Two weeks, two 100-yard receiving games from wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
The fifth-year wideout practically carried the LA Rams on his back in a 27-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts. Besides people who got slaughtered by him in fantasy, every Rams fan should be ecstatic about the level of production he’s putting up with new signal caller Matthew Stafford.
(And if you’re a Rams fan who got destroyed by Kupp today, be thankful!)
Cooper Kupp is dominating with Matthew Stafford at QB.— StatMuse (@statmuse) September 19, 2021
Week 1: 7 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD
Week 2: 9 REC, 163 YDS, 2 TD pic.twitter.com/ljZRr8Kf3q
In the win, Kupp caught nine passes for 163 yards and two touchdown passes.
Cooper Kupp became the first Rams player in franchise history to record over 100-plus yards and a touchdown in the teams’ first two games of the season.
The victory also marked his second-most receiving yardage of his career after a 220-yard day against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019.
This opening stretch marks the first time Kupp has had consecutive games over the century mark since a four-week stretch from weeks 2-5 in 2019. In that monstrous run against the Saints, Browns, Bucs and Seahawks, Cooper caught a grand total of 34 passes for 459 yards and four scores (and seven years ago). Currently, Kupp is at 271 receiving yards on the season and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
Despite only two games in the books, Kupp seems to be enjoying the quarterback change as he’s already on-pace to eclipse 2020 production with Jared Goff at the helm:
Cooper Kupp had 3 100-yard games in 16 tries in 2020— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) September 19, 2021
Cooper Kupp has 2 100-yard games in 2 tries with Matthew Stafford https://t.co/dLSNwX3f09
The chemistry between him and Stafford was evident on his first touchdown against Indy:
His yards after the catch ability was on full-display during this short passing play with extra YAC on the opening drive following halftime:
Finally, Kupp saddled the Horseshoes back into the stable with his second touchdown that put Los Angeles back on top following a botched special teams play:
This victory over the Colts showed how explosive this offense can be over the course of the season. It should be an absolute sight to behold and it stands to reason that Kupp will be the top LA pass catcher to take full advantage of this newly unlimited offense.
Matthew Stafford finds Cooper Kupp in the end zone for the second time today, this time on a post route over the middle (10-yard TD).— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 19, 2021
Stafford now has multiple TD passes of 10+ air yards in each of his first two games with the #Rams.#LARvsIND | #RamsHouse pic.twitter.com/SIyDOzsUuG
With how Kupp has played within the first couple games of 2021, it’s not crazy to think that he could lead the league in receiving. He is undoubtedly underrated throughout the NFL which means this is his time to shine with a QB willing to take full advantage of his skillset. All it depends on is whether he can stay healthy.
In the playoffs last season, Kupp was inactive in the Divisional Round against the Green Bay Packers. Back in 2018, he was on Injured Reserve during the team’s run to Super Bowl LIII. There’s no question over his physical abilities and he’s proving to be a godsend for Stafford as he makes his transition into McVay’s offense. Cooper wants to be able to have a chance in winning a Lombardi for his city.
If he continues on his rapid pace, who’s gonna catch him?