Vikings Vs. Rams: An NFC Championship Game Preview?

04 October, 2018, 14:46 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Goff’s five TD passes lead unbeaten Rams past Vikings

One of the signature games on the NFL Thursday Night Schedule will take place this week as the Minnesota Vikings travel cross country to take on the Los Angeles Rams. Mike Zimmer's defense has been springing uncharacteristic leaks through most of the 2018 season, and the personal struggles of Pro Bowl pass-rusher Everson Griffen have been a blow, both on and off the field.

Against the Chargers, Goff maneuvered in the pocket to avoid the rush, stepped up, and delivered an off-schedule throw to Kupp, who shed a tackle and went 53 yards for a touchdown.

After Thursday night's 38-31 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Cousins insisted he hasn't lost confidence in his new team.

Goff and Cousins got together at midfield afterward, exchanging compliments about their eye-catching performances and their bright futures ahead. That's not to say that Goff's group can't get it done, just right now, I'd go with the trust factor, and that's Minnesota for me.

Hot Take: Looking at it with clear vision, then you can see the two quarterbacks have similar stat lines with Cousins attempting more passes than Goff.

The Vikings scored on their first three drives and four of six in the first half, but the Rams scored touchdowns on four of their five possessions.

Through four games this season, a defense some believed would be even better is allowing 27.5 points and 381.5 yards a game.

The Rams improved to 4-0 and now own the best record in the NFL. "We have not played well defensively", he said, via NFL.com. "I told him after, 'I didn't mean to knock you over there'".


"I'm very grateful for having crossed paths with him", Cousins said. "This league will chew you up and spit you out if you don't show up every week". But it's the same scheme we played previous year that had seven points, so we made some mistakes.

Cousins also got a moment to chat with McVay, his former offensive coordinator in Washington.

Minnesota's Dan Bailey hit a 40-yard field goal with 3mins 46sec left for the only points of the fourth quarter.

Robert Woods, now in his second season with Goff and the Rams, said it was apparent how much confidence and trust Goff has developed in his arm - and in his knowledge of the game.

"I'm concerned. I've been concerned all year long".

It doesn't get much better than that.

So they're trying to make this important NFC game into a civic duty: McVay sent out a amusing "memo" through newspapers and social media to all employers in Los Angeles, urging them to allow their employees to leave work early so they can head downtown for the 5:20 p.m. local start time - which he says is the "typical bedtime" of his 71-year-old defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips. On Thursday, the Rams moved the ball at will, and no matter where Goff put the ball someone was wide open. I've not ever had a team that's been this poor in pass coverage.

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