Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods lead the league in red zone targets

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Cooper Kupp has been the best receiver in football this season, leading the league in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019) and touchdown catches (10). Robert Woods has lagged behind, like every other wideout in the NFL, but he still put together a strong first half of the season. He has 45 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns, ranking second on the Rams in those categories.

Woods has scored less than half the touchdowns that Kupp has but he’s had opportunities in the red zone, just as Kupp has. With how frequently the Rams throw the ball in the red zone, Kupp and Woods lead the NFL in red zone targets.

Kupp has been targeted 21 times, with Woods ranking second (16) and Tyler Higbee tied for fourth (13).

Kupp has caught 14 of his 21 red zone targets, scoring nine touchdowns in the red area. Woods has caught nine of his 16 targets with four touchdowns, while Higbee has eight red zone receptions and two touchdowns.

Even with how often Matthew Stafford throws the ball inside the 20, Darrell Henderson Jr. is still getting chances to score touchdowns, too. He’s tied for fifth in the NFL with seven carries inside the 5-yard line, scoring four times on those attempts. Jonathan Taylor leads the league with 15 such carries but he’s only scored three times.

These numbers are mostly relevant in fantasy football where owners want to know how many opportunities their players are getting to score. However, it’s also an illustration of the Rams’ tendencies when reaching the red zone. Clearly, Kupp has been Stafford’s favorite target near the end zone, just as he has been everywhere else on the field.

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