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Author: Jon Kuzma
If you like high scoring games and not a lot of defense then the Rams and Vikings Thursday Night Football match up was a must-see. Both quarterbacks in this contest combined for 8 touchdown passes and there was 69 total points when it was all said and done. Jared Goff had his best night as a pro throwing for 465 yards, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Two things really stood out about Goff and that was his throw power and his accuracy. On one play Goff threw a deep ball strike to Cooper Kupp which was just out of the reach of two defenders. Then Goff aired out a 47 yard bomb to Brandin Cooks. Truthfully that pass was over 60 yards downfield because Goff was at least 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage and Cooks was five yards in the end zone. When the former number 1 overall pick plays like this the Rams are almost unbeatable. Kirk Cousins didn’t play bad for the Vikings but he did have a costly fumble late in the 4th quarter. John Franklin-Meyers strip sacked Cousins and Los Angeles was able to recover the football then close out of the game. Cousins finished his night with 422 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs were outstanding for Minnesota’s offense as well. Thielen recorded 135 yards and 1 touchdown. Stefon Diggs was consistent too he hauled in 11 receptions for 123 yards. It seems like every receiver caught a touchdown for Los Angeles. Four different wide outs got in on the scoring action and three different players went over the 100 yards receiving mark. Cooper Kupp led the way with 162 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Brandin Cooks was explosive like he always is with 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Then there was Robert Woods who contributed 101 yards and 1 touchdown. Most teams would like to have just one of those players on their roster but LA is lucky to have all of them. Aaron Donald set the pace for the Rams defense. Donald had 5 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 TFLs. Ramik Wilson was also tough he chipped in 7 tackles and 2 TFLs. Minnesota’s best defender was Danielle Hunter who put up 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Eric Kendricks was the other standout for Mike Zimmer’s defense. Kendricks contributed 7 tackles and 1 TFL. It’s very possible the Rams end up winning their next twelve games and become the fifth team to finish the regular season undefeated. However only one of those ball clubs would go on to win the Super Bowl and that was the 1972 Miami Dolphins.
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The Rams are a well oiled machine and there’s a chance that nobody can stop them.