Los Angeles Rams (7-2) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 19, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 46
The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Los Angeles Rams look for a fifth straight victory to build on their lead in the NFC West. The Los Angeles Rams have won five of their last eight road games. Jared Goff is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,385 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Goff has seven touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last three games. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp have combined for 1,039 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Todd Gurley has 35 receptions. The Los Angeles Rams ground game is averaging 128.8 yards per contest, and Gurley leads the way with 754 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 18 points and 322.1 yards per game. Mark Barron leads the Los Angeles Rams with 63 tackles, Aaron Donald has five sacks and Nickell Robey-Coleman has two interceptions.
The Minnesota Vikings look to build on their five-game winning streak and their lead in the NFC North. The Minnesota Vikings have won five of their last six home games. Case Keenum is completing 64.9 percent of his passes for 1,914 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Keenum has six touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,293 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 37 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 118 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 354 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 18.3 points and 294.6 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 71 tackles, Everson Griffen has 10 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
The Rams are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. NFC, 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games on fieldturf and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Vikings are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 37-15 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Rams are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings, the favorite is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
You could make a case for either one of these teams, as they're both in great form, rely on terrific defenses and have offenses that have been putting points on the board consistently as of late. This game likely comes down to which offensive line holds up more, as these defenses are both one of the best at sacking the quarterback and creating game changing plays. Overall, the Rams have been the more consistent team, and I trust Goff and this offense to have more success than I do Keenum and banged up weapons. Keenum has made plays the last couple of weeks, but Goff has been on a different level almost all season and forces defenses to respect the deep ball. That's only going to open up the running game and is also an offense that should thrive in the dome on a fast track. I simply think we're getting free points with the better team. Give me the Rams and the free digits, please.