Vikings flex their muscles, beat Rams to get to 8-2

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The Vikings kept the Rams from making big plays at the rate they were accustomed to.

But they made enough of their own to win, and to make a case as perhaps the best team in the NFC.

The Vikings bludgeoned the Rams 24-7, improving to 8-2 and serving notice that they’re to be taken seriously despite their unconventional quarterback situation.

Case Keenum was again more than just efficient and acceptable, completing 27-of-38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers. He also found Adam Thielen for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the fourth quarter as they pulled away. That left former first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater standing and watching for the second straight week since coming back from his knee injury, and it’s hard to justify taking Keenum off the field at the moment.

Coupled with running back Latavius Murray, who had 95 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings did enough to overcome some unexpected mistakes. Kicker Kai Forbath missed a pair of field goals, after he entered the game 37-of-38 on field goals there, since signing with Minnesota last year.

But mostly it was about the way their defense harassed Jared Goff and the Rams’ third-ranked offense throughout the day.

After a game-opening 70-yard touchdown drive and 54 on the meaningless last one, the Rams managed just 130 yards on the eight possessions in between. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen didn’t get a sack (breaking a streak of eight straight games and leaving him one game short of a league record), but there was consistent pressure. Cooper Kupp fumbling at the Vikings’ 1-yard line was emblematic of their day, as they couldn’t capitalize on the few chances they had.

Goff finished 23-of-37 for 225 yards, and appeared to be getting attention from the team’s athletic training staff during the game. With wide receiver Robert Woods carted off late, they’ll have several situations to monitor, as they fall to 7-3.

114 responses to “Vikings flex their muscles, beat Rams to get to 8-2

  1. The Vikings made the Rams look very ordinary. Great game all around by the Vikings. Keep surprising me every week.

  2. If a Rams team comes up north and gets exposed as the inferior team, despite how the Fox broadcast team would have you feel, but there are no fans in Los Angeles around to see it…did they REALLY lose a football game?

    Think about it.

  3. Rams are a finesse team. Don’t think they, or a whole lot of other teams in the NFL have faced a defense like ours. This team will leave you bruised, battered, and beat to a pulp after 60 minutes. I don’t care how good some of these offenses are, Zims D will hit you, and hit you, and hit you some more.

    Then this O line will lean on you over and over and over. This team is one of the better put together teams we have had here in a long time. We are winning the games on the line of scrimmage.

  4. Good pick by Florio, while the Packas got shut out by a bad Ravens team. Only better football for better people and better fans of MN.

  5. 24-7 doesn’t quite seem to fit the “bludgeoned” narrative. 40-something to 7 seems more like a bludgeoning, to me. Either way, seems like a Vikings – Eagles conference championship game to come…

  6. Keenum playing his way to a big $20m+ contract somewhere. Vikings showing that you can win with key players out with injuries.

  7. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Rams, the Rams beat themselves.

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    This is one lame little girl.

  8. Rams fan here… straight up butt whipping, no way around it. Rams better get it together or we are will be in the same boat we always are.

  9. Minnesota came to play today. Rams just couldn’t sustain drives, defense couldn’t come up with a turnover.

    Shame about Robert Woods. He was having his best season. Doesn’t sound good.

  10. The game on Thursday vs Lions will show how tough the Vikings are mentally. They play on a short week. I’m concerned they might show up flat because of tiredness from today.

  11. The vikings are easily the best team in the nfc. Great defense great offense. Clutch qb. Great running game. The superbowl will be vikings vs steelers. The vikings defense will destroy the steelers or Patriots. The vikings offence will run and gun all over the steelers or Patriots in the superbowl. The vikings will be your 2017 superbowl champions.

  12. No surprise here. The Rams “D” has given up a lot of yards this year despite all the turnovers generated. They have lost to good teams (Seattle, Washington, Minnesota) and feasted on the bad ones (Indianapolis, Arizona, Houston, etc). If their “D” cannot set up the offense they will continue to have problems against good teams. They have survived the injury bug so far, although that may have changed today (woods, etc).

  13. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Rams, the Rams beat themselves.
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    And the Tooth Fairy is coming to town tonight!

  14. Another really nice win put together by the Vikings. Started slow and the defense adjusted after the first Rams drive, but they had a complete game. Coupled with last week’s victory, it’s nice to see constant improvement and maturation. Sprinkle in some good play calling and coaching, and a dominant defense, and this team is fun to watch again.

    Hope it’s obvious now that there is no QB controversy. I’m a Keenum believer.

    On the flipside, gaping sore point is kicking again. Come on, Forbath. It’s like a recurring nightmare for Minnesota..

    Bring on the Lions on Thanksgiving!

  15. First comment in this thread just shows how ignorant and incompetent people are. The Rams beat themselves huh? They weren’t near the end zone near enough to even sniff 33 points like they average a game. In fact, if it weren’t for shooting themselves in the foot with penalties, and Forbath missing 2 FG’s, it would have been the Vikes that got near 33 points today.

  16. redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    The vikings are easily the best team in the nfc.
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    When did the Packers move to the AFC?

  17. theyearofthecat1 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Good game, Vikings. You’re still getting destroyed at Ford Field on Turkey Day. Gobble Gobble!

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    And if that happens, the “L’s” will still be in second place. Fail . . .

  18. darkneptune73 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    The game on Thursday vs Lions will show how tough the Vikings are mentally. They play on a short week. I’m concerned they might show up flat because of tiredness from today.
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    Yeah, because the Lions didn’t play today and did all they could just to stay in the game against the Bears.

  19. Is a Home Super Bowl really that hard to imagine for Minnesota?,
    Case Keenum should be in the running for Player of the Year! I think we found our QB guys.. Case just keeps getting Better, BETTer, and BETTER. This is the right Offence.. Nice job Pat S.
    Beautiful effort Defense!

  20. coltluger says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    The class of the NFCN!
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    Kind of faint praise there. That’s like being the quietest fart in church. Vikes are among the class of the conference.

  21. This week-by-week singular focus is the only way to beat quality teams like Washington and the Rams. Credit Minnesota’s stunningly good offensive line play, fed a quality running game and allowed Keenum to once again spin the ball and make plays. The doubters are thinning.

    Hope they get Keenum resigned soon.

    I drop to a knee in honor of Zimmer’s defense. Viking pride on this Sunday! On to Detroit.

  22. On Thanksgiving, the Lions will face a MUCH BETTER team than they faced in Minny. No way will they win.

  23. While the defense played very well today, the real MVP of the Vikings this year has been their offensive line. They’ve been great all year but today they were outstanding! Donald’s name wasn’t even mentioned today unless it was for a penalty.

  24. b4utoo says:
    November 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm
    No right answer here. Teddy would of gotten creamed in first start against the Rams. At least 3 int’s.

    But With Case its going to be all bad. Rams are going to expose him as the the career backup that he is. Bottom line.

    Rams 44 Vikings 6
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    Haven’t seen this guy yet today. Doubt we will.

  25. The guys who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson think they are the “class of the NFCN.” Unbelievable.

  26. The fans who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson back on their team think they are the “class of the NFCN.” I couldn’t be happier knowing that those jerks have 0 championships.

  27. “80sbroncofan says: Have the rams beaten any good teams so far this year?”

    It’s quite obvious the Broncos haven’t. What’s their record… 3-7-0?

  28. Rare game I got to watch. It’s amazing seeing the Vikings pass the ball like they are now. They used to run so much with Peterson for 10 years that passing was almost non existent.

  29. The guys who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson think they are the “class of the NFCN.” Unbelievable.

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    As if the Packers and Chmura raping girls at HS graduation party is any better.

    SKOL

  30. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm
    The guys who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson think they are the “class of the NFCN.” Unbelievable.

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    Where have you been? We did not resign Peterson.

  31. Harris did a great job filling in today. Lets not forget Vikings were missing two starters on defense in Sendejo and Robison.

  32. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Rams, the Rams beat themselves.

    While you continue to beat your meat. This time you’re partially right though.

  33. Nice to see Seattle’s farm league team beat our division rivals. Seahawks beat Viking in post season on a Blair Walsh field goal. Book it!

  34. Another faketeam. The Rams have played 2 food defenses all year. In those two games, they have scored 7 and 10 points in a pair of losses to the Vikings and Seahawks, respectively.

    9-7 when it’s all over.

  35. seahawkboymike says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    Another faketeam.
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    Not a fake team, a real team.

    And very young.

    Sehags on the other hand, ….. 😦

    I see rebuild in the near future. Enjoy it. 🙂

    Go Mighty Rams!

  36. What’s so unusual about their QB situation exactly? Sam who’s hurt a ton goes down. Teddy was already gone for a lengthy injury. Case a steady (not crappy at least) QB steps into a team with a rock solid defense and wins games. Guys get hurt, other guys step in and get it done. Mike Zimmer should be getting more credit nationally for the job he’s done.

  37. Alright, I am officially out of reasons to put Bridgewater in over Keenum. Thanks for proving me wrong, Case. If I could vote for a lineman to be the team’s offensive player of the year though, I would vote for Reiff. That guy sets the tone up front. Good team effort, the kind they’ll need the rest of the way.

  38. Vikings left a lot of points on the table too. Obviously there were the two missed FG’s, but one drive they were inside the 30 and penalized their way back to midfield and ended up punting.

  39. funshipm174 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm
    Harris did a great job filling in today. Lets not forget Vikings were missing two starters on defense in Sendejo and Robison.
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    Robison is not a starter, but I understand what you are trying to say. We were without Remmers who is our starting RT, however we have pretty much at every position what we didn’t have in years past, DEPTH. This team hasn’t missed a beat despite losing a lot of key players.

  40. Today just proves that old dust farter Terry Bradshaw, doesn’t know anything by picking the Rams today, that goes for the other chuckleheads!

  41. I’m calling Super Bowl. Who’s going to stop us? Nobody. And, we’ll be the home team in our home stadium. #destiny.

  42. seahawkboymike says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm
    Another faketeam. The Rams have played 2 food defenses all year. In those two games, they have scored 7 and 10 points in a pair of losses to the Vikings and Seahawks, respectively.

    9-7 when it’s all over.

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    I hate food defenses. Just sayin’

  43. tecmoho says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm
    Nice to see Seattle’s farm league team beat our division rivals. Seahawks beat Viking in post season on a Blair Walsh field goal. Book it!

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    Seattle is just like Green Bay, except with a shorter, less talented QB. Wilson goes down and they are proper screwed. Russell and the Also-Rans.

    BTW – MN totally hosed Seattle with the Harvin trade. Rhodes is All-Pro, Harvin punched another Seahag and is now out of the league. Thank you!

  44. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    The vikings are easily the best team in the nfc.
    ——————————————————–
    When did the Packers move to the AFC?
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    Hilarious. The Browns will get their first win of the year when they play Hapless Hundley and the Pathetic Packers. Go troll somewhere else.

  45. This team is really starting to fire on all cylinders and at the perfect time. Keenum stepping up- the O-Line stepping up- Theilan- Murray- and that wicked D. On to the Lions. This team would take the North even if 13 Screws was playing.

  46. I’m a football fan but not a Vikings fan but all this talk about replacing Keenum at QB needs to stop. He has shown they can win with him. It’s up to the coaching staff to keep that going.

  47. I thought the Vikes would roll em by 20 and if Kai wouldn’t have missed 2 fg’s they would have.

    Those Rams didn’t look very good how did they get to 7-2?

    Let’s win on Thursday – SKOL!

  48. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:09 pm
    The fans who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson back on their team think they are the “class of the NFCN.” I couldn’t be happier knowing that those jerks have 0 championships.
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    The Vikings have 1 championship.

    Hopefully 2 after this season

    Your team must not be doing well for you to start looking at the past to feel better today.

  49. BTW – MN totally hosed Seattle with the Harvin trade. Rhodes is All-Pro, Harvin punched another Seahag and is now out of the league. Thank you!

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    I guess calling them seahags would indicate that your biased but let’s be honest for a second. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl that year with Harvin making an amazing kickoff return for TD to put the nail in the coffin.

    The Seahawks won the SUPERBOWL that year with him.

    Other than that ultimate accomplishment you are right…Harvin sucked…but that SUPERBOWL win makes it hard to be so definitive with your assessment.

    Some might say that if you Minnesota fans don’t see a Superbowl win in the next few years, then the Seahawks won the trade.

    Has Minnesota ever won a Super Bowl? Do you know what it feels like? It’s pretty amazing.

  50. jmethane says:
    November 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm
    BTW – MN totally hosed Seattle with the Harvin trade. Rhodes is All-Pro, Harvin punched another Seahag and is now out of the league. Thank you!

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    I guess calling them seahags would indicate that your biased but let’s be honest for a second. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl that year with Harvin making an amazing kickoff return for TD to put the nail in the coffin.

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    A superfluous touchdown. Superfluous – like the whole “12th man,” BS. LOL.

  51. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Rams, the Rams beat themselves.

    7 500 Rate This
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    The Yote is in a league of her own! 500 thumbs down – that has to be a record. Her mother must be so proud!

  52. usdpuppydog says:

    When did the Packers move to the AFC?
    *******

    They didn’t. They just happen to be irrelevant.

    Get used to it.

  53. “A superfluous touchdown. Superfluous – like the whole “12th man,” BS. LOL.”

    Sherman is done. It’s more like 11th man now.

  54. jmethane says:
    November 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    Rams fans are far and away classier than Seattle fans.

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    Far and away classier than Minnesota fans as well.

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    Thanks for the rent-free space in your head, #12! Looks like there’s a lot more space available.

  55. Great teams find a way to still win despite not having their starting QB and RB – unlike a certain team east of us with the most god-awful throw back uniforms! SKOL!!

  56. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    redandgoldhitman52 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    The vikings are easily the best team in the nfc.
    ——————————————————–
    When did the Packers move to the AFC?

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    Right now, the Packers might not be the best football team in Wisconsin. The Badgers might give them a challenge.

  57. The Vikings Defense came up big against the LA Rams…. or should i say… the LA Lambs…. the lambs came into the house of pain…. BAAAaaaaa whats haaaaaaapening?

  58. It certainly seemed that the Fox broadcast team (Burkhardt, Davis, Olsen) was totally prepared to laud the Rams at every turn. It was only when the outcome of the game was obvious that they started to speak about the Vikings in more glowing terms than they did the Rams. Maybe it’s a matter of the team and the network being located in the same city, I don’t know. Could be my over-the-top support of the purple too. I also know there are agendas by networks and broadcast teams, too – witness any game called by Joe Buck.

  59. jmethane
    Has Minnesota ever won a Super Bowl? Do you know what it feels like? It’s pretty amazing.
    )))))))))))))))))))
    It would have felt even better if you would have just given Marshawn Lynch the ball near the goal line in the sb too.

  60. darkneptune73 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    This is what the 2015 Denver Broncos did.
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    No it isn’t.

  61. Live it up Vikings fans and enjoy your big win now. Last night’s collapse by your Timberpuppies against the Pistons is a small preview of what’s going to happen on Thanksgiving Day. Get ready to be swept this season by The Detroit Lions!

    #DetroitStrong

  62. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 5:07 pm
    The guys who were so excited to have that child abusing SOB Peterson think they are the “class of the NFCN.” Unbelievable.
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    We are in 2017 now if ya haven’t noticed and the Vikes have been just fine without AD. I fact better in the rushing game. Sounds like a sour grapes Packers fan. Packer would be happy to have a Case on their roster right now, but oh well.

  63. usdcoyotesfan says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:10 pm
    The Vikings didn’t beat the Rams, the Rams beat themselves.
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    The Jackrabbits didn’t beat Coyotes the Coy………….. oh wait. Yes they did 31-28. First round playoff loss coming next week for them also.

  64. after reading these comments from vikings fan, you’d think they already have a couple of lomabrdi’s. second and third cornerback went down. fumble at the one yard line. not going to win a game when that happens. vikings were better team no denial, but slow down.

  65. coltluger says:
    November 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Minnesota Vikings – Better Football for Better People.

    )))))))))))))))))))
    Please do not copy the packer trolls anymore with this disturbing line.

  66. The NFL has it’s lowest ratings of any season ever and now is manipulating the game, they’re creating a super bowl where the home team will play in their home stadium, by way of no flag calls for cheap shots, look aways on pass interference, low blocks and driving quarterbacks into the ground – no flags. Yes a good team with a good defense, but the calls that go their way and the non-calls that refs are allowing sends a message. The NFL is desperate to create some noise so expect to see the Vikings play at home and get calls through the play-offs that will change the course of the season.

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