The Los Angeles Rams (10-4) will take the lead in the NFC West over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 if they win against the Minnesota Vikings (7-7). The Covid-19 conditions has added another level of unpredictability with all games but especially a game like this one this late in the season. Andrew Whitworth for the Rams and Dalvin Cook for the Vikings are two of the biggest names that will be inactive. Of the players that are projected to play, here are the key players to watch.
Stafford has proven that he does belong among the elite group of quarterbacks ranking this season second in touchdowns (35) and third in total passing yards (4,142). And he’s shown that after a rough three game stretch in November, he’s been able to rebound, avoid interceptions, and keep his offense on track. He’ll be needed against the Vikings and since Minnesota is ranked 29th against the pass, he’ll be in position to take advantage of their weakness through the air.
Kupp is first in total yards (1,625) the Vikings Justin Jefferson ranks second (1,335). Kupp has been unquestionably the key to the Rams success on offense and he should be called upon again for at least 10 receptions and if he can get two scores like he did against the Seattle Seahawks, the Rams will be in a great position to win the game.
Ramsey should be tasked with covering Jefferson. Against the Seahawks, Ramsey did play outside and man up on DK Metcalf and in the end played a major part in limiting him to less than 55 yards and no scores. With Adam Thielen questionable and Cook inactive, Jefferson will most likely be the primary focus of the offense.
And now for today’s links:
3 Keys to Winning for the Rams against the Vikings (Rams.com)
What experts are saying about Rams-Vikings (Rams.com)
Rams place Andrew Whitworth on reserve/COVID-19 list (RamsWire)
It’s a Wonderful Life for LA Rams Matthew Stafford/Cooper Kupp (RamblinFan)
Week 16: What we learned from Christmas doubleheader (NFL.com)
Philadelphia Eagles to receive Indianapolis Colts’ first-round pick from Carson Wentz trade (NFL.com)
Aaron Rodgers surpasses Brett Favre with 443rd touchdown pass of Green Bay Packers career (ESPN)
Chiefs COVID news: Tyreek Hill clears protocol for battle vs. Steelers, Travis Kelce could play, per report (CBSsports)