TNF Predictions

We have a Thursday night match up tonight between two teams who many thought at the beginning of the season would be competing to represent the NFC in the Super bowl.

With the Rams they have looked very much like the juggernaut everyone thought they would be heading into the season. They are 3-0 against the spread this year and have put up 30 points on offense in every contest so far this year. With the Vikings it’s all about whether last week against the Bills was an aberration or whether it was a sign that they might not be as good as we originally thought. Since the Minneapolis Miracle, the Vikings are 1-3-1, with their lone win coming against the 49ers who haven’t looked all that great to start off the season. Along with their concerning performance against Buffalo last week they have also had to deal with the mental health of pro-bowl defensive end Everson Griffen.

Last week against Buffalo the Vikings managed just 14 yards rushing and were forced to throw the ball 55 times. Right now Dalvin Cook is listed as questionable for the game and if he is unable to play I expect the Vikings to continue to struggle with their rushing offense. Cousins was under consistent pressure against the Bills last week and against the Rams front I expect that trend to continue. As for the Rams, they will more than likely be without their top two corners in Marcus Peters and Aquib Talib, which isn’t what you want going against one of the more productive receiving duos in the NFL over the past 2 years. Along with Peters and Talib facing injuries they will also be without Marc Barron and Kicker Greg Zuerlein. Kicking has already been a big factor in games early in the year for the Vikings and with Greg the Leg being out for the Rams it’s something to keep an eye on tonight. The spread for this one is currently LAR -7 and the O/U is at 49, up from 47 where it opened. I like the over in this match up, like I said earlier the Rams haven’t scored less than 30 in a game all year and the Vikings have the ability to put up points against a banged up Rams secondary.

Rams 34 Vikings 28

-Big Dog

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