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Published on September 24th, 2018 | by Landon Buford


Thursday Night Capsule – Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Rams


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Week 4 gets underway on Thursday, September 27 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the Minnesota Vikings travel to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup of 2017 NFC playoff teams. The Vikings and Rams meet for the 39th time in the regular season with Minnesota leading the all-time series 22-14-2. In Week 11 of the 2017 season, Vikings running back LATAVIUS MURRAY rushed for two touchdowns and wide receiver ADAM THIELEN led the team with six receptions for 123 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown in Minnesota’s 24-7 victory over the Rams.​

Last week, Vikings quarterback KIRK COUSINS, who ranks second in the NFL with 965 passing yards this season, threw for 296 yards and a touchdown, while Thielen had a career-high 14 catches for 105 yards in Minnesota’s loss to Buffalo. Defensive end DANIELLE HUNTER‘s three sacks lead the Vikings defense, which ties for third in the NFL with 10 sacks this season. Since 2016, Hunter (22.5 sacks) and defensive end EVERSON GRIFFEN (22 sacks) are the only pair of teammates in the NFC with at least 20 sacks each.

The Rams, who defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 35-23 last week, are 3-0 and seeking their first 4-0 start to a season since 2001. Los Angeles quarterback JARED GOFF completed 29 of 36 passes (80.6 percent) for 354 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 123.8 passer rating in the victory. Goff, who threw for 354 yards and completed 75 percent of his passes (24 of 32) in Week 2, is the third quarterback in league history with at least 350 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75 or higher in consecutive games. Los Angeles’ offense leads the NFL in total yardage (1,318 yards) and ranks third in scoring (102 points). Running back TODD GURLEY leads the league with five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) and is the only player in the NFL with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards (2,469) and 20 touchdowns (24) since 2017.​

Amazon Prime will stream the 11 Thursday Night Football games broadcast by FOX, which will also be simulcast on NFL Network and distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, once again securing the league’s “Tri-Cast” model of broadcast (FOX), cable (NFL Network, FOX Deportes), and digital (Amazon Prime Video) distribution.

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