Jared Goff has missed Cooper Kupp

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In Week 10, the Rams suffered a major injury to one of their most important players: Cooper Kupp, a starting wide receiver who suffered a season-ending torn ACL. The Rams made it to the Super Bowl anyway, but they missed Kupp the rest of the way.

Specifically, Jared Goff missed Kupp. In the games Kupp missed (which included two games earlier in the season and every game since that torn ACL), Goff’s numbers are significantly worse than in the games Kupp played.

In games Kupp played, Goff went 190-for-273 for a 69.6 percent completion percentage, he gained 2,637 yards and had a 9.7 yards per pass average, with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. That’s a 111.9 passer rating.

In games Kupp missed, Goff went 214-for-356 for a 60.1 percent completion percentage, he gained 2,534 yards and had a 7.1 yards per pass average, with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. That’s an 88.6 passer rating.

Goff really hasn’t been the same player since Kupp went down. It’s a tribute to the Rams as a team that they were able to overcome losing Goff’s favorite receiver, but the numbers show what a big loss that was.

32 responses to “Jared Goff has missed Cooper Kupp

  1. It’s to do with Cooper-Kupp playing 75% in the slot. Prob like Brady when without Edelman.

  2. That Bears game knocked Goff’s passer rating down a full 7 points for the season on its own. So those splits are a little misleading. Goff more or less has recovered from his December slump.

    We knew the team would miss Kupp. But the Rams are in the Super Bowl because they adjusted.

  3. whysosenestive445 says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:50 pm
    How do you figure? How did they get to the super bowl then?
    I miss my old commute, doesn’t mean I’m unemployed. Why so sensitive?

  4. Put Goff behind a good oline that gives him all day to throw, give him good receivers with good play calling to get them open, add in a good running game and Goff is a good QB.

    Not a Pats fan, but I think Belichick will force Goff into his second read and he wont do well and the Pats will win.

  5. Starting QB isn’t quite the same when favorite target goes down. Seems to makes sense for Goff or just about anyone else starting in the NFL

  6. It’s an interesting contention, MDS. But I always felt that he relied TOO HEAVILY on Kupp, and for that reason Cooks didn’t see the ball nearly enough the first half of the season. I think it’s actually been better the last four games, because Josh Reynolds is a severely underrated receiver.

  7. To give credit to Goff and the McVay, no Kupp, no Gurley (basically), no problem. One impressive offense.

  8. There is no doubt he has missed Kupp but he put up great numbers without him against KC the following week so there was more to the Dec. slump – it was really two games – than that. The Oline really struggled in all areas against the Bears, they couldn’t run it at all and that led to a lot of long yardage conversions which they couldn’t handle with that pass rush of the Bears. The Detroit game just seemed to be a bye week hangover as they were off on timing in the passing game but pretty good every where else.

    Whatever the case, Goff went into one of the hardest places to win in the league and won playing as well or even better than Brees. He’s a legitimate top ten QB right now who’s only going to get better.

  9. Without Edelman this season Brady was 2-2 with 9 TD’s and 4 picks. He also had a terrible game in Detroit, worse than Goff’s.

  10. As a Pats fan, I must admit that I wanted the Pats to draft Kupp….. always thought he was a great receiver with tons of upside….. I can understand Goff missing him….. but injuries happen & that’s just the way it goes…. next man up!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  11. Also, to the dumb Patriot fan bragging, I was at last years Superbowl and none of you came and showed your team support! #clapback #ramssuck #patriotssuck #stepupNFLnation

  12. Woods has taken the place of Kupp. And has done a very good job at that.

    Rams will over power the Patriots.

    aka SB 85-86 against the Bears.

  13. Gurley’s numbers have similar splits, too. Kupp is a unique weapon in the slot who is literally the best receiver in football at beating press coverage. His presence changes how opposing defenses defend the Rams.

  14. tylawspick6 says:

    January 29, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    patricia exposed the rams


    If that’s the case Patricia, Tomlin, and Vrabel exposed the Patriots. You know when they only scored 10 points in each game.

  15. If you Goff wants to take about injuries, he should recognize that the Skins were 6-3 were before Alex Smith got hurt. At that time the Skins were clearly the best team in the NFC. The Rams fans may not like admit it but they were doubly lucky to make the Super Bowl, the blown call sure, but more fundamentally because the Redskins were decapitated by a leg break.

  16. “How do you figure? How did they get to the super bowl then?”

    Um, they adjusted and overcame the deficiency his loss created. That what well coached teams do when they lose important players

  17. ” right now we are ALL whodats and we need to join together and boycott dat”

    Hilarious and you’re dreamin’.

  18. Josh Reynold can flat out play. Could be the super Bowl MVP. Goff played some tougher defenses without Kuop(Bears eagles). Kipp can play. He drops some balls for sure. Read or here first. Josh Reynolds. Super Bowl MVP.

  19. Injuries happen and the Rams have had plenty of time to make adjustments. Maybe Goff has just returned to what he actually is vs. the hot start to the season he had, or opposing teams have adjusted.

    I don’t want to hear any excuses if the Rams don’t get to sip from the Stanley Kupp this Sunday.

  20. Edelman was absent from last year’s super bowl. Injuries are a part of the game, more so than practically all other sports. Usually it is the teams that have the fewest injuries that will make the playoffs.

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