Rams vs. Vikings Spread Prediction
The Vikings suffered one of the biggest upset losses in the past three decades last Sunday when they fell to the Bills as 16.5-point home favorites. Will they rebound on Thursday night when they visit the Rams at 8:20 p.m. ET?
8:20 p.m. ET, Thursday, September 27
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Rams are 7-point favorites to beat the Vikings. The total, meanwhile, sits at 48.5 points. As of this writing, 56% of the public betting tickets are on the Rams to cover the point spread.
Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Football Note
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings are "optimistic" Dalvin Cook (hamstring, questionable) will play Thursday night against the Rams. Cook appeared on track after getting in limited sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday. Schefter cautions the Vikings will still put Cook through the paces in pre-game warmups to make sure, but it looks like he will be active. Going up against a soft run defense and unlikely to be scripted out of the game because of his passing-game usage, Cook will be a fringe RB1 if he is active.
L.A. Rams Fantasy Football Note
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Rams CB Marcus Peters (calf, questionable) is unlikely to play Thursday night against the Vikings. It means the Rams will be without their top two cornerbacks after Aqib Talib was placed on injured reserve with an ankle issue earlier this week. The Rams will turn to Sam Shields, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Troy Hill at corner. This is quietly a pretty good spot for the Vikings' passing attack.
NFL Betting Trends
The Vikings are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games versus the Rams.
The favorite has covered the spread in eight of the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
Some may believe that the Vikings were caught looking ahead when they lost to the Bills last Sunday. That may have been a factor but the bottom line is that Buffalo put a ton of pressure on QB Kirk Cousins, who couldn’t take advantage of a banged-up Bills secondary. That’s going to be the case again tonight. The Rams boast one of the best interior defensive lines in the league thanks to the defensive tackle combination of Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald. The Rams have their own injury issues at cornerback but I see this game playing out the exact same way as that Vikings-Bills game where Minnesota can’t move the ball and Cousins is constantly harassed. With the Vikings’ best pass-rush out (Everson Griffen), I also like the revenge-seeking Rams to move the ball consistently versus Minnesota’s defense.
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