Thursday Night Football this week features two preseason NFC Super Bowl darlings, with the Los Angeles hosting the Minnesota Vikings. The Rams, although already favored heavily, will have a tough task at hand with a banged up secondary. If Sean McVay's team can focus on these four things, they will be able to preserve their perfect season and continue on full steam ahead with their championship dreams.
4. Spread the Field Out
The Rams have arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the league in Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp, and Robert Woods. All of them offer their own individual style that makes for a complementary, efficient system that's hard to scheme against. Jared Goff needs to get each one of these guys going if he wants to outslug the Vikes.
3. Feed Todd Gurley
Although the Rams have a notable receiving corps, the heart and soul of this offense is Todd Gurley. Since the start of his pro career in 2015, the Rams are 20-6 when he logs at least 19 carries. With the amount of talent that the reigning Offensive Player of the Year has, there's no reason he shouldn't be getting at least 25 touches in this game and setting the pace for the proceedings.
2. Get to the QB
The Vikings have been dealing with injuries on their O-line since the beginning of the season. With second-year pro Pat Elflein returning at center, they should improve a little, but it's still one of the weaker offensive lines in football. Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh need to step up and win and bully their way to Kirk Cousins if they want to limit the Minnesota attack.
1. Survive a Shootout
With injuries to both of the Rams star cornerbacks, their secondary may get exploited with the amount of receiving talent the Vikings have in Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Kyle Rudolph. Minnesota will score some points in this matchup, so Goff and Co. will need to keep up step-for-step and not be afraid to engage fully in a high-scoring affair.