Vikings vs. Rams Week 4 Betting OddsLine: Rams -6.5
The 1-1-1 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 3-0 Rams in this week 4 Thursday night matchup. Both teams won on opening weekend but since have gone in very different directions. The Rams remained unbeaten with a 35-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams last week. It was their third straight game scoring at least 33 points and they have now outscored their opponents by a combined 102 – 36 margin. After beating the 49ers in week 1 the Vikings are winless. They tied against Green Bay in week 2 and were humiliated last week at home against the Buffalo Bills by the score of 27-6. They were without running back Dalvin Cook who missed the game with a hamstring Injury and his status for this game is still undecided. The Rams offense has been superb so far and last week was no different as they put up 525 yards against the Chargers. Quarterback Jared Goff shined with a passer rating of 123.8. He completed 29 of 36 passes for 354 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. His favorite target was Robert Woods who had 10 catches for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Rams had 5 different receivers catch passes that gained at least 20 yards. Todd Gurley led the run game 105 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries while also catching 5 passes for another 51 yards. Defensively, they played decent as they recovered 2 fumbles, had 2 sacks and 2 tackles for losses. If there was a negative for the defense, its they allowed the Chargers to gain 141 yards on just 20 carries which is an average of over 7 yards per run. The Vikings offense scored 53 points in the first 2 games but managed just 6 against the Bills. Kirk Cousins finished with a quarterback rating of just 10 despite throwing the ball 55 times. He completed 40 of those passes for 296 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception while also losing 2 fumbles. His favorite target was Adam Thielen who had 14 catches for 105 yards. Their run game was non-existent as the team gained just 14 yards on 6 carries. Defensively, there were not able to force a turnover and sacked Josh Allen 3 times. They were solid against the run as they allowed the Bills to gain 128 yards on 38 carries which is an average of 3.4 yards per run. The Rams will have home field advantage in this game and are favored by 6.5 points. They have also covered the spread in all 3 wins while the Vikings have gone just 1-2 against the spread so far. Cornerback Marcus Peters suffered a calf strain last week and is listed as doubtful for the Rams this week. The Vikings are coming off one of the worst losses in franchise history and will be looking to get back on track. Meanwhile, the Rams are playing great football and no team has yet been able to slow down their potent offense.
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