8 crazy stats from Rams’ 30-23 win over Cardinals

When the Rams needed a win most, they delivered by beating the 10-2 Cardinals on the road Monday night. Despite being short-handed, Los Angeles won 30-23 at State Farm Stadium, pulling within one game of the division lead.

Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald helped carry the team without Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Higbee and four other starters, putting together arguably the best performances of the season. They each made some history, too, whether personal records or league-wide ones.

Here are eight crazy stats from Monday night’s win by the Rams.

Kupp ties 70-year record for most consecutive 90-yard games

The Cardinals slowed Cooper Kupp down in their first meeting, limiting him to five catches for 64 yards – the only game in which he didn’t have at least seven catches for 90 yards. But he got the best of the Cards this time, catching a career-high 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, maintaining his lead for the receiving triple crown.

With his ninth straight 90-yard game, Kupp tied Michael Irvin and Odell Beckham Jr. for the most consecutive games with at least 90 yards in the last 70 seasons. Beckham did it in 2014 with the Giants and Irvin accomplished it in 1995 with the Cowboys.

Kupp will have a chance to break that record next week against the Seahawks, who he caught seven passes for 92 yards against in Week 5.

Stafford’s first victory vs. a team 5 games above .500

Matthew Stafford has been in the NFL for almost 13 full seasons, yet Monday night was the first time he beat a truly good team. It makes this game arguably the best win of his career, given the circumstances and magnitude of it.

It was also his first win ever against a team that was at least five games above .500. That’s hard to believe, but it’s true. He was 0-17 prior to beating the 10-2 Cardinals, the worst record by any quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

Kupp is first player to catch a pass from every pre-snap position

This is an obscure stat, but it’s absolutely one worth mentioning because it shows the versatility of Kupp in this Rams offense. He caught 13 passes against the Cardinals, and they came from seven different positions on the field.

Kupp is the first player in the Next Gen Stats era, which dates back to 2016, to catch a pass from all seven pre-snap alignments. He had receptions from in tight, out of the backfield, in the slot and out wide, showing just how dynamic he is as a pass catcher.

Here’s a breakdown of his route tree and receptions by pre-snap alignment.

Beckham scores in 3 straight games for first time since 2015

Odell Beckham Jr. had scored in each of his last two games with the Rams, catching a deep pass against the Packers and a short fade against the Jaguars. He made it three straight with yet another score on Monday night, hauling in a quick slant for a 2-yard touchdown.

It’s his first time scoring in three straight games since 2015, proving he’s still a playmaker at wide receiver. He finished the game with six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Donald’s 15 pressures are most by any player this season

Aaron Donald earned the highest PFF grade of his career last week against the Jaguars. He was unquestionably better against the Cardinals on Monday night and is deserving of a grade close to 100.0.

According to PFF, Donald registered 15 pressures against the Cardinals, which is the most by any player in a single game this season. He finished with five tackles, three sacks, three QB hits, three tackles for a loss and a tipped pass that resulted in an interception.

Stafford’s two deep shots each had a completion probability of 21%

Stafford hit a rough patch during the Rams’ three-game losing streak but he’s gotten back on track – and he was outstanding against the Cardinals. He completed two deep passes to Kupp and Van Jefferson that few quarterbacks could have made, each traveling more than 50 yards in the air.

His pass to Kupp for 44 yards on the deep crosser had a completion probability of 21%, but he put it in a perfect spot.

His 52-yard touchdown pass to Jefferson traveled 58.1 yards in the air and coincidentally also had a completion probability of 21%, according to Next Gen Stats.

Those passes ranked eighth and ninth in completion probability for all passes in Week 14, showing just how difficult those two throws were.

Donald breaks Rams record for games with 3-plus sacks

Donald is already destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day and he continues to pad his resume as one of the best players in Rams history. With his three-sack performance against the Cardinals, he broke the franchise record for the most games (6) with at least three sacks. The previous record was held by Kevin Greene and Robert Quinn, who each had five such games with the Rams.

Donald now has 10 sacks on the season, his fifth straight year with double-digit sacks and six in the last seven seasons. The NFL record for consecutive seasons with 10-plus sacks is held by Reggie White with nine, but Donald is the only active player with at least five such seasons, sitting tied for ninth all-time. That’s incredible for a defensive tackle.

Rams have 5 straight winning seasons for first time since the ‘70s

By securing their ninth win of the season, the Rams have guaranteed that they will finish above .500 for the fifth year in a row under Sean McVay. That’s not a franchise record, but it is the first time the Rams have had a winning record five years in a row since they did it in eight straight years from 1973-1980.

Prior to McVay’s arrival, the Rams didn’t have even four straight years of winning records since 1983-1986. Needless to say, he’s turned this franchise around.