The biggest game in the NFL this week features two teams that weren’t expected to do much this season. The NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams, who are tied for the second best record in the NFL this season, will take on the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings, who have the same 7-2 record. The game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is scheduled to begin at 1 PM. ET.
Rams vs Vikings Odds
Point Spread and Over/Under
- Rams +2.5
- Vikings -2.5
- Over/Under 46
Los Angeles Rams Analysis…
The Rams have gone from the laughing stock of the NFC West to the best team in the division thanks to smart moves by their front office.
Last year, quarterback Jared Goff, who was selected with the number one overall pick, didn’t look ready for the NFL, and some experts had started saying he would end up being a bust.
After an outstanding rookie season, running back Todd Gurley regressed behind a bad offensive line, and finished with 885 yards and six touchdowns.
This season, Goff and Gurley are leading the charge for the Rams, who currently have the top scoring offense in the league and the 4th best defense as well, making them the most complete team in the NFL this season.
After losing the second game of the season, the Rams have won six of their last seven games and are a team nobody wants to see in the playoffs.
Minnesota Vikings Analysis…
The Vikings were expected to finish behind the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the NFC North, especially after releasing Adrian Peterson during the offseason, and losing his replacement in the second game of the season.
Despite the injuries the Vikings have dealt with, they are still one of the best teams in the league and are still fighting for the top seed in the playoffs.
Interestingly, the catalyst behind Minnesota’s success this season is former Rams quarterback Case Keenum, who lost his starting job to Goff after the Rams selected the rookie with the number one pick.
Despite not getting a fair chance to compete for the starting job with the Rams, Keenum said he doesn’t have any hard feelings about how things ended, and has no issues with Goff.
If the Vikings want to pull off the victory, their defense will have to live up to the hype and slow down the best offense in the league. If they can keep the Rams below 21 points, their offense should be able to put up enough points for the win.
The Vikings will give the Rams all they can handle, but Los Angeles will get a close win. Take the Rams +2.5.
Play: Rams +2.5