The Los Angeles Rams’ Matthew Stafford led air attack stuttered in week four against the Arizona Cardinals as the offense put up a season low 20 points to the Cards 37. Still, Stafford was able to throw for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and spread the ball around to seven different targets. This season expectations were high for this group who were projected to have at least one receiver reach the 1,000 yard mark. Here’s a look at Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson and where they stand after four games.
Kupp was leading the league in terms of total yards and touchdowns going in to week four but then had his least productive game of the season against the Cardinals. Kupp had just 64 yards on five catches and zero touchdowns. But he is still the teams leading receiver and the target that is most on track for a 1,000 yard season. Kupp has 431 yards over four games lending to an average of just over 107 yards per game which means he is on pace for 1,819 yards over 17 games. At this point Kupp would safely reach 1,000 yards by averaging at least 44 yards per game from here out.
In his second season, Jefferson has emerged as the Rams second most productive receiver after four games in terms of yardage with 226 total yards. His 67 yard touchdown in week one boosted his yardage and he’s continued to show up for Stafford as a reliable target. Jefferson was the leading producer in week four with six receptions on six targets for 90 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 56.5 yards per game and is on pace for 960.5 yards over 17 games. In order to reach 1,000 yards, Jefferson will need to average just over 59.5 yards per game from here out.
And now for today’s links:
Rams Power Rankings: Week 5 (Rams.com)
Bumps, bruises, but LA Rams look good for Week 5 TNF (RamblinFan)
Cowboys announce release of Jaylon Smith (NBCsports)