Cooper Kupp Return Spoiled by Eagles

It had been 336 days since the last time the Los Angeles Rams had quarterback Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp play together. That Stafford-Kupp drought ended on Sunday as the latter made his return from a hamstring injury that he suffered early into training camp and sidelined him for the first four games of the season. However, Sunday didn’t end happily as the Philadelphia Eagles managed to play spoilers, walking out of SoFi Stadium with a 23-14 win.


As you can imagine, with the prolonged absence of Kupp, the expectations rose in the leadup to Sunday’s game versus the Eagles. … And not only did the Super Bowl-winning duo pick up where they left off, they exceeded expectations. It didn’t take long for the Rams to reinstall Kupp as their No. 1 playmaker, as Stafford looked his way six times on the opening drive, connecting on five of those to the tune of 56 yards before Stafford found TuTu Atwell for a three-yard touchdown

Then, after working the middle of the field as a facilitator in the short to intermediate passing game on the opening drive, Kupp demonstrated that, despite missing weeks due to a hamstring ailment, he can still be a deep threat, hauling in a 39-yard pass from Stafford

While Kupp went on to finish the loss with eight receptions for 118 yards, it didn’t mean the standout rookie receiver Puka Nacua wasn’t kept busy. As coach Sean McVay promised in the leadup to Sunday, Nacua remained a feature in the offense, finishing second on the team in receiving with 71 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions. Yet, even with the standout performances from their new receiving duo, the Rams didn’t have enough to hand the Eagles their first defeat of the season.

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