Key ticketing records will be firmly within Cooper Kupp’s reach when the Rams face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
Important. But, Kupp made clear Monday, it’s not the most important prize you get in the final game of the Rams regular season.
“The most important thing is that we win the game, close the championship and go into the knockout stages,” said Kupp.
After making six passes from Matthew Stafford in 95 yards and a touchdown in Rams 20-19 win in Baltimore, Kupp leads the NFL receivers in catches (138), yards (1.829) and hits (15).
He has surpassed Isaac Bruce’s 1995 Rams record for yards received in a single season and he’s done it all but it’s certain he’ll be the first since Carolina’s Steve Smith in 2005. won the Triple Crown.
He’s now 11 times the single-season record set by Michael Thomas of New Orleans in 2019, and 135 yards from the one-season record set by Detroit’s Calvin Johnson in 2012.
Kupp has 13 catchers and two 11 catchers this season, as well as 163, 156 and 136 yard games. So the record-setting numbers are achievable. Just not so easy unless the Rams tweak a game plan to help.
It is as if footballing fates have written an allegory about the moral conflict between individual and team goals.
“Whatever it takes to win,” Kupp said, addressing that. “If that means spending more time blocking defensive ends and maybe getting Sony (Michel) to grow to some big gains, that would be huge.”
A win over the Rams (12-4) would claim the NFC West title even if Arizona (11-5) wins Sunday’s game and takes the 2nd seed in the NFC knockouts regardless Tampa Bay (April 12) and Dallas (May 11) do.
Under those circumstances, it’s hard to imagine any player saying he cares more about the record than winning.
But in Kupp’s case, teammates say they have no doubt that he is sincere.
“At the end of the day, that’s what’s interesting about people like Cooper, people like Aaron (Donald),” said Rams top curator Troy Reeder. “It’s all about the wins. It’s a contagious thing. ”
Rams coach Sean McVay said winning the record for Kupp doesn’t necessarily contradict winning the game.
“Do I know where he is in the numbers wise? Yes I. Does that affect the way we plan the game and try to beat a really tough divisional opponent? It won’t,” McVay said.
“But the good thing is that his production often matches our repulsive production, so that’s where you feel like maybe you’ll be able to check the boxes in either case.”
McVay doesn’t completely rule out calling innings to help Kupp get on the record if he’s close and the score is zero, but the coach says he wouldn’t put Kupp at risk of injury.
Kupp, 28, named on his first Pro Bowl team this season, often fails to praise teammates. He was recently asked to pick out his favorite fisherman of the season. He named a catch by Van Jefferson.
On Monday, Kupp spoke about the achievement of the historic receivers he is trying to capture, noting that they have set the record in 16 seasons and he plays 17.
“It won’t carry the same weight for me as it does for those who have done it in a 16-game season,” said Kupp, perhaps becoming the first athlete to wear the capital letter. market to its own potential record. “You have to separate the two of you.”
However, the 17th game carried a lot of weight for Kupp.
“Week 18, play for something as big as a championship and maybe do it as SoFi. he said. “We are very excited about getting that opportunity.
“It’s going to be a fun week.”
McVay said he has spoken with cornerback Jalen Ramsey and the safety of Taylor Rapp since Ramsey threw a stab at his teammate on the field during an argument early on Sunday.
“I spoke to both of those people,” McVay said Monday. “I don’t feel like that’s going to be anything we need to worry about going forward.”
The Rams went on to say there was no malice between the two defensive defenders, who shared the lead role in interception (three each).
“I played football in college with my brother. We probably argued more than anyone else on the team,” said Reeder, whose brother Colby is a support officer at Delaware.
“It happens often, and it all comes down to being the last competitor and wanting (the defense) to be the best.”
The Rams backed the 49ers by 5½ points as the week began. Entering the final week of competition, the Rams are leading 8-7-1 with the difference – 6-7-1 when favored, 2-0 when the team is inferior. … McVay reported a significant injury during Sunday’s game: Defensive defender Nick Scott broke his thumb in the final game and will require surgery on Monday. McVay said Scott could be in a cast and aggressive against the 49ers. … McVay’s pick for “playing the game, no doubt”: Taylor Rapp and Greg Gaines save Ravens’ Latavius Murray for two yards in second at the Rams’ 2-yard line. That helped produce a goal and kept it a 19-14 game with 4:33 remaining, establishing the Rams’ chances of winning. … Matthew Stafford recorded his 34th Q4 comeback and won his 42nd game by leading the Rams against Odell Beckham Jr.’s 7-yard touchdown. with 57 seconds remaining. He’s fifth with Johnny Unitas in the first category, sharing seventh with Matt Ryan in the second. Peyton Manning leads both with 43 and 54 respectively.
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