The Minnesota Vikings defense dominated in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams, as it was locked up at 7-7 through three quarters. But in the fourth, the offense started to roll and the Vikings came away with a 24-7 victory, improving to 8-2 on the season.
1st Down: The Vikings defense was outstanding in this one on both sides of the ball, limiting the second-highest scoring offense to only seven points for the day. Starting on the ground, the Vikings allowed Todd Gurley to rush for a touchdown on the first drive of the game, but after that the Rams rushing offense was stifled. Gurley was held to only 37 yards on 15 carries, with the longest run being eight yards, and averaged only 2.5 yards per carry. On the day the Rams could only rush for 45 yards, much fewer than the 120 they average per game.
2nd Down: In the air the Vikings did a great job of limiting the damage of Jared Goff, who is in the midst of a breakout season. Goff was limited to 225 yards on 23/37 passing, without throwing a touchdown pass for only the second time this season. Goff nearly had a touchdown pass on their fourth drive of the game, but Anthony Harris knocked the ball out Cooper Kupp's hands on the one yard line, recovering it for the only turnover until the Rams' final drive of the game.
3rd Down: Offensively, the Vikings got another solid performance from Latavius Murray. Murray ran the ball for 95 yards on 15 carries, rushing for two touchdowns, including the game-tying and go-ahead touchdowns. In addition, Jerick McKinnon rushed for 48 yards on 14 carries, as the Vikings ran the ball for 171 yards on 35 carries, good for 4.9 yards per carry.
4th Down: Case Keenum continued his solid play, throwing for 280 yards on 27/38 with a touchdown, but Adam Thielen was truly the story in the passing game once again. For the second game in a row, Thielen piled up more than 120 yards, following up his eight-catch, 166-yard performance with a six-catch, 123-yard performance on Sunday, scoring a touchdown in his third straight game. The great game by Thielen brought him to 916 yards on the year, with 62 receptions and three touchdowns. Kyle Rudolph also made an impact with five receptions for 123 yards.
The Vikings, now at 8-2, are two games ahead of the Detroit Lions and three games up on the Green Bay Packers, as they travel to Detroit for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff on Thanksgiving Day, to face the 6-4 Lions.