Jared Goff has come close this season to living up to his college nickname of “Mr. Perfect,” but the Vikings are determined to rattle him. Taken with the top pick in the 2016 draft out of California, Goff has led the Los Angeles Rams to a 7-2 mark and has thrown 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions. But on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, he will run into a formidable Minnesota defense. “We’ve got to go out there, execute our game plan and do our job and be aggressive, and we can affect this quarterback,’’ defensive tackle Tom Johnson said Friday. “He’s going to throw picks, he’s going to get irritated.” The Vikings (7-2) are looking to put pressure on Goff, who has been sacked just 13 times this season. In the Rams’ only two losses this season, pressure on Goff was a factor. He was sacked twice and threw an interception in a 27-20 Week 2 loss to Washington, and he was dumped twice and threw two picks in a 16-10 loss to Seattle in Week 5. “It’s important every week just getting (quarterbacks) off their spot,” Minnesota safety Harrison Smith said. “It helps us on the back end. Our guys up front do a great job.” The Vikings have 25 sacks this season but just one in last Sunday’s 38-30 win at Washington. One reason for that was the absence of defensive end Everson Griffen, who has 10 sacks this year and missed the game because of a foot injury.
Vikings aim to rattle Rams QB Jared Goff in critical NFC showdown
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 18