The frustrated and hungry Minnesota Vikings team traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Rams for a Thursday night shootout. The Vikings stuck with the Rams the entire game. The Rams retained their league dominance with a 38-31 win.
The Vikings struck first on the opening drive when Kirk Cousins found receiver Aldrick Robinson for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Rams marched down the field the following drive and Jared Goff found Todd Gurley for an 8-yard touchdown pass to tie the game up at seven.
The Vikings took a slight lead early in the second quarter as kicker Dan Bailey banked in a 37-yard field goal off the post, 10-7. But, that didn’t last long as Goff threw a 70-yard touchdown bomb to Cooper Kupp. But, once again the Vikings found the end zone with another touchdown to pass to Robinson; the Vikings regained the lead, 17-14. Goff continued to find Kupp, throwing a perfect throw in double coverage to take the lead, 21-17. Goff’s aerial assault was never ending as he found Brandin Cooks on yet another 47-yard bomb. The Vikings ended the half with a field goal to trim the lead to 28-20 going into halftime.
The offenses cooled down a little bit entering the third quarter. The Rams finally scored on a 34-yard Sam Ficken field goal to increase the lead, 31-20. Adam Thielen fought his way in the end zone to score on a 45-yard touchdown pass. A successful 2-point conversion brought the Vikings within a field goal, 31-28. Goff’s dominant performance continued with a 31-yard touchdown pass, 38-28.
Despite the Vikings holding the Rams scoreless in the fourth quarter, they couldn’t pick up the win. It wasn’t enough to contain Goff’s 465-yard, five touchdown performance.
The high-flying Rams improve to 4-0 on the season. They will travel to Seattle to take on their divisional rivals the Seahawks on Sunday, October 7. Kickoff begins at 1:25 p.m. PT and will be featured on FOX.