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Rams knew the Steelers would target Cooper Kupp

After racking up 220 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp had zero receiving yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers. His recent outing raised a fair share of eyebrows around Los Angeles about the lack of production and how he was slowed down.

According to Rams coach Sean McVay, the Steelers had a gameplan going in to take away Kupp, which they worked to perfection.

“[T]here were some instances where they were doubling him,” McVay told reporters on Wednesday, via Pro Football Talk. “You could see in some of those known passing situations, they were very aware of where he was at. That was something that we kind of anticipated. You’ve got a lot of confidence in Cooper, he did a couple things. There’s a couple plays that I think he would say he could do better on as well. That’s kind of part of the game. You’ve got to be ready to have other guys step up if that’s what the opposing defense activates. That’s why we do have five eligibles. If it’s not one of them, then the other four, we’ve got confidence to separate and get them the football.”

The questions around the Rams have surrounded Kupp and his disappointing game but there are a lot more issues on the offense right now than just Kupp. The long-term outlook of quarterback Jared Goff and running back Todd Gurley should be on the top of the minds of Rams faithful.

The Rams offense is in for another big test against the Chicago Bears defense on Sunday. It’s going to take a total team effort from everyone to get the job done. At this point in the season, it is a must-win game for the Rams. Kupp and the offense is going to need to be more than competent to get the job done.