Coooop! The crowd will chant again at SoFi Stadium this Sunday as the 7-1 Los Angeles Rams take on the 6-2 Tennessee Titans. Why? Because Cooper Kupp is the best receiver in the league this season and he and quarterback Matthew Stafford are putting on a show of aerial excellence.
Kupp has 63 receptions for 924 yards and 10 touchdowns through eight games. He’s averaging 115.5 yards per game which puts him on pace for 1,964 yards in the seventeen game season.
The current record for total receiving yards in a single season is currently held by Calvin Johnson set in 2012 while playing for the Detroit Lions when he recorded 1,964 yards. Put Kupp's current pace against Johnson’s tally and the opportunity seems to be in front of the LA receiver to match or break the record this season.
If Kupp continues to average at least 115 yards per game, he will have a shot at the record. Looking ahead at the Rams schedule, the softest part of the lineup has past, having faced the New York Giants, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans. Ahead, they face the Titans, Green Bay Packers, and Arizona Cardinals all with winning records. This could bode either way for Kupp. Against the Texans the score was 38-0 at the end of the third quarter when Stafford was pulled and the offense was all but halted to run out the game. Against the better teams, the offense may be required to stay live and keep shooting.
No matter the opponent, Kupp has been highly effective this season demonstrating command of the offense, elite route running, and his trademark run after catch abilities. That (and the addition of the 17th game from the former 16 game schedule) will be the biggest factors in Kupp's run for the record.
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