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Thursday Night Football: Vikings vs. Rams Preview and Pick

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Rams Look to Stay Undefeated Against Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings collide with the Los Angeles Rams in a must-watch Thursday Night Football game. These are two of the best teams in the NFC. It should be explosive and fun to watch.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Los Angeles Rams Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

Thursday, September 27 at 8:15 PM ET

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Odds: The Rams are 6.5-point favorites. The total is at 49.


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Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings  are just 1-1-1 in the early going.  They are 1.5 games behind the Bears in the NFC North. They look to getting back on track from last Sunday’s tough 27-6 home loss against the Bills. It won’t be easy, especially against a Rams team that’s playing very well.

After falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter against the Bills, the Vikings decided to abandon the run. They put the entire offense on Kirk Cousins’ shoulders. Cousins completed 40 of 55 passes for 296 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

He did fumble the ball three times, losing two of them. Minnesota had just 14 rushing yards on six carries. Early turnovers and a one-dimensional offense hurt them. If Minnesota wants to win this game, Kirk Cousins has to protect the ball better and avoid mistakes.

The Vikings are averaging 305.7 passing yards, which is 4th in the NFL. Their 66.0 rushing yards, puts them 31st. Minnesota ranks 22nd with 19.7 points per game and 17th with 24.0 points against.

Kirk Cousins has passed for 965 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Dalvin Cook has 78 rushing yards on 26 carries. Adam Thielen has 32 receptions for 338 yards and one touchdown.

Harrison Smith has 20 tackles, two sacks and one interception. Danielle Hunter has three sacks.

Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have looked well in their 3-0 start. BUT they haven’t faced tough competition yet and the Vikings will be their biggest test so far.

Jared Goff had his best game of the season in Sunday’s 35-23 win against the Chargers. He completed 29 of 36 passes for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Todd Gurley II also shined, rushing for 105 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries while catching five passes for 51 yards.

Los Angeles has a balanced offense so they will have no problem putting points on the board. Their defense needs to apply as much pressure as possible on Kirk Cousins.

If they can keep Minnesota’s offense in check they will have a great shot to win this game.

The Rams are averaging 305.7 passing yards (4th in the NFL) and 133.7 rushing yards (6th). Los Angeles ranks 4th with 34.0 points per game and 1st with 12.0 points against.

Jared Goff has passed for 941 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Todd Gurley II has 255 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries. Brandin Cooks has 19 catches for 336 receiving yards.

Cory Littleton has 26 tackles and one interception and Michael Brockers has nine tackles and one sack.

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NFL Trends:

The Minnesota Vikings are:

4-9 ATS in their last 13 games on grass

2-6 ATS in their last eight road games against a team with a winning home record

1-4 ATS in their last five games against NFC opponents

0-4 ATS against a team with a winning record

The Los Angeles Rams are:

4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 4

4-1 ATS in their last five games against teams with a losing record

6-2 ATS in their last eight games in September

5-2 ATS in their last seven games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game

The favorite is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The Rams are a perfect 3-0 ATS so far and their talented offense that ranks fourth in the league. They will be going up against a Vikings defense that has allowed 56 points in the last two games.

Minnesota hasn’t been able to run the ball consistently or take good care of it so I’ll lay the points with Los Angeles.

NFL Pick: Rams -6.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports

Check odds here: https://goo.gl/dVwAAb

Odds as seen on ESPN Chalk: https://goo.gl/ji6GJZ

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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