.
Keenum can be better and he has to be better over the course of four quarters of a game.