Unbeaten Rams win shootout with Vikings

Ruben Holloway
October 4, 2018

"We didn't run the ball as well as we had in other games against this defense", said Aaron Kromer, the Rams' running game coordinator.

Kirk Cousins made a valiant effort to rebound from his awful game against the Bills, shredding a Rams secondary left vulnerable by the injury-related absence of cornerback Aqib Talib, and the fact that fellow starting cornerback Marcus Peters was clearly less than 100%. Minnesota looked like a completely different team than anyone expected on Sunday, and it's up to Zimmer to help turn them around to the right direction. "That's our motto", Gurley said. I feel like the Vikings are in and above their heads in this one.

Sam Ficken, the replacement for injured Rams All-Pro kicker Greg Zuerlein, kept it close by missing a 28-yard field goal with 8mins 21sec to play.

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"It was just great command by him", McVay said.

The Vikings were his latest victims Thursday night when Goff threw for 465 yards and five touchdowns of increasing brilliance. Goff has built on that success this year, and he had a near-perfect first half on Thursday, throwing four touchdowns before halftime.

Todd Gurley then finished with 83 yards rushing and 73 yards receiving while the Rams (4-0) barely held off the Vikings (1-2-1) and Cousins, who passed for 422 yards and three touchdowns.

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Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams acknowledges the crowd after the Rams defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 35-23 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. However, Kirk Cousins was doing his best to match the first half effort by Goff, producing points for the Vikings on three of their next five drives following the opening drive score. They had just one sack Thursday of Goff, by defensive end Danielle Hunter. The workaholic coach plans to spend time with his parents and girlfriend, but he also plans to watch a little football while he starts to prepare for the Rams' upcoming three consecutive road games. And no one's spending more money in 2018 than the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams, who together have combined to dish out nearly half a billion dollars in guaranteed contracts, according to ESPN's Lindsey Thiry and Jeremy Willis.

Cousins: 95-of-139 (68.3%), 965 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions. Yet Minnesota still had a chance until the Los Angeles Rams' defense kept them unbeaten. After Dan Wile's second straight punt of the first half, Jared Goff threw his fourth touchdown pass of the first half to give the Rams a 28-17 lead with 1:26 remaining in the second quarter. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins fourth in National Football League in passing yards (965). If that's one where you do have to slow down, Barr is probably making that tackle. Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 162, including touchdowns of 70 and 19 yards.

Though their defense is somewhat vulnerable due to injury, there's no question that the 4-0 Rams have planted the flag as the most unsafe team in the NFL.

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And make no mistake about it, Sean McVay will be giving Goff a huge hug after his brilliant performance.

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