TV ratings boom for Vikings-Rams on TNF

By Jesse Reed
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The Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams put on quite a show Thursday night in a game that ultimately saw the Rams win, 38-31.

Offense was on display in copious amounts, as both teams combined for 1,002 yards. Jared Goff was practically perfect, completing 26-of-33 passes for 465 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Kirk Cousins wasn’t to blame for Minnesota’s loss, either, putting up 422 yards and three touchdowns through the air.

All the offense drew fans to the game like moths to a flame, as NFL Communications has announced Thursday night’s game drew 15.1 million viewers on all platforms. This marks a six-percent increase in viewership compared to last year’s 10-game average.

Imagine that? An entertaining game was watched by a lot of people.

Unfortunately, the Thursday night slate of games has all too often produced some awful games the past few years. There are some more good ones (on paper, at least) in store for NFL fans in the coming weeks. Next up is the Indianapolis Colts visiting the New England Patriots. Hopefully these two AFC teams can do a bit better than they have done recently to give fans something worth tuning for.