3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings-Rams
November 20, 2017 04:27 PM | Craig Peters

The Vikings defeated the Rams 24-7 on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Minnesota won its only home game in a 55-day span and improved to 8-2 ahead of Thursday's game in Detroit.

After allowing a score on the Rams opening possession, Minnesota shut out Los Angeles on its final nine possessions.

Anthony Harris started in place of Andrew Sendejo and forced the game's only turnover with a clutch play.

Latavius Murray found the end zone twice, Adam Thielen broke loose for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown, and Case Keenum won against his former team.

Here are three stats that stood out:

1. Keenum when clean

Analytics site Pro Football Focus calculated that Keenum faced pressure on 40 percent of his dropbacks (16 of 40) and went 8-for-15 for 62 yards for a passer rating of 63.8. The site noted that four of Keenum's incompletions were purposeful throwaways to avoid sacks.

When Keenum was "kept clean" he was 18-for-22 for 225 yards, one touchdown and a passer rating of 124.4.

PFF counted Rams quarterback Jared Goff also facing pressure on 16 of 40 dropbacks. Goff was 5-of-13 passing for 40 yards with a passer rating of 47.0 on such plays.

2. Taking away big plays

The Rams entered the game as the league's leader in points scored per game (32.9 points per game) and with a propensity for big plays.

The Vikings however took away big plays, grounding the Rams aerial attack.

Goff attempted six passes that traveled 20 or more yards in the air and completed one for 23 yards. Goff averaged fewer than 10 yards per completion and 6.1 yards per attempt. He entered the game averaging 13.7 yards per completion and 8.5 yards per attempt in 2017.

Minnesota didn't allow a run of longer than 10 yards for the fourth time this season.

3. Third-down dominance

The Vikings defense was dominant on third downs, allowing the Rams a success rate of just 27 percent (3-for-11).

The Rams entered the game having converted 60 of 126 third downs (47.6).

Los Angeles was 2-for-5 in the first half and 1-for-6 in the second half.

There was a gap of more than 36 minutes of game clock between third-down conversions by the Rams (from 7:01 left in the second quarter to :45 seconds left in the game).

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