With Cooper Kupp still listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Rams should still feel confident if they’re forced to play without the wideout.
It’s hard to believe the beginning of November is next week, and if the first half of the regular season is any indication of what’s in store, the Los Angeles Rams should continue to be one of the top teams to beat in the NFC.
Between winning the NFC West in 2017 along with being one of the big winners from the offseason thanks to key additions like Ndamukong Suh and Brandin Cooks, expectations seemed to be higher than ever for the Rams heading into this season.
Through seven games, there’s no question Los Angeles has been able to live up to the hype when seeing how they head into Sunday’s meeting with the Green Bay Packers as the only undefeated team remaining in the NFL at 7-0.
Only time will tell when it comes to whether this magic will continue for the Rams since the pressure of remaining undefeated is never easy to deal with, but if they can finish with the top seed in the NFC while suffering one or two losses in the process, this would be completely fine.
But before looking that far ahead, all eyes will be on Sunday’s contest against Green Bay since this may be the toughest task for Los Angeles to date when looking at the high-powered offense Aaron Rodgers and company will bring to the table. Not to mention, there’s still a chance that Cooper Kupp could be watching from the sidelines for a second week in a row.
Despite making great progress throughout the week, Kupp was still listed as doubtful on Friday for the game against the Packers, which shouldn’t be surprising since a MCL sprain is nothing to mess with.
Then again at first glance, Kupp’s injury seemed to be a lot worse at the time during the team’s win over the Denver Broncos two weeks ago, so in a way, the Rams should just be thankful he’s even in the conversation of possibly playing.
Facing a talented team like the Packers means the Rams are going to need all of the fire power they can get on offense, but as devastating as it would be to play without Kupp for a second week in a row, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
With a dynamic duo in Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks along with other receivers in Josh Reynolds and Nick Williams looking for more of an opportunity to shine, Los Angeles is the kind of team that would be able to get by again without Kupp if needed, even against Green Bay.
If anything, if the Rams wanted to focus on what would be the most important in a situation like this, they would want to make sure Kupp takes as much time needed to fully recover so when he does return, there’s no concern over aggravating the injury.