Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings - 11/19/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 46 See the Latest Odds
One of the marquee matchups on Sunday sees a pair of division leaders face off as the Los Angeles Rams face off against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Los Angeles Rams come into this one looking to build on their current 4 game winning streak following their 33-7 victory over the Houston Texans last time out. Jared Goff threw for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 of 37 passing, while Todd Gurley II led the Rams in rushing with 68 yards on 11 carries. Robert Woods led the way with 171 yards on 8 receptions with a pair of touchdowns, including a catch-and-run that went 94 yards for a score. Gurley II and Cooper Kupp each logged 6 receptions, while Sammy Watkins added a touchdown grab of his own in the win. Defensively, the Rams combined for 3 sacks, a pair of interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles, both of which the Rams recovered, all while holding Houston to just 283 yards of total offense and a 4 for 12 mark on 3rd down in the win.
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The Minnesota Vikings will look to keep adding to their current 5 game winning streak after winning their last outing over Washington by a final score of 38-30 to improve to 7-2 this season. Case Keenum threw for 304 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pair of interceptions, while Latavius Murray led Minnesota with 68 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Adam Thielen led the team with 8 catches for 166 yards and a touchdown, while Stefon Diggs caught 4 balls for 78 yards and a TD grab of his own. Kyle Rudolph recorded 5 catches, while Jarius Wright and David Morgan each caught a touchdown pass in the winning effort. Defensively, Danielle Hunter logged a sack while Mackensie Alexander put up an interception, giving up 394 yards of total offense and a 5 for 14 mark on 3rd down to the Redskins in the win.
Los Angeles is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Minnesota is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record and 21-6 ATS in their last 27 home games while the under is 9-4 in their last 13 games following a win. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This has the potential to be the game of the week between a pair of explosive offenses. And while Minnesota is a tough place to go on the road and win, I think we are getting points with the better and more consistent offense. Los Angeles also has a thinner margin for error in the division race as they face New Orleans next week and have a road date with the Seahawks in a game that could decide the division in a month. I also think it doesn’t help Minnesota putting it in the air that Case Keenum may lose his starting job to Teddy Bridgewater. Some may call that strategy forcing the Rams to prepare for two different quarterbacks, I call it a distraction. Give me the Rams and the points here.