Minnesota Vikings Vs Los Angeles Rams: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Thursday, September 27, 8:20 pm Eastern Time
LA Memorial Coliseum Stadium
The Rams look to keep their undefeated streak going, while the Vikes attempt to rebound after a tumultuous loss, as we kick off week 4.
The Rams, now your odds-on favorites to win the Super Bowl, have been as good, maybe better than advertised. They took care of their Los Angeles foes a week ago, handily defeating the Chargers 35-23. While the Rams are feeling great, the Vikes – not so much. After looking like one of the better teams to begin the season, they got caught sleeping against a less-superior Bills team a week ago. We’ll look at that as a wash for now and expect Minnesota to get the ball rolling again this week, as they are too talented of a team. The game got out of hand way too quickly vs. Buffalo, and Minnesota was never able to establish a run game, only attempting 4 designed runs all game. The run game could get a boost this week from Dalvin Cook’s possible return from injury, as he is currently day-to-day with a hamstring.
Look for all-pro Xavier Rhodes to shadow speedster Brandin Cooks, freeing fellow Rams’ receiver Robert Woods to do damage against Trae Waynes, who is currently hobbled with an ankle injury. While Minnesota’s defense was gashed to the tune of 128 yards by a Chris Ivory led ground attack, the Vikings still posses one of the league’s best front 7’s in football, which could cause a tough day for Todd Gurley.
The Vikings’ big play receivers should keep them in the game, as the Rams’ top two corners, Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters are both unlikely to play with injuries. Overall the game should be close, and an upset isn’t out of the question, yet I think LA and their plethora of weapons will ultimately put them over the edge.
Score prediction: Rams 31-28
Don’t let one week of bad play cloud your judgement. Minnesota’s roster is capable of going toe to toe with LA’s. While Minnesota’s offense isn’t Rams level of explosiveness, they aren’t a unit to sleep on. The Vikings defense is the best the Rams have faced, and one of the best they will face all year.
The loss of Aqib Talib, and Marcus Peters for LA is a major blow, and one that will be evident come Thursday night.
Sean McVay is too talented of a play caller for his Rams not to have their way offensively, evident by their 34 points a game over the first three weeks. Minnesota will be without defensive end Everson Griffen, as he is dealing with off the field matters, allowing Jared Goff even more time to find his multitude of weapons.
Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen should eat against reserve defensive backs. Expect a high scoring affair.
Head to Head
Minnesota holds a 6-4 edge over Los Angeles in the last 10 meetings, and has swept the Rams in the last 3 with an average score of 26.3 to 10.3.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 8 road games.
- MIN is 5-0 ATS (against the spread) when playing the LA Rams.
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA’s last 9 games.
- LA ranks third in the NFL with 34 ppg.
- MIN WR Adam Thielen ranks 2nd in the NFL with 32 receptions, and 4th in receiving yards with 338.