Last year, the NFL gave us some pretty underwhelming games on Thursdays. So far this year, and it’s still early, it looks like they’ve turned it around. Week 1 was a defensive battle between the defending world champion Eagles vs a top NFC contender in the Falcons. Week 2 was a great divisional battle between the Bengals and Ravens. Week 3 was the debut of Baker Mayfield and the first Browns win in almost 2 years in a great comeback against the Jets. Last night we received the best game yet.
The Vikings took on the Rams in LA in a highly anticipated matchup. The Rams have been the consensus best team in the league so far and the Vikings surely weren’t as bad as that loss to the Bills was. I, as well as a lot of other people, was ready for a defensive battle, and that couldn’t have been any further from the truth. Like I said, the Vikings were coming off a horrible 27-6 loss to the Bills and their highly regarded defense looked HORRIBLE. I brushed it off as just a bad game, but last night showed that might not be the case.
To everyone’s surprise, the game was a complete shootout. Jared Goff was undoubtedly the MVP of the game. He led the Rams to their 38-31 win. He put up 465 yards, 5 TD, 0 INT and became the 44th QB ever to have a perfect passer rating of 158.3. He also became the first QB ever to have a perfect passer rating on 33+ attempts. His performance already has people asking if it is the best game by a QB ever, which it very well may be. He was hitting his receivers in stride on deep balls and dropping DIMES all night long. Cooper Kupp also had his first multi-TD game with 9 catches for 162 yards and 2 TDs. Brandin Cooks had 7 catches for 116 yards and a TD, Robert Woods had 5 catches for 101 yards and 1 TD and Todd Gurley had 21 touches for 156 TOT yards and 1 TD reception.
The Rams defense wasn’t great as you can tell by the score but on the Vikings final chance to tie the game, John Franklin-Myers strip sacked Kirk Cousins and the Rams recovered and went on to kneel out the clock.
The Vikings offense was also extremely hot, Kirk Cousins posted 422 yards and 3 TDs. The running game was nonexistent again, Dalvin Cook, coming off a hamstring injury which kept him sidelined Week 3, had only 10 carries for 20 yards. Adam Thielin had 8 catches for 135 yards and 1 TD, Stefon Diggs had 11 catches for 123 yards and Aldrick Robinson had 2 TDs. The problem was the defense. Widely regarded as the best or one of the best, the Vikings defense has gotten torched back to back week, and one of the teams that scorched them was the BUFFALO BILLS. So that is a big concern for the Vikings, even though they were without star DE Everson Griffen that’s no excuse for the secondary who have been getting destroyed on deep balls. The Vikings now move to 1-2-1.
The Rams are definitely the best team in the league right now, but have they really been tested? The teams they have played so far (Raiders, Cardinals, Chargers and Vikings) have a combined 2-10-1 record. I’m really not trying to downplay the Rams success because like I said, I believe them to be the best team right now. As an Eagles fan I can’t wait to see the game between the two teams. The Rams are the most fun team to watch right now and it doesn’t look like they’ll stop anytime soon.