Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) at Los Angeles Rams (3-0)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 8:20 pm (Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum)
The Line: Los Angeles Rams -6.5 -- Over/Under: 49 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Los Angeles Rams meet Thursday in NFL action at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The Minnesota Vikings could use a statement road victory here to rebound from an odd 1-1-1 start to the NFL season. The Minnesota Vikings haven’t lost back-to-back regular season games since December of 2016. Kirk Cousins is completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 965 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 526 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 13 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 66 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 78 yards on 26 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 24 points and 323.3 yards per game. Harrison Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings with 20 tackles, Danielle Hunter has three sacks and Xavier Rhodes has one interception.
The Los Angeles Rams look to remain one of the few unbeaten teams in the league and improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2001 season. The Los Angeles Rams have won six of their last 10 home games. Jared Goff is completing 70.3 percent of his passes for 941 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Goff has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods have combined for 558 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Cooper Kupp has 15 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 133.7 yards per contest, and Todd Gurley leads the way with 255 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 12 points and 296 yards per game. Cory Littleton leads the Los Angeles Rams with 26 tackles, Michael Brockers has one sack and Marcus Peters has one interception.
The Vikings are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in September, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC and 43-21 ATS in their last 64 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 4, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the favorite is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off the worst loss of the season for any team, and they're one of the more banged up teams in the league. On the other side, the Los Angeles Rams have two banged up starting cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Health is key for these Thursday night games and both sides will be dealing with a roster shake up. As for the game itself, I'm not ready to bail on the Vikings because of one poor performance, as they're still one of the more talented teams in the league and have the athletic, aggressive defense to slow down this explosive Rams offense. The Minnesota Vikings have covered 13 of their last 17 games when an underdog of at least three points. The Los Angeles Rams have covered seven of their last nine games when a favorite of at least three points. The bottom line is I like to side with free points in these weird Thursday night games, and it just so happens we're getting nearly a free touchdown with a legit Super Bowl contender. Even on the road, I'm not sure how you pass that up.