Vikings Flashback: Minnesota handles Los Angeles in 2017

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Adam Thielen
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Adam Thielen /

The last time the Los Angeles Rams visited U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings left their home field with an impressive victory.

On Sunday, the 10-4 Los Angeles Rams and 7-7 Minnesota Vikings are set to face off on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings lead the all-time series between the two teams 27-17-2.

Minnesota is currently on a two-winning streak, and if the season were to end today, they would have the No. 7 and final seed in the NFC. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints have the same record as the Vikings after 15 weeks, but they are both currently behind Minnesota in the standings due to various tiebreakers.

A playoff berth would certainly be better than nothing for the Vikings, but this season has still been a disappointment. Yes, Minnesota has been hit hard by injuries lately, and they could have won fewer games, but they also could have won a few more games.

Sunday against the Rams will be a difficult matchup for the Vikings to win. It won’t be impossible, but difficult, especially without Dalvin Cook out after he was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Next week, Minnesota travels to face the Green Bay Packers. So the Vikings have a very tough two-game stretch in front of them.

Minnesota Vikings get a big win over the Los Angeles Rams in 2017

The last time Minnesota defeated Los Angeles happened in Week 11 of the 2017 season. The Vikings won by a final score of 24-7.

Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum completed 27-of-38 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown. Latavius Murray rushed 95 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Adam Thielen caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown while Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 58 yards. Safety Anthony Harris led the Vikings’ defense with a team-high seven tackles.

For the Rams, quarterback Jared Goff completed 23-of-37 passes for 225 yards. Robert Woods caught eight passes for 81 yards while Cooper Kupp caught six for 64 yards. Los Angeles linebacker Alec Ogletree had a game-high 12 tackles.

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With the win, Minnesota improved to 8-2 on the season and Los Angeles fell to 7-3. The Vikings finished the 2017 season with a 13-3 record, while the Rams ended their year at 11-5.