LOS ANGELES — The Vikings got off the mat on a short turnaround and put up 31 points, but it wasn't enough in a 38-31 loss to the Rams on Thursday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Kirk Cousins completed 36 of 50 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns for a rating of 117.2, but he was hit just before his arm went forward, causing a fumble during a sack by John Franklin-Myers.
Aaron Donald recovered the football, and the Rams were able to run out the clock. Donald had 2.0 sacks, and Ndamukong Suh also had a QB takedown.
Adam Thielen led the Vikings with 135 yards on eight receptions, and Stefon Diggs caught a team-high 11 passes for 123 yards.
Kyle Rudolph had five receptions for 57 yards, Laquon Treadwell added four receptions for 47 yards, including gains of 9 and 13 to move the ball to the Minnesota 48 before the fumble.
Aldrick Robinson caught two touchdowns on his second and third receptions as a Viking.
Jared Goff had a maxed-out NFL passer rating of 158.3 after completing 26 of 33 passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns.
Cooper Kupp led the Rams with nine receptions, 162 yards and two touchdowns. Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 116 yards and a touchdown, and Robert Woods had five receptions for 101 yards and the final touchdown of the game with 1:09 remaining in the third quarter.
Todd Gurley caught four passes for 73 yards and the Rams first touchdown. He also rushed 17 times for 83 yards.
Danielle Hunter recorded his fourth sack of the season, setting a personal record with four consecutive games with at least one sack.
The teams combined for 48 points, 29 first downs and 560 yards in the first half.
Minnesota was 8-for-16 on third downs, but Los Angeles was just 1-for-6. The problem for the Vikings was the Rams success on early downs. Both teams earned 25 first downs.
Minnesota (1-2-1) will have a mini-bye of sorts before traveling to face Philadelphia on Oct. 7.
Los Angeles improved to 4-0.
Q1, 7:55 remaining
Vikings 7, Rams 0
Aldrick Robinson catches a 16-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins (Dan Bailey kick) [13 plays, 75 yards, 7:05]
Big conversions: Minnesota was 3-for-3 on third downs, converting a third-and-7 and a third-and-3 with passes to Thielen before the touchdown occurred on a third-and-10.
Q1 1:55 remaining
Vikings 7, Rams 7
Todd Gurley catches an 8-yard pass from Jared Goff (Sam Ficken kick) [12 plays, 75 yards, 6:00]
Versatile threat: Gurley rushed three times for 13 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards during the drive.
Q2, 10:55 remaining
Vikings 10, Rams 7
Bailey kicks a 37-yard field goal [12 plays, 56 yards, 6:50]
Fourth-and-1, but not fourth-and-2: Cousins converted a fourth-and-1 with a dive through traffic, but the Vikings faced fourth-and-2 four plays later and settled for the field goal.
Q2, 9:28 remaining
Rams 14, Vikings 10
Cooper Kupp catches a 70-yard touchdown from Goff (Ficken kick) [2 plays, 75 yards, 0:37]
Bang-bang: Kupp zipped across the field, cutting quickly and smoothly for a catch with ample running room.
Q2, 8:04 remaining
Vikings 17, Rams 14
Robinson catches a 17-yard touchdown from Cousins (Bailey kick) [3 plays, 75 yards, 1:24]
Quick answer: Cousins had three consecutive completions of 34 to Diggs, 24 to Kyle Rudolph and 17 yards to Robinson.
Q2, 3:47 remaining
Rams 21, Vikings 17
Kupp catches a 19-yard touchdown from Goff (Ficken kick) [4 plays, 71 yards, 1:50]
Perfect placement: Goff had brilliant placement on the pass that was beyond the reach of Trae Waynes.
Q2, 1:26 remaining
Rams 28, Vikings 17
Brandin Cooks catches a 47-yard touchdown from Goff (Ficken kick) [2 plays, 73 yards, 0:15]
Flag football: After Xavier Rhodes was flagged for holding, he kicked the penalty flag and received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Rams took the deep shot to Cooks against Waynes in single coverage on the ensuing play.
Q2, 0:02 remaining
Rams 28, Vikings 20
Bailey kicks a 39-yard field goal [9 plays, 49 yards, 1:24]
At least it was 3: The Vikings were indecisive on using their third timeout after a 13-yard completion to Rudolph with roughly 21 seconds remaining. Minnesota went to the line of scrimmage, but just six seconds remained when Zimmer opted to use the timeout so that Bailey could kick the field goal.
Q3, 5:21 remaining
Rams 31, Vikings 20
Ficken kicks a 34-yard field goal [6 plays, 68 yards, 3:01]
Picked it up: Officials initially threw a flag but picked it up and said no block-in-the-back occurred when Andrew Sendejo was pushed down from behind. The play was a 56-yard gain, but Minnesota responded to limit Los Angeles to a field goal.
Q3, 3:35 remaining
Rams 31, Vikings 28
Thielen catches a 45-yard touchdown from Cousins (Cousins conversion pass to Latavius Murray) [5 plays, 75 yards, 1:46]
Big-time concentration for conversion: Cousins connected with Diggs for a gain of 24 on third-and-10. Diggs was able to collect a pass tipped by Sam Shields.
Q3, 1:09 remaining
Rams 38, Vikings 28
Robert Woods catches a 31-yard touchdown from Goff (Ficken kick) [5 plays, 75 yards, 2:26]
Three to Woods: Out of the 75 yards, Woods had 59 on three receptions.
Q4, 3:46 remaining
Rams 38, Vikings 31
Bailey kicks a 40-yard field goal [9 plays, 58 yards, 4:35]
Scramble drill: Cousins got the Vikings into field-goal range with a 19-yard scramble.
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