Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams - 9/7/14
Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1) at St. Louis Rams (7-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Edward Jones Dome)
The Line: St. Louis Rams -3.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5 See the Latest Odds
The Rams head into life without Sam Bradford for the second straight season as they host the Minnesota Vikings in week one action.
The Vikings are coming off a disappointing 5-10-1 season in which they finished in the basement of the NFC North division but are optimistic for a turnaround with Norv Turner at the helm as the offensive coordinator. It is no secret that the Vikes are largely successful via the run game as Adrian Peterson continues to be one of the premier players in the NFL and was quoted as saying that under Turner’s regime this is the offensive system he has been waiting for which should give Vikings fans goosebumps. The quarterback carousel should be in full force though as it looks like Matt Cassel will be the week one starter but rookie draft pick Teddy Bridgewater has played well in the preseason and is perhaps the favourite to take the most snaps this year especially if Minny stumbles out of the gate. Cordarrelle Paterson looks as though he is the next big wide receiver to don the purple and gold and with a lot of hype surrounding him this year don’t be surprised to see the sophomore break out in a big way and be the go to guy for either Cassel or Bridgewater this season.
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The St. Louis Rams meanwhile were considered to be a dark horse pick in the NFC this season but that was before losing former number one overall pick Sam Bradford to a re-torn ACL that will sideline him for the entire season. The Rams have a pretty solid offense led by Zac Stacy in the back field and the acquisition of Kenny Britt to go alongside Tavon Austin should give new starting quarterback Shaun Hill some options through the air and with Jake Long leaving Miami to come to St. Louis it should give Hill plenty of time to see those options. Defensively, the Rams are solid and have one of the best secondary’s in football and in a division with the Seahawks, Niners, and Cardinals it comes as no surprise that the Rams went out and added some pieces to an already strong unit. This is one of the toughest games on the board for me as the best player in the game is wearing purple and could seal this one himself but on the other hand I think the Rams are the deeper team and will be doing everything in their power to alleviate any concerns of losing Bradford. I am not so hot on this game but if I had to I would lean in favour of the home side to do enough to get past Minnesota by more than a field goal.