Super Bowl Hopefuls Clash in LA

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Line: Vikings @ Rams -7; O/U 49.5

“We had some 7-9 shit this morning and we can’t have that. That is 7-9 bullshit and we don’t need it.”- Jeff Fisher

It’s hard to believe that  was only two years ago since we heard that inspiring Jeff Fisher rant on Hard Knocks. That Rams team was just trying to cut out the 7-9 bullshit in their lives compared to this Rams team that is an absolute juggernaut. So far through three weeks, LA has an average margin of victory of 22. The worries that all the personalities they brought in over the off-season wouldn’t mesh and that they would be another 2011 Eagles “Dream Team” have dissipated pretty quickly. Tomorrow night though, they face their toughest test so far with the Vikings coming into town in need of a win.

Minnesota is in desperation of a win after getting shellacked by the Bills last week. As 16.5 point favorites no one was predicting them to get blown out (shout out @fullslateStringbean that fucking mush who picked the Vikings in his Tums Preview of the Week). Let’s just look at all that went wrong with Minnesota last week after Stringbean made them his Tums pick of the week:

  • Kirk Cousins had back-to-back fumbles inside Minnesota’s twenty
  • Josh Allen hurdled over Anthony Barr (“WHOOOPP!!”- Swami)
  • Bills CB Tre White mocks Kirk Cousins by screaming “You like that” running into the tunnel

Just a warning for all you readers out there. If you see your team as the Tums Pick of the week, be worried about what may happen to your team.

But getting back to the Vikings, going to Los Angeles on a short week to face the best team in the NFL is a tall order. With a Week 5 trip  to Philadelphia coming up, the Vikings could be put behind the eight ball in the NFC playoff hunt. These are the games that Kirk Cousins is going to have to prove why he was worth $84,000,000. Did anyone else just throw up?

Numbers/Trends to watch for:

  • Rams and Vikings are tied for 4th in the league in passing offense as well as having top 10 pass defenses
  • Rams are 9-1 SU & 8-2 ATS their last 10 as favorites
  • Since Mike Zimmer became head coach, Minnesota has the best record in the NFL ATS at 45-25, along with being 17-8 ATS following a loss in that same time frame

Pick: Rams -7

Regardless of those great stats for the Vikings in the Zimmer era, traveling to the west coast on a short week is a really tough task. The Rams are banged up in the secondary with Aqib Talib on the IR and Marcus Peters unlikely to play, but the rest of this team is so loaded it won’t matter. The offense is clicking on all cylinders right now and will be able to move the ball on an also banged up Minnesota defense. An abundance of weapons, being able to stuff the run, and not having to travel on a short week will all help the Rams improve to 4-0.

Rams 31 Vikings 17

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