Week 11: Kupp Drops the Ball; Rams Silenced by Vikings
After scoring on the opening drive, the Rams were shutout by the Vikings as their offense was contained to a season-low
Rams 7 Vikings 24
The Los Angeles Rams entered Sunday with the no.1 scoring offense in the NFL and they certainly looked the part early. In their opening drive, running back Todd Gurley pounded it in for a touchdown in what was looking like business as usual. The Minnesota Vikings would dominate thereafter as they held the Rams’ offense to their lowest offensive output of the season.
Kupp Drops the Ball
Jared Goff’s favorite slot receiver had two costly errors this game. With the Rams vying for their second score before half time, Kupp hauled in a pass but fumbles the ball at the Viking’s one-yard line. Fast forward to the third quarter, the Rams are at the Viking’s 49-yard line on 3rd-and-10. Goff finds Kupp open on a crossing route from deep and delivers a good pass — but it’s dropped by Kupp.
Not sure what happened here but the Rams’ front seven defense made Vikings’ Latavius Murray look a like a Pro-Bowl-caliber running back. The Rams allowed Murray to average 6.3 yards per carry for two rushing touchdowns, including a 35-yard score to take the lead. A strong run game between Murray and Jerod McKinnon led to Minnesota holding the ball for 37 minutes.
Why was the run game so dominant? Vikings’ receiver Adam Thielen that’s why. Thielen absolutely torched the Rams’ secondary from the slot after Rams defensive backs Kayvon Webster (concussion) and Nickel Roby-Coleman (thigh) both left the game. Thielen feasted on their absence, notably with a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown to put the nail in the coffin.
Despite the Vikings missing two field goals, they limited turnovers and played a near-perfect game against the Rams. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, Goff’s mentor last year, has been a pleasant surprise to compliment their defense.
No doubt, it’s a tough loss for the Rams – but it could be a blessing disguise. Rams head coach Sean McVay can now recalibrate and improve from this games short comings.
The Los Angeles Rams host the New Orleans Saints.