With Woods out, Rams receivers produce against Saints
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp rebounded from a bad outing against the Vikings -- he had a critical fumble at the goal line and let a key pass slip through his hands -- with a career-high eight catches for 116 yards in Sunday's victory over New Orleans.
"I didn't treat this week any different than I do other ones," Kupp said. "It's just about ... you can get down on yourself pretty quickly, I think, when things aren't going your way. Like I said before, when you trust why you're here and what you're playing for, it motivates you just to get back on the horse and prepare because you've got to come out here seven days after the game. Win or lose, you've got to get back out there and go out there and pursue a W."
His teammates had his back after the rough outing a week before.
"There's never any doubts with him. He's so level-headed and such a hard worker," said quarterback Jared Goff. "There's never any doubts, no matter what. I think there's even some he'd like to have back, I'd like to have back. I think I missed him on a couple, but he played really well today. That deep ball was a really, really good route by him in man coverage and he ran a really good route."
--Wide receiver Sammy Watkins knew he had to step up in the absence of fellow receiver Robert Woods, who is out for two weeks with a shoulder injury.
Watkins was brought in to be the Rams' top wideout, and while his presence has allowed Woods more room to operate, it was time for Watkins to become an even bigger part of the attack.
Watkins did exactly that with four catches for 82 yards.
"We just do a great job with the game plan," Watkins said. "Coaches do a great job of putting us in situations and Jared does a great job with having us on point and the offensive line blocked well. We go out there and catch the ball. The running back runs the ball well and it's just simple football."
NOTES: OLB Connor Barwin suffered an arm injury Sunday and will be sidelined at least two weeks. ... QB Jared Goff completed 28-of-43 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns for a passer rating of 96.5. Goff's 354 yards is the second-highest single-game output of his career and the fourth time that he has posted 300-plus yards. ... RB Todd Gurley rushed 17 times for 74 yards and had four receptions for 54 yards. Gurley totaled 21 touches for 128 yards from scrimmage. Gurley had one reception for a 31-yard gain. Entering Week 12, Gurley led all running backs in the NFL with six 25-plus-yard receptions. He now has seven 25-plus-yard receptions for the season, which leads the NFL at his position. He is followed by Washington RB Chris Thompson with five and Cleveland RB Duke Johnson with four. The last Rams running back to post seven 25-plus-yard receptions in a single season was Marshall Faulk in 1999. ... WR Cooper Kupp had a career day with eight receptions for 116 yards, a 14.5-yard average and a 53-yard long. It was the first 100-plus-yard game of Kupp's career. ... WR Josh Reynolds made his first NFL start and registered his first touchdown on a 7-yard pass from QB Jared Goff. ... DT Aaron Donald sacked Saints QB Drew Brees for a loss of 6 yards. Donald now has 6.0 sacks this season. ... KR Pharoh Cooper registered two long kickoff returns of 40 yards. It was his fourth 40-plus-yard kickoff return this season. The Rams have scored on all three of the four possessions following a 40-plus-yard return from Cooper this season. ... K Greg Zuerlein converted four-of-five field-goal attempts. He missed a 63-yard attempt as the second quarter expired. Zuerlein (129) passed former RB Marshall Faulk (128 in 2001) for fifth on the all-time single-season point total list. He needs two points to pass David Ray (130 in 1973) for fourth and three points to pass Jeff Wilkins (131 in 2006) for third most. ... P Johnny Hekker punted three times for 138 yards, a 46.0-yard average and 46.0-yard net average. This was the third game of the season that Hekker pinned all of his attempts inside the 20.