Two of the top projected NFC teams will matchup in week four of the NFL season. The Los Angeles Rams will host the Minnesota Vikings for a showdown on Thursday Night Football. The Rams come into this game with a 3-0 record, while the Vikings are currently 1-1-1.
The Rams are off to a dominant start in their second season in Los Angeles. The Rams have beat the Raiders, Cardinals, and Chargers already this season, and won each game in convincing fashion. The Vikings have had a strange start to their 2018 season. They beat the 49ers in the opener, tied the Packers in week two, and then were blown out by the Buffalo Bills in week three. The Rams are a seven-point favorite in this game.
Goff Impressive Through Three Weeks
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff has put up terrific numbers through three games so far this season. Goff has completed over 70 percent of his passes in 2018 and is averaging over 305 passing yards a game. The dual-threat quarterback has been getting the ball to the offensive weapons around him this season, and the Rams offense has been one of the best in football.
Defensively, the Rams are ranked first in the NFL in total points allowed. Los Angeles has given up just 12 points per game, and they have one of the deepest and most talented defensive units in football. The Rams defense could be without two of their top players in this game. Aqib Talib has been ruled out on Thursday night, and cornerback Marcus Peters is listed as questionable. The Rams should still have enough talent on defense to slow down the Vikings.
Vikings Defense Can’t Get Stops
The Minnesota Vikings were the top defensive team in the NFL last season, but they have not found the same success this season. Statistically, the Vikings are in the middle of the pack in most categories, but Minnesota can’t get critical stops when needed. Minnesota has given up 24.0 points per game this season, and they will be without a key defensive player in this game. Defensive end Everson Griffen is out while dealing with mental health issues, and his loss will have an impact on the Vikings.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook could miss his second straight game on Thursday night against the Rams. In Cook’s absence the Vikings managed to gain just 14 yards on the ground in their week three loss to the Bills. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown seven touchdowns and just two interceptions in his first season in a Vikings uniform.
Rams Keep On Winning
This game should be a battle of the top teams in the NFC, but the Vikings have too many question marks at this time. Minnesota has been inconsistent on both sides of the ball this season, and their record is a reflection of that.
The Los Angeles Rams have been explosive on offense, and dominant on defense so far this season. Todd Gurley and Jared Goff have been putting up big numbers on offense, and this trend should continue against the Vikings. Look for the Rams to roll to another victory on Thursday night. Bet the Los Angeles Rams -7.0 in this game.
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